On July 31st, business owners and environmental leaders gathered at one of San Francisco’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants, The Boardroom, to discuss the economic and environmental impacts of new offshore drilling on the Pacific Coast and how BAPPC is taking action against this threat. The event featured an esteemed panel of speakers including California Coastal Commissioner, Sara Aminzadeh, National Resources Defence Council Senior Attorney for Oceans Program, Irene Gutierrez and Co-Founder of Sunski, Michael Charley.
Charley opened the event, speaking to the significance of the business voice. “At Sunski, we stand with BAPPC because we believe businesses have a responsibility to make the world a brighter place, “said Charley. “We are proud to use our network and resources to fight for the environment alongside our family of customers, partners and friends.”
Among the attendees was local small business owner, Brandon Crawford, who became a new member of BAPPC during the event! “As a small company in the Bay Area, we want to do our part to provide an “ocean friendly” work environment to our team,” said Crawford. “It was great to learn more about the impact of offshore drilling while attending the BAPPC mixer. I believe anything that disrupts our natural ecosystems should be opposed. In addition to that, our tourism and coastline industries generate far more revenue than offshore drilling claims. It’s important to protect them.”
Several other business owners joined at the event, making BAPPC’s membership close to 4,000 businesses united against new offshore oil drilling! Thank you to The Boardroom, for graciously hosting us and supporting our cause, to the speakers for donating their time to inspire us, and to everyone for coming out. We are looking forward to the next BAPPC mixer in Newport Beach on August 22nd!