SVI presented Anna Cummins, Marcus Eriksen & the 5 Gyres Institute — Dec. 3, at the Resort at Squaw Creek.
SVI would like to express our sincerest thanks to all that made the effort to participate in last week’s 5 Gyres Event. We believe it was a powerful, informative and inspirational presentation and we appreciated the warm welcome our community gave to Anna Cummins and her husband Dr. Marcus Eriksen. The work they are doing is truly remarkable and we are pleased that so many people took an interest in becoming part of the conversation about the plastic pollution crisis happening in our oceans. We hope you walked away with a new understanding of the problem and a few tangible ways you personally can change the way you consume, use and think about plastic.
SVI would also like to extend an extra special thanks to our generous event partners and sponsors: Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP) & Green Teams, Missy Mohler, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Tahoe Expedition Academy, Arts for the Schools, League to Save Lake Tahoe, Resort at Squaw Creek and the Shane McConkey Foundation EcoChallenge. It is through close collaboration with organizations such as these that SVI is able put together comprehensive and meaningful programs such as the 5 Gyres event for the community.
In conjunction with this event, SVI’s new youth program VOY/CE also partnered with SWEP, Tahoe Expedition Academy, Shane McConkey EcoChallenge, and Squaw Valley Preparatory, in order to inspire uncommon conversations about this topic within our schools. The VOY/CE program participant’s had a meeting with Anna Cummins and Dr. Marcus Eriksen in advance of this event. This special opportunity enabled students to ask meaningful questions, examine and share their own experiences and ideas in order to cultivate a deeper understanding of the impact plastic pollution has on our oceans and our local environment. Thank you to all of our enthusiastic VOY/CE event participants and families.
Please visit our website to view SVI’s exciting event line-up and “Like” us on Facebook to view our event album and stay connected! Please use #SquawValleyInstitute when sharing.
SVI would like to thank our sponsor Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows who is committed to reducing waste and acting as stewards of the environment. Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows has announced the discontinuation of the sale of bottled water at most all dining and retail locations, with the exception of Starbucks, the Ice Bar at Alpine and any non-Squaw owned and operated facilities. This initiative will help reduce 28,000 plastic bottles from our waste stream each year. This will encourage guests and staff to hydrate in a more eco-friendly & affordable way, using a reusable water bottle. The 16.9 ounce, BPA Free water bottle will be available at the same price point as a single-use water bottle. Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows water infrastructure has provided new fountains and bottle fill stations, so refilling your water bottle or cup is convenient and easier than ever before.
Through the support of our generous patrons, the SVI raffle raised $300 in proceeds for the Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP). In addition, proceeds from the silent auction raised over $500 for the SVI VOY/CE program.
View the event album on our Facebook page here.