Bank of America: Building Vibrant Communities

Bank of America: Building Vibrant Communities

Save The Bay is excited to partner with long-time supporter, Bank of America as a sponsor of Bay Day.

Bank of America aims to build vibrant communities, where individuals thrive and succeed and have the opportunity to live and work with safe, decent housing, transportation to jobs, strong business corridors and thriving arts and culture districts. As part of this work, Bank of America supports initiatives—such as Save The Bay’s—that support local plans to prepare for/withstand the impacts of climate change, and community greening efforts that create healthy neighborhoods and environmental sustainability through the restoration of open spaces.

Beyond the financial support for Save The Bay’s initiatives, Bank of America has shown real engagement with our organization on a personal level—and that is truly unique.

Bank of America executives and employees from all around the Bay Area have taken the time to get to know us, learn about our programs and activities, and work with us on an ongoing basis. They have made special trips to our restoration sites, such as our Palo Alto Baylands, to tour our native plant nursery and hear about the education sessions we host there. Their dedication to our mission has also meant Bank of America employees generously giving their time to restore our site at the MLK Shoreline in Oakland to plant, weed, and collect trash while gaining a valued team-building experience by the Bay.

Most recently, Save The Bay welcomed a talented Bank of America employee as our newest Board member in 2020! Armello Rodriguez is Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager in Global Commercial Banking, and we are excited to benefit from his wisdom. “At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection,” says Armello Rodriguez, “We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. A critical part of this work is forming strong partnerships with organizations like Save The Bay where our support helps to implement vital projects to build climate-resilient Bay Area communities.”

IBM: A True Bay Champion

IBM: A True Bay Champion

Bay Day would not be possible without our dedicated sponsors, who demonstrate their commitment to supporting our organization’s mission and the San Francisco Bay. Save The Bay gives special thanks to our official Bay Champion title sponsor for the second year in a row: IBM Bay Area!

Save The Bay is proud to work with regional leaders like IBM, who deliver positive solutions that help the Bay adapt and thrive in the face of climate change. IBM employees have long been passionate and committed caretakers of the natural world that frames their campuses, and in the South Bay, they regularly conduct activities such as “bioblitzes” that help identify and record the variety of species around the Lab.

Another great example of their ongoing engagement with conservation and biodiversity-promoting activities is the Wildlife Habitat Certification program. Five IBM sites nationwide maintain Conservation Certification status through the Wildlife Habitat Council— the only voluntary sustainability standard designed for corporate landholdings.

Of these five sites, two are located in San Jose:

  • IBM Research Almaden (active program since 1991), located on 691 acres in the hills, provides valuable wildlife habitat in an otherwise urban setting
  • IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory (active program since 2005), contains five major habitats including grassland, streamside, and woodland

At both sites, one of the largest and most successful activities is bird box monitoring. These nest boxes attract many types of birds, including Western Bluebirds and American Kestrels, as well as Barn Owls, and IBM provides data from the project to the Audubon Society.

Another ongoing project involves pollinators (primarily honey bees). IBM partners with a local beekeeper who maintains “bee boxes” on the property. They purchase some of this honey from him to give employees as prizes and incentives for projects like Earth Day and a nature photo contest. The bees also help pollinate a butterfly garden, which maintains milkweed as habitat for Monarch butterflies.

It is a priority for IBM to get employees involved in these activities. “That’s the fun part,” says Michelle Mesler, IBM Environmental Engineer and US West Team Lead. “IBMers can participate in on-site planting or weeding activities, monitor the bluebird boxes during the nesting season, or get involved in habitat restoration projects (both on and off-site) with Save The Bay!”