The Examiner celebrates people who made a difference in 2006
Occupation: Executive director of Save the Bay
What he does: Lewis’ organization, Save the Bay, is dedicated to preventing urban sprawl and pollution in the Bay Area. Some of the programs that Lewis helps initiate at Save the Bay include reintroducing native plant life to the coastlines, offering informative kayak and canoe tours in the Bay and providing a Student Education Program to teach young adults about the ecological benefits of a healthy Bay Area.
Why he does it: A native of Palo Alto, Lewis always felt a connection to the Bay Area’s natural environment. “I didn’t want to see the Bay paved over,” Lewis said. “I thought that Save the Bay could be a place where we could make a difference both locally and nationally.”
The impact: Some of Save the Bay’s successes include the restoration of 40,000 acres of tidal marshes in the Bay Area and the implementation of safety-monitoring services for San Francisco beaches. Also, Lewis and friends helped organize 300 volunteers to clean up the New Orleans City Park of debris from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.