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SF’s Pier 39 Marina Joins Emeryville & Alameda Marinas’ Fight Against Pollution with Ocean Vacuums!

Seabin Project Celebrates a New Seabin Installation!

Seabin Project, the Aussie innovation that’s tackling marine plastic pollution and educating the next generation of ocean savers, installed a new Seabin in the Pier 39 Marina  Thursday, July 11th.  This is the area where families gather to watch the sea lions. Why is this so important?

The Seabin is a device created to reduce, and ultimately eliminate pollution in our oceans. Seabins act as a trash can for our waters and have the ability to remove microplastics, microfibers, plastic bags, bottles, cigarette butts and more. You should see what people throw into our waterways. Many people are not familiar with the direct link between climate change and marine plastic pollution. But, out of the 320 million metric tons of new plastic mass-produced each year – almost all from oil – 8 million tons leak into the world’s oceans and waterways. Youv’e seen the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? At last sampling there were 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic in the patch that weigh an estimated 80,000 tons. Since Seabin Project was co-founded by Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, two avid ocean lovers, there have been Seabins installed in over 40 countries. What does this mean? Each day, a total of 1.95 tons of waste is extracted from our oceans. (Learn more about their innovative technology here.)

But Seabin Project doesn’t just stop with cleaning up our oceans. Their mission is to live in a world where the Seabin technology is not necessary, so they have dedicated their time to educate communities across the world about how to fight the plastic pandemic through concepts of reactive + preventative solutions and implementing Ocean Plastic STEM learning programs. (Learn more about Seabin’s education programs here.)

Seabins were installed in the Emeryville Marina and Alameda’s Ballena Isle Marina in  December of 2017, as their marina management company, Safe Harbor, participated in the Seabin Project’s global pilot study, and continues to install Seabins in all the marinas they manage. Pier 39 Marina’s Seabin is expected to remove 3 tons of marine pollution from San Francisco waters by end of 2019

Some Numbers:

Pete Ceglenski at the Ocean Summit. Photo/ Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race. 18 October, 2017.

  • Total number of Seabins installed worldwide: 719
  • Number of plastic bags that one Seabin can collect each year: 90,000
  • Number of plastic bottles that one Seabin can collect each year: 11,900
  • Total amount of marine litter captured to date: 114,916 kg  (over the last 2.5 years)
  • Total amount of marine litter captured each day: 1,952.33 kg

Co-founder Pete Ceglinski hosted a presentation at the  installation in San Francisco’s PIER 39 Marina Thursday, July 11th, 2019. He and his family are


Seabin Project co-founders Pete Ceglinski & Andrew Turton

Here’s how it all started. Two life-long surfer friends from Australia, appalled by the plastic and debris pollution in our waters, set out to clean up the ocean. They wanted to create a garbage bin that would collect the floating plastic. This got them started cleaning up the marine environment, one marina at a time. How? With the V5 Seabin, a floating vacuum filter device they invented that works like an ocean vacuum 24/7 continuously collecting floating debris – plastic bottles, paper, oil, fuel, detergent and more. Over two years Seabin Project co-founders Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton secured partners for a pilot study into the effectiveness of the seabin and now the Seabin Project has  evolved into a comprehensive research, educational and technology initiative with worldwide reach, including educational tools for students to get on board. The Seabin Project team believes that each child that learns to dispose of litter properly will grow to be one less source person for pollution of our oceans and waterways. Currently, according to Jambeck Research, 8.1M tons of mismanaged waste enters our oceans every year.

Here’s how it works:

  • The seabin is installed in a specific problem debris area, attached to a dock.
  • Water is filtered from the surface and passed through a catch bag inside the Seabin, powered by a submersible water pump.
  • Water is then pumped back into the water leaving the litter and debris trapped in the catch bag. Larger pieces of plastic may attach themselves to the bin.
  • Marina operators need to empty the catch bag at least twice a day, as it holds up to two pounds.

What are you doing to reduce your own plastic consumption? Make a climate action promise today!




By |2019-07-12T13:09:02-08:00July 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Bay Area Residents Can Get their Greens Again!

Bay Area landmark restaurant Greens reopened on October 15 following a four-month closure due to a kitchen hood fire in June. They are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from the local community while they restored the main dining room back to its original craftsmanship and repaired the kitchen.

Reservations are open! (415-771-6222) Greens is located at ort Mason Center, Landmark Building A, 2 Marina Blvd in San Francisco. Check out the menu!

About Greens

Owned by the world-renowned San Francisco Zen Center, which includes Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Greens Restaurant pioneered vegetarian cooking and paved the way for establishing it as a cuisine in America. Green Gulch Farm, a residential Zen community and bountiful organic farm, provides the restaurant with fresh garden edibles, ranging from chard, leeks, and winter squash to flowering herbs. In addition to Green Gulch Farm, Greens draws from an extended family of local growers and organic farmers’ markets for its ingredients.

Annie Somerville is the nationally acclaimed chef and author of award-winning cookbooks. She has been executive chef of Greens since 1985. In 2019, Greens celebrates its 40th Anniversary.


Favorite Recipe

By |2018-11-14T17:44:03-08:00October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

SF Bay Area Climate Action Promise. ARE YOU IN?

Sketchers at the intersection of art + science at the Inaugural 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, captured individuals’ stories to share. The Sketching Climate Change Stories Popup Exhibit held at the Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art in San Francisco was one of the 325 Affiliate Climate Action Events happening around the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Sept. 8 -15, the week of the summit.

Sketched by Vivian Aldridge

According to artist and SF Sketcher Vivian Aldridge, the sketchers explored how Climate Change was affecting people’s lives and through words and images conveyed their message for others. “Being part of a team that interviewed and sketched climate change activists was extremely rewarding because I knew  viewers could learn from the sketches, discuss issues, and feel motivated to make changes in their own lives.”

Bay Area urban sketching groups joined together to document the Global Climate Change Summit and the people who came to it. Their portraits tell the stories of how individuals and their communities have been affected by climate change and how they’re working on solutions.

Check out all the sketchers’ stories of people who are concerned and engaged in Climate Change.

Read highlights of the summit.

More about urban sketching

Urban sketchers’ work is similar to that of court artists or reportage illustration around the world. They bring an extra dimension, a different, more personal voice—instead of taking a photo, the sketcher’s work develops out of the interaction between artist and subject. Sketchers can also be less visible and less intrusive than cameras, sitting quietly in a corner observing and synthesizing rather than pushing in to snap the moment. Sketches can illuminate the convergence of art and journalism and make an impression in the public’s mind in ways that a narrative or even a photo may not do. (websiste)

The main groups involved are the SF Bay Area Urban Sketchers, a chapter of the international Urban Sketchers organization, with 220 chapters around the world, and SF Sketchers, a San Francisco-based meetup group with nearly 3,000 members. They have sketched individuals and communities gathering at different forums, locally and globally. Some of their work has recently been displayed at a UC Berkeley’s Department of Anthropology show ‘This is What Democracy Looks Like’.

Sketched by Vivian Aldridge

By |2018-09-28T14:20:32-08:00September 28th, 2018|0 Comments

You Be the Judge! Best Chowder at SF’s Wharf Fest Chowder Competition?

What are you doing Saturday for lunch? Grab your friends and get down to the Bay for a delicious chowder tasting, Pier 43 to be exact. The 2017 Wharf Fest Chowder Competition & Street Fair happens Saturday, October 21, from 11am to 5pm at Fisherman’s Wharf and is going to be a stiff competition this year among the many acclaimed chefs. Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco, will be participating in the contest serving up a unique Salmon-Bacon Chowder recipe. “Chowder Fest is a wonderful event for all the restaurants in Fisherman’s Wharf to really feature what makes San Francisco unique,” says Avery Burgert, Hard Rock Cafe SF Sales & Marketing Manager. “All of us at Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco are so excited to participate.”

Hard Rock’s Salmon-Bacon Chowder served up in fresh local French bread loaves. Yum!

When asked why they were entering a Salmon Chowder,  Avery replied, “Hard Rock’s Salmon-Bacon Chowder is an old Hard Rock Cafe recipe that we recreated specifically for this event. We decided to go with a fresh local salmon and a local bread, because we wanted to highlight what is unique and fresh to the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Ten different restaurants have entered the competition. Besides street vendors and art vendors, they will have a rock climbing wall! The whole community comes out for this event which is celebrating its fourth year. “We really enjoy being a part of San Francisco community events,” continues Avery. ‘Chowder Fest is an obvious choice for us because it is in our own back yard. We wouldn’t miss it.”

It should be a beautiful day on the Bay with family, friends and chowder!

About Wharf Fest Chowder Competition & Street Fair:

For the fourth year in a row, Fisherman’s Wharf invites Bay Area locals to come enjoy the neighborhood after the crowds of visitors have subsided but before the fabulous fall weather fades away. Festival goers will enjoy a street fair, art vendors and a variety of free activities including a Segway obstacle course and rock climbing walls. At the most delicious part of the day, the Chowder Competition, 10 different Wharf restaurants will battle it out for the title of the Best Chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf.

About Hard Rock Cafe, San Francisco

Located on world-renowned Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Wharf, Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco was completely renovated in April 2017 and includes modernized décor, a refreshed outdoor patio, expanded Rock Shop® Retail Store, a new function room equipped for private events and new memorabilia collection additions. Plus, new San Francisco-inspired dishes have been introduced to the restaurant menu. Come for a visit after the Chowder Fest.

Photos courtesy of Fisherman’s Wharf and Hard Rock Cafe.

By |2017-10-20T19:13:15-08:00October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

SPIN Ping Pong Social Club Celebrates First Birthday in SF!

WHEN: FRIDAY JULY 14 – 9pm – 2am – Birthday Party (SPIN will be closed from 4-9pm and then at 9p will open for the party.)

WHERE: 690 Folsom St. in San Francisco

WHAT: Academy Award-winning Susan Sarandon’s SF SPIN Ping Pong Social Club at Folsom and 3rd,  turns one today and you’re invited to their birthday party.  Come for the ping pong, stay for the dance party.

  • Ping pong showdown between Olympian Lilly Zheng and surprise guest
  • Beats by The Scumfrog; Electric Violin by Dave Kim
  • Live unicorn station (epic unicorn selfie awaits)
  • Hosted by Instagram sens