Public Service

Greening Associates personnel believe in giving to the community and to the next generation.  We donate time to non-profit organizations such as the Sempervirens Fund, the California Native Plant Society, the Coastal Watershed Council, the Valley Women’s Club, and the Tannery Arts Lecture Series. 

Suzanne Schettler periodically hosts Restoration Ecology classes from the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) and San Jose State University (SJSU) at the site of ongoing habitat restoration in a unique inland marine sands habitat.  She has also made presentations to the Society for Ecological Restoration, and gives talks to homeowner groups and Fire Safety Councils about Fire-Resistant Landscaping. 

Greening Associates staff are environmental educators.  Ms. Schettler was the Teaching Assistant for the Systematic Botany class at UCSC, and has been a judge for the Botany category of the Santa Cruz County Science Fair.  Laurie Kiguchi has been active in support of K-12 environmental education in a variety of habitats from the marine intertidal to redwood forests.

Don Alley has mentored three projects for high school students in San Lorenzo Valley High School’s Watershed Academy.  He gives watershed tours for a number of organizations and makes presentations to community groups to promote awareness of watershed values.  He has presented fisheries research at conferences of the Salmonid Restoration Federation and the American Fisheries Society.

Suzanne Schettler and Restoration Ecology class from UCSC setting out on a field trip at a quarry revegetation site.

Suzanne Schettler and Restoration Ecology class from UCSC setting out on a field trip at a quarry revegetation site.

Steven Singer and members of the Sempervirens Fund at the start of a volunteer planting day.

Steven Singer and members of the Sempervirens Fund at the start of a volunteer planting day. 

Don Alley speaking at a community event sponsored by the City of Capitola.

Don Alley speaking at a community event sponsored by the City of Capitola.