January 9, 2014 – San Diego, CA – On Tuesday, January 14, EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld, the San Diego Center for Civic Engagement and other state and local stakeholders will inaugurate the “Border Gateway to Nature” project at Border Field State Park in San Diego.

In addition, Regional Administrator Blumenfeld will make a significant announcement on environmental funding benefiting both California and Arizona border communities.

“Border Gateway to Nature” was funded by the San Diego Foundation and EPA Border 2020 through a grant to 4walls International. 4walls constructed bi-national park space utilizing trash pulled from the Tijuana River Valley and tributary canyons. The project made use of thousands of discarded plastic soda bottles stuffed with trash for the construction of park benches and other infrastructure, which reduced the cost of raw materials such as cement, while increasing the structure’s strength. The re-purposed trash might have otherwise entered the Tijuana River, polluting the fragile ecosystem of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve in San Diego. Mexico’s Environment Ministry (SEMARNAT) is also contributing significant resources to the beautification of Los Sauces Park in Tijuana.

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Secretariat of Environmental and Natural Resources (Mexico’s Environment Ministry)
  • Malin Burnham San Diego Center for Civic Engagement
  • Border Environment Cooperation Commission
  • California State Parks
  • 4Walls International

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
10:00 a.m.

“Border Gateway to Nature” Inauguration Ceremony, Border Funding Announcement

Border Field State Park
1500 Monument Road
San Diego, CA 92154

About The San Diego Foundation
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $612 million in assets, almost half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $832 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at sdfoundation.org.

About the San Diego Center for Civic Engagement
The San Diego Center for Civic Engagement is the community involvement arm of The San Diego Foundation established to drive the implementation of the Our Greater San Diego Vision project, mobilize stakeholders to develop solutions to community issues and better align donor support with the needs of the region. For additional information, visit www.sdcenterforcivicengagement.org.

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600, vheald@behmedia.com
Heather Back, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300, Heather@sdfoundation.org