For our most dedicated open space champions.
The Stegner Giving Circle celebrates our most dedicated Committee for Green Foothills members, those who give $500 or more annually. While all of our members play an important role in protecting local open space, the Stegner Giving Circle is our way of recognizing those who make extraordinary contributions to our work.
About Wallace Stegner
Wallace Stegner, Committee for Green Foothills’ founder and first board president, was a staunch advocate for protecting our wild lands. As an acclaimed author, professor, environmentalist, and CGF President, Stegner spent his life speaking up for the protection of open space both near and far.
One of his most notable impacts on the conservation movement was his famous Wilderness Letter on the importance of federal protection of wild places. This letter was used to introduce the bill that established the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964. In the letter he wrote:
“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of the wild species into zoos or to extinction; if we pollute the last clear air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence, so that never again will Americans be free in their own country from the noise, the exhausts, the stinks of human and automotive waste . . . ”
Stegner Giving Circle Members: Michelle Lieberman and Gal Mariansky
In 2011 we joined Committee for Green Foothills, and not long after we became members of the Stegner Giving Circle.
The year prior, we opened our nearly one-acre backyard farm, One Acre Farm. For us, it was clear that we needed to support the work Committee for Green Foothills was doing in order to protect agriculture in southern Santa Clara County. We often don’t have time to personally attend planning and city council meetings and follow all local policy decisions. We were glad to find Committee for Green Foothills and know they are out there advocating day-to-day on our behalf to protect agriculture and open space.
In the fall of 2015, we welcomed our first child. Now, as parents, we are more committed than ever to preserving the remaining farmland in our region. We know that by giving to Committee for Green Foothills we are protecting farmland not only for us, but for our children, and our children’s children.
For more information
We would be happy to share more information or answer any questions about the Stegner Giving Circle and the work we do for local open space. If you would like to talk to us about becoming a member, please contact us here or call Shwetha Shivarama at: 650-968-7243 x314.