• Dansko and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Team Up to "Save the Bay"

    By Nick on Monday, July 21, 2014

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    ​Often described as a “National Treasure,” the Chesapeake Bay provides water for more than 17 million people. But every day, the Bay also feels the effects of those 17 million people, each of whom live on land that drains into the Bay. At Dansko, we take pride in partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), a nonprofit organization that strives to “Save the Bay” through education, advocacy, litigation and restoration, to improve the health of such an important body of water.

    So, as caring shoe people, how do we help “Save the Bay?”

    Every summer, a team of Dansko volunteers excitedly heads south to Annapolis, Maryland, to restore oyster gardens in the Chesapeake Bay. This year, our volunteers had the opportunity to get wet—and experience oyster restoration first-hand. 
     
    Our journey began in CBF’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center, a worldwide model for energy efficiency, high performance and water conservation. A brief introduction prepared our volunteers for a day aboard the Marguerite, one of CBF’s most advanced research boats. Before long, our volunteers had jumped into the water and begun diving for oysters located in a vulnerable part of the bay, filling bucket after bucket with shelled creatures.

    After collecting thousands of oysters, we headed for a safer portion of the bay, where we relocated our oysters in an “oyster garden” for healthy development. CBF will later use our “catch” to replenish the Bay’s declining population of oysters, ultimately restoring a vital habitat for fish and other species. 
     
    Our influential (and incredibly fun) project got us thinking: How can others “Save the Bay” in their community, whether they live near an ocean, lake or stream? We asked the Chesapeake Bay Foundation that very same question; check out their practical tips below!

    1. Know your watershed—and share its importance! If you don’t know which watershed you live in, search the internet or take a walk to your local creek. This body of water provides all the water you use in your home. But remember—your actions, and the actions of your community, impact water quality! Stay informed and help others do the same.

    2. Become an informed voter. As an individual, you have the power to take action by voting for thoughtful and responsible land use and conservation policies. When informed voters “flex their political muscle” on behalf of the environment, change happens! 

    3. Buy local foods. Most of the food you eat travels 1,300 miles before arriving on your plate. By purchasing food grown on local farms, you can help reduce air pollution, ultimately developing a cleaner, healthier watershed.  

    4. Minimize your use of household chemicals. Substitute all-purpose cleaners with baking soda or borax and hot water for everyday cleaning. Natural products reduce toxic chemicals in wastewater, providing a perfect alternative for scrubbing toilets, washing dishes and cleaning counters. 

    5. Plant a Tree. In addition to providing the atmosphere with oxygen, trees hold soil in place with their roots, preventing erosion that may run into your watershed. Check out our step-by-step guide to planting a tree—and then make difference in your own yard!

    Whether you decide to shop locally, vote responsibly or plant a brand-new tree, we encourage you to adopt these practices. For more information, visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at cbf.org.
     
    While our team dove "head first" into the Bay, CBF filmed our restoration efforts. Check out their video below--and listen as Bart Jaeger, Discovery Program Manager, shares the highlights of our volunteer proejct.   
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  • A Step-By-Step Guide to Planting your Arbor Day Tree

    By Nick on Friday, April 25, 2014

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    ​With a shovel at the ready, we never miss an opportunity to support Stroud Water Research Center in nearby Avondale, Pa. Several times annually, volunteers visit local parks, farms and meadows to drop seedlings and plant trees, supporting researchers as they seek to understand more about local watersheds.

    Most recently, on a windy April morning, one team of volunteers visited Stroud Preserve in Marshalton, Pa., while another visited Peacedale Park Preserve in Landenberg, Pa. The teams set out with one mission: to research low-cost alternatives for traditional “forest buffer plantings”—or forested areas that reduce pollution. As it turns out, they exceeded their goal—and had a little fun, too!

    “The next time I plant a tree, I will definitely feel confident that it will survive the test of time,” said Dansko volunteer Jerry S. “But I also loved stepping out of the office, serving the environment and working alongside my fellow Dansko employees.”

    After planting 400 sycamore and red oak trees, Dansko volunteers placed stakes into the ground just two inches from each tree. The stakes support a tube that surrounds each tree trunk, protecting seedlings from animals while also helping the trees grow vertically.

    “I was really impressed with the camaraderie of this group," said Lamonte Garber, Stroud Watershed Restoration Coordinator. "People worked together, tried different jobs and helped each other out; we laughed and had good-natured fun.”

    In celebration of Arbor Day, we would like to share our tree-planting passion with this step-by-step guide. Always remember: dig cautiously, water fully and prune selectively. Happy planting!

    To learn more about our commitment to serving the community, visit Dansko.com, and be sure to check back often as we share new volunteer stories.

    • A Step-By-Step Guide to Planting your Arbor Day Tree - Dansko volunteers plant trees at Peacedale Park Preserve in Landenberg, PA Dansko volunteers plant trees at Peacedale Park Preserve in Landenberg, PA
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  • Volunteers Leave a SPLASHing Impact

    By Nick on Friday, March 28, 2014

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    Here at Dansko, we believe in the power of rolling up our sleeves, getting our hands dirty and inspiring others to get involved. So, when we saw an opportunity to support our local YMCA’s SPLASH program, an initiative that teaches third-graders about the importance of water safety, we dove in head first.

    On a chilly Tuesday morning this winter, Dansko volunteer Melissa S. noticed two boys who tentatively approached the diving block. Melissa saw their fear as an opportunity to make a positive impact—and her initiative paid off.  “Wow, I did it!” one of the boys said after plunging into the water. “Now I want to be an Olympic diver. I can jump off this thing!”

    For the rest of the morning, Melissa’s new friends and their classmates swam from one station to the next, working to develop their water skills. Although the folks from Dansko left the true instruction to the professionals, we like to think that our team inspired this group of up-and-coming swimmers.

    “It was so cute to see these students navigate new challenges, and to watch as their spirits soared and confidence rose,” Melissa said. “I enjoy taking time out of my busy day to help others—especially kids!” 

    For Melissa and the rest of the Dansko team, investing in others serves as a way of life; we don’t know any other way. We believe in giving back to the communities of which we are a part, even when it means getting wet for 168 youngsters. While the gift of time is important, Dansko also kicks in by making a monetary donation to the organization too. Double the bang for the buck!

    “We wouldn’t be able to provide such great opportunities without the generosity of our volunteers,” said Nic Legere, YMCA Senior Program Director, “and we're fortunate to have Dansko assist our third graders during this year’s SPLASH program.”

    Will you join us? We encourage you to choose a person, cause or organization, to uncover a need, and invest in positive change. Sometimes, the simplest action can make the greatest difference.

    To learn more about our commitment to taking action in our community, visit Dansko.com and continue to join us here as we share more volunteer stories.


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