Activist Spotlight
March 02 2015

Think Globally, Act Locally

Gregg Hayward
Journey began in 2008
Chapter: Surfrider Foundation Portland (OR) Chapter (past Volunteer Coordinator and present Green Streets program leader)

Hi my name is Gregg, and I am Surfrider because…I am made of water and feel most comfortable in the water and therefore I want to keep that water clean.

Q: Why and when did you get involved with the Surfrider Foundation?

I first got involved with Surfrider in July 2008, in New Hampshire, where I’m from. In late 2008 I moved to Portland and I started going to chapter meetings with my good friend Ryan. I got involved because I love being outside and in the ocean. I’ve seen how things have changed in our ocean ecosystem and I want to protect the place that I really love and make sure it’s around for future generations.

Q: What are some local issues that are affecting your ocean, waves and beaches?

In Portland we are working to improve our local water quality through our Green Streets program, to remove plastics that will make it into our storm drains and eventually into our larger waterways. Rain, sleet, snow or sun we are always out there, at least twice a month. The reward, besides cleaner streets, rivers, oceans and beaches, is a little ice cream afterwards! Picking up garbage locally prevents it from getting to our ocean, regardless of how far away that ocean is.

Q: What Surfrider projects have you worked on?

Rise Above Plastics (helped ban the bag PDX, Yew!), Ocean Friendly Gardens, Blue Water Task Force, Ocean Protection… everything!.

Q: What has been the highlight of your Surfrider experience (i.e., campaign, program, victory)?

The people, no doubt. It brings people who love being outside, having fun and taking care of the environment, together. These are the core operating values for myself and I love sharing this with the other chapter members.

Q: What is the most important thing you tell others about Surfrider?

Surfrider helps you get important environmental work done in your community, and around the globe, all while having fun making that change happen