Our core values are what make us successful scientists, advocates, educators, community leaders, and teammates.
At the core of everything we do is science. We rely on science to build meaningful policy and education programs. We do the research, make complex information more accessible, and advocate for scientific principles and data to guide decision-making on water policy, open space initiatives, public health, habitat restoration, and environmental education.
We are committed to equity in the environment. We acknowledge that historically marginalized communities have been overburdened by systemic injustices, face disproportionate pollution, health, and climate crisis impacts, and have limited access to open space. We build awareness for environmental justice, and we boldly address clean water and green space needs with multi-benefit solutions in the places that need them the most. We promote increased coastal access and demand safer water recreation areas.
We embrace change, motivate action, and inspire innovation. Our effectiveness as individuals and a collective community is measured by steady progress in the real world. Our approach is adaptable, but our vision is clear. We’re striving for clean water, a deeper connection to nature, and an equitable transition to a climate-resilient future.
We take our role as the region’s water watchdog seriously. Our community relies on us to get the job done, time and time again – whether it is activating volunteers, educating local youth, welcoming people to our Aquarium, or sharing beach water quality grades. We prioritize transparency, credibility, and collaboration in all that we do. You can always count on us. We are here for good.
OUR EQUITY STATEMENT
Defining Equity at Heal the Bay
Equity means everyone has what they need to succeed and all people are welcome, embraced, treated with respect, and empowered to contribute and thrive—regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, culture, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or income. Achieving equity is the result of the proportional distribution of necessary resources, support, and opportunities, so that successful outcomes are available to everyone. Heal the Bay acknowledges that historically marginalized and underserved people and communities are often overburdened by systemic injustices, face disproportionate pollution, health, and climate crisis impacts, and have limited access to green space and clean water. We work to close equity gaps in our communities through science, advocacy, education, and community action.