Sunset Magazine and the California Coastal Commission Announce the 2009 Coastal Heroes...

Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:00am EDT

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Sunset Magazine and the California Coastal Commission Announce the 2009
Coastal Heroes Awards

MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- It's 1,110 miles long and 80% of
Californians live within an hour's drive of it.  It's been celebrated in
books, music, and movies. It's gorgeous, it's joyous, it's economically and
ecologically vital and it's irreplaceable. It's the California coast.  

On September 17, 2009, Sunset magazine (, the premier guide to
life in the West, and the California Coastal Commission (
will present their first Coastal Heroes Awards. The awards honor nine
individuals whose dedication and hard work are protecting the California coast
for future generations to love. The Awards will be given at a ceremony to be
held at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco. They are also being
highlighted in Sunset's special September 2009 Coastal Issue. 

"Sunset magazine has a long history of passionate concern for the California
environment and the California coast," said Katie Tamony, Sunset's
editor-in-chief. "Today, Sunset's environmental interests range from Western
rivers to wise use of water and energy in home and garden, so we are always
looking for ways to honor the people and organizations that are committed to
championing these important causes."

Established in 1972, the Coastal Commission has as its mission the protection
and enhancement of the California coast. The Coastal Heroes Awards is timed to
coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Commission's extraordinarily
successful Coastal Cleanup Day, which runs this year on Saturday, September
19. To participate in this year's Coastal Cleanup, go to

The 2009 Sunset magazine/California Coastal Commission Coastal Heroes are: 

Pierce and Keely Brosnan, actor and journalist They may be best known for
their work in movies and television. But the Brosnans have also made names for
themselves with their environmental activism and volunteerism--notably
fighting for marine mammal and wetland protection. Their work has been
recognized by the Environmental Media Association and Santa Monica-based Heal
the Bay, along with the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

Serge Dedina, Wildcoast As the founder and executive director of Wildcoast
(, an international conservation organization, Dedina has sought
to protect coastal ecosystems and wildlife in California and Baja California,
Mexico. Along with his work as an environmental activist, he authored Saving
the Gray Whale, about Baja's gray-whale lagoons.

Gary Griggs, University of California, Santa Cruz Director of UC Santa Cruz's
Institute of Marine Sciences, Griggs has helped turn the university's Long
Marine Laboratory and its Seymour Marine Discovery Center
( into a major marine research and education
facility. (For details on Long Marine Laboratory, see page 15.) Griggs has
also published numerous articles and books, among them the classic Living with
the Changing California Coast. 

John Hanke, Google Earth Hanke, vice president of product management for
Google Maps & Earth, launched Google Earth 5.0 earlier this year. The
immensely popular application now includes revolutionary ocean-viewing
content. Produced with research from the National Geographic Society, the BBC,
and marine scientists, it brings the ocean to laptops and desktops around the
world (for more info, see page 16).

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress and activist Accomplished actress Louis-Dreyfus
was introduced to environmental issues after becoming a mother and realizing
that the Pacific is in many places too polluted for swimming and surfing.
Today she is an effective and eloquent advocate for ocean issues, serving on
the board of Heal the Bay and working with the Natural Resources Defense

California State Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) Over the course of his
political career, Senator Lowenthal has distinguished himself as a thoughtful,
substantive legislator who commands the respect of his colleagues--especially
when it comes to protecting the California coast. Lowenthal has helped pass
numerous coastal-protection acts and received a perfect 100 percent voting
score from the California League of Conservation Voters in 2000, 2003, 2005,
and 2008.

Julie Packard, Monterey Bay Aquarium From the day it opened in 1984, the
Monterey Bay Aquarium ( has been the standard by which
all other aquariums are measured. Much of its success is due to Packard, who
as director has steered the organization since the beginning. Packard received
the 1998 Audubon Medal for conservation and the 2004 Ted Danson Ocean Hero
Award, and was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in

Linda Sheehan, California Coastkeeper Alliance Sheehan, the alliance's
executive director, works to make the Pacific clean. With 12 regional
Waterkeeper organizations up and down the California coast, the Coastkeeper
Alliance ( fights pollution of the Pacific and the streams
and rivers that flow into it. The alliance also helps restore coastal

***Editors available for interviews. 
Sunset magazine is the premier guide to life in the West, covering the newest
and best ideas in Western home design and landscaping, food and entertaining,
and regional travel in 13 Western states. Sunset and are part of
the Lifestyle group of magazines and websites published by Time Inc., the
largest magazine publisher in the U.S., and a leading publisher in the U.K.
and Mexico

SOURCE  Sunset Magazine

Dana Smith of Dadascope Communications, +1-510-524-2066, mobile,
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