SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 8 – Atmosphere at Aquarium of The Bay Blue Marble Event 2021 on June 8th 2021 at PIER 39 in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Drew Altizer)

The Bay Institute, aka BayEcotarium, is now 40 years old and the largest watershed conservation organization in San Francisco; its Aquarium of the Bay, at Pier 39, is a ripe old 24.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 8 – Honoree Sylvia Earle attends Aquarium of The Bay Blue Marble Event 2021 on June 8th 2021 at PIER 39 in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Drew Altizer)

But BayEcotarium President George Jacob has his eye on the future—transforming the aquarium into a $260 million climate resilience and ocean conservation living museum, the first of its kind in the U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 8 – Sangeeta Narayan, Meena Nagpal and Ripal Nagpal attend Aquarium of The Bay Blue Marble Event 2021 on June 8th 2021 at PIER 39 in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Drew Altizer)

Held at the Bentley Reserve, its Blue Marble Benefit (tables from $5,000 to $100,000 each) honored American oceanographer Sylvia Earle and drew George Papandreou, former prime minister of Greece, and Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, among others.

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