Every year Oracle recognizes several employees whose sustainability efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, as well as improve the environment in the communities where they live and work. Last year’s Oracle Employee Sustainability Champions represented many countries around the world and they were involved in a wide range of sustainability-related interests.
One of last year’s champions was Bernard Schober, a shark conservationist, who was recently spotlighted in a video. Bernard is a 23-year Oracle veteran and is a Duty Manager for the Food and Beverage Hospitality Support Desk. He is also a shark conservationist who lives in the middle of the Arizona desert. Bernard has been working with various shark conservation groups, most notably Fins Attached in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to raise funds and do outreach on shark conservation. He has published two books—Chumming the Waters and Cap’n Klute’s Ocean Almanac—the proceeds of which he donates to Fins Attached.
Bernard has taught children in classrooms in the United States and in Fiji how they can help sharks in the world’s oceans, has presented at SharkCon in Tampa, Florida, and has been active in other unique places of outreach such as book festivals and ComiCons. He also leads a recycling effort in his work office, purchasing with personal funds TerraCycle boxes that allow his office to recycle items that are not recycled by Phoenix-area municipal recycling efforts.
Another of last year’s champions, Benjamin Mapes, is also featured in a video. For the past 13 years, Benjamin has volunteered with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a national organization that serves as an engineering resource that partners with global communities on projects that improve basic human needs (e.g. clean water, sanitation, and structures). Benjamin is a founding member of the Denver Professional Chapter of EWB USA. Since 2006, he and this group have been involved with communities in Ecuador, Togo, Madagascar, and Tanzania on engineering projects that are focused on basic human needs. As a result, hundreds of people now have access to clean water and sanitation. “Our first EWB project of the Denver, Colorado, chapter was a water project in Malingua Pamba, a village in Ecuador,” Benjamin said. “What I'm most proud of is the fact that we helped the community install a potable-water system that is now functioning for every member of the community.” Sustainability is a primary concern in their development work to create long-term success in each project and to promote the health of each community.
Making a global difference is a priority for Bernard, Benjamin, and the other Oracle Employee Sustainability Champions. We look forward to recognizing this year’s champions!