Magic listener, Jennifer Hazard, nominated Professor Oscar Romo for the positive impact he has made in the lives of people delivering food to the homes and for his tireless dedication to San Diego County coastal wetland conservation.
Here is his Nomination:
Oscar Romo, a 30 year resident of San Diego County, teaches Sustainable Development courses at Woodbury School of Architecture and UC San Diego and is the founding director of Alter Terra, a San Diego-based environmental non-profit. I am writing to nominate Professor Oscar Romo as a Hometown Hero for the positive impact he has made in the lives of so people and for his tireless dedication to San Diego County coastal wetland conservation. For the past 10 years Oscar has served as a volunteer with the Trader Joe’s Food Donation Program; he has never missed a 6 am Saturday morning pick-up of food donations from the market, and without any assistance, using his own truck and gas, he has personally distributed over $2 Million dollars of food to Chula Vista churches and women’s shelters. Passionate about sustainability and environmental protection, Oscar has dedicated 13 years as thesis mentor to hundreds of university students pursuing science and engineering majors, and for the past 30 years he has contributed to the conservation of the Tijuana River Estuary in Imperial Beach by designing and implementing trash control projects south of the border in Tijuana. Professor Romo also volunteers his time at the Living Coast Discovery Center and as a Resource Conservation Commissioner for the City of Chula Vista. I think of him as a universal super hero for selflessly giving back to his community in so many ways and for affecting positive change in the health of San Diego’s natural resources by working with local decision makers to educate them on sustainable, science-based conservation practices. I have often witnessed residents, government officials, non-profit leaders, and students thanking Oscar for his valuable contributions and have heard many call him the hardest working environmentalist in San Diego County; and for that, I strongly encourage you to bestow Professor Romo with the “Hometown Hero” honor.
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Listen to his nomination segment below, then nominate someone you know to be our next Hometown Hero!