Community Sponsorships

At Brocade one of our goals is to continually challenge ourselves, our partners, our customers, and our communities to explore and embrace a wide range of "green" initiatives. Today, we are focused on contributing to organizations and individuals who raise awareness of environmental issues.

    Brocade Sponsors Environmental Awareness Campaigns

    Roz Savage rows The Brocade image At Brocade one of our goals is to continually challenge ourselves, our partners, our customers, and our communities to explore and embrace a wide range of "green" initiatives. Today, we are focused on contributing to organizations and individuals who raise awareness of environmental issues.

    As part of this goal, Brocade sponsors unique events and projects that generate a positive impact on the natural environment. Current sponsorships include:

    Brocade and Roz Savage Team Up for the Environment

    Brocade is delighted to report that Roz Savage departed on the continuation of her epic bid to become the first woman in history to row solo across the Pacific Ocean. Her voyage consists of three stages, each with its own environmental message.

    Summer 2008, Roz became the first woman to row solo from California to Hawaii. Her 2,700-mile, 99-day journey took her through the outskirts of the North Pacific Garbage Patch. During the first stage of the row, she encouraged people to cut back on their use of disposable plastic bottles, cups and bags, thereby reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean, a message that as a company we echo.

    On May 24, 2009 Roz launched stage two of her Pacific Voyage from the Waikiki Yacht Club in Honolulu. Her journey will take her from Hawaii to an island in the South Pacific, likely Tuvalu, this time targeting climate change through her Pull Together initiative. The third, and final, stage to Australia will take place in 2010. View Roz Savage departure video:

    We will continue to follow Roz's remarkable journey and we encourage you to do the same. Roz enjoys sharing her adventures through a variety of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube. Also, you can check out her updated blog posts, and view photos, video, and podcast galleries on her Web site www.rozsavage.com.

    While not all of us will row across the ocean to raise awareness about the impact of pollution on our seas, all of us can do something in our daily lives to make a difference, and that is Roz Savage's message. At Brocade, we're focused on reducing the power that our products consume. Our sponsorship of Roz is just another way in which we hope to contribute to this vital cause.

    Roz Savage image By sponsoring Roz's efforts, we hope to inspire others to take on the challenge of protecting our environment, drawing upon her courage and determination.

    The journey to protect our environment is one that we all share. It is a learning process that requires you to:

    • Act boldly and confidently
    • Ignore the voices of doubt or fear that steer you away from your course
    • Apply strength, perseverance, and determination to everything you commit to
    • Aggressively succeed with the resources at hand
    Roz's row will embody "efficiency and sustainability" - a mantra at Brocade. Brocade employees admire Roz's cause and share the traits of determination and tenacity that Roz personifies. We are proud to sponsor her journey.

    About Pull Together

    Pull Together is the theme for stage two of Roz’s row across the Pacific Ocean. This year her environmental mission is to take action on CO2 levels by inspiring people to walk more and drive less.

    This is an especially timely message—in December 2009, delegates from around the world will arrive in Copenhagen to discuss climate change. Decisions made at this landmark summit will set the environmental agenda for the next 10 years which, according to experts, are 10 of the most crucial years in the history of humankind.

    Roz’s ethos is to focus on solutions rather than problems, and what’s needed right now is action. In consultation with distinguished environmentalists, government leaders and outreach specialists, Roz has conceived an initiative to tackle the issue at both grassroots and international levels.

    Calling upon her supporters around the world to Pull Together, Roz will challenge them to match her 10,000 oar strokes each day with 10,000 steps - the minimum that doctors recommend for good heart health. It will take her about 100 days to row from Hawaii to

    Tuvalu – which equates to 1,000,000 oar strokes for Roz, or 1,000,000 steps for her supporters.

    An easy way for people to track their steps is to use a pedometer. Each day, supporters can log on to Roz’s website and upload their daily step count into the Pull Together widget (also available as a Facebook and iPhone application, and as an iGoogle gadget, Joe’s Goals). The online converter will show how many calories they’ve burned and how much CO2 they’ve saved, had they driven the same distance. Pulling Together is good for our bodies, and for the planet.