For Immediate Release
Phone: 800-433-2537 x 178
Deckers Outdoor Corporation Supports Higher Education In Environmental Studies and Research
Goleta, CA (July 11, 2006) â€“ Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NASDAQ: DECK) proudly announces their partnership with UC Santa Barbara Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. UCSB Alumni Doug Otto, Deckers Founder and Chairman, began producing sandals in 1973. Since then, Deckers has grown into an international company with three footwear brands - Teva, Simple and UGG Australia.
Since their start over 30 years ago, Deckers has strived to find balance in their environmental responsibilities and business practices. Started by avid outdoorsmen, Deckers roots run deep in the protection of our wild places. This foundation brought forth a new movement in sustainable footwear and in Fall 2005 Simple shoes started Green ToeÂ®, an innovative collection of sustainable footwear that helps reduce the ecological footprint left by making shoes. The Green ToeÂ® product collection is made with materials like jute, natural crepe rubber, bamboo and water-based cements and dyes. This innovation and leadership in sustainable footwear set forth by Deckers and Simple will ultimately benefit all Deckers brands and its everyday business practices.
â€œWe look forward to working with the Bren School and its world-renowned faculty and student body to further our knowledge base of sustainability, both in footwear production and day-to-day business decisionsâ€ says Monica DeVreese, Simple Brand Manager â€œThis partnership will strengthen the movement created by the Simple Green Toe collection.â€
In 1991, in response to a report issued by the State of California defining an increasing need for trained environmental professionals, the Regents of the University of California established the School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara to train graduate students in rigorous, interdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem-solving. The Bren School offers the Master of Environmental Science and Management (M.E.S.M.), a professional degree, and the Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management, a research-oriented degree. The Bren School's mission is to play a leading role in researching environmental issues, training research scientists and environmental management professionals, and identifying and solving environmental problems.
"Deckers is a progressive, visionary, and environmentally astute local company, and we're thrilled to have them as our new corporate partner," said Bren Corporate Liaison Marsha Marcoe. "We're already working together as part of a "green" tour being developed by the Santa Barbara Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a Bren student will soon be doing an internship at Deckers. It's just a great fit, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial association with this outstanding organization."
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Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NASDAQ: DECK) builds niche products into global lifestyle brands by designing and marketing innovative, functional and fashion-oriented footwear, developed for both high performance outdoor activities and everyday casual lifestyle use. The Company's products are offered under the Teva, Simple and Ugg brand names.