SCS Engineers and City Council President Tony Young Present Achievement Award to Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

July 20, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA —SCS Engineers and San Diego City Council President Tony Young will present the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation with an achievement award at the engineering firm’s annual open house October 20 at 5 p.m. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for Ocean Discovery Institute, a San Diego nonprofit that offers science and environmental education programs to elementary through college students.

“Our city’s future relies on a well-educated public to be wise stewards of our environment,” said Council President Young. “We applaud the Jacobs Center for its ongoing commitment to help educate local residents on a myriad of complex environmental issues.”

The award will honor the Jacobs Center for the significant role it plays in community education and development in the underinvested neighborhoods of southeastern San Diego. SCS Engineers has worked extensively with the Jacobs Center and has seen firsthand the difference the organization makes in encouraging and empowering residents to make positive changes in their communities.

“There is a clear connection between the built environment and the overall health and well being of a community,” said Chip Buttner, Vice President of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. “Our work alongside community residents to put blighted properties back into productive use, clean up long-contaminated creek beds, and build a culturally vibrant ‘village’ has transformed this community into a community of hope, vision, and purpose.”

“Recognizing the achievements of the Jacobs Center is the nexus of our environmental engineering work and our long-standing relationship with the organization,” said Daniel E. Johnson, SCS Vice President and San Diego Operations Manager. “We are actively involved in redevelopment projects, ensuring a safe environment for future generations, and we can think of no better program to support for its important educational programs than Ocean Discovery Institute.”

Ocean Discovery Institute plays a vital role in engaging, educating, and inspiring youth from urban and diverse backgrounds through science-based exploration of the ocean and environment.

“We are so appreciative of SCS Engineers’ partnership and commitment to creating the next generation of engineers,” said Shara Fisler, Ocean Discovery Institute executive director. “This event will raise funds needed to support critical hands-on education for San Diego youth, ensuring our region’s future workforce in the science and engineering fields.”

SCS Engineers invites the public to attend this open house and enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres Thursday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. at 8799 Balboa Ave., suite 290, San Diego, CA 92123. Donations of $20 will be accepted but are not required to attend. Please RSVP to Jennifer Reed by email at or by telephone at 858-571-5500.

About Ocean Discovery Institute
Ocean Discovery Institute, formerly Aquatic Adventures, is a nonprofit organization that uses science exploration to engage urban and diverse young people in three ways: education, scientific research and environmental stewardship. Through our programs youth are empowered to transform their lives and make a difference in the world as scientific and environmental leaders. Their discoveries will reveal new ways to protect the ocean and nature, improve the health of our communities, and strengthen the quality of life in our world. For more information, please visit

About Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is a nonprofit foundation that operates on the premise that residents must own and drive the change that takes place in their community for it to be meaningful and long-lasting. JCNI explores new pathways to change through entrepreneurial relationships, hands-on training, and the creative investment of resources.