Valley Man Raising Money for Climate Ride

Being an environmentalist and an avid bike rider, Sam Geil jumped at the chance to participate in Climate Ride California 2010, which raises money for green causes.

The 57-year-old president of family-owned Geil Enterprises and founder of the International Green Industry Hall of Fame in Fresno is hopping on his bike and joining two other Valley men in the 300-mile ride from Eureka to San Francisco Sept 21-25.

Geil, attorney Paul Fromson and businessman Steve Orlando have formed a team, San JoaquinValley Express, to make the trek.

The event raises funds for Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, green jobs through Green America and 1Sky, which focuses on climate education. Geil also is raising money to support the The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which fights cancer.

Geil has raised $1,800 toward his goal of $2,400. Donations will be accepted through July. To contribute, visit the Web site or his support page.

Geil became an active bike rider after recovering from back surgery. He said Climate Ride California is a good way to raise fund for important causes, keep him in shape and satisfies his desire to do something "extreme."

His International Green Industry Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and organizations for achievements in the green movement.

The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to improving our region's quality of life by increasing its production and use of clean and alternative energy. The SJVCEO works with cities and counties and public and private organizations to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the eight-county region of the San Joaquin Valley.