Biology instructor Chuck Schneebeck (far left) poses with Fullerton College students who were members of the Friends of Newport Bay (now the Newport Bay Conservancy). The organization worked successfully to preserve and save Upper Newport Bay from being developed into a marina. The Fullerton College wing of this volunteer group worked with longtime Fullerton resident Charles P. Greening (1921-2011), who served as President of the Friends of Newport Bay for eight years. Fullerton College also offered a mini-course titled Upper Newport Bay: An Ecosystem in an Urban Environment. Environmental disasters in the 1970s (Love Canal, Three Mile Island, the Cadiz oil spill, etc.) and the uproar over pesticides increased attention on environmental issues.