Subaru owner Tom Finley shares his passion for the natural world every day. A lifelong
outdoor enthusiast, Tom teaches more than 120 elementary outreach programs annually
to children and families for the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (SANC) in Milwaukee,
“All too often kids are parked in front of the computer or TV, and they miss out on that natural education we took for granted as kids,” Tom said. “Some of our best family experiences were camping trips every summer to parks around our wonderful state. Unfortunately, many children simply don’t have that same opportunity or access to nature – either because they live in cities or the more pervasive issue of human encroachment on natural habitats.”
Tom helps children of all ages experience the magic of nature, often traveling to different schools throughout the city. Astronomy, insects, weather and Wisconsin’s state symbols are among his students’ favorite topics.
It’s no surprise that Tom and his wife, Amy, drive Subaru vehicles. “Not only is my Subaru fun to drive, I believe it leaves a lighter impact on the planet than so many other SUV-type vehicles currently available,” he said.
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center outreach director Tom Finley joins other Subaru-driving staff members.
“Our Impreza is 12 years old and still going strong with 190,000 miles on it,” Tom added. “Our Outback is safe and comfortable for the whole family, gets surprisingly good mileage and handles really well in the rough Wisconsin winters. And since my job requires me to be on the road, it’s nice to have a reliable car when I need it.”
As part of a sustainability class, Tom upholds Subaru of America, Inc. as an example of a company integrating environmental conservation into all aspects of its business and manufacturing.
“We live in a world where it seems more acceptable to criticize wrongs than to recognize positive action,” he said. “So when I came across Drive and realized the steps Subaru is taking to develop more earth-friendly vehicles, I immediately wanted to get the word out. Now, Drive is a regular part of my sustainability program curriculum.”
Photos courtesy of Bob Bailie.