Green Marine Supporters encourage and support the sustainable development initiative undertaken by the marine industry. Green Marine’s relevance and credibility is reflected through these environmental groups and government departments/agencies that have endorsed and help shape the environmental program.
The Carbon War Room is a global, independent non-profit organization based in the United States. It has developed a search tool, powered by Rightship’s Existing Vessel Design Index (EVDI), to provide a systematic, transparent means of comparing the relative theoretical efficiency and sustainability of an existing fleet by measuring a ship’s theoretical CO2 emissions per nautical mile travelled.
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, it partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment.
Established in 1990, Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) is the only grassroots citizens’ organization focused on the protection and restoration of the Strait of Georgia – one of Canada’s most at-risk environments. GSA is also working to promote the sustainability of the strait, as well as its tributaries and communities. The organization is committed to a future for the region that has clean water and air for healthy salmon runs, abundant marine life, and sustainable development by the communities using the best available science, the precautionary principle, experience, traditional ecological knowledge, as well as taking into account community values.
As a registered Canadian charity founded in 1995, Georgian Bay Forever is a community response to the growing need to protect, preserve and enhance the aquatic ecosystems of Georgian Bay and the environmentally sustainable quality of life its communities and visitors enjoy through public education and scientific research with accredited institutions.
The International Secretariat for Water (ISW) is an international, non-governmental organization created in 1990 whose mission is to promote access to drinking water, hygiene and sanitation for all, support local communities in choosing appropriate solutions, help build local governance that involves users, elected officials, technicians and financial backers, raise public awareness regarding the issues of basin-level integrated water management, promote regional alliances and support global networks.
Created in 1998, the Réseau d’observation de mammifères marins (ROMM) is an organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of cetaceans and seals, primarily in the St. Lawrence estuary and gulf. To fulfil this mission, ROMM undertakes projects that involve acquiring knowledge, establishing networks, developing educational tools, and raising awareness. The organization is built on a network of members that collect data on the cetaceans and seals they observe throughout their season of activities within the St. Lawrence region. The overall purpose of this huge environmental monitoring project is to gain a greater understanding of the distribution of these animals within the St. Lawrence.
The ONE DROP Foundation is an initiative of Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté. The Foundation’s prime mandate is to raise awareness, among individuals and communities, of water-related issues to convince them to mobilize for universal access to water, in sufficient quantities, and urge them to adopt sound habits for managing this precious resource for future generations.
The SEDNA Foundation is an organization with an environmental, educational and scientific mission. Jean Lemire is a filmmaker and biologist who is known to many for his Antarctic expedition on board the SEDNA IV oceanographic vessel, during which he and his team provided viewers with daily reports on the devastating effects of climate change on the Antarctic peninsula.
WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is Canada’s largest international conservation organization with the active support of more than 150,000 Canadians. It connect the power of a strong global network to on-the-ground conservation efforts across Canada, with offices in Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, St. John’s, and a growing presence in the Arctic. Its mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by: conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable and, promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is an air-quality management agency serving King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties in Washington State. Created as a result of the 1967 Washington Clean Air Act, the agency protects public health by adopting and enforcing air quality regulations, educating individuals and businesses about clean-air choices, and sponsoring voluntary initiatives to improve air quality.
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is a coalition of mayors and local representatives of more than 70 cities and municipalities working to protect, restore and promote the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River basin.
The Conseil Patronal de l’Environnement du Québec (CPEQ) is an organization of key industry/business representatives and sector-based business associations whose activities have potential environmental impacts and who are, therefore, concerned with environmental and sustainable development issues. In its letter of support, the CPEQ welcomes the existence of an environmental program in which participants take concrete action to minimize their activities’ environmental impacts and strive to improve their environmental performance on an ongoing basis.
The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute, a University of Wisconsin – Superior and University of Minnesota Duluth consortium, supports sustainable maritime commerce on the Great Lakes through applied research. It brings together the strengths of the two host universities, along with the research capabilities of other Great Lakes Universities. Established in 2004, the Institute has been designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration as the National Maritime Enhancement Institute for the Great Lakes.
Northwest Community College (NWCC) is an accredited post-secondary institution that serves the vibrant and diverse communities of northwest British Columbia. Established in 1975 in Terrace, B.C., NWCC has expanded to nine regional campuses serving 34 communities. The college provides students with innovative programs leading to sustainable careers. NWCC is in the process of formally establishing the School of Marine and Coastal Studies, which will be based at the Prince Rupert campus to serve the needs of coastal communities from Stewart in the north to Hartley Bay in the south and from Kitimat westward to Haida Gwaii.
The Seattle Aquarium is the ninth largest aquarium in the U.S. by attendance and among the top five paid visitor attractions in the Puget Sound region. The aquarium engages its mission of “inspiring conservation of our marine environment” in part through a commitment to operational sustainability. Recent accomplishments include the largest solar array on any West Coast aquarium and a 20% reduction in its carbon footprint when it completes eight energy-saving upgrades by early 2015.
The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences is a non-government, non-profit organization established in 1994 as a unique community partnership involving government, business, industry, and the Mohawks of Akwesasne. Its mandate focuses on environmental research, education, and community action on the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes basin. Located in the heart of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the River Institute undertakes research that contributes to the scientific foundation of how large river ecosystems and their components function. Working partnerships with universities, governments, industry, academia, and communities allow the Institute to addresses local, national and international needs.
The main objective of Technopole Maritime du Québec is to accelerate the development of Quebec’s marine science, technology and biotechnology sectors by promoting their resources and expertise nationally and internationally, while providing value-added services to its members as well as support for priority long-term projects.
The Vancouver Aquarium is a recognized leader in connecting people to our natural world. As a self-supporting, non-profit association, the Aquarium is dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action. More than 35 million people have visited the Aquarium since its opening in 1956. Located in Stanley Park, the Aquarium has been dedicated to conservation, research and education from the beginning. This can be seen through the many conservation and research programs that it operates, as well as through its accreditations, awards and involvement in international conservation and research projects.
To protect the St-Lawrence we must first experience it. ÉcoMaris, a non-profit organization, aims to increase environmental awareness and education in the maritime sector through concrete nautical projects on board its traditional sailing ship. ÉcoMaris works with communities, businesses and governments to provide opportunities for youth and corporate participants to learn about the maritime industry, to discover the different marine ecosystems and to actively contribute to its conservation.
Green Marine newsletter The Green Wave is released every two months and presents Green Marine latest members and all relevant information regarding the environmental program. It also showcases Green Marine members’ best practices and green initiatives in its Spotlight on Partners and Industry success stories sections.
Any time you have third-party independent verification of your environmental initiatives, it gives credibility to the process. You can toot your own horn all you want, but you must have a way to truly be credible about the information that you provide to shareholders and the public.
Ronald Tursi, President, Roymar