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. A print-friendly PDF of the list of Green Marine members is available under the Resources tab of the website.
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.
Clean Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental environment organization created in 1988. It works for a clean climate and clean water. Clean Foundation focuses on critical ecological issues, including energy and climate change, clean water, marine health, waste reduction, and youth education. Its work includes practical on-the-ground programs, policy contributions, partnerships and strategic collaborations, as well as participatory, experiential education. For example, Clean Foundation’s Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up is Nova Scotia’s largest volunteer-driven community clean-up program, promoting the removal of litter across the province. Clean Foundation’s Ship-to-Shore program aims to engage Nova Scotia’s commercial fishers to address concerns regarding waste disposal practices at sea, and the lack of waste management resources at fishing harbours. To date, Ship-to-Shore has visited more than 130 fishing harbours. Clean Foundation is sharing the program’s concept in other Atlantic Canadian provinces.
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.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a leading national nonprofit organization, links science, economics, law, and innovative partnerships to create transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. Its mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. EDF helps port and shipping operators replace old, inefficient equipment and deploy zero- and low-emission technology by driving public and private funds to port areas that need it most.
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.
The Marine Mammal Observation Network (MMON) is a not-for-profit marine mammal observation network based in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec. MMON has been working for the conservation and development of the St. Lawrence River and its marine life since 1998. Its integrated management approach involves the maritime industry’s various stakeholders in a coordinated effort to preserve marine ecosystems.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a not-for-profit NGO with a mission to protect the abundantly bio-diverse habitat and natural corridors in southern Quebec. NCC is actively involved with safeguarding the St. Lawrence River ecosystem by conserving more than 3,800 hectares (9,390 acres) of natural habitat on the waterway’s shorelines and islands. NCC fulfils an important role by acquiring, overseeing, restoring and improving ecologically vital properties.
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.
Established in 1987, the Pacific Salmon Foundation is a federally incorporated non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and their natural habitat in British Columbia and Yukon. Operating independently from government, it facilitates dialogue and undertakes positive initiatives in support of Pacific salmon amongst all levels of government, including First Nations, as well as industry, communities, individual volunteers, and all fishing interests.
Point Blue advances conservation of birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through science, partnerships and outreach. Our highest priority is to reduce the impacts of habitat loss, climate change, and other environmental threats while promoting nature-based solutions for wildlife and people, on land and at sea.
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 Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) brings together the National Port Authorities of all 35 sovereign nations of the Americas. It promotes the development of competitive, sustainable and secure ports in the Western Hemisphere by actively facilitating cooperation between the highest governmental levels and the private sector. To date, CIP has more than 40 private sector firms and institutions as associate members. Its mission to promote sustainable port management practices, competitiveness and logistics maintains the protection of the marine environment as an important priority. CIP also deals with legislative and regulatory changes, corporate social responsibilities, security concerns, onshore tourism and passenger-related services, as well as gender equality matters.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment supports the economic, social and environmental sustainability of municipalities, communities and regions through the delivery of effective programs, services and support. The department assists municipalities in meeting their infrastructure needs. It helps to provide the financial and administrative tools to support the development of regional cooperation, community capacity, and sound municipal governance. The department is responsible for emergency preparedness and response, as well as provincial coordination of fire protection and prevention services. It is also responsible for environmental protection and enhancement by implementing water resource and pollution prevention policies and regulations, as well as coordinating environmental impact assessments of proposed development projects and managing affected sites.
The Nova Scotia Department of the Environment is responsible for delivering effective and efficient regulatory management for the protection of the environment. The department develops programs and delivers services to enhance the protection of the environment, as well as human and animal health. The staff develop legislation, regulations and policies based on sound scientific knowledge and expertise. They educate the public, as well as inspect and enforce regulations to ensure compliance. They also proactively respond to environmental, human and animal health risks.
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 Department of Commerce is a Washington State government agency that relates to every aspect of community and economic development. The maritime industry is one of the department’s key sectors of focus, rooted as it is in the historic strength of the state’s natural resources, strategic location and excellent transportation connections to provide efficient access to global markets. The maritime sector contributes $37.6 billion in revenue to the state’s economy, and directly employs nearly 69,500 people. Commerce strives to work with industry stakeholders, as well as within government, to set the course for sustainable maritime industry innovation. Spearheaded by Commerce, the Washington Maritime BLUE 2050 strategy is set to ensure that Washington State is the home of the most sustainable maritime industry within the next few decades.
The Washington Department of Ecology has the mission is to protect Washington State’s environment, public health and safety through a comprehensive Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program. The program works with communities, industry, state and federal agencies, tribes and other partners to prevent and prepare for oil spills. The program also responds to oil and hazardous-material spills 24/7 from six offices located throughout the state, and works to assess and restore environmental damage resulting from spills.
Anthropocene Institute – Protected Seas works to encourage sustainable, long-term solutions to ocean issues through innovative technology projects. The Marine Protected Area (MPA) mapping project, a public-private partnership with the NOAA MPA Center, is establishing the most comprehensive source for identifying place-based protections on marine extraction and delivering that to boaters through free online tools and partnerships with electronic charting providers. To help monitor and enforce MPAs, Protected Seas has a Marine Monitor (M2) system that leverages low-cost, commercial marine radar technology to provide 24/7 coverage of near-shore MPAs using customized software. For more information on these and other projects, visit ProtectedSeas.net
The Canadian Whale Institute (CWI) was formed in 1997 to increase awareness of the North Atlantic right whale, one of the world’s most endangered large whales. CWI promotes stewardship with mariners to reduce the two major factors affecting the whale’s recovery: vessel strikes and entanglement in commercial fishing gear. Its education, research and conservation projects are focused in Canadian waters, including the Bay of Fundy, the Scotian Shelf and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It strives to increase marine mammal awareness through directed programs involving the marine industry, governments and the public. The involvement of the Canadian Whale Institute in research and conservation has played a major role in the ongoing recovery efforts for the North Atlantic right whale in Canadian waters.
The Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology is dedicated to building a world-renowned marine industry through specific training within educational programs that can be shared throughout the community and technical college system. Its goals include the development of a highly skilled workforce, and to continually advance industry processes and practices through outreach and collaboration. The center is located at Skagit Valley College in Anacortes, Washington.
Clear Seas is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides impartial and evidence-based research to inform the public and policy makers about marine shipping in Canada, including risks, mitigation measures and best practices for safe and sustainable marine shipping. Clear Seas’ vision for safe and sustainable shipping is holistic, encompassing environmental, social and economic impacts of the shipping industry.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Clear Seas was officially launched in 2014 to be a leading source of independent, fact-based information on safe and sustainable marine shipping in Canada. Clear Seas was established in Canada after discussions with the marine shipping sector, port authorities, First Nations, non-governmental organizations, coastal communities, and other stakeholders concerned about marine shipping risks, prevention, preparedness, and response strategies along Canada’s coastlines and waterways.
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.
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.
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.
INREST (L’Institut nordique de recherche en environnement et en santé au travail) is a Nordic institute with the mission to carry out research on environmental and health issues within the workplace in northeastern Quebec. Created in 2013, it is an independent corporate entity associated with Cégep de Sept-Îles through a management agreement with the college. INREST has several objectives, most notably to encourage and support innovative projects that take into account the need for sustainable development, to provide scientific backing for sound business and work-related decision-making, to connect researchers involved in environment/health issues in Northern workplaces, and to make their research activities and findings better known to more of the public.
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 Ocean Exchange is an international platform to accelerate the adoption across industries of solutions that positively affect the environment, economies, and health, while respecting cultures around the world. The Ocean Exchange is the intersection where organizations from around the world advance and promote their cutting-edge solutions and innovations in materials, devices, processes and systems. It has created the knowledge-based catalyst for organizations to achieve corporate social responsibility goals. By connecting innovators and organizations, The Ocean Exchange empowers the successful application of solutions for the greater good.
Ocean Networks Canada, an initiative of the University of Victoria, operates the world’s most advanced cabled ocean observatories off the coast of British Columbia and in the Canadian Arctic. Ocean Networks Canada has recently launched the Smart Oceans Systems,™ a program that harnesses science and research with its world-leading technology to deliver both data and data management and archival products to improve marine and public safety, as well as the environmental monitoring of Canada’s coastal and offshore ocean areas.
Ocean Wise is a global ocean conservation organization focused on protecting and restoring our world’s oceans. Building on the roots of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, which started as a community-based not-for-profit organization, Ocean Wise aims to inspire people in every corner of the planet to participate in creating healthy oceans. Through engagement, education, direct action and research, Ocean Wise is working towards a future where our oceans will once again thrive.
Recognizing the need to protect the environment, fauna, flora and natural resources of a key part of the Saguenay Fjord and the St. Lawrence Estuary, the governments of Canada and Quebec have created with the public’s support the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park.
Its mission is to enhance for the benefit of current and future generations the level of protection for ecosystem conservation, while promoting educational, recreational and scientific activities. The activities carried out in the marine park are framed with a view to sustainable use. Regional stakeholders are also involved in achieving the marine park’s objectives.
The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park protects a marine region with exceptional animal and plant diversity: from microscopic algae to the gigantic blue whale, more than 1,600 wild species have been observed there.
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 Global Observatory is a non-profit organization bringing together a network of scientists, observers, modellers and managers from universities, research organizations, provincial and federal departments, environmental and community groups and the industry. SLGO’s mission is to promote the sharing and pooling of scientific information on the St. Lawrence ecosystem.
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.
Not-for-profit UpGyres is working to re-establish a healthy marine environment for people and the planet. The organization strives to stop plastic waste from polluting water and other environments, and to recuperate the resources in waste plastic to productively recycle back into the economy. UpGyres focuses on preventing macro-plastics (namely single-use disposable packaging) along with micro-plastics and micro-textiles from entering water. Find out more at the organization’s website. UpGyres is also spearheading the Plastika Reparabilis Challenge 2018-2020 to foster the most forward-thinking projects to recover and reuse plastic waste. Visit the platform to sponsor or enter the challenge.
Prince Rupert and its approximately 12,000 residents are located 885 kilometres (550 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia. Set against a spectacular backdrop of mountains and sea, the city is home to North America’s deepest natural harbour and the closest bulk and container facility to Asia. The magnificent ice-free harbour extends for 22.5 kilometres (14 miles) and remains ice-free year-round. It is one of the world’s deepest natural harbours.
Port Edward is a small port community in British Columbia, south of Prince Rupert, and west of Terrace. The district consists of approximately 18,387 hectares (45,435 acres), bordered by the Skeena River, Inverness Passage, and mountains north of Highway 16. It is accessible by road and by water.
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.
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Ronald Tursi, President, Guardian Ship Management