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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
PortTech Los Angeles is an innovation and commercialization center dedicated to creating sustainable businesses for ports and the goods movement industry. It brings together entrepreneurs, strategic partners and investors to accelerate innovation, advance clean technologies and create economic opportunities. PortTech promotes and supports the development of technologies that enable enterprises to meet their environmental, energy, safety/security and transportation goals. PortTech is a non-profit organization serving the greater Southern California port community and the global goods movement industry. The organization was founded by the City of Los Angeles, the Port of Los Angeles, and Harbor Area business communities.
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.
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.
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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Green Marine is a very professionally designed and managed program, but the onus is on each participant to set and achieve higher environmental goals. Green Marine just gives you straightforward means to convey what you’ve already done or are doing, and a map for what you can still accomplish.John McCann, Port Saint John’s vice-president of operations and harbour master