Local Sustainability Initiatives
Seaside Sustainability has teamed up with Gloucester’s Clean City Commission and other local partners to develop and collaborate on local environmental projects. Through these initiatives, Seaside Sustainability’s aim is to provide our partner organizations & schools, as well as educators & students, with educational resources as these projects as they develop so they may initiate involvement and inspire change in our local coastal communities.
Seaside Sustainability has teamed up with Gloucester’s Clean City Commission, under the leadership of City Councilors Melissa Cox & Sean Nolan, to propose a ban in Gloucester on all single use plastic bags and polystyrene (Styrofoam) containers (like coffee cups and takeout food containers). This initiative is imperative in maintaining the beauty and health of our coastal city’s land & marine spaces. Considering the availability of biodegradable and reusable alternatives, as well as the economic benefits of the proposed ordinance, through this partnership we will work to educate the citizens of Gloucester in order to accomplish this goal collaboratively.
Drain smART is an initiative to raise awareness about the link between storm drains and the ocean’s health. Street drains carry waste water, along with anything on the nearby ground, directly into the ocean. This pollution, including harmful chemicals, oil, cigarette butts, plastic bags and many other forms of trash, are then swept, unfiltered, directly into the sea. This project will get the community involved by inviting local artists and creatives of all ages to design ocean themed murals that will be painted on drains around Gloucester. These artistic displays will draw attention to this issue and inspire passersby to think twice before carelessly polluting our local harbors and oceans.
The Cape Ann Marine Partnership joins together the NOAA Marine Debris Program, the US Coast Guard, Maritime Gloucester, Gloucester's Clean City Commission, and One Ocean One Love under Seaside Sustainability's fiscal sponsorship through an initiative to eradicate marine pollution. These organizations, which strive to promote marine health and sustainability awareness, are fundraising to install two different prototype designs in Gloucester Harbor which will actively gather floating marine debris year-round. Data will be collected on the types and origins of collected debris which will be used to provide new mitigation strategies and to educate the public on the impact our trash is having on our local marine environment.