Coastal Living honors those working to protect and preserve our coastlines for generations to come. Join us in recognizing these courageous stewards of the shore.
Ocean Day rallies youngsters to protect marine life and the environment. As part of that annual celebration, The Migrating Human Whale Project motivates 10,000 kids from Mexico to Canada to clean Western beaches and raise awareness about threatened whales.
Courtesy of Mordecai Land Trust
When the federal government reduced funding for restoration projects, Mordecai Land Trust volunteers didn’t get angry―they got to work. They rolled up their collective sleeves and stepped into the waves to protect a 42-acre island in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey.
Less than two hours from Vancouver, the community of Wakefield Beach redefines development and proves that responsible development can be beautiful too.
Courtesy of Stan Stephens Cruises
Spurred to action by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, this tour-boat captain made a commitment to protect Prince William Sound.
Courtesy of Kids for the Bay
Kids for the Bay has transformed more than 40,000 elementary school students in Northern California into active environmental stewards. Through classroom workshops, projects at home, and field trips, these young participants learn effective ways to protect the coast.
Courtesy of Resource Rangers
Award-winning videos and hands-on fun make this Florida conservation program a hit.
Courtesy Dockside Green
The masterminds behind Canada’s Dockside Green community in Victoria, BC didn’t just join the green movement; they expanded it.
Courtesy of Ocean Conservancy
Armed with recyclable trash bags and a vision for a cleaner planet, some 400,000 volunteers scoured shores around the world for marine debris during the International Coastal Cleanup.
Anthony John Coletti
Kayak Nature Adventures, extends discounts to customers who bring back a bag of trash from tours of Clam Bayou, a Tampa Bay estuary. They started the promotion hoping to clean up some of the litter clogging the nature preserve. Less than two years later, kayakers had collected more than 30,000 pounds of junk, including shopping carts, lawn furniture, tires, balls, even motorcycles.
Courtesy of Spice Island Beach Resort
When vacationers arrive at Grenada's Spice Island Beach Resort, they expect to find tropical gardens, powder-white sand, and clear blue water. But what they may not foresee is the 64-room establishment's complete commitment to conserving its natural resources.
Courtesy of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
No billboard proclaims the identity of the low-rise, 60,000-square-foot structuree, but Moss Landing Marine Laboratories is one of the world's foremost research complexes.
This nonprofit's flagship facility on Narragansett Bay embodies its environmental mission. Save the Bay's headquarters building in Providence, Rhode Island, is green from top to bottom.
This professor of art at Georgia State University combs the world’s most beautiful coastlines for marine debris that she fashions into thought-provoking art exhibits.
Courtesy of Lapa Rios Ecolodge
Lapa Rios founders Karen and John Lewis created a main lodge and 16 private oceanview bungalows on a hillside amid Central America’s last remaining lowland rain forest, the ultimate eco-tourism destination.
Courtesy of The Marine Mammal Center
This grassroots operation offers ongoing rehabilitation, conservation, preservation, and education programs and events which reach more than 100,000 people.
Margo packed her GPS and pocketknife, launched her outrigger canoe into the Atlantic, and embarked on a three-month journey from Miami, Florida, to Camden, Maine. Along the way, she spoke with political leaders, community members, and the media about water pollution, overcrowded shorelines, and vulnerable marine life.
Courtesy of The Merchandise Mart
When the largest commercial building in the world decides to apply for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, they go big. The Mart has reduced pollution by more than 264,018 pounds―the largest reduction ever by a commercial building.