Eco Heroes

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.

Vikki Spruill

Ben Hoffmann

Vikki Spruill

As CEO of the Ocean Conservancy Vikki is a superhero for the sea! She shapes international ocean policy, testifies on Capitol Hill, and works with leading environmentalists around the world.

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The Migrating Human Whale Project

Eddie Sakaki

The Migrating Human Whale Project

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.

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Mordecai Land Trust

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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.

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Nancy Caruso

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Nancy Caruso

Nancy, founder of Get Inspired, Inc., is the Johnny Appleseed of the ocean—she and local students are sowing underwater fields of giant kelp off the Southern California coast.

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Wakefield Beach

Dave Delinea

Wakefield Beach

Less than two hours from Vancouver, the community of Wakefield Beach redefines development and proves that responsible development can be beautiful too.

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Andy Sharpless

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Andy Sharpless

As CEO of the nonprofit group Oceana in Washington, D.C., Andy works around the clock to protect worldwide marine habitats.

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Stan Stephens

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Stan Stephens

Spurred to action by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, this tour-boat captain made a commitment to protect Prince William Sound.

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Kids for the Bay

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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.

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Resource Rangers

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Resource Rangers

Award-winning videos and hands-on fun make this Florida conservation program a hit.

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Dockside Green

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Dockside Green

The masterminds behind Canada’s Dockside Green community in Victoria, BC didn’t just join the green movement; they expanded it.

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Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup

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Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup

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.

Learn more about the International Coastal Cleanup

Kayak Nature Adventures

Anthony John Coletti

Kayak Nature Adventures

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.

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Spice Island Beach Resort

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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.

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Dan Pingaro

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Dan Pingaro

This sailor, surfer, and CEO of nonprofit Sailors for the Sea spends his days teaching fellow mariners how to protect our waterways.

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Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

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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.

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Save the Bay

Eric Roth

Save the Bay

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.

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Pam Longobardi

Dave Rothstein

Pam Longobardi

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.

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Lapa Rios Ecolodge

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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.

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The Marine Mammal Center

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The Marine Mammal Center

This grassroots operation offers ongoing rehabilitation, conservation, preservation, and education programs and events which reach more than 100,000 people.

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Rick Moonen

Rick Moonen

A food critic favorite, Rick is the executive chef of RM Seafood in Las Vegas and an energetic spokesperson for sustainable fishing around the glove.

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Try 3 of Rick's Sustainable Seafood Dishes

Margo Pellegrino

David Hillegas

Margo Pellegrino

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.

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The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, Illinois

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The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, Illinois

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.

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