- Category: Tall Ships
- Published on Monday, 03 September 2012 20:03
- Written by Joe Follansbee
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The captain of a Seattle-area tall ship has recieved a $10,000 grant from the National Audubon Society to work on improving environmental practices in the region's marine industry. Capt. Joshua Berger of the schooner Adventuress was named a winner of a TogetherGreen fellowship, which is co-sponsored by Toyota.
Green's concept of "ship as sustainable community" is the basis of the project, titled "Where BLUE meets GREEN," a series of programs conducted aboard Adventuress, a 133-foot National Historic Landmark launched in 1913. Involving up to 75 leaders representing a range of industries, the project is designed to facilitate dialog among the small passenger vessel community, fisheries businesses, marinas, recreational boaters, tribes, shipyards, and others with a stake in the the environmental health of Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and San Juan Islands. The leaders will discuss sustainable building/material use practices and their impacts to the marine and human ecology, along with methods of developing a typology of marine transportation guidelines for sustainable practices. Up to 75 industry leaders will participate in three five-hour sailing programs aboard the schooner.
"As in the land-built environment and the great strides in the green building industry, strides are necessary to begin a process of greening marine vessels, and examples of sustainable models are needed to understand and discuss alternatives," Berger says.
Aboard Adventuress and as a staff member of the conservation organization Sound Experience, Berger provides a floating education platform for more than 5,000 young people and adults annually in an ongoing mission to preserve and protect the marine waters and estuaries of the Puget Sound region. He also develops education programs and sustainability initiatives, manages a crew of 15 (along with a network of hundreds of active volunteers), and directs a multi-year ship restoration project.
The TogetherGreen fellowship program invests in high-potential individuals from all backgrounds,
providing them with resources, visibility, and a growing peer network to help them lead communities
nationwide to a healthier environmental future.
Source: Sound Experience