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What’s good for the ocean may also be good for business

What’s good for the ocean may also be good for business

What’s good for the ocean may also be good for business

Conservation, sustainable fishing, and carbon sequestration can be profitable.
Marty Odlin, who grew up and lives on the Maine coast, remembers what the ocean used to be like. But now, he said, the ocean there is “like a watery desert and just within my lifetime.” In the last few years, he said, he has seen lots of sea grass and many other species virtually disappear from the shoreline. Odlin comes from a fishing family and has a passion for history, both of which have informed his sense of commitment to ocean health.

Running Tide, based in Portland uses a combination of robotics, sensors and machine learning to build an aquaculture operation that is selling oysters now and eventually clams. The company also plans to seed oyster reefs and clam beds along the shoreline and restore kelp forests and sea grass. This will help the coastal ecosystem bring back biodiversity and improve water quality. Running Tide’s plans are just one of a number of efforts being made towards this new “blue economy,” a term used to describe commercial activity on the oceans, seas and coasts.

Sustainability Spotlight: Tony’s Coffee

Sustainability Spotlight: Tony’s Coffee

How did sustainability start for Tony’s? Our sustainability journey can be traced back to 2002, when we began sourcing Organic, Fair Trade, Shade Grown coffee. Since then, we moved to 100% green power, doubled our roasting efficiency, offset our roastery’s carbon footprint, and continue to support causes that we care about. Our commitment to sourcing…

Sustainability Spotlight: Aslan Brewing Company

Sustainability Spotlight: Aslan Brewing Company

Aslan Brewing Company, a member of Sustainable Connections, is based in Bellingham, WA and was founded in 2012. From the beginning, every decision the Aslan founders made was through the lens of sustainability. When Aslan opened its brewpub doors in May of 2014, team members focused on crafting world-class beer with local ingredients and low-impact…

Sustainability Spotlight: Brio Laundry and Cleaners

Sustainability Spotlight: Brio Laundry and Cleaners

Buckminster Fuller once said, “In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called.” Colleen Unema combined her educator mindset with a…

California testing solar-paneled canals

California testing solar-paneled canals

The Turlock Irrigation District approved a pilot project testing the construction of solar panels over canals in the San Joaquin Valley. Key takeaways: The decision was based on research demonstrating that covering the 4,000 miles of California’s water canals with solar panels could reduce evaporation by as much as 82%, saving up to 63 billion…

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