Since July 2011, Sailors for the Sea (Newport, RI) worked with the America’s Cup Event Authority to support the vision and plan of delivering a model sustainability sporting event.To that end an 81-point best management practice checklist was created, and an independent review panel was established to evaluate the sustainability compliance of the event organizers.
We are proud to award the 34th America’s Cup our highest level Clean Regattas certification! As David Rockefeller, Jr., chairman and co-founder, Sailors for the Sea, said,“The collaborative efforts between Sailors for the Sea and ACEA resulted in an expanded Clean Regattas program that will benefit the ocean that boaters rely on, and established a model framework within which other world-class sporting events can strive to achieve the highest possible levels of sustainability.”
The release below provides additional details but key metrics worth noting include:
- Over 85 percent of all event waste was recycled or composted –WAHOO!!
- The 34th America’s Cup became the largest sporting event in the world to eliminate single-use plastic bottles. Free water stations at the America’s Cup venues poured 38,372 liters of water, equivalent to avoiding 76,744 500mL single-use plastic bottles from entering the waste stream
- Oil spill kits were placed on every boat and stringent boat refueling practices were followed; education was provided to boat drivers about fuel saving driving techniques and fuel-efficient race management boats were procured that reduced air emissions and fuel usage
- ACRM (America’s Cup race management) used water only wash downs of race management boats and microfiber cleaning mitts to eliminate the use of soap
- Over 800 volunteers removed approximately 18,000 lbs. of trash from the shores of San Francisco Bay at 24 beach cleanups. The America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project collected 7,000 public pledges to protect the marine environment
The outreach, the numbers of ocean loving volunteers and the information that was shared to make this international highly visible event cleaner and more ocean-friendly are astounding!! LOVE IT!! – the editor
Sailors for the Sea was a proud member of the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project. Key accomplishments of the Project throughout the World Cup Series, Louis Vuitton Cup, Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, and the America’s Cup included:
- Shoreline Cleanups: Organized 24 shoreline cleanups with the Sea Scavenger Conservancy in the Bay area (27 worldwide), recovering over 20,000 pounds of trash from San Francisco Bay, with over 1100 volunteers working 3800 volunteer hours.
- Event Activities Promoting Marine Environment: Hosted conservation activities at America’s Cup World Series events and America’s Cup events to highlight local issues affecting the marine environment, including:
o MPA Fieldtrip: Hosted a group of schoolchildren to explore a local Marine Protected Area (M.S. Gaiola) in Naples, Italy and collected water samples with America’s Cup teams to discover living organisms in the water.
o Harbor Porpoise Fieldtrip: Hosted a group of schoolchildren on a hybrid ferry for a high profile ACHOP event (received network television coverage) to document the return of the harbor porpoises to Bay waters after approximately 40 years.
o Habitat Restoration:
· America’s Cup teams and staff worked with the World Wildlife Fund in Venice, Italy to restore shoreline habitats for local species of coastal birds.
· America’s Cup teams, staff, and local volunteers worked on project to restore the coastlines (near event venues) in Plymouth, Cascais, and Naples 2013.
· America’s Cup teams, staff, and local volunteers worked with the National Park Service to clean up and restore shoreline habitats along San Francisco Bay.
· Donated funds from the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project to NFWF project to remove creosote pilings from the San Francisco Bay.
o Marine Debris Mapping: America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project led 20 students on an exercise to learn about pollution in the ocean by collecting, analyzing, and mapping pieces of marine debris they found in San Francisco Bay.
To learn more about Sailors for the Sea and its partnership and active involvement with the 34th America’s Cup on issues related to sustainability, please contact me at 617 529 6463 email@example.com.