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Program Operations 2. Program Operations


Simple additions to your on-land and on-water operations can have a positive impact on your environmental footprint. A. On Land


Boat Maintenance and Cleaning


When choosing cleaning products and locations for washing your boats, it is important to consider the following and design measures to protect human and


ecological health: ● Are your cleaning products eco-friendly? ● How far are you from your body of water? ● Where does the runoff from boat washing go? ● If I am scraping old paint or conducting other boat maintenance, where will


the debris be disposed of and will it contaminate any of the surrounding grounds?


Sorting your Trash and Recycling


This is an excellent way to engage your program participants. Make sure to have clear signage about what can and cannot be recycled in your area and stage bins around your facility in the high traffic areas. Most organizations can compost onsite or arrange for compost pickup with your municipality. You can contact your local hauler to determine which materials can be recycled and composted locally. They may also have helpful signage you can use at your facility and may be able to speak to your staff or young people in your programs to provide education.


Minimizing Single-use Water Bottles and Sustainable Lunches


Communicating your sustainability efforts in all your program literature can be effective in reaching many people at one time. Letting participants and parents know that you are consciously working on limiting single-use water bottles and requesting that everyone brings a reusable water bottle is often well received. In addition, explaining the benefits of a zero-waste lunch containing reusable bags and containers can reduce trash produced by your organization each day and can be a teaching tool that students can take home with them.


You can set up water refill stations at your facility by using systems like Zip2Water or Elkay. Most systems hook up to a standard food-grade hose and have a filter inside the container, making it transportable and functional for large groups.


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