The Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) has been honing their green practices skill for 32 years, but on a mainstream level for businesses it’s a relatively new thing. Workboat Magazine and its website workboat.com is a resource for commercial marine professionals and recognizes these marine businesses doing the right thing at their annual Environmental Awards. This year Pacific Whale Foundation received the Judges Special Recognition Award for Comprehensive Environmental Management.
Workboat noted that Pacific Whale Foundation’s tours educate more than 300,000 guests about marine conservation each year. All profits support research, education and conservation programs to protect the ocean environment. Programs supported include marine science field trips and lab programs for school children, cetacean research, and Volunteering on Vacation, which links visitors with environmental service opportunities.
They also felt the Pacific Whale Foundation’s multifaceted Green Practices Program was especially significant. It’s a program that works to: 1) reduce energy usage and the carbon footprint of Pacific Whale Foundation’s ocean eco-tours; 2) model responsible wildlife watching; 3) reduce landfill waste and prevent marine debris; and 4), test and showcase environmentally sustainable practices that can be utilized throughout the maritime industry.