Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Team Marine Wins Ocean Hero Award

Team Marine wins Ocean Hero Award

On April 5th Team Marine traveled by van to Sacramento to be part of Ocean Day at the California State Capitol Building on March 6. Representing the youth, the students met with various assembly members, senators, and staff to support bills AB1998 and AB925 that would reduce plastic marine debris and curb carbon dioxide emissions. They also encouraged state officials to establish a comprehensive network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that follow the scientific guidelines and draft new legislation that would make environmental sustainability a core subject in k-12 grade levels. The students also had a chance to lobby alongside various environmental organizations, including Heal the Bay. That evening, Team Marine attended a formal reception and sustainable seafood banquet with numerous state officials and ocean advocates and was given an Ocean Hero Award by a California steering committee composed of CalCoast, Environment California, Heal the Bay, the NRDC, Ocean Conservancy, San Diego Coastkeeper, and Surfrider Foundation. Lester Snow, Secretary for Natural Resources welcomed the students that evening, and Mike Chrisman, a director for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and former Secretary for Natural Resources presented the award to the students for their many contributions toward protecting the marine environment. Returning home along the coast, Team Marine visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium and camped in beautiful Big Sur.

Team Marine with Senator Julia Brownly who authored AB1998 which would ban all single-use paper and plastic bags in California

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Team Marine Wins Big in Environmental Science Competitions

Team Marine won 2nd Place in the Quikscience Challenge 2010. Team Marine was awarded 2nd place for all their extremely hard work this year including the creation of an original curriculum and documentary about Team Marines 10 R's, advocating for MPAs, cleaning up and spreading awareness about plastic pollution in the ocean, performing in depth research about storm drain pollution and fouling organisms on plastic, their work to ban single-use plastic bags in Santa Monica, presenting all over California, building a solar powered boat for Solar Cup 2010 and reaching over 9 million people.

Team Marine "Lab Coats" win 1st Place in the Edison Challenge 2010. Team Marine "Lab Coats" were awarded 1st place for their work with the Teach and Test Program monitoring water quality in Santa Monica Bay and Collecting thousands of bottles to Recycle for LifeStraws.