Blue Community Program Strategies For the Caribbean Region
and Gulf Coast States
The Waves of Change Blue Community program is an opportunity for coastal communities to declare their own work to protect the oceans and promote ocean sustainability.
The oceans are under increasing threats from pollution, overfishing, impacts of climate change including coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and increased storm intensity. The Waves of Change campaign is responding to these issues with ocean clean up programs, improving ocean literacy, supporting ocean champions, ecosystems restoration, and programs to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Unless policies for protection of the oceans and promotion of ocean sustainability are increased, coastal communities are likely to experience adverse impacts.
The good news is that every community has the opportunity to do its part to reverse current trends. Every community has its own unique challenges and opportunities to become a Blue Community.
The process is simple and straightforward. The Blue Community program in collaboration with Sustainable Travel International has a process for certification of lodges, tour operators, attractions, and resorts in a community for sustainability certification.
In addition the Blue Communtiy program is presently working to support the Global Sustainable Tourism Critiera for communities and destinations seeking to become sustainable, reduce disaster risks, and improve their economy through eco-friendly tourism.
Who Is Interested in The Blue Community Model?
Resorts and related tourism industry
College and Universities
Sustainability, Disaster Reduction, and Economic Development will be the three major themes of the Blue Community Program.
The Blue Community program provides sustainability strategies for energy, water, food, transportation, health, and much more. Walt Disney World™ in strategically addressing these concerns.
Walt Disney Company corporate goals are good bench marks for others working to be a Blue Community.
Disaster Reduction & Vulnerability Management
The United Nations International Strategies for Disaster Reduction program has identified sustainability as the best way to prevent, mitigate, and recover from potential disasters. The Blue Community program provide a number of best practices for disaster reduction and vulnerability management.
Economic Development & Eco-Friendly Tourism
For a travel and leisure company to utilize Blue Community strategies they must be economical. Walt Disney World™ provides a model for the economic benefits of a sustainability program. The Blue Community program provides strategies to enhance eco-friendly tourism and reduce costs in areas such as: energy, fertilizer, water, transportation, and other strategies to both attract tourism, and reduce costs of resort operations.
Disney's Mass Transportation Last Updated on 2016-02-07 19:34:27 Miriah Ekus
Walt Disney World, located in Orlando, Florida, is one of the largest tourist destinations in the world. Over 17.2 million tourists visit this destination each year! With all these guests constantly visiting, it is hard not to question how all of them get around and how un-sustainable it could possibly be. It is important to have this transportation system because the WDW resort is 40 square miles. This is equivalents to the size of San Francisco, California. Thanks to the Walt Disney World Resort, they are devoted to customer satisfaction and being a sustainable & eco-friendly destination. These ideals have been implemented into their mass transportation system. They have a complimentary transportation system to easily transport all of these guests. Guests can be transported by a variety of ways; bus, boat, or monorail.
The bus system is the most popular way... More »
Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plantLast Updated on 2016-02-07 17:42:58
Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plant
Desert complex will provide electricity for more than 1 million people when complete, helping African country to supply most of its energy from renewables by 2030
Phase one of Morocco’s vast $9bn Ouarzazate solar power plant provides 160MW of its ultimate 580MW capacity. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian
Morocco’s king will switch on the first phase of a concentrated solar power plant on Thursday that will become the world’s largest when completed.
The power station on the edge of the Saharan desert will be the size of the country’s capital city by the time it is finished in 2018, and provide electricity for 1.1 million people.
Noor 1, the first section at the town of Ouarzazate, provides 160 megawatts (MW) of the ultimate 580MW capacity,... More »
Long-lasting rust protection for offshore wind turbinesLast Updated on 2016-02-07 17:25:38
Long-lasting rust protection for offshore wind turbines
Offshore wind farms generate energy from the raw winds out at sea. But the salty air causes them to rust. For such plants to be profitable, they have to re- main in service for at least 25 years -- which is impossible without regular maintenance. In the future, the use of innovative materials and technologies will make this task less onerous and cheaper. Fraunhofer researchers are developing a protective film that will optimize the repair process and are working on the necessary inspection criteria.
The energy transition is in full swing, and more and more wind parks are being constructed offshore. Many new projects are underway in the North Sea and Baltic Ocean. But the maintenance and repair of these structures presents numerous difficulties, not least because the turbines are anchored in the seabed and cannot... More »
Hydro Dam Boom Threatens a Third of the World's Freshwater FishLast Updated on 2016-02-07 15:50:57
One-third of the world’s freshwater fish are at risk if dozens of large hydroelectric dams are built in the Amazon, Congo and Mekong basins, aquatic ecologists have warned.
Very few dams have so far been built in the basins of the world’s three great tropical rivers because of their remoteness and vast catchment areas. But rising demand for clean electricity in burgeoning tropical cities, and new roads to areas once considered impossible to access, has led to plans for over 450 dams for the three mega-diverse river basins.
If the dams are built, tropical freshwater biodiversity, which is at its most diverse in the three river basins, could be devastated, say the authors.
“Large dams invariably reduce fish diversity and block movements that enable migratory species to complete their life cycles. This... More »
Kauai hits renewable energy milestoneLast Updated on 2016-02-07 12:51:29
ANAHOLA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
While Hawaiian Electric Co. customers on Oahu are battling just to get their rooftop photovoltaic systems online, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative members are hitting an impressive renewable energy milestone.
Four times in January, KIUC generated 90 percent of the island's electrical needs with renewable resources.
"It's a big deal for Kauai, Hawaii and really the nation," said KIUC CEO David Bissell. "It's really a remarkable achievement from a technology side and from an engineering side to do that."
The co-op's energy portfolio is diversified.
While rooftop PV systems are booming, the backbone of the island's solar power comes from two solar array farms, in Koloa and Anahola.
Additionally, five hydroelectric plants account for almost 8 percent of the island's electricity... More »
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