• WHALE Center was established as a Utah Not-For-Profit 501 (c) 3 organization August 27th, 1990.

  • WHALE Center is asked to provide leadership for 150 person Global Environment Team for Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 1992. The Cosmic Story featuring John Denver, Olivia Newton John, Paul Winter, Wangari Mathai and others was co-produced by WHALE and NACRE. The program was one of the largest if not the largest attended events at the Earth Summit also know as the United Natiions Conference on Environment & Development.


  • WHALE Center sponsored Utah URI to become a charter URI Cooperation Circle, April,, 2000

  • WHALE Center hosted first ever URI North America Conference, June, 2001 - WHALE provided specific programs with UNEP at this event.

  • WHALE Center was contracted by UNEP to produce a program at U.N. Headquarters for the U.N. International Day of Peace, September 21, 2001

  • WHALE becomes accredited as UNEP Major Stakeholder Group

  • Waves of Change was established as an IOI (International Ocean Institute) program administered by WHALE and Friends of the UN, August 2007


  • Blue Community granted membership in the UNWTO INSTO, (International Network for Sustainable Tourism Observatories, December, 2016 under management of the University of South Florida Patel College of Global Sustainability.

  • ED Chiles, David Randle, and Richard Jordan, the three co-founders of the Blue Community Observatory participate as part of the UNWTO delegation at the UN High Level Political Forum, July 2016

  • Blue Community model presented in Akureyri, Iceland as part of the Foundtion for European Sustainble Tourism program, October 2016

  • WHALE Center assumes management of the Blue Community Sustainable Tourism Observatory , February, 2018