Ocean Guardian School
Applications for 2016 – 2017 grants are no longer being accepted. The 2017 – 2018 application form will be posted on the website by April 1, 2018. The deadline to submit your 2017 – 2018 application is May 1, 2018.
Does your school have what it takes to help protect the ocean for the future? Promote ocean conservation at your school or in your local community by becoming an Ocean Guardian School.
An Ocean Guardian School makes a commitment to the protection and conservation of its local watersheds, the world's ocean, and special ocean areas, like national marine sanctuaries. The school makes this commitment by proposing and then implementing a school- or community-based conservation project.
An Ocean Guardian School:
- provides project(s) for students related to the conservation of local watersheds, the world's ocean, and/or special ocean areas, like national marine sanctuaries.
- provides opportunities for students, teachers, parents and friends to participate in a range of environmental and sustainable activities.
- provides learning programs and opportunities that reflect environmentally sustainable practices that enable all students to be environmentally active and committed "Ocean Guardians."
- provides ways for classrooms to promote best environmental practices within local communities, while at the same time projecting a positive image of the school itself.
Guardians of the Ocean
Ocean Guardian School 2010-2016
|Number of participating schools
*Schools that received more than one grant are only counted one time.
|Number of students directly participated in projects
*Includes schools that were funded for each year + schools extending projects from prior year
Ocean Guardian School Measurable Data 2010-2016
|Square feet of non-natives removed from school or community sites||171,108|
|Square feet of turf removed from school or community sites||29,616|
|Linear feet of bank stabilization||2,070|
|Number of native or fruit trees planted at school or community sites||3,228|
|Number of native perennials planted at school or community sites||28,137|
|Square feet of native plants planted||117,152|
|Pounds of trash removed from school and/ or community sites||123,189|
|Number of recycling bins installed||776|
|Number of compost bins installed||362|
|Pounds of compost created from school food waste||1,387|
|Pounds of reused clam and oyster shells||6,000|
|Pounds of e-waste recycled||5,131|
|Number of reusable bags distributed or purchased to replace single use bottles||7,870|
|Number of reusable bottles distributed or purchased to replace single-use bottles||10,187|
|Number of single use plastic bottles not used due to use of reusables at hydration station||108,857|
|Number of rain barrels installed at school||43|
|Gallons of water reclaimed on school grounds from use of water catchment system||5,423|
|Number of storm drains stenciled||63|
|Number of wildlife structures installed||115|
|Number of nurdles removed||9,767|
|Energy Reduction kwh||186,368|
|Energy smart power strips installed||30|
|Number of official bike to school days||12|