Prince Rupert, July 25, 2013 – Northwest Community College (NWCC) is now a member of Green Marine, the sustainability initiative that establishes performance benchmarks for an environmentally safe marine industry in Canada and the US.
NWCC is the first and only education institution on the west coast of North America to become a Green Marine member.
Several of the college’s local industry partners are Green Marine participants, including the Prince Rupert Port Authority, Ridley Terminals Inc., Maher Terminals and SMIT Marine. Through the Green Marine Environmental Program, these companies benchmark their environmental performance on priority issues including greenhouse gas emissions, cargo residues, and community impacts.
Currently, NWCC offers a unique marine program, Applied Coastal Ecology (ACE). In the acclaimed ACE program, students gain the critical technical skills and applied science experience to pursue specialized high-level careers in coastal natural resources management, coastal ecosystem restoration and environmental monitoring. Foundational courses, including biology, geography, chemistry and oceanography; community-based projects and applied field-learning in salmon, ground fish, shellfish and wildlife management; and technology training in database management, GIS mapping, surveying and technical writing, ensure students a seamless transition into complex jobs in environmental management.
“As NWCC serves the coastal communities on Haida Gwaii and mainland Northwest BC, we continue to develop and deliver innovative programs that reflect the resource needs and environmental realities of our region,” says Denise Henning, President and CEO, Northwest Community College. “NWCC’s membership in Green Marine will be very beneficial to our students. They will have better access to marine industry information that will be incorporated pro-actively into and across curricula, particularly relating to applied coastal ecology.”
NWCC will support Green Marine by showing environmental leadership in post-secondary education and helping to set high standards of excellence for marine and coastal education and training.
“The uniqueness of our environmental program is the way it welcomes all the stakeholders at the same table: ports, terminals and shipowners shape the program side by side with representatives from environmental groups, academic and legislative sectors,” explains David Bolduc, Green Marine executive director.
Green Marine Overview
Green Marine is a voluntary marine industry initiative with the goal of achieving levels of environmental performance that exceed regulatory requirements in areas such as air emissions, greenhouse gases, cargo waste management, community impacts (noise, dust, odours, and light), water and land pollution prevention and environmental leadership. Green Marine relevance and credibility is proven through its growing number of supporters: more than 40 governments, municipalities and environmental groups have endorsed the Green Marine environmental program. There are currently over 70 ship owners, port authorities, terminals and shipyards from coast to coast, in Canada and the United States, participating in the program.
About Northwest Community College
NWCC is an accredited post-secondary education institution that offers a range of comprehensive courses and programs to the northwest region of British Columbia. It serves this area through campuses in Haida Gwaii (Skidegate, Masset, Village of Queen Charlotte), Hazelton, Houston, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Smithers and Terrace. NWCC celebrates the diversity of its northern and First Nations populations and reflects this diversity in its programs, services and workforce.
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