TAMPA BAY GREEN CONSORTIUM
Through strategic alliances, partnerships and people, the Tampa Bay Green Consortium, a 501(c) non-profit organization, provides the guidance, resources, and tools to help increase environmental awareness within the community to promote the sharing of knowledge, people and resources needed for environment projects focusing on sea turtle conservation, marine debris, and environmental education.
LOVE A SEA TURTLE
We stress the need and importance to conserve water and the crisis and challenges many face throughout the world with a lack of fresh drinking water. Outdoor summer camps, River Quest and monofilament recycling are components of our Upstream Downstream Connection.
STOW IT-DON´T THROW IT
The Stow It-Don´t Throw It Project a youth-driven marine debris prevention and ocean conservation program dedicated to protecting marine environments and their inhabitants while educating others to do the same. The project works to engage youth in combating the dangers of improperly disposed of monofilament fishing line by assembling and distributing personal-sized fishing line recycling bins to anglers and boaters.
MOTE MARINE LABORATORY
Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, it incorporates public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent marine research institution comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education. The ocean is Mote's passion. And science is the catalyst to help the world's oceans heal, thrive and continue to be havens of sustainable life, life-improving science and life-giving solutions.
SKIP THE STRAW
The Last Plastic Straw is a project of Plastic Pollution Coalition. Did you know? Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States. In only the past twenty years, people have come to expect plastic straws in every drink, in an example of extreme waste being generated for minimal convenience. These short-lived tools are usually dropped into a garbage can with no further thought, instantly becoming a source of plastic pollution.
The Last Plastic Straw and Plastic Pollution Coalition are building momentum around a worldwide movement, so plastic straws become a relic of the past. In the short term, we work with our Coalition to encourage eateries to no longer automatically give plastic straws; we educate individuals to refuse plastic straws and spread the “straw free” message; and we work to change local regulation to stop this unnecessary plastic pollution.
In the long run, this collective engagement around the gateway issue of plastic straws will meaningfully shift the way individuals and businesses think about plastic pollution - and about our society’s disposable culture on a larger scale.