July 23, 2013

NWCC becomes supporter of Green Marine

Prince Rupert, July 23, 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.

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