April 16, 2018
Since marinas are right up at the water’s edge, the potential for pollutants entering the water is always high—fuel splatter, boat cleaning products, sewage, trash, and other boating byproducts are often carried into the basin waters by rain or even when maintenance hoses down the docks. It’s a very real problem, but more and more responsible marina owners are taking steps to prevent these contaminants from reaching the water, and in turn, making their facility friendlier to the environment. Adding other energy- and water-efficient features and incorporating savvier environmental facets to your marina will cement your commitment even further. Remember, the new generation of boaters (especially millennials and GenZ) tend to be more environmentally conscious than ever—and showing your green side may be just what you need to capture their attention.
To make sure your efforts are effective, get off to a smart start by having a marina-wide meeting with both your staff and regular boating clients. This will get everyone on the same page and allow you to explain the environmental concerns, propose initiatives and listen to feedback that could be valuable to your plan’s development and success.
Here are some key strategies to consider while forging a greener marina path. Once everything is in place, don’t forget to spread the news to potential clients by highlighting your commitment on your website, marina sites, social media and in press releases.
Education is key when it comes to environmentalism—and you’re in a great position to guide people in the right direction. Here are a few essential nuggets of information to pass down to your staff and clients.
Part of operating a marina with the environment in mind is leaving nothing to chance. You want to address every contingency so your team and boaters have the best chance at eco-friendly success. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Reducing waste in landfills should be a priority for everyone, and marinas have the power to impact reduction in a big way. Here are a few ideas:
The products you sell and food you serve can also put a bold eco-friendly face to your marina—and when you highlight these things on your website and menus, clients and visitors will take notice.
By incorporating these strategies and other environmental best practices, marinas have an incredible opportunity to keep our waters safe and marine life thriving. And, when you put your facility on the green map, not only will you help the environment, but your new-hued status could noticeably boost your clientele.
What steps has your marina taken towards an environmentally healthier future? Let us know what strategies you follow and if your clients are showing support!