Each year, Ocean Connectors is proud to feature a few of our partners who have just joined our network or who have recently expanded their support. It is thanks to their generous contributions, and the support of all our partners and funders, that the Ocean Connectors work is made possible.
Boatsetter, founded in 2012, is the first company in the U.S. to offer fully insured peer-to-peer boat rentals and charters. They provide the largest marketplace for any boating experience, with over 17,000 boats in over 600 locations. Based in South Florida, Boatsetter is always conscious of environmental impact and has a strong commitment to waterway conservation efforts. Boatsetter owners can nominate nonprofit organizations in their own communities to receive a grant to support their work to keep waterways clean and safe for future enjoyment. In 2020, Ocean Connectors was the lucky recipient of a Boatsetter grant to support our work educating local students about watershed and ocean conservation.
The General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation has been actively involved in improving K-12 science and engineering education since 1992, including support for marine STEM education. Funding from the General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation is being used this school year to support direct costs related to Ocean Connectors educational supplies for the continued development of our marine STEM education curricula with accompanying hands-on learning. This support is helping Ocean Connectors to nurture the intellectual curiosity of students in National City, which is especially important as we navigate the difficulties presented by COVID.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has supported Ocean Connectors since 2011 through the Environmental Champions Grant Program, and this year SDG&E expanded their support for Ocean Connectors through the EcoChoice program. The EcoChoice program allows SDG&E customers who don’t have rooftop solar to sign up for anywhere from 50% to 100% renewable energy for a very low cost. Funding received from the EcoChoice program is helping to support the development of our new Ocean Connectors marine life board game, Migration Quest!
Founded in 2003, the State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT) is a partnership among Oceanic Society, the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group, Duke University’s OBIS-SEAMAP, and a growing international network of institutions and individuals. Through its Education and Outreach grants, SWOT aims to support public education and outreach efforts that motivate changes in human behavior in places where sea turtles nest, migrate, and forage. This grant is supporting the Ocean Connectors Sea Turtle Discovery program at 27 schools in Nayarit, Mexico this year, including the development of new Spanish educational booklets.
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