Forging a Blue-Green Economy
GreenWave's network of ocean farmers, social entrepreneurs and advocates are working to jump-start a new ocean economy that meets the growing need for sustainable seafood, habitat restoration and resilient communities in the era of climate change.
Our work ranges from re-training unemployed fishers and setting up community supported farm programs to crowdsourcing farm financing and launching cooperatives. And we're scaling up the blue-green economy with kelp biofuel plants and embedding ocean farms into wind farms.
Educating the Next Generation of Advocates
Restoring our oceans in the era of climate change requires new solutions and new advocates. GreenWave's farm serves as a floating classroom, giving consumers, chefs and policy makers the hands-on experience to advance new ways to save our seas - and ourselves.
GreenWave's school-to-work program equips students with skills to flourish in the blue-green economy. Our fellows investigate climate mitigtion, food systems and ocean planning. And our online courses provide platforms for advocates to learn about solution-based appoaches for building a new restorative economy.
Research and Evaluation
Sustainability must be measurable. That's why we collaborate with research institutions to evaluate and document the environmental and economic benefits of restorative ocean farming.
Our projects range from monitoring the nitrogen uptake and habitat restoration inside ocean farms with the University of Connecticut and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to the development seaweed-based fertlizer and animal feeds with the Yale Sustainable Food Project.
Bridging Land and Ocean Food Policy
Too often our approach to food systems stop at the water's edge. GreenWave works to bridge this gap by bringing together land and sea based farmers to forge new strategies and policy solutions to feed the planet.
Our farmers are spearheading initiatives for kelp-raised beef, renewable energy refrigeration and sea salt harvesting systems. We've joined forces with environmental advocates to expand nitrogren trading programs to compensate ocean farmers for reducing the harmful effects of fertilizer run-off. And our network of chefs are re-imagining cuisine to carve out a section of the dinner plate for locally sourced ocean vegetarianism.