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TECHBlue Center Introduction

  1. 1. The TECHBlue Center Clean Water ? Clean Marinas ? Learning Laboratories Sustainable Development & Waterfront Improvement
  2. 2. the center strategic locations Jacksonville | Denver | San Franciscothe clean waterfront Regional differences and priorities, with respect to clean waterThe TECHBlue Center has a clean water mission: and clean waterfront activity, vary significantly throughout theResearch, develop and test waterfront construction techniques whichare ecologocally and economically viable, while restoring sensitive United States (and internationally). TECHBlue is positioned regionallynatural ecosystems. and internationally to reflect those differences. TECHBlue study“TECHBlue subscribes to sustainable management practices. It’sgood for business and it’s good for the waterfront.” locations include:TECHBlue facilitates clean waterfront development. ? rivers, salt water sites, hurricane/emergency, boat drystack ? lakes, reserviors, land/water management, fresh water sites ? bays, deltas, utilities, wetlands, fisheries/aquaculturewaterfront resources ? industrial waste, storm water, clean marinas/boatyardsThe TECHBlue Center is a clearing house and showcase for sustainablewaterfront information.Resources are available to waterfront property ownera planning professionals, prioritiesResources are available to waterfront property owners, planning professionalsmarine contractors, and environmental educators --- consideringconsidering contractors regulators and environmental educators --- green, ? Significant Impact on Water Body Improvementgreen, BLUE, sustainable, clean water, clean marina, marina renovation,BLUE, sustainable, holistic, clean water, clean marina, marina renovation,environmentally sensitive communities, ISO Standards, constructionenvironmentally sensitive communities, ISO Standards, construction & ? Performance and Quality Control Metrics& business efficiency --- Connect The Dots.business efficiency --- who wish to Connect The Dots. ? Environmental Balance ? Cost / Benefit History
  3. 3. our industryclean marinas clean waterThe waterfront development industry combines the expertise of many: ▪ Marina operators water neutral ▪ Waterfront property owners Waterfront development projects inherently impact our local waterway environments. Waterfront businesses are joining efforts to improve our ▪ Manufacturers most endangered resource – clean water. Blue building practices are positioned to lead the way. ▪ Marine contractors Clean Marina and industry trade association programs are offering ▪ Environmental educators and researchers benchmarks and starting points to examine the waterfront environmental footprint. ▪ Regulatory agencies It is common to view environmental footprints as they relate to energyThe primary market is estimated to be 18,000 marina sites. 12-14,000 usage and goals of being "carbon-neutral". The waterfront professionalexisting sites, and 4,000 sites under development, repair or permitting. has an additional focus --- that of water usage and water qualityCurrently, clean marina programs are active in over 19 states. Clean stewardship. In most cases maintaining a site which is "water usagemarina designations comprise less than 8% of all existing sites. neutral" is only a beginning. As an industry we are dedicated to developing methods which improve water quality for our waterways. Clean water is “Blue Gold” and our most valuable natural resource – 100% recycled 100% recyclable
  4. 4. the process site specific Each site has a different set of environmental circumstances. TECHBlue"The primary focus of organizations should be on effective implementation professionals review the impact of the total waterfront site. In most cases,of the environmental management system and environmental performance, engineering studies are not necessary to begin. Marked improvement cannot on a complex document control system." ISO 14001:2004 A.4.5 happen with company commitment and a site assessment checklist.sustainable standards independent collaborationRecognized environmental standards are used in developing Action Plans TECHBlue features professionals, expert facilitators, strategic coaches andfor waterfront professionals. Example guidelines and principals used by the senior business leaders from a variety of industries. Understanding theTECHBLue Center: technology and application of waterfront products, while protecting our waterways, are mutual goals. * International Standards Organization (ISO) * Clean Marina & Clean Boatyard Best Management Practices (BMPs) * Environmental Protection Agency Performance Tracking waterfront learning laboratories * Sustainable Green Building Programs (LEED) (Green Globes) A planned result of the TECHBlue process is the development of a “waterfront learning laboratory”. * Evidence Based Design and Value Engineering Data Marinas may need extensive renovation to protect the environmental integrityGreen and sustainable building practices are part of the construction and emergency preparedness of local waterfront communities — How best tolanguage. TECHBlue proposes BLUE (water) thinking. From the shoreline – do that?out, we assist with BLUE building techniques. Marinas may partner with local business and educational outreach efforts to enhance the communitys environmental awareness, and effectiveness of clean waterfront programs.
  5. 5. action plans going beyond the norm Most jurisdictions do not require specific product components used inPlan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) is the planning methodology used by the waterfront development to be reviewed for permitting. ManyInternational Standards Organization. TECHBlue Center procedures and standards (and more specifically environmental standards) are inrecommended Action Plans reflect ISO guidelines. early development stages. Clean Marina programs, and the efforts of industry trade associations are affecting how you build and your waterfront environmental footprint.waterfront site reviews Regulations provide some level of needed protection, but unfortunately there remain large gaps between science, appliedDetermine what to improve: technology, and what is built. Many construction techniques are either not required or cost prohibitive, or both. ▪ Dock, in water structures and equipment Blue building practices are positioned to lead the way. ▪ Shorelines, seawalls, bulkeads ▪ Marina equipment ▪ Waterfront structures and buildings ▪ Waste management ▪ Reporting, regulations, certifications, outreach
  6. 6. testing monitors & reviews Not all products maintain certification, nor do they present complete information. TECHBlue provides a review: ▪ what’s available, versus what’s requiredsustainable waterfront products ▪ site specific applications versus best practicesTECHBlue provides forms and checklists to help evaluate ▪ necessary versus cost effectivesustainable waterfront products. We develop independent data toproduce purchasing procedures specific to the waterfront. Monitoring displays, publications and workshops for public review. Product performance is periodically reviewed by waterfront professionals and quality control experts for warranty verification. Reporting results will show if product specifications compare well with long term benefit projections.Clean Water ● Clean Marinas ● Learning Laboratories
  7. 7. community funding examples Fund Description Time Capital Fund Sponsorshipoutreach Waterfront Environmental Plans ongoing $ 50,000 $4,500+TECHBlue understands cost effective project management. Realizing Piling Replacement Projects ongoing $100,000 $1,500 +long term savings from a sustainable design may not be enough tojustify front-end expenses. Use our resources to investigate fundingopportunities and incentives which help justify initial cost decisions. look for the anchor Clean Waterfront Marketing ongoing $ 20,000 $ 500+ Cleanater Construction Fund ongoing $200,000 $5,000+Each site presents unique problems for a team of professionals andtheir ability to implement sustainable plans. TECHBlue facilitates team Marine Construction Testing 2009 $100,000 $1,000+development and provides a central location dedicated to mutual goals. Clean Marina Plus Programs 2008-09 $150,000 $1,500+leadership Marina Day KIDS ongoing $ 30,000 $ 300+Waterfront development embraces many construction trades andprofessional disciplines. What happens in our waterways has a lasting Sustainable Product Prototype 2008 $150,000 $5,000 +affect on boating and tourist destinations. Marine Construction Testing ongoing $100,000 $3,000+TECHBlue encourages manufacturers, building supply companies andindustry leaders to join with local business organizations and improve Waterfront Education Coops 2009 $ 80,000 $ 500+clean waterfront development. TOTAL Annual Funding Goal $ 950,000 Over
  8. 8. Please Join A Clean Waterfront Initiative N You ear Contact Dale Gilbert P Box 3594 .O. Ponte Vedra, FL 32004 Phone: 904.473.7850 www.cleanwaterfront.net

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