Oakville harbours earn top rating for Clean Marine program

Thursday, July 05, 2012 – for immediate release

Oakville harbours earn top rating for Clean Marine program

First municipal marina to achieve Five Green Leaf Anchor Diamond rating

Oakville received top honours as the first municipal marina in Ontario to achieve the Clean Marine Partnership’s Five Green Leaf Anchor Diamond rating for its Clean Marine program and overall operation of Oakville and Bronte harbours.

“We’re creating a more sustainable Oakville and this award recognizes how green we’ve made our harbours,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Residents can be proud that we are operating our harbours at a very high level and protecting them for the future.”

Oakville was previously awarded a Four Green Leaf Anchor rating in 2009. The town improved its status following the implementation of a long list of sustainability initiatives including enhanced lighting at both Oakville and Bronte harbours to reduce overall energy consumption, the addition of a new recycling centre at Bronte Harbour, and the upgrade to hand dryers in the washroom facilities at Bronte and Oakville harbours.

To improve customer service, Oakville also developed a tenant/visitor handbook and boater information guide, and implemented Harbours By-law 2012-007 to establish rules and regulations for safe and efficient operation of vessels within both harbours.

“Harbours staff has been working closely with our Environmental Policy department to achieve a higher Clean Marine rating,” said Heather Turenne, manager of Harbours and Cemeteries. “As one of only seven marinas in Ontario to achieve a Five Green Leaf Anchor Diamond rating — and the first municipal marina, there’s plenty to be proud of. We’ll continue to enhance the sustainability of our harbours in hopes of achieving platinum status.”

Boating Ontario, along with more than 20 marine industry professionals from the Ontario boater and angler associations formed the Clean Marine Partnership in 2001 to develop a voluntary program of environmental best practices for the marine industry. To be recognized, each marina must pass a comprehensive environmental audit to ensure compliance with program standards outlined in the Clean Marine Operations handbook, including fuelling and waste oil, recycling, and energy conservation.

The audit provides the marina with a detailed report on their compliance and converts the results into a five point eco-rating system, with a low of one, and a high of five Green Leaf Anchors. Upgraded standards were added in 2009 to allow additional levels of achievement including gold, diamond and platinum status. There are approximately 120 marinas registered in the Clean Marine Program.

For more information on Oakville’s harbours, visit the Harbours page.

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For more information

Heather Turenne
Manager, Harbours and Cemeteries
Parks and Open Space
905-845-6601, ext. 3422
hturenne@oakville.ca

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Strategy, Policy and Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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Oakville harbours earn top rating for Clean Marine program