Soak It Up! Preventing Oil Spills and Leakage from Recreational Boating

Grant Type: 

  • Network Innovation

Fellows: 

Award Date: 

January 2012

Amount: 

$5,000.00

Location: 

Los Angeles, CA

Switzer Fellows are members of a Technical Advisory Committee to the Soak It Up! project involving several California-based NGOs, including the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative.  The Collaborative produced a briefing paper entitled, "Soak It Up!:  Strategies for Sustainable Recreational Boating and a Clean California Coastline", which highlighted the problem of oil pollution from recreational boats, and described potential policy or institutional solutions.  Switzer Fellows contributed technical review of the report and are helping to disseminate results to key stakeholders in California and elsewhere, and advising on key messages for a promotional video and social media campaign.  Colleen Callahan, the lead Switzer Fellow on the project, is on the board of the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative and is Deputy Director of UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation.  Click here for a link to the briefing paper on the LA Sustainability Collaborative's website.

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