West Vancouver Yacht Club has been recognized for its green initiatives aimed at maintaining a clean, natural environment.
The club received the Clean Marine BC Anchor 5 EcoRating Certification from the Georgia Strait Alliance, an organisation that restores the marine environment and promotes the sustainability of Georgia Straight.
In giving the top anchor rating, Georgia Straight Alliance recognised the West Van Yacht club’s role in following best marine practices as laid out in the Clean Marine BC policy created by the alliance.
Those policies call for eliminating contaminant release in water, adopting waste reduction, reuse and recycling and strategies, and promoting good environmental practices.
David Martin, the general manager of the club, said there are several ways the club ensures there are no negative impact on the environment. Those steps include ensuring boats in harbour have holding tanks, docks are clean, attractive, and well managed, and the foreshore and harbours are clean.
The club also maintain a recycling facility with waste diversion to multiple streams, and has a high level of compliance for fire safety requirement, along with a long term dock and piling upgrade program in place.
Having kayaks, SUPs, and sailing dinghies available for non-motorized recreation, having water and electrical conservation measures in place as well as high level of fire safety compliance are some other steps taken by the club for environmental sustainability.
Martin said while the club is committed to environmental sustainability, but what helped the club achieve the five anchor stats was the club’s dock and piling upgrade program.
“The removal of old creosote piles and foam docking is a large step towards marinas in general being more environmentally conscious,” he said.
West Vancouver Yacht Club Commodore Cam Telford said the Achieving this top Eco-Rating required a commitment of both the heart and resources.
“The West Vancouver Yacht Club and our members have always respected the waters we enjoy so much and we applaud the Georgia Strait Alliance for its work in formalizing a program to assist in its recovery and safeguarding,” he said.