The Fleet mission is to sustain a venue that provides easy access to the water and inspire a lifelong love of sailing and boating, while respecting the rugged beauty of Maine and supporting the community.
The Green Initiative strives to enhance this mission, and to inspire all Fleet members, young and old, to promote and embrace a culture of environmental awareness. The waters of Mount Desert Island and Gilpatrick Cove need our protection.
A small group of dedicated members have formed a Green Team to bring sustainability to Gilpatrick Cove. Inspired by Sailors for the Sea and their standards for clean regattas and sustainable operations, we’re taking steps to make The Fleet clean and green. In 2017, we will be transitioning to reusable water bottles, glasses, and dinnerware as well as implementing initiatives to reduce waste and lessen the environmental impact of our individual and collective actions. That’s right, we’re doing away with single-use plastics encouraging recycling and the responsible disposal of waste.
This is an important mission for Our Fleet; one that we hope will promote a culture of awareness and improved environmental consciousness. I invite you to join our efforts.
On behalf of the Green Team,
Mia Thompson, Rear Commodore
- Reusable water bottles only - use the new water bottle filling stations at the Fleet & Clifton Dock.
- Bring your food in reusable containers with responsible cutlery – no more plastic waste.
- Pack in – Pack out: when on the water, nothing goes over the side.
- Recycle beverage bottles and cans – proceeds from redeemables will benefit the Sailing School.
- Use our compost bin for food waste to create fertilizer.
- Ride your bike or carpool when coming to the Fleet.
- Use only non-toxic cleaners.
- Use only environmentally friendly bottom paints.
We are asking you as a member of the Fleet to embrace these initiatives for the benefit of all.
Specific Objectives for 2017:
- Purchase and install water bottle filling stations at The Fleet and Clifton Dock.
- Purchase and install a commercial dishwasher.
- Purchase glasses and dinnerware for the Fleet House.
- Modest modifications of the Kitchen/Galley will be needed to accommodate these improvements.
- Purchase and locate bins for recycling, redeemables, and compost.
- Create policies to inform and instruct members, staff and students.
To reach all of our objectives we have developed a working budget of $25,000. Members of our Green Team have all pledged financial support, as have Flag Officers, and we have also received key early donations from membership. Now we need your help to reach our goal of $25,000 if we are to truly meet this challenge.
Please consider supporting this important effort so that we can be ready for this summer. Sponsor one of our specific objectives or pledge what amount you can and send a check made payable to: The NEH Fleet - with the memo line: Green Team Initiatives. Mail to: PO Box 462 Northeast Harbor, ME 04662. Call or email one of us on the Green Team and we can answer any questions you may have.
Thank you in advance for your contribution to this positive and important effort.
Fleet Green Team
Mia Thompson - Rear Commodore John Roberts - Fleet Treasurer
Gordon Beck – Fleet Clerk Fran Charles - Fleet Manager
Melissa Walls - Fleet Ops Manager Sydney Roberts Rockefeller
Barbara Meyers Bill Dowling
Tucker Charles Bailey Stillman