Gold Anchor Award Program
This annual award is now in its third year recognizing certified facilities that are going above and beyond with their efforts to protect the environment. We realize that all program participants are doing good work and that remaining a certified marina after your reoccurring three-year evaluation is a major accomplishment for all participants. However, every summer a facility (marina or boatyard) stands out as going above and beyond, and we would like to formally recognize those participants. The group eligible for this award are the facilities that completed their re-certification during the previous year's field season (Summer of 2022 for this cycle).
This year's award goes to the Schooner Creek Boat Works facility and their management of a large boatyard on Hayden Island in Portland. The General Manager at this boatyard is Pascal Le Guilly and this facility received its Clean Marina Certification back in 2011. Upon first entering this facility it's immediately evident that the staff takes great care in keeping very organized and clean. They actively recycle just about everything they can, from all metals used in projects to standard cardboard, plastics, and glass. They even participate in a paint waste recycle program where all sanded paint dust (collected by high-efficiency vacuum sanders equipped with HEPA filters) is stored in a large plastic bin lined with a heavy-duty storage bag, has an airtight lid, and is stored in an area with cover from the weather. This bin is then collected by the World Resources Company, which is an environmental risk management and recycling service company. This company is committed to doing its part to help guarantee green supply-chain energy security and protect the environment.
The services offered include:
• Over 30 years of experience in recycling industrial residues
• Fully permitted, state-of-the-art recycling facility
• Provide a no-cost waste recyclability evaluation
• Account executive assigned to provide one-on-one customer service
• Organize all transportation logistics
• Provide pre-printed shipping documentation
• ISO Certified – 9001 / 14001 / 45001
• Issue annual recycling certificates
• Close the product lifecycle loop – eliminating cradle-to-grave liability
• Are a carbon-neutral company
Additionally, Schooner Creek is a big supporter of boat bottom paint that doesn't contain heavy metals or other harmful chemicals. Ultimately, the EPA has the authority to regulate the ingredients of boat bottom paint, which has changed several times over the past couple of decades. Schooner Creek staff do their best to inform and educate their customers on the pros and cons of different paint ingredients and try to match the appropriate type of paint to how and where the boat will be used (e.g., freshwater or saltwater use).
Learn more about Schooner Creek Boat Works. See pictures of their impressive facility and you'll see why they deserved the Golden Anchor Award.
Award recipients are presented with a framed certificate signed by the agency Director.