Conanicut Marine Services believes that environmental compliance is integral to their proactive culture.
Conanicut Marine Services is dedicated to a clean environment. Since 1974, Conanicut Marine has been a proactive, environmentally-friendly marina. Significant capital and operating expenses have been committed toward minimizing the environmental impact of the marina and boat yard facility through ongoing infrastructure improvements, best management practices and employee training. Conanicut Marine has demonstrated time after time that it far exceeds industry standards with its actions and intentions to minimize environmental impacts whenever possible.
In October of 2013, Conanicut Marine received its Clean Marina designation from the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council as they unveiled a new addition to the Taylor Point Boat Yard that transformed the them into a leader in environmental stewardship for the RI marine trades. CMS installed a solar photovoltaic system, which was the largest renewable-energy facility to be developed in Rhode Island’s marine trades to date. The system now provides 100% solar power to the 10-acre yard. It also provides power to National Grid under the Rhode Island Distributed Generation Program, and thereby will save a significant amount of fossil fuel over the years to come.
The Taylor Point yard, the company’s inland facility that complements its waterfront marina and chandlery, has four boat sheds, two of which face south. CMS founder and president Bill Munger went in search of a way the sunlight exposure on those sheds could be tapped, and he met Anthony Baro of E2SOL, a firm that develops projects related to wind, solar and microhydro power.
E2SOL designed a system that utilizes the roof space on each of the two south-facing sheds, which are both 210 feet long, and coordinated with several local professionals on the installation. The 128-kilowatt solar array will save nearly 4,000 tons of greenhouse gas over the next 25 years, the equivalent of roughly 7.4 million automobile miles.
According to Munger, factoring the environment into business decisions has been a part of the marina’s way of operating since the company was founded. “As we’ve grown we’ve always had an environmentally conscious mindset—and we’ve tried to do the right thing in the boating world.” The photovoltaic system was one in a long line of innovations used at the company, including systems to protect both air and water quality.
“Conanicut Marine Services is an important leader in the marine community and offers an outstanding example for other marinas to follow by employing renewable energy and green practices in their operations,” said Janet Coit, director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
Conanicut Marine Services pledges to continue to find innovative ways to minimize its impact on the environment, and recognizes that continual improvement of environmental performance is paramount to their success. As an active member of numerous marine industry associations, CMS believes that industry involvement through membership allows for greater exchange of best practice ideas, improved knowledge, and overall awareness.
Conanicut Marine is an active member of numerous marine industry associations including:
- American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA)
- Association of Marine Industries
- Rhode Island Marine Trade Association
- American Boat & Yacht Council
Constant industry involvement through membership allows for greater exchange of best practice ideas and improved knowledge and overall awareness.
Employee Involvement & Communication
All Conanicut Marine operational employees are part of the compliance program. Several employees have specific day-to-day responsibilities that lead to a stronger and more comprehensive overall environmental, health and safety program.
- Training for environment, health and safety is a key part of employee growth
- Required job duties include environmental, health and safety compliance
- Safety committee includes environmental issues
- Employees are part of the EHS decision making process
Conanicut Marine believes in communicating its environmental policy to all employees, business partners and visitors. Employees are encouraged to participate in the environmental, health and safety programs.
- Internal newsletters
- Internal and external postings
- Brochures & advertisements for business partners and customers
Internal Environmental & Safety Goal Tracking
Environmentally Friendly Operating Practices
- Seasonal slip and mooring contracts include verbiage that requires guests to park at the inland Taylor Point facility (serviced by our courtesy shuttle) rather than the public parking lot, thus reducing oils that would otherwise enter the bay
- State of the art dustless sanding equipment is employed at each sanding facility
- Oil response equipment is stored at the fuel dock, ready if needed, and checked weekly
- MARINA WORK BOATS: Outboard powered boats have been upgraded with Evinrude E-Tec engines, the most environmentally friendly and fuel efficient outboards on the market.”