Document Type

Internship Report

Publication Date

Fall 2017


Marine debris is an increasing threat to the environment and a critical issue. The goal of this project is to reduce plastic pollution in the marine environment by promoting corporate sustainability initiatives. For this research investigation, the specific focus is on promoting the reduction of single-use plastic within corporations as a result of their participation in Clean Ocean Action’s Corporate Beach Sweeps program. Each participant of the Corporate Beach Sweeps was asked to complete a survey questionnaire. The survey asked participants to check off boxes corresponding to their individual and corporate sustainability practices and preferences. Based on the results of the questionnaire, each corporation will receive a personalized report indicating the participating employees sustainability preferences, statistics regarding the amount of marine debris their company removed from the beach during their sweep, as well as recommendations on how to integrate environmentally-friendly practices in the workplace. After compiling the survey results, the majority of respondents indicated that their single largest consumption of single-use plastic is plastic bags. This is significant, for the participating corporations are now aware of the vast presence of plastic bags in the workplace and can implement sustainability measures to reduce the use of plastic. Ultimately, the survey found that the respondent’s concerns and awareness toward marine debris and plastic pollution has increased due to the Beach Sweeps and education offered by Clean Ocean Action (COA).


Department: MES

MPS Track: CZM

Location: Clean Ocean Action

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