Ocean River Institute, Inc.

Protecting the Commons

Cambridge, MA   |  www.oceanriver.org

Mission

The Ocean River Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and grassroots groups make a difference where they live and work through environmental stewardship, education, and citizen science. The Ocean River Institute is first to practice environmental subsidiarity in collaboration with others, to assist groups closest to wildlife and natural areas, to educate more widely, and to advance ecosystem-based adaptive management with greater public participation. Our Name All at last return to the sea—to Oceanus, the ocean river, like the ever-flowing stream of time, the beginning and the end. –Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us All round the outermost rim of the shield he set the mighty stream of the river Oceanus. –Hephaistos creating Achilles’ shield in Homer’s the Iliad Book XVIII “Ocean river” is a term used by Homer and Rachel Carson, among others, to describe the connectedness of the natural world. It symbolizes the folly in attempting to separate ocean, river and watershed, which truly are linked as one. We believe in a more inclusive and holistic perspective in environmental conservation. To draw boundaries among ecosystems is not the way of the salmon, the eel, otter or osprey. Instead, we all must recognize the permeability of natural boundaries, as Carson did. ORI believes that we must follow Carson’s lead to understand the complex relationships among oceans, shores, rivers and watersheds, and make environmental decisions based on this greater understanding.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Dr Rob B Moir PhD

Main address

12 Eliot Street

Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

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EIN

20-8273235

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Ocean-based Climate Solutions

The Ocean Based Climate Solutions Act (HR.8632), a comprehensive bill from Rep. Grijalva, is the much needed bold legislation that reduces carbon emissions and increases the drawdown of carbon dioxide with photosynthesis. This bill promotes ocean health, bolsters the Blue Economy, greens our shorelines while addressing climate change. https://www.oceanriver.org/causes/ocean-based-climate-solutions/

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This is a friendly competition with twenty-eight towns competing by individuals pledging to keep lawns natural by not spreading quick-release fertilizer and chemical pesticides and herbicides. Fertilizer kills beneficial nematodes. When not fed from above grassroots grow down opening the soil. Grasses push the most carbohydrates manufactured by photosynthesis into soil as root exudate. A natural lawn can build up to an inch of soil in a year. With four inches of soil, a lawn will hold seven inches of rainwater better protecting homes from extreme weather events.
Lawns not fertilized or watered in Springfield MA were found by UNH researchers to support 36 species of plants between the grass blades with 62 species of bees when cut every three weeks, and 96 species of bees when cut every two weeks.
Walking on the grass stimulates it to grow. 8 tons of CO2 becomes 1 ton of plant fiber and 1 ton of organic carbon in the soil. https://www.oceanriver.org/

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The Biden Administration has laid out a bold vision to conserve and restore 30% of our nation’s land and waters by 2030. Biden’s “America the Beautiful” plan sets the first-ever national conservation goal.

Make no mistake: we’re in crisis mode and conservation is one of the key ways we can combat climate change and preserve our precious land and waters.

The Biden plan will expand protections of critical fish and wildlife habitats and corridors, increase access to outdoor recreation, and support Tribally-led conservation and restoration efforts, and much more.

Nearly one-third of the American population – more than 100 million people – doesn’t have access to a park within a ten-minute walk from their home. Many of the communities that lack access to clean air, clean water and nature are the very same communities that are negatively impacted by fossil fuel production and pollution. https://www.oceanriver.org/

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Church bells are rung to raise the alarm for local communities. The recent “code red” report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an alarm call for us all. At First Parish Church in Cambridge, we toll the church bell for eleven minutes on the eleventh day of each month as a symbol of warning.
Now is the eleventh hour for action. It is also a time of hope and opportunity to tread more gently, emit less greenhouse gasses, draw down and store more greenhouse gasses, restore our water cycles, and care more for those already adversely affected by climate change, especially in the economically poorest neighborhoods. https://www.oceanriver.org/
The Boston Area Brigade of Activist Musicians (BABAM) will muster at the First Parish Church across from the statue of Charles Sumner. Participants hold up signs to passing cars on Mass Ave in Harvard Square calling for climate justice.
6 pm on the 11th of each month at First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.

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Lobstermen and consumers should not have to cover the costs of new trap lines to rescue right whales from potential entanglements. Right Whales are a national treasure, pride of New Englanders, and sometimes companions of boaters and beach goers.

The Stewarding Atlantic Fisheries Ecosystems by Supporting Economic Assistance and Sustainability (SAFE SEAS) Act of 2022 (S.3765) will help lobstermen and women with the financial burden of this transition by authorizing grant assistance for fiscal years 2022 through 2024 to help cover the costs of compliance.

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Ocean River Institute, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/30/2022
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Board co-chair

Dr Rob Moir

Ocean River Institute

Term: 2022 -


Board co-chair

Mr Jay Baldwin

WRC Partners

James L. Elder, LL.D.

Rob Moir

Jay Baldwin

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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