Take Action

There are many little things we can do at home, school, and work to improve our community, the environment, and the waterways on which marine species depend.

Check Your Plate

Want to know if that fish on your plate is sustainable? Visit FishWatch to learn about seafood choices with a smaller footprint.

Don’t Drip and Drive

If your vehicle is leaking, use cardboard to catch the drips until you can get them fixed. Toss the drip-stained cardboard in the trash, not your recycling bin.

Flip the Switch

Turn off lights and electronics when not in use and unplug unused electronics. When shopping for new electronics, look for the Energy Star label.

Green Your Cleaning Routine

To keep toxins out of your home and our waterways make your own household cleaners, purchase ones that are labeled nontoxic, or look for the Safer Choice label.

Keep Salmon Off Drugs

Instead of flushing old medicine down the toilet, bring them to a drug take-back program or contact your local household hazardous waste facility for guidance.

Measure Your Footprint

Take a footprint questionnaire or conduct an energy or water audit to learn how your family can reduce its water and energy footprint.

Pick it Up!

If you see litter on the ground, pick it up before it becomes marine debris. Be sure to scoop pet waste before rain washes harmful bacteria into nearby waterways.

Reduce Your Transportation Footprint

Walk, bike, and take public transportation whenever possible. If you must drive, try to carpool and combine multiple errands into one trip.

Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Repurpose, Recycle

While recycling is a key part of the Six R’s, it’s the last step in the process for a reason. To be more sustainable, we should first reduce the amount of waste we produce.

Replace Your Lawn

Replace part of your lawn with native, drought-resistant plants. Add compost to soil and cover topsoil with mulch to improve plant health and reduce stormwater runoff.

Waste Not, Want Not

Figure out how much food is really going to waste in your home and what you can do to shop smarter and save money on your grocery bill.

Turn Off the Tap

Turn off the tap whenever possible. Wastewater from sinks, showers, bathtubs, and clothes washers—known as greywater—can be reused for landscape irrigation.

Use Commercial Car Washes

Commercial car washes use minimal water and remove pollutants—such as motor oil, antifreeze, and brake pad dust—before their wastewater is discharged.


Want to get more involved in your community and help improve our environment? Volunteer with an organization in your community.

For more information, contact our education and outreach team.