Confronting Climate Change

Taking the ocean into account is critical for successfully addressing climate change, and addressing climate change is critical for the future of the ocean.


Ports and Communities

Ocean Conservancy’s Ports and Communities program is embedded within the Shipping Emissions program. We are working in direct partnership with our Ocean Justice program on a brand-new initiative funded by our Board of Directors—the Ports Justice project! The Ports Justice project is a community-centered effort to decarbonize maritime ports.

In summer of 2022, we embarked on a journey to establish good faith and bring resources into four port communities. Our efforts are focused on the port communities of South Florida, South Louisiana, the San Francisco Bay Area and Hampton Roads, Virginia, with the goal of building sustainable partnerships and broadening our support for ocean action. Our extensive research and community outreach have shown that resident leaders in these port communities are focused on immediate concerns such as direct health impacts from air and other pollution from the shipping industry in these ports. We want to resource community-led projects and environmental justice groups committed to region-specific solutions (with an emphasis on the ports) with the recognition that they are inextricably linked with climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

Without further ado—Ocean Conservancy is excited to present the first round of the Ports Community Grants—start your application today!

Apply Today

At Ocean Conservancy, our advocacy for the global ocean is predicated on our commitment to ocean justice—which we define as the fair and equitable distribution of both the benefits of the ocean’s bounty and the burdens for its complex care. Because of the myriad ways in which global ocean inequalities manifest, our work as an ocean advocacy organization must be thoughtful, agile, intentional and always oriented toward our mission: a healthier ocean, protected by a more just world. The priority of Ports Community Grants is to establish good faith in these regions and become more inclusive in our ocean conservation approach. We are broadcasting the call for specific projects and/or internships at BIPOC-led/BIPOC-serving organizations that will bring more port community members into this work. The solutions will take time, and with more community involvement, a healthier port-ocean-community ecosystem is possible.

Important dates and deadlines:

  • Application is open now! Ports Community Grants
  • Application closes: Friday, February 10, 2023, 5pm PST
  • Final award decisions shared with recipients: Friday, March 3, 2023, 5pm PST

Have questions? Would you like to know how we define a Port Community? Not sure if this includes you? Then, please take a look at the blog posted by your port community liaison below or we welcome you to come by our office hours.

Meet Your Port Community Liaison


Nayyir Ransome
Port Community Liaison: South Louisiana

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Cyan Simmons
Port Community Liaison: South Florida

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Leroy Green III
Port Community Liaison: Hampton Roads

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Naomi Wright
Port Community Liaison: San Francisco Bay

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