EDUCATION & RESEARCH
Worldwide change begins with dedicated and well-informed individual action. Anyone can fight the devastation being caused by plastic pollution, but we all need to understand the problem and potential solutions. Knowledge drives innovation.1 of 4
POLICY & ADVOCACY
Policy is about merging best practice plastic management strategies with the needs of our communities and the health of our planet. The Policy component provides support with global decision making for better programs and practices.2 of 4
Plastic pollution is a result of waste mismanagement and the over consumption of plastic. Many countries lack adequate infrastructure to manage wastes, resulting in materials being discarded inappropriately.3 of 4
The Cleanup component assists communities in physically removing plastic pollution from ecologically sensitive environments to create a cleaner and safer place for wildlife, communities, and eco-tourism.4 of 4
Welcome to the Ocean Legacy Foundation EPIC Program:
EDUCATION | POLICY | INFRASTRUCTURE | CLEANUP
Plastic Pollution Emergency Response™ Mitigation, Prevention, Response and Recovery.
Is your community having a plastic pollution crisis?
Could your community benefit from EPIC?
If you feel your community could benefit from any or all of the EPIC Plastic Pollution Emergency Response™ components, Ocean Legacy Foundation can help!
PLEASE THOROUGHLY READ THROUGH EACH OF THE FOLLOWING TABS CONTAINING DETAILS ABOUT THE 4 MAIN PILLARS OF THE EPIC PROGRAM BEFORE PROCEEDING TO PHASE 1 OF THE APPLICATION FORM.
The Ocean Legacy Foundation (OLF) is a Canadian based non-profit organization that was founded in 2013 with the goal to end ocean plastic waste. The foundation is led by co-founders Chloé Dubois and James Middleton, and is supported by a board of directors, technical advisory committee and hundreds of volunteers worldwide.
As an internationally recognized leader in plastic pollution response, OLF has rebranded their dynamic approach and solution-based platform in combatting plastic pollution under the new program title of EPIC on June 8th, 2019 during World Ocean Day. This international plastic management strategy will integrate existing and futuristic elements from OLF’s four pillars: Education & Research, Policy & Advocacy, Infrastructure Development and Cleanup & Restoration, to catalyze world-wide action around plastic pollution-free lands and oceans. The purpose of the plastic pollution emergency response program is to target ecologically sensitive geographical locations and communities that have a plastic pollution crisis, as well as inadequate management capacity for solid waste and plastic pollution. The goal of the program is to create an accessible platform to assist with the restoration of critical natural ecosystems for improved human and wildlife health, as well as assess and develop long-term plastic collection, processing infrastructure and policy to mitigate oceanic plastic pollution sources.
The OLF will work with communities that are in a plastic pollution crisis through an Emergency Management System (EMS) that incorporates mitigation, prevention, response and recovery measures. The EMS will take a systematic approach towards hazard assessments, identification and strategic planning to minimize the impact of risks to marine life, property, and the environment. This system provides the foundation for coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability and capacity to mitigate against, prepare and plan for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual plastic disasters. The EMS is supported by the four EPIC pillars that are interlinked to help guide a community towards sustainable plastic management solutions when faced with a plastic crisis.
How to Apply?
Thank you for learning about the E P I C Program. Please thoroughly read our APPLICATION GUIDELINES to make sure you are eligible to apply. If you feel the EPIC Program can assist your community, please click on PHASE 1 – APPLICATION or APPLY NOW to complete the first of two application forms. If you have any questions during the application process, please CONTACT US.
BASIC APPLICATION TIMELINE
Applications can be submitted at any time.
We will review applications twice per year:
June 28 | Nov 3
PHASE 1 SUBMISSION REVIEW
SUBMISSIONS ARE REVIEWED BY OUR TEAM TWICE PER YEAR, EXPECT TO BE CONTACTED WITHIN 6 WEEKS (OR 1.5 MONTHS) AFTER THE REVIEW PERIOD IF YOUR APPLICATION IS SUCCESSFUL. IF ELIGIBLE YOU ADVANCE TO STEP 3.
PHASE 2 APPLICATION
ONCE YOUR PHASE 1 APPLICATION IS APPROVED, YOU MAY FILL OUT AND SUBMIT PART 2 OF THE APPLICATION FORM
PHASE 2 SUBMISSION REVIEW
YOUR FINAL SUBMISSION WILL BE REVIEWED WITHIN 6 WEEKS (OR 1.5 MONTHS). IF ELIGIBLE YOU ADVANCE TO THE FINAL STEP!
FINAL APPLICATION PHASE
AFTER A THOROUGH REVIEW OF ALL INFORMATION SUBMITTED, WE WILL NOTIFY YOU IF WE HAVE ACCEPTED YOUR SUBMISSION.