In February we farewelled Ryley Webster, after almost nine years at Sustainable Coastlines. And in May, co-founder Sam Judd announced his departure. Sam helped to build the charity into the impactful and loved organisation it is today, and while Ryley and Sam are dearly missed, they left Sustainable Coastlines stronger than ever before.
Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, we still had some impressive wins. We celebrated the launch of our new, user-friendly website. We delivered successful clean-ups and school education in Auckland and Christchurch. And we continued to build connections with communities, nurseries, and īwi groups alongside a successful tree-planting season.
In August the government announced its proposal to ban problem plastics, which drew on Litter Intelligence data. Not only brilliant news for our environment, this was testament to the power of citizen science-led data collection efforts.
Ending the year on a high, we scooped up the Sustainable Business Awards Tech For Good Award, a culmination of the year’s successes for Litter Intelligence and Sustainable Coastlines in general.