Green Wave

Founding Year:



Green Wave (2014, 12 staff;

Creates polyculture ocean farming systems to produce high yields of shellfish and seaweed in small footprints. “Less than 5% of the US’ waters would produce protein equal to 3 trillion cheeseburgers, sequester 135 M tons of carbon, create 50M new jobs, etc..”

Program Areas:

  • Farm replication
  • Market Innovation

Sample projects:

  • Blue Carbon developing the world’s first kelp carbon credit protocol
  • A worker-owned fertilizer plant in the South Bronx to provide seaweed fertilizers to New York City parks.
  • Aquatic Science Internship Program
  • Creating/managing seaweed markets

Leadership: Bren Smith (Co-founder, winner of Buckminster Fuller Prize)
Budget: ~$1m

Green Wave contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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