Collaborate with OSA

Multiple brains are better than one. Just ask an octopus! That’s why we’ve created this collaborative space to connect across industry sectors, cultural backgrounds and regions all over the globe to tackle wastewater pollution in our oceans.   Check out ways to engage with us below - we welcome you to the OSA community!

Subscribe to our Newsletter

When you sign up through the form on the right, you'll receive quarterly updates on the latest news, events, stories from the field, and tips on how to contribute to solving the issue.

Join our Slack Community

We invite you to join our Slack community where our organizational and academic partners, working group members, and anyone with interest in solving this issue are welcome. The goal of this community is to connect experts, entrepreneurs, practitioners, decision-makers, donors and more so we can share solutions, resources and knowledge. Do you have questions about the latest technology in wastewater treatment? Need to reach experts experienced with urine recycling? Want to collaborate on solutions toward equitable sanitation? Complete the form on the right and we’ll be in touch!

Become an OSA Partner

Together, we will achieve more than our individual efforts can alone. We’re a diverse collective committed to reducing the threat of ocean sewage pollution and increasing the health and wellbeing of both humans and nature. By becoming an endorsing partner, your organization or company can join the effort in a number of ways including attending quarterly calls to learn about partner work, news and events; contributing content to our newsletter and social media campaign; and participating in one of our working groups.

Join a Working Group

We aim to achieve our mission through cross-sector collaboration, the synthesis and sharing of knowledge, developing solutions, and raising awareness. If you’d like to contribute to any of these objectives and join a monthly working group call, fill out the form on the right - we can’t wait to meet you!

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Our Mission. Our Principles.

We are a diverse collective committed to reducing the threat of ocean wastewater pollution and increasing the health and well-being of both humans and nature. We hope to achieve this through collaborating across sectors, synthesizing and sharing knowledge, developing solutions, and raising awareness.









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In Practice

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The Aquarium of the Pacific works to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. Their vision is to create an aquarium dedicated to conserving and building Natural Capital (Nature and Nature’s services) by building Social Capital (the interactions between and among peoples).

Banka BioLoo Limited is a pioneer in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) infrastructure. It is an on-field, research-driven company engaged in developing a diverse array of environmentally-friendly products and services for human waste treatment and management; with a vision to solve the most pressing problems of poor sanitation.

The Bay Islands Conservation Association (BICA) is a private, non-profit, grassroot organization founded in 1990 by citizens concerned about the future well-being of the Bay Islands, Honduras in order to initiate and coordinate efforts for the protection of the fragile natural resources of the islands. BICA has 30 plus years of experience implementing programs and projects in the Bay Islands, in environmental education, community development, protection and research & monitoring.

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is a non-profit, environmental NGO that is on a mission to save the world’s coral reefs. CORAL works collaboratively with communities to reduce direct threats to reefs in ways that provide long-term benefits to people and wildlife. In parallel, CORAL is actively expanding the scientific understanding of how corals adapt to climate change and is applying this information to give reefs the best chance to thrive for generations to come.

Duke Restore is a new initiative of Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University with ambitions to make the school a global leader in ecosystem restoration and cultivation so that this conservation intervention can become a realistic recovery strategy for all ecosystems and economies in the face of intensifying global stress.

The goal of the Duke University Wetland Center is to provide sound scientific knowledge that will lead to sustainable wetland functions and services locally, nationally, and globally. The Center works toward this goal by conducting, sponsoring, and coordinating research and teaching on critical wetland issues.

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit public interest environmental law organization.

They wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change.

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) helps communities speak out for clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet. ELAW is a global alliance of attorneys, scientists, and other advocates collaborating across borders to build a sustainable, just future.

FLUSH is a women-owned firm focused on the “WASH” (water, sanitation, and hygiene) sector. FLUSH boasts a unique set of overlapping technical, process, and educational specialties. They cover three key focuses: (1) building greater public awareness of sanitation; (2) developing advocacy initiatives; and, (3) enhancing professionalism in institutions working in sanitation.

The Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative was launched in 2003 on the premise that healthy reefs are essential to sustaining healthy people. In turn, only when local people are healthy and thriving can they be expected to protect the reefs and other natural resources upon which their livelihoods and quality of life depend.

Imagine H2O is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers people to develop and deploy innovation to solve water challenges globally.

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Their mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Precovery Labs is a hub for community, impact and creativity. They focus on strategy, implementation and storytelling in support of resilience and precovery for the most vulnerable people and places. Specialties include island resilience, resilient cities and communities, indigenous community development.

The Center for Behavior & the Environment at Rare translates science into practice and leverages the best behavioral insights and design thinking approaches to tackle some of the most challenging environmental issues. Through partnerships with leading academic and research institutions, they are bringing the research into the field to connect the next generation of behavioral scientists with practitioners on the front lines of our greatest environmental challenges.

Reef Power LLC is a Maui company dedicated to harnessing Hawaiian limu and trees to stop injection well wastewater discharge harming reefs.

The Reef Resilience Network connects marine resource managers and practitioners with peers, content experts, tools, and operational knowledge to innovate and accelerate solutions for improved conservation and restoration of coral reefs and reef fisheries around the world.

Resilient Cities Network is the world’s leading urban resilience network. They bring together global knowledge, practice, partnerships, and funding to empower their members to build safe and equitable cities for all.

The Rich Earth Institute engages in research, education and technological innovation to advance the use of human waste as a resource. Through research, demonstration, and education projects, they strive to illustrate the positive effect of this approach in important areas including water quality, food security, energy use, soil health, economic sustainability, carbon footprint, public health, and emergency preparedness.

Ridge to Reefs catalyzes local capacity & develops nature-based solutions to create communities where connected human and natural systems thrive.

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network.

University Of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant provides integrated research, extension, and education activities for increasing understanding and wise stewardship of Hawaiʻi’s coastal and marine resources.

Wastewater Alternatives & Innovations (WAI) aims to reduce sewage pollution and restore healthy watersheds by providing innovative, affordable and eco-friendly solutions to waste and wastewater management. Their vision is to help Hawaiʻi homeowners and communities manage the difficult process of upgrading cesspools and failing septic systems across the state to new systems that are affordable, efficient and better for the environment.

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) works to transform municipal infrastructure in low-income countries to benefit the millions who lack access to water and sanitation.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 30,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. As a global water sector leader, their mission is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation.

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.

World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that works with governments, businesses, multilateral institutions and civil society groups to develop practical solutions that improve people’s lives and protect nature. They organize their work around seven global challenges: Food, Forests, Water, Energy, Climate, the Ocean and Cities. They analyze these issues through the lenses of their four Centers of Excellence: Business, Economics, Finance and Governance.

NYS Center for Clean Water Technology (CCWT) mission is to harness science to engineer clean water solutions for the protection of public health and the environment while promoting economic development in New York and beyond.

The Gobler Laboratory within Stony Brook University aims to understand how anthropogenic activities alter the ecological and biogeochemical functioning of coastal ecosystems, discover means by which impaired functioning of coastal ecosystems may be mitigated, and share understanding and discoveries with scientists, policymakers, managers, and the public.

Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) is an independent non-profit founded in 2000 with the mission of protecting the Caribbean environment through research and community-based actions.

Project Seagrass is a marine conservation charity dedicated to ensuring that seagrass meadows are protected globally, for the biodiversity and people that depend on them.

Running Tide is a global ocean health company working to restore ocean health, rebalance the carbon cycle, decarbonize global supply chains, and revitalize coastal communities.

renasys is a Norwegian startup that has developed advanced wastewater filtration solutions for next generation carbon harvesting. Taking the waste out of wastewater, they seek to accelerate the transformation of Wastewater Treatment Plants to
becoming Water Resource Recovery Facilities.

The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) promotes actions for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods by inspiring leadership, catalyzing commitments, and facilitating collaboration among all islands.

Fresh Life works with municipalities and urban residents to develop and scale safe, citywide inclusive and financially sustainable sanitation solutions in fast growing cities starting with Nairobi and Kisumu in Kenya.