Olympia Chapter

What We Do

This voluntary certification supports restaurants committed to reducing their waste streams and increasing their sustainability. Participating restaurants must meet established criteria (such as offering reusable tableware and not using Styrofoam) in order to be certified as Ocean Friendly.

For our Rise Above Plastics (RAP) program, we work to address the growing threat of plastic waste in our environment by raising awareness, advocating for the reduction of single-use plastics, and promoting legislation that protects and improves our coastlines.

Surfrider Chapters nationwide participate in this program by collecting and processing water samples to monitor the safety and health of our waterways. Here in Olympia, we partner with the Dept. of Ecology to monitor local beaches for bacterial contamination.

Every year we organize several beach cleanups to remove trash from our coasts. These are great opportunities to enjoy your local waterways and meet passionate members of your community while contributing to the health and beauty of our coastlines.

Olympia Surfrider has partnered with the City of Olympia to install cigarette butt canisters throughout downtown. The City’s Clean Team installs and maintains these unique and high quality Surfrider canisters.

Outreach & Advocacy

In addition to our ongoing programs, our chapter participates in a number of different projects and campaigns, such as performing outreach at community events, and our Care for the Cove project in Westport.