The Urban Coast Institute, a center of distinction at Monmouth University serves Monmouth University and the public interest as a forum for research, education, and collaboration in the development and implementation of science-based policies and programs that support stewardship of healthy, productive, and resilient coastal ecosystems and communities. The UCI maintains a principal focus on the interactions between humans and the coastal and ocean environment, and sustainable coastal development along New Jersey's coasts and watersheds. Monmouth County and the New Jersey-New York region is an ideal "laboratory" for study of these issues. The UCI has a unique focus on how good science can inform public policy and the "human dimensions" of coastal ecosystem-based management, including the impacts of human use and development on coasts. The UCI seeks to foster collaboration among citizens, watershed and community organizations, governmental agencies, business, the scientific community, and other parties interested in coastal and watershed management, conservation, and restoration.
MARCO is a collaboration among the states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia to manage ocean resources to improve their health and ensure the waters off the Mid-Atlantic continue to contribute to the region's quality of life and economic vitality. MARCO has developed the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal in 2010 to be used as online mapping tool that consolidates available geo-spatial data and enables states, federal, and local users to visualize and analyze ocean resources and human use information. The portal can be found at portal.midatlanticocean.org/portal/.
Urban Harbors Institute
The Urban Harbors Institute, as a part of the University of Massachusetts Boston, provides expertise on environmental issues. They work with governmental agencies, non-government organizations, marine industry representatives from New England, around the United States, and internationally. Urban planning, coastal and harbor planning, geographic information systems, water transportation, natural resource management and marine industry master planning are some of the fields that the Urban Harbors Institute assists in with technical needs and services. The Institute partnered with SeaPlan to conduct the 2010 Massachusetts Recreational Boater Survey that gathered spatial and economic information from recreational boating trips in Massachusetts during the boating season of 2010.
Center for Survey Research
The University of Massachusetts Boston started the Center for Survey Research in 1971. The center is a complete academic research center that utilizes professional telephone and in-person interviewers, computer supported telephone services, and has survey sampling capacity. Their research contributes to social issues and supports public and private agencies and academia.
Ecotrust is an organization dedicated to innovation, investment, and inspiration to create wellbeing for people and nature. They support new businesses, alliances, nonprofits, networks and programs that create harmony in nature and the community along with bring economic prosperity. They are trying to reinvent the way our world works from our backyards to regions. They hope to help develop more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems locally and around the world. They are an incubator for social enterprise, a vehicle for investing in promising innovations, and an ever increasing constellation of public, private, for-profit and nonprofit organizations.