The Blue Institute is a global education, research and community engagement hub for clean water, healthy oceans and climate change solutions. We are located on Cape Cod and Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Blue Institute is a Registered Nonprofit 501(c)(3) designed to be an "open access" hub for excellence in water, oceans, and climate change education and research. We believe in an interdisciplinary approach to our curriculym, research efforst and our community engagement activities such as our World Oceans Day celebrations. The Blue Institute is a growing strategic consortium of dedicated “Triple Helix” partners (academia, industry, government) on a mission to create solutions for clean water, healthy oceans and climate change issues both local & global and to educate the “NextGen” or next generation of water-thought leaders through hands-on training in the unique fresh water and the saltwater ecosystem at and surrounding Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound, Plymouth Harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean. 


Our Clean Water, Healthy Oceans & Climate Change Story


The Next Generation

At the end of the day - it's all about their future.  


Social Impact Education, Research, & Community

We aim to help educate young people to be the next generation of water thought leaders for their communities and the wider world. That could be as simple (and important) as serving on a local water resource committee, or exploring the burgeoning opportunities and career pathways in the water, marine and blue tech infrastructure and innovation sectors. 

As a research center we will offer rotating topics of interest to bring researchers and practitioners together for a semester at a time from academia, industry and government to take a deep dive into collaborative working solutions - because we believe strongly in "innovation through collaboration."


Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Participating in the 2017 CleanTechOpen Accelorator convinced us to pull the innovation pillar out of the non-profit business model, and set up a separate legal entity, Blue Institute Labs, PBC (home to the Blue Incubator) - which is a Public Benefit Corporation committing 10% of its profits towards scholarships & fellowships at the Blue Institute.  Our vision that co-locates the two entitities - Blue Innovation Center - supports regional and global economic development, research, entrepreneurship and commercialization in water security, aquaculture, BlueTech, and marine technology.  The Blue Innovation Center will be the first oceanfront "Blue Tech", aquaculture and water security hub on the US Eastern Seaboard!

Our Offerings




Our unique water-centric undergraduate “Blue Semester” program - the first pilot cohort in 2020-2021  - in collaboration with the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and will be comprised of hands on experiential learning drawing from cross-disciplinary fields integrating science, art, policy, engineering, humanities, economics, and technology, and mini-internships with area practitioners, agencies and organizations.  The program will introduce students to the rapidly growing opportunities in the “blue economy" & to also create a generation of “water knowledge ambassadors" to better serve the world. Introductory level, advanced undergrad and graduate courses will be available. Are you a college student or know one who might be interested in participating?    Contact us at 




Research residencies will be open to scientists, graduate students and advanced undergraduates completing capstone projects. Students will have access to BlueTech and water security innovation incubator, fresh and salt water testing sites, and the area marine environments. The Institute supports sustainable water & ocean research which will bring together private and public sector projects, and  research scientists in a unique academic and environmental ecosystem fostering collaborative exchanges, blue cluster development, and an innovative ecosystem.




Community engagement offerings on water and climate change cover many disciplines such as the Seaweed & Algae panel, local authors community writing workshops, and "Words on Water" writing competition for World Oceans Day, community science panels, Women on Water lecture series, H20 STEM Community Conference.  K-12 special curriculum events for children, and future educational support for teachers through hands-on research focused workshops are being developed. In planning also are cross-generational collaborations through classroom and onsite experiential learning incorporating schools, community, and senior citizen area programs.  



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What You Can Do!

Get Involved - we love our volunteers!

 Are you passionate about what we're doing? Are you ready to dig in? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team! 


Summer at Cape Cod & Plymouth, Massachusetts

Join us next summer on Cape Cod to learn more about the water all around us  & in Plymouth to explore STEM related BlueTech and underwater robots. Email us for info:


Thank You

Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time with us, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We accomplish our goals with the help of supporters like you.  

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