For more information about the Blue Flag program or its implementation in the United States please contact:
ASBPA Program Coordinator
Blue Flag is a voluntary international eco-award program run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) for beaches (as well as marinas and tourism boats) promoting environmental education and information; environmental management; safety and services; social responsibility; and responsible tourism in over 49 countries with over 4,800 sites. Awards are given by the international jury to applicants who meet 30+ criteria.
For more information about the international organization and the global program visit BlueFlag.global.
Over the past two years, ASBPA has worked internally and with partners to assess the feasibility of taking on this program. We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FEE and the National Wildlife Federation, the United States’ associate member to FEE, in May 2020 and received affiliate membership status with FEE in July 2020. In October 2020 we received confirmation on our Feasibility Study and were requested to submit up to five pilot sites for their next meeting.
We kicked off 2021 by submitting four sites for the pilot phase. East Beach in Galveston Island, Texas; Lovers Key State Park in Lee County, Florida; Zuma Beach in Malibu, California; and Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii have all been granted Pilot Site status and are invited to apply for the Blue Flag award as soon as they fully comply with the Blue Flag criteria. As the official National Operator for Blue Flag in the United States, we will be working through the pilot phase and coordinating a National Workshop in the coming months. The National Workshop will be held in the Fall in conjunction with the Geux Resilient National Coastal Conference and will launch the National Criteria, Assessment and Application Process, and National Jury.
Below are resources for the public, partners, pilots, and interested beaches as we move forward in the implementation process.
Blue Flag Program to host workshop in conjunction with ASBPA National Coastal Conference The Blue Flag US program is hosting a national workshop September 28-October 1 in person in New Orleans, LA in conjunction with ASBPA’s 2021 National Coastal Conference: Geux Resilient. This is an opportunity for interested beaches, partners, and stakeholders to learn more…
Blue Flag National Jury Meeting Date: Friday February 19 Time: 2pm – 3:30 pm E Location: Online via Zoom Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org The National Jury provides an important role in the award process of the Blue Flag Program. The National Jury approves the national criteria; makes sure applicants are adhering to national legislation and criteria;…
Working Group Topics ASBPA will be hosting Virtual Criteria Meetings to review the International Criteria and make recommendations for the National Jury to adopt. Meetings will discuss beach criteria only. The working groups are as follows: Safety and Services S&S Notes 10.23.20 Water Quality WQ Notes 10.29.20 Environmental Education and Information EE&I Notes 11.3.20 Environmental…
Pilot Meeting Details ASBPA held a Virtual Pilot Meeting on September 9 at 3:30 pm Eastern. The Slide Deck with notes are available by request. Meeting Agenda Introductions Who is ASBPA and What is Blue Flag Benefits Blue Flag Brings Anticipated Procedures of Blue Flag USA How the Pilot Works What Makes a Blue Flag…
The Blue Flag Global website has an amazing amount of information from maps of sites around the world to Best Practices. Below are a link to the international criteria page and a pdf overview of the program from 2019 to get you started.
Materials distributed by ASBPA to inform about the program and operation of Blue Flag in the United States are listed below. Make sure to check regularly for updates.
Park board recognized for beach stewardship; Galveston County, The Daily News
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We are organizing a National Workshop this September where we will announce the National Jury, review National and International criteria, and launch the assessment and application process. You do not need to wait till September to start preparing to meet criteria or reach out to Blue Flag US Staff.
There are several ways to interact with the program and prepare for our Fall launch.
Check out this timeline for an idea of what raising the Blue Flag from launch to flag in hand will look like for interested beaches in 2021.
Partners and sponsors are important to the implementation of quality programming. From helping beaches meet criteria compliance to serving on the National Jury there are several ways to partner with Blue Flag US. Contact us for more information on opportunities available.