Dave McLaughlin, Winner of the 2016 Alison J. Walsh Award for Outstanding Environmental Advocacy

2016 Alison J. Walsh Award for Outstanding Environmental Advocacy Winner

Dave McLaughlin of Newport, R.I.

Co-Founder of Clean Ocean Access

Dave McLaughlin was awarded the Alison J. Walsh Award for Outstanding Environmental Advocacy in 2016, for his work inspiring the Newport community to come together and work on environmental issues.
Dave McLaughlin who, as the co-founder of Newport’s Clean Ocean Access, helped inspire a community to unite around environmental issues, was granted the Alison J. Walsh Award for Outstanding Environmental Advocacy in 2016.

Dave McLaughlin, co-founder of Clean Ocean Access, has successfully inspired a community to come together to work on environmental issues. The Newport resident led the 2006 grassroots movement and 2013 formalization of the non-profit Clean Ocean Access, which works to eliminate marine debris from shorelines, improve water quality from watershed to marine ecosystem, and protect, preserve and maintain shoreline access for residents and visitors.

Formerly in information technology at Hasbro, McLaughlin credits Hasbro’s core values of community service, giving back and social responsibility for positioning him to transition his career and focus on advancing Clean Ocean Access’s efforts for Aquidneck Island. He also serves as vice chair for the organization’s wastewater and stormwater committee and is a member of the City of Newport’s cliff walk commission.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award. It means so much because it reinforces the finite nature of our time here, and that each of us needs to find the courage to act, to make this a better place,” McLaughlin said of his award.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.