Clean Technologies and Best Practices


We believe in the power of technological ingenuity and collective behavior change to overcome the environmental impact of human-made systems. From composting to ghost gear removal to preventing plastic pollution through the elimination of single-use plastic, the capacity for systematic change that leads to significant results has untapped potential.

Our grant giving program includes community campaigns that shift to more sustainable practices, as well as technologies that reduce the environmental footprint of coastal communities, sailing-related activities, and the maritime industry. Activities may involve improving practices regarding plastic pollution prevention or food waste, such as composting, techniques that improve water quality, environmentally responsible vessel disposal methods, or construction materials or processes. We do not invest in proven technologies or support offshore marine debris clean-ups or advertising.

Stories of Clean Technologies and Best Practices

Since 2018, 11th Hour Racing has supported Imagine H2O’s Urban Water Challenge as a founding partner of the global innovation competition that invests in scalable water solutions for urban areas.

Imagine H2O’s Urban Water Challenge Shortlists Five Water Tech Startups to Support Scaling their Innovations in Global Cities

Since 2018, 11th Hour Racing has supported Imagine H2O’s Urban Water Challenge as a founding partner of the global innovation…

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Plastic Free July is a Global Movement

Plastic Free July is a Global Movement

We’ve all adopted the mindset of reducing, refusing, and reusing in our homes and offices, so how is plastic still…

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Urban Water Challenge Announces its Cohort IV Startups

The Future of Water in Coastal Cities — Urban Water Challenge Announces its Cohort IV Startups

Join our six finalists as they make coastal cities more healthy, efficient, equitable, and resilient. We are excited to introduce…

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Choose Magic

A short film by 11th Hour Racing [embed][/embed] From the bustling boulevards of New York City to the urban backyards…

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A floating wetland in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. 11th Hour Racing’s grant to the National Aquarium supports research investigating the rate of nutrient removal from the harbor by floating wetlands. Photo credit: ​​David Coffey/National Aquarium

Floating Wetlands

Visit the National Aquarium’s floating wetland science lab In many urban harbors around the world, native wetlands have been devastated…

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11th Hour Racing Awards 23 Grants Totaling $1.92 Million on World Ocean Day

Funding for new grantees focused on ocean conservation, investigative journalism, and coastal sustainability Building on 10 years of philanthropic work…

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Solution Search today announced the 10 finalists in its Water Pollution & Behavior Change contest. Credit: Rare

Solution Search Unveils 10 Finalists in its Water Pollution & Behavior Change Contest

Global Crowdsourcing Contest Accelerates Behavioral Solutions to Reducing or Preventing Water Pollution Helping to spotlight local solutions to the world's…

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Composting for the Ocean

Celebrating #EarthDay by connecting soil to sea Whether you live on the coast or in the middle of the country,…

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11th Hour Racing grantee Billion Oyster Project will expand its oyster hatchery operations and, with partners, begin restoring eight acres of oyster reef habitat throughout NYC, while engaging students in STEM education on oyster monitoring and water quality testing. Credit: Steven DeWitt | Witness Tree Media

11th Hour Racing Awards 12 New Grants to Address Environmental Challenges of Coastal Communities

Driven by its mission to inspire solutions for the ocean, 11th Hour Racing announced today 12 new grants to address…

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