Environmentalist and Community Organizer Matt Lane is the current Director of Events and Community Outreach for Love the Sea a non profit based out of Maui County, Hawaii.
For almost two decades Matt has been working on Environmental Initiatives and Community Issues in the US and abroad.
Love the Sea is currently working on the recovery of ocean plastic for the advancement of a Circular Economy by efficiently extracting it from inconvenient coastal areas and intercepting Ghost Nets that plague our shorelines. This plastic is currently stored at our Parley AIR Station and will be used in the near future to create merchandise that will help bring awareness to this global issue. Their vision is to Monitor and clean every OceanFront mile from the Hawaiian Islands, inspiring action towards the mitigation and recovery of Ocean Plastic from coastal areas around the entire world.
Internationally Matt contributed as a Voyage Coordinator for Eat Less Plastic. Working with local communities, NPO’s, and schools in a voyage that took place over 6 months, seven thousand miles, and seven countries.
As a promoter and event organizer he specializes in Zero Waste Modeling. Touring around the US with Jack Johnson Matt promoted environmentalism and community activism through the All at Once Village. Matt was also the Environmental Coordinator at the Ocean Aid Festival in Honolulu in collaboration with Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Surfrider, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, Sea Cleaners NZ, honoring leading professors, scientists, humanitarians and ambassadors highlighting the issue of plastic garbage and marine debris that accumulates on our coastlines and open ocean gyres.
Cultivate was also honored as one of the leading projects in over 45 states by the CDC as a grassroots initiative to help fight child obesity by building gardens in local schools. Matt’s work helped manage and organize the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Grant through the Center for Disease Control building over 15 organic permaculture gardens across the island including our Homeless shelter, University, Secondary Schools, and elementary's.
Founder of Cultivate Media
Founder of the Lahaina Town Clean Up covering over 7 miles of coastlines, two boat harbors, and one the busiest port towns in the Hawaiian islands. This event celebrates working with thousands of youth in our local community in it’s 16th year in 2020.