Available year round, the GBF, a facility onboard the Training Ship 'Golden Bear', is a practical environment for testing BWMSs to IMO and USCG standards. Cal Maritime, the Campus of the California State University said:

We believe that by making green technologies a part of the experience and knowledge base of our future graduates, we can influence the future direction of the maritime industry. By increasing the environmental awareness and stewardship of our future mariners we hope to provide the industry with greater credentials and an enhanced reputation.

Technologies relating to exhaust emissions, solid waste stream, oil pollution, hull fouling and other potential environmental risks to the marine environment draw equal interest and engagement of our students and faculty providing impetus for discussion and learning.

GBF combines the expertise of the Cal Maritime's operations team, the biological oceanography research group at the California State University's Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and Pacific EcoRisk Environmental Consulting.