Waves Newsletter
March/April  2016

The Coastal Marketplace   
Innovative Market-Based Solutions  
for Coastal Development & Sustainability
The California Coastal Commission has a tough job:  balance the demands of coastal development with  responsible environmental policy.  Enter the "Coastal Marketplace" research project, a collaboration between the Center for the Blue Economy and the Nature Conservancy.   The project tests the logic of two market-based land use tools:  transferable development rights and credit trading.  (Think carbon cap and trade.)   The findings are promising, and may lead to an innovative trading system to better allocate coastal armoring permits that would encourage natural infrastructure instead of more seawalls and concrete.

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Celebrating Policy Action 
and the Center for the Blue Economy's
contribution to important decisions 
The Center for the Blue Economy does not directly advocate for policy positions, but provides research and analysis to empower decision makers.  We celebrate several recent policy decisions where our contribution was one of many factors in these important outcomes: 
  • The Obama Administration Reverses Course and Prohibits Off-Shore Oil Drilling in the South Atlantic
  • The Chumash National Marine Sanctuary, first new sanctuary in California in 20 years,  is close to approval
  • The California Coastal Commission shuts down the Cemex sand mining plant in Marina
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Sonic Sea: Film Screening 
Thursday, April 21, 6:00-8:00pm 
The oceans are a sonic symphony.   Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world.  Sonic Sea is a film about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution. Join us for a free film screening followed by a panel discussion including Michael Jasny, Director of the Marine Mammal Protection Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council and Brandon Southall, former Director of NOAAs Ocean Acoustics Program.

Event is FREE, but registration is requested.
Thursday, April 21, 6:00-8:00pm
Irvine Auditorium, Middlebury Institute   

News & Events
Beach erosion/sand loss a key topic at CA State Assembly Select Committee Hearing
Dr. Charles Colgan featured on KAZU regarding climate change and preparedness
Dr. Mike McGinnis Publishes Science and Sensibility:  Negotiating an Ecology of Place
Dr. Brendan Kelly, CBE Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change is a busy man
Dr. Judith Kildow was invited to speak at a Bicameral Ocean Caucus panel on Capitol Hill on the need for official U.S. Ocean Satellite Accounts
Dr. Charles Colgan attends the 2016 Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy Forum
Students Changing the World 
Students in the International Environmental Policy Studies Program have organized an amazing array of events for Earth Week,  April 18-22     
Alumni Making Waves
Angelina Skowronski (MAEIP/MBA Class of 2015) accepted a Packard Environment Fellow position with Ocean Outcomes this summer through the Middlebury Institute's membership with the MBA Non Profit Connection  

Alyssum Pohl (MAIEP 2012) returns to campus for Earth Week as a keynote speaker to talk about her incredible 2400+ mile kayak journey along the Mississippi, documenting water quality and plastic pollution along the way.  Come hear her speak on Wednesday, April 20th, 6:00-7:30pm, McGowan Building, room 100
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The CBE Applauds
 This New York Times article, "Seas Are Rising at Fastest Rate in Last 28 Centuries"
CBE 101
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