Waves Newsletter
June, 2015

Climate Change and Politics  

Maren Farnum works to help local government cope with climate change, and researches how local government uses climate and economic data.     

The Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) welcomes recent graduate Maren Farnum full-time this summer as a Research Associate and Data Analyst.  Maren is representing the CBE at a newly formed group (name to be determined) led by the Nature Conservancy that aims to be a "one-stop-shop" for local governments and planners providing tools and guidance on climate adaptation and mitigation strategies.  She will also be researching how Santa Cruz and Monterey county governments have used economic and climate data in their decision making process.

Sustainable Coastal Development in China

Dr. Lili Ding aims to put the environment and a sustainable marine economy on the books in China's coastal development auction system.
The Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) welcomes Dr. Lili Ding of Shandong University of Science and Technology as a Visiting Scholar for 2015-2016.  While at the CBE, she will conduct research on incorporating the marine economy and environmental protection into the coastal permit and development process in China.

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Inspired at Capitol Hill Ocean Week

Melis Okter,
CBE Summer Fellow working to protect the Arctic shares reflections 
on Capitol Hill Ocean Week
Melis Okter is a Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) 2015 Summer Fellow working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Arctic environmental stewardship and resource conservation.  She attended Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), and was inspired by the unique work the CBE and its National Ocean Economics Program are doing and how this work was highlighted during the event.  We are impressed with Melis' extraordinary professional experiences and thank her for sharing her story and links to these influential talks.

News & Events
Dr. Judith Kildow leads a panel discussion on "The New Blue Economy" at the Blue Vision Summit

Dr. Charles Colgan attends the Coastal Symposium 15

Dr. Mike McGinnis moderates the "Ocean Planet" panel at first annual Bay Area Book Festival


Students Changing the World  
Whitney Berry:  Locally-Managed Marine Areas, Micronesia

Chelsea Jordan: sustainability at Maersk Drilling, Denmark

Molly McKeon: talks environmental policy in Japan

Melis Okter Arctic sustainability in D.C.

Emma Tonge:  marine debris, Nairobi, Kenya
Alumni Making Waves
Linda Childs Hothem (BAPS "85) wins Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Cara Hagan (MBA Sustainable Supply Chain Mgmt "15) works with Eco Viva to support young environmental leaders in El Salvador

The CBE Applauds
The generous sponsors of the upcoming "Oceans in National Income Accounts Symposium"

UCSC and the MARINE network for screening the "Sand Wars" documentary

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