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BVS4: Tuesday


TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013
Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street, NW Washington, D.C.

8:00 AM Registration (Lobby)
(Ballroom & Rotunda)

9:00 AM Welcome Address (Theater)

9:30 AM Opening Session: The State of Our Seas (Theater)

  1. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island), [Talk Title]
  2. Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger (United States Coast Guard), [Talk Title]
  3. Erika Bergman (ExploreOcean), Inspiration through Exploration
    Description: Research and exploration define the nature of our dynamic oceans through the compelling stories they tell. These stories are powerful tools that can inspire future generations of oceanographers and explorers. ExploreOcean works to engage young adults through active participation in underwater exploration by bringing students into the field and by bringing explorers into their classrooms. We provide access to advanced marine technologies including manned submersibles, remotely operated vehicles, and other instruments to give students an opportunity to create their own stories and innovate solutions to the issues our oceans are facing.

10:45 AM Comfort break

11:00 AM Disaster & Restoration: From Katrina & BP to Sandy and the Next Big One (Theater)

Natural and man-made disasters routinely impact our oceans and coasts resulting in significant environmental and economic damage. The attention generated by these disasters and the availability of federal aid creates opportunities to revisit current coastal and ocean policies including development, preparation, response and how to best invest financial resources in ways that benefit our environment and coastal communities. This panel will identify opportunities and challenges presented by ocean and coastal disasters and offer recommendations for future success based on first hand experiences with the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina.

Speakers:  Clay Maitland (NAMEPA), Cynthia Sarthou (Gulf Restoration Network), Cindy Zipf (Clean Ocean Action)
Moderator & Organizer: Chris Dorsett (Ocean Conservancy)

12:30 PM Lunch
Delicious vegetarian cuisine will be served in the ballroom & rotunda.

1:30 PM Workshops

  1. Thinking Story Like a Journalist (Ballroom)
    This fast-paced session will offer insights into the culture of journalism and some practical guidance on how to speak journalists’ language. Juliet Eilperin will provide a current perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing oceans from her vantage as a Washington Post White House Reporter and another nine years covering ocean issues. She’ll cover do’s and don’ts of communicating with the media and what it takes to attain the bar of a news story or feature in the Washington Post. COMPASS communications coach Nancy Baron will guide participants through a quick and dirty exercise on framing a story pitch and addressing the questions: “Why this? Why now? So what?” Brave volunteers will have a chance to practice a one-minute pitch and get instant helpful feedback. So bring your story ideas, and have fun with this opportunity to refine them.
    Speakers & Organizers: Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post) and Nancy Baron (COMPASS)
  2. Working with Congress (Theater)
    Everything you need to know to have success on Capitol Hill starting with relaxing and being yourself.
    Speakers & Organizers: Mike Dunmyer (Ocean Champions), Sean Cosgrove (Conservation Law Foundation), Gina Davenport (Blue Frontier), Dr. David Wilmot (Ocean Champions)
  3. Working with Donors (Boardroom)
    Join veteran fundraiser Chris Palmer for an intensive and enjoyable workshop focused on learning the skills and techniques needed to raise money. Participants will learn how to build relationships with wealthy donors and other gatekeepers and make an ask.
    Speaker & Organizer: Chris Palmer (One World One Ocean Foundation)

2:45 PM Comfort break

3:00 PM Making Climate a BLUE Issue (Theater)

The reality is climate change is already impacting our ocean and coasts.  The challenge is how we as a movement can develop a unified approach and strategy to engage the public in solutions.  This panel will address both fossil fuel fired climate disruptions and approaches and solutions that we can engage in as marine conservationists and stakeholders

Speakers: Gordon King (Taylor Shellfish), Mike Tidwell (Chesapeake Climate Action Network)
Moderator & Organizer: Dr. Lisa Suatoni (Natural Resources Defense Council)

4:30 PM Youth Leadership for a Blue Planet (Theater)

Our planet’s marine ecosystems face growing challenges. In order to combat these challenges, it is essential for us to engage and empower young people with the knowledge and skills necessary to help protect these important environments. Join us for a discussion on the importance of youth leadership in the field of ocean conservation and learn how youth and adults can work together to help protect our planet’s oceans for future generations!

Speakers: Steve Culbertson (Youth Service America), Mia DeMezza (EarthEcho International), Annalise Downey (Teens4Oceans), Jordan Howard (5 Gyres), Rudy Sanchez (Benchley Award recipient), Urban Assembly New York Harbor School Student
Moderator & Organizer: Sean Russell (Stow It-Don’t Throw It)

6:30 PM Networking Events (Various Locations)

We encourage you to use this time while we’re gathered in the same place to connect, discuss the issues and solutions, and move the conversation forward. If you’re interested in an issue, get a group together and go grab a drink at one of the area restaurants.

  • 7:00 PM Ocean Frontiers Film Screening & Panel Discussion (Carnegie Institution for Science, Theater)
    Join us for a special Blue Vision Summit 4 screening of the highly acclaimed film, “Ocean Frontiers”. Audiences across the country are raving about this film. Far from doom and gloom, “Ocean Frontiers” takes us on an inspiring voyage to seaports and watersheds across the country where we meet an intermingling of unlikely allies, of industrial shippers and whale biologists, pig farmers and wetland ecologists, sport and commercial fishermen, port operators, reef snorkelers and many more, all of them embarking on a new course of cooperation, to sustain the sea and our ocean economies. A panel discussion with experts will follow the film. Free and open to the public. RSVP to

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