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Keeping History Room (3rd Floor) [clear filter]
Monday, May 8

8:00am EDT

Waterfront Scholars Breakfast
The diverse group of college and graduate students who make up the 2023 Waterfront Scholars cohort are invited to a special breakfast to begin your journey at the conference. Meet with with Waterfront Alliance leadership and the sponsor of this year's Scholars program, the NYC Economic Development Corporation.

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Monday May 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:40am EDT
Keeping History Room (3rd Floor)

10:45am EDT

No Turbines Yet, But Offshore Wind Is Here
Join a discussion and conversation that orients us to the players, locations, planning, construction, and timelines for the offshore wind deployment underway in New York and New Jersey.  Along with the basics of the field, questions speakers will cover include: who are all the developers? What are New York State and New Jersey doing with the industry now? What will be built and when? Who is partnered with whom?

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Sid Nathan

Vice President, External Affairs, Rise Light & Power
Sid Nathan is vice president for external affairs at Rise Light & Power, where he oversees government and stakeholder relations, brand marketing, media relations, and policy advocacy.Sid previously served New York State as the communications director of the Long Island Power Authority... Read More →
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Carol Oldham

Northeast Director, Business Network for Offshore Wind
Carol Oldham joined the Business Network in 2022 as its northeast director. She works with members and supply chain companies in the region, focused on outreach and supply chain training to historically underrepresented communities in Massachusetts and the surrounding region.Prior... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Keeping History Room (3rd Floor)

2:00pm EDT

On Track for More Marine Plastic than Fish by 2050
Plastic use has increased dramatically over the past twenty years. The United States is one of the world's largest consumers of plastics and produces more plastic waste than any other country. Plastic bag bans in New York and New Jersey are steps in the right direction, but more is required at the local, state, and federal levels to tackle this monumental issue. This panel will discuss the problems and solutions at the local level and explore efforts from around the nation and the world that can serve as examples of a path toward comprehensive regional solutions.

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James Cervino

President & Chief Scientist, Coastal Preservation Network
Dr. James M. Cervino received a bachelor's degree from New York University that focused on earth science and physical anthropology, a master's from Boston University in marine biology and a Ph.D. in marine science & pathology from University of South Carolina. His research interest... Read More →
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Jennifer M. Coffey

Executive Director, ANJEC
Jennifer M. Coffey joined the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) in July 2014 as executive director. Jennifer serves as a member of the New Jersey State Water Supply Advisory Council and as an advisor to the New Jersey State Clean Water Council. She serves... Read More →
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Thania Peck

Sustainability Advisor/ Content Creator/ United Nations consultant, Catcher in the Style
The creative director of Catcher in the Style, Thania is a powerhouse in the fashion and beauty industry, working as a content creator, an activist for sustainability, and an advocate for climate positivity across said industries. She currently serves as an ambassador to multiple youth charities, is a mentor and nonprofit volunteer, a United Nations partner, and she works closely with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation... Read More →
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Beizhan Yan

Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Dr. Beizhan Yan received his Ph.D. in 2004 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. and currently is a Lamont Associate Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University. In 2007, he joined LDEO, and since then, he has established an environmental... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Keeping History Room (3rd Floor)

3:05pm EDT

Mussels as the Great Harbor Cleaner
The bivalve we hear the least about is the mighty mussel, a filter feeder competing with the oyster for the charismatic spotlight in the quest to restore the New York–New Jersey harbor. While the oyster is a major and important player, mussels also provide great ecological benefits and could be put to the great harbor restoration task. This panel looks at the opportunity for mussels as a major part of restoration initiatives and the research currently underway.

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Don Riepe

Jamaica Bay Guardian, American Littoral Society
Don Riepe retired in 2003 from the National Park Service where he worked as a naturalist ranger and manager of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in NYC. Currently, he is employed as Jamaica Bay Guardian for the American Littoral Society. Don has written many articles on natural history... Read More →
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Matthew W. Gray

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Dr. Matthew W. Gray is an ecophysiologist whose research focuses on understanding the physiological response of marine invertebrates to current and future environmental conditions. His work seeks to clarify the ecosystem services (i.e. biofiltration, habitat creation, etc.) provided... Read More →
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John McLaughlin

Managing Director, Office of Ecosystem Services, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
John McLaughlin is the managing director of the Office of Ecosystem Services, Green Infrastructure and Research with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The managing director is the bureau director’s senior advisor on the design and implementation of... Read More →
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Chris Pickerell

Marine Program Director, Cornell University Cooperative Extension
Chris Pickerell has been working for Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County for 30 years and has been the director of the marine program for the last ten years. In this role, Chris oversees the work of more than 70 scientists and educators working throughout Long... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 3:05pm - 3:55pm EDT
Keeping History Room (3rd Floor)
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