Our mission at the Center for the Blue Economy is to promote ocean-based sustainability solutions through leadership in economic research, education, and policy analysis.
What is the “Blue Economy”?
The “Blue Economy” comprises the economic activities that create sustainable wealth from the world’s oceans and coasts. The center examines ways that ocean and coastal resources can support economic development and enhance healthy, resilient oceans and well-managed coastlines.
Our research focuses on two areas—helping organizations understand how to measure the size and changing nature of economic relationships with the oceans and coasts in order to guide choices and monitor progress, and the economics of climate change adaptation in coastal regions.
On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in one of the largest and certainly most timely Ocean lobbies in U.S. history, over 300 people from more than 30 states and territories met with 107+ Members of the House of Representatives and their staff, and 33+ Senators and staff. Over 150 virtual meetings took place on this Ocean Climate Action Lobby Day!
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The Environmental Justice & Sustainability Speaker Series brings creative, pragmatic, and practice-based environmental professionals to campus. The series is primarily intended to support students in the International Environmental Policy program, but all lectures are open to the public. The series covers issues of environmental policy, social and environmental justice, and ocean sustainability, and is sponsored and hosted by the Center for the Blue Economy and the Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation. The series features forward-thinking speakers who present cutting-edge solutions to complex problems across a wide variety of fields. See the link above to catch videos or additional information on the (now complete) spring 2021 Environmental Justice & Sustainability Speaker Series.