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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

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. 


 

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(Credit: Jim Toomey, creator of Sherman's Lagoon )

A Call to ACTION:  Now is the time to MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! 

June 2022:  There is renewed momentum for the Senate to use the budget reconciliation process to pass climate legislation. Now is the time to urge your Senators and majority leader Chuck Schumer to invest the full $555 billion (over 10 years) originally included in the Build Back Better (BBB) bill to address climate change, and to ensure that the strong ocean and coastal provisions included in both the House and Senate versions of the BBB remain in the final package.  Ocean-based climate solutions are key to solving the climate crisis, and there is no time to waste.  We may not have another chance like this for many years to come!

LEARN HOW YOU CAN TAKE OCEAN CLIMATE ACTION


 

The White House Announces "America's First-Ever Ocean Climate Action Plan"

June 8, 2022, World Ocean Day

“The Biden-Harris Administration will develop and implement a first-ever, whole-of-government Ocean Climate Action Plan.  The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Council on Environmental Quality, Co-Chairs of the Ocean Policy Committee, announced that the Committee will work in coordination with the White House Climate Policy Office to develop a whole-of-government Ocean Climate Action Plan that will guide significant ocean-based climate mitigation and adaptation actions, including green shipping, ocean-based renewable energy, blue carbon, and other ocean-related solutions. The Committee will also develop a National Sustainable Ocean Plan that will help guide sustainable economic development of U.S. ocean and coastal waters.”  

We celebrate this announcement and all climate related forward motion that the Biden-Harris Administration is advancing!  Is it coincidence that they have titled it the Ocean Climate Action Plan?  We think not!

Read full press release from the White House, June 8th, 2022

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