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The Center for the Blue Economy relies on your support to fund our work.

Center for the Blue Economy Five Year Anniversary Event October 2016
Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) Five Year Anniversary Event, October 2016.  Left to right:  Dr. Brendan Kelly, CBE Senior Fellow, Mr. Robin Hicks, Loker Foundation, Dr. Jason Scorse, CBE Director, Dr. Judith Kildow, Director of the National Ocean Economics Program (now retired), Ms. Deborah Hicks, Loker Foundation, Dr. Jeff Dayton-Johnson, VP of the Middlebury Institute.

Right now the oceans are under assault from an unprecedented number of forces, and robust, practical, and impactful policies are needed more than ever. The Center for the Blue Economy relies on your support. 

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Jason Scorse with surfboard
Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy, in his natural habitat

“There is nothing quite like the Center for the Blue Economy in California, the country, or the world. Unlike traditional marine policy programs, the Center for the Blue Economy's central focus is on the economics, management, and human dimensions that are key to addressing our most pressing ocean and coastal resource management challenges.”

-Dr. Jason Scorse, Center for the Blue Economy Director

Melis Okter (MAIEP OCRM graduate class of "16) Summer Fellowship in Washington, D.C.
Melis Okter (MAIEP OCRM "16) during her summer fellowship with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, D.C.  on Arctic issues.

What does the Center for the Blue Economy offer students?

A rigorous and relevant academic program coupled with hands-on experience

To make a difference on the international stage today, global ocean and coastal resource professionals must be educated to navigate an extremely complex web of marine laws and treaties, economic trends and incentives, and political dynamics. They must know cutting-edge science, but they must also understand economics, law, politics, and business, which is the focus of the Center for the Blue Economy-supported Ocean and Coastal Resource Management specialization. The center-funded Summer Fellowships give students the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice working with top marine organizations.

Cruise ship and old car, likely in Cuba
(Credit: Molly Shane )

What does the Center for the Blue Economy offer the world?

Solutions to environmental and economic problems

The Center for the Blue Economy is a “think-and-do tank” seeking to demonstrate the value of ocean and coastal resources and ensure that these valuations are incorporated into policy and business decisions. The Center for the Blue Economy research arm, the National Ocean Economics Program, studies critical ocean problems and supports research to improve ocean health, improve human welfare and long-term economic prosperity, and help the world prepare for and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

“The timing for the Center for the Blue Economy is perfect,” says Professor Scorse, “because the most powerful currency in current policy discussions is economics and jobs. In order to use our resources in a truly sustainable fashion we must value our ocean and coastal natural capital and look at the long-run impacts of our decisions.”

1940s era photo of Martin Joseph Bodganovich (left) founder of StarKist Tuna
Martin Joseph Bodganovich (shown left), founder of the French Sardine Company in Monterey, which became the StarKist Foods Company

A Generous Ocean Leads to a Generous Gift

The Center for the Blue Economy thanks Robin and Deborah Loker Hicks, trustees of the Loker Foundation, whose generous gift of $1 million launched the center in 2011.

Deborah’s grandfather, Martin Joseph Bodganovich, was founder of the French Sardine Company in Monterey, which became the StarKist Foods Company.

“The ocean has played a significant role in my family’s history,” said Deborah. She remembers the times as a little girl that she joined the fishermen heading out of the Port of Los Angeles in the purse seiners that fished local waters in the 1950s. "We see this gift as an investment that will not only generate awareness about the issues that threaten our oceans, but also prepare professionals who can advance sound policy decisions to address these issues.”

Jason Scorse and Linda Hothem at 2015 May Graduation Event
Jason Scorse and Linda Hothem at a May 2015 graduation event

Alumna Pledges Support for the Center for the Blue Economy

In July of 2013, the Institute announced that alumna Linda Childs Hothem (BAPS ’85) had pledged one of the largest alumni gifts in the history of the Institute, to support the Center for the Blue Economy. Hothem’s gift will support center staff, student research, and expansion of the center’s summer fellows program.

“I believe deeply in the mission of the Center for the Blue Economy, and I’m especially proud that my own alma mater, the Monterey Institute (now Middlebury Institute), is leading the way in conducting innovative research on our most pressing ocean and coastal resource management challenges.”

Many Donors, Much Work

We would like to thank our many donors who support the important work of the Center for the Blue Economy.

Individual Donors

Ms. Maureen Anda
Ambassador and Mrs. John Bohn
Mr. James Boyd
Mr. Steven R. and Ms. Masako Brauneis
Mr. Kenley J. Butler
Mr. Jim Chan
Ms. Sarah Chasis
Ms. Madeleine Delman Cohen and Mr. Jerome Cohen
Ms. Shirley Coly
Mr. Michael Conathan
Mr. William Davis
Mr. Ryan Donlon
Mr. William G. Doolittle and Mrs. Nancy Doolittle
Mr. Peter B. Fippinger
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick M. Fritz
Ms. Alexandra G. Goelet
Ms. Deborah L. Hicks and Mr. Robin J. Hicks
Ms. Linda C. Hothem and Dr. Giuseppe Esposito
Ms. Carol G. Johnson
Dr. Judith Kildow
Dr. Geraldine Knatz
Mr. David G. Leathers and Mrs. Susan M. Leathers
Ms. Jennifer L. Levey
The Honorable Susan A. McCloud
Mr. Brett Melone
Ms. Maureen A. Minnes
Mrs. Patricia J. Palmer and Mr. Charles C. Palmer
Dr. Pawan Patil
Ms. Margaret M. Crotty and Mr. Rory B. Riggs
Dr. Jason Scorse
Dr. and Mrs. William Sharpe
Mr. Andrew Silberman
Mr. Lee F. Spivak
Ms. Sarah E. Springer
Ms. Mary Porter Wright and Mr. John P. Wright
Anonymous Donors

Foundation and Institutional Donors

The Ainsley-Hicks Family Foundation
The Loker Foundation
The Ocean Foundation
The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation
Nancy Eccles & Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation
The Gant Family Foundation
Middlebury College
The Korean Maritime Institute
The Chinese National Marine Data Center
Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia