The Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute and the Blue Frontier Campaign put forward an Ocean Climate Action Plan (“Blue New Deal”) as a way for the US to respond to climate impacts on the world ocean.
Middlebury Institute International Environmental Policy alumnus Kouassigan Tovivo has specialized in international climate negotiations and capacity building but hopes to eventually bring his expertise back to his native Togo.
“We’re trying to step into this void because most of the climate plans are really focused on the big manufacturing and industrial emitters and the big terrestrial sources of pollution,” said Jason Scorse, director of the Center for the Blue Economy "an early crafter of the Blue New Deal approach", tells The Hill.
Six Middlebury Institute graduate students partnered this summer with undergraduate students from Middlebury College in the Middlebury Social Impact Corps, working with organizations in Peru, Monterey, and The Bahamas.
The Middlebury Institute’s Center for the Blue Economy is sponsoring eleven students from the International Environmental Policy program on summer internships with top marine organizations from the Bay Area to the Galapagos.