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ADVISORY: Undersecretary Lubchenco, Business Leaders and Experts to Discuss the Foundations of a Blue Economy

Healthy Oceans as an Economic Driver

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Contact: Madeline Meth
Phone: 202.741.6277

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Washington, D.C.—On Wednesday, June 27, 2012 the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere will join business leaders and experts at the Center for American Progress for the launch of a new initiative to define and quantify the economic impact of healthy oceans.

In recent remarks about America’s fiscal recovery, former Secretary of Commerce John Bryson called out the “economic engine” of our oceans and coasts—our “blue economy.” Yet in many cases we simply don’t have the information required to best prioritize and balance the use and protection of these vibrant marine resources.

With this event, the Center for American Progress launches its Blue Economy Initiative. We will focus on four ocean and coastal industries in various stages of understanding and d evelopment—sustainable fisheries, renewable energy, tourism and recreation, and coastal restoration—in a discussion with leaders from government, industry, and advocacy about the key role healthy oceans play in creating American jobs and enhancing prosperity in coastal regions.


Welcoming remarks:
Michael Conathan, Director of Ocean Policy, Center for American Progress

Featured speakers:
Jane Lubchenco, Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
Miranda Ballentine, Director of Sustainability, Wal-Mart
Jim Moriarty, CEO, Surfrider Foundation

Moderated by:
Eric Roston, Sustainability Editor, Bloomberg News


June 27, 2012
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Refreshments will be served at 1:00 p.m.


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005


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