The Center for the Blue Economy Celebrates Five Years

Article adapted from the MIIS Newsroom: 

5yrparty-speech2The Middlebury Institute’s Center for the Blue Economy celebrated its fifth anniversary at a lively event on Thursday, October 14th, fittingly held at a Cannery Row location overlooking the Monterey Bay--a local wine and beer tasting room and restaurant called "A Taste of Monterey."  An eclectic mix of marine professionals, current students, alumni, staff and faculty made up the crowd of roughly 115 people.  “Today, the CBE is conducting work on every continent and every ocean, partnering with the most influential ocean conservation organizations in the world, and empowering people to care for our vital blue economy,” said Center for the Blue Economy Director Jason Scorse, who shared some of the center’s key accomplishments with the assembled crowd of alumni and supporters. “We make the most current data about ocean economic values available to the people, communities, and governments stewarding our ocean environment.”

5yrparty-groupScorse is also the program chair of the International Environmental Policy degree program and he is especially proud of the high number of graduates of the program who are employed in their field. Through the Center for the Blue Economy, students in the program who are pursuing the concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management are eligible to become Summer Fellows, receiving a paid fellowship with top marine organizations.

The Center for the Blue Economy publishes the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics and is home to the National Ocean Economics Program. The scientific and economic data the center has produced has played a significant role in recent years in important policy decisions such as the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to not open up the Southeastern coast to offshore oil and gas drilling. Congressman Sam Farr has described the CBE as “the nation’s leading organization in advancing our understanding of the ocean economy.”

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See photos from the event:   Center for the Blue Economy Five Year Celebration Photos

Learn more:   The Center for the Blue Economy 2016 Impact Report

Learn more:  Two Student Profiles

Learn more:  Center for the Blue Economy Policy Victories