CBE Waves: Summer 2014
MIIS Professor and Student Win $50,000 Innovator of the Year Award
(Adapted from This Week @MIIS; May 12-18, 2014)
“A supportive culture of innovation exists at MIIS,” says Professor Jeffrey Langholz of the International Environmental Policy program, who this weekend won the main prize of $50,000 and title of Innovator of the Year at the Monterey Bay Startup Challenge along with graduate student Maeve Murphy (MBA/MAIEP ’15). Their idea is called Water City and it helps make water conservation easy and profitable for the public.
Freshwater issues are a passion at MIIS's Center for the Blue Economy, and students can focus on Ocean and Coastal Resource Management with courses that address the economic and management challenges posed by increased coastal development, demand for ocean resources, and the threats from climate change. Professor Langholz is himself passionate about water issues, and when his colleague Kent Glenzer founded the recent the Institute Community Innovation Challenge for students with a challenge focused on water issues, Jeff started thinking actively of solutions.
CBE Professor Dr. Michael McGinnis Interviews for PBS New Hour May Weekend Edition
CBE prof Mike McGinnis was interviewed in April for a special segment entitled “The Blue Serengeti” for PBS Newshour that will air nationally in their broadcast on a weekend edition in May. His article with colleagues from UCSB on environmentalists’ views of agriculture and land-use in California will be published in the journal Society & Natural Resources. McGinnis has also submitted for journal publication a lengthy law review article on marine governance in New Zealand. Meanwhile, he has signed a book contract with the University of California Press for a book entitled Science and Sensibility: Negotiating an Ecology of Place that will be published in 2015; the book (which Mike plans to complete this summer) includes 10 case studies on watershed, coastal and marine policy, science, and planning drawn from 15 years of experience in the US and abroad.
OCRM Course on Commercial Marine Vessels
In the Spring 2015 semester, Michael McGinnis work work with Monterey Area Research Institutions Network for Education (MARINE) faculty to develop a new course on commercial marine vessels and their associated impacts on the marine environment. These impacts include whale strikes, public health, air and water pollution, and the introduction of non-native invasive species. This semester-long course will likely be the first of its kind offered through MARINE.
City of Monterey Recognizes MIIS Students for Exceptional Contribution to Climate Action Plan
Melissa Jennings (This Week @MIIS; May 12-18, 2014)
Proving yet again that the Institute prepares students to take on the most pressing issues of our time and “be the solution” in their chosen field, on May 6 the City of Monterey recognized the outstanding contribution of two graduating MIIS students to their Climate Action Plan.
The students, Gabriel Kiritz (MAIEP ’14) and Matthew Nichols (MAIEP ’14), both of the International Environmental Policy program, were specially recognized for their superb analytic and critical thinking skills by their supervisor, Sustainability Coordinator Ted. J. Terrasas. Mayor Chuck Della Sala thanked them on behalf of the City of Monterey, and also recognized MIIS Career and Academic Advisor Edy Rhodes and Director of Outreach and Employer Relations Dayton Hughes for their role in shaping and promoting the internship.
Matthew describes the eight-month internship with the City of Monterey as a “unique and exciting opportunity” to put theory from his academic program into practice at the local level. By working on the Climate Action Plan, Gabriel adds, not only did they gain “invaluable experience in a specific issue” (climate policy), they also had the opportunity to develop their core competencies of policy and data analysis, technical writing, collaboration, and communication.
Matthew goes on to say that the experience of synthesizing hundreds of pages of data and statutes into a series of appropriate policy recommendations was both a great learning experience and a challenge to think outside the box. Both students are happy to add this internship to their resumes, recognizing the value of gaining real-world job experience as part of their degree program.
Matthew and Gabriel will both be honored as “Graduates with Distinction” at Spring Commencement on May 17.
CBE Appoints New Program Manager
CBE welcomes Rachel Christopherson as the new Program Manager effective in June. Rachel worked at the Institute from 2001-2006 coordinating the daily operations of the Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation as Dean's Assistant. In 2007 she was promoted to Non-Degree Program Coordinator, launching continuing education courses for professional translators and interpreters. Rachel left MIIS in 2010 to pursue a position at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, as Director of Graduate Admission. Rachel volunteered for the Student Oceanography Club at the Monterey Bay Aquarium from 2006-2010, and hopes to rejoin that group. "I'm so glad to be coming home to the Monterey community and especially thankful to be given the opportunity to support the Center for a Blue Economy. The work the CBE is doing is amazing and I am thrilled to contribute to this team."
Congressman Farr Supports Findings of National Ocean Economics Program Report
Jason Warburg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
More than 80 percent of America’s gross domestic product and jobs are generated on our coasts and coastal oceans, yet federal support for stewardship of these resources has not kept up by any standard, according to a report released recently by the National Ocean Economics Program, part of the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. The Institute is a graduate school of Middlebury College.
The report notes several other evolving aspects of the coastal economy that are both driving and impeding America’s recovery from the recent great recession:
Coastal states, including those surrounding the Great Lakes, accounted for more than 81 percent of all jobs, and 84 percent of GDP in 2012, the last year for which data is available. Counties adjacent to the water employed 37 percent of all workers and generated 43 percent of GDP, although they comprise only 18 percent of the nation’s land area.
As a percentage of the total federal budget, government expenditures for the nation’s coasts and coastal ocean decreased 58 percent from 1970 to 2011, going from .63 percent to .26 percent. While the federal budget increased more than threefold over that time, the oceans budget increased by less than one third, despite the negative impacts from growing population and increased economic and climactic pressures along the coasts.
The ocean economy has proven to be more resilient than the overall U.S. economy, growing faster in both employment and GDP. The ocean economy is almost two-and-a-half times larger than other natural resource industries such as farming, mining, and forestry. "The implications for the imbalance between lagging federal support and the vitality of the coastal economy," said Congressman Sam Farr, "are that these states, counties and cities deliver a disproportionate amount of taxes to the federal government, yet also bear a disproportionate amount of the costs to maintain the coast’s economic and ecological vibrancy."
The 80-page NOEP report observed that local economies are maintaining beaches, cleaning up plastics and other pollutants from coastal waters, restoring habitats for valuable natural resources such as fisheries, and maintaining and managing large ports and harbors—all with limited local funds and decreasing federal help.
"The NOEP sees this disconnect increasing over time, as coastal populations grow and coastal economic activities escalate," Dr. Judith T. Kildow, director of the program, said. "This deteriorating situation will also be exacerbated by more and stronger storms that flood and destabilize coastlines, rising sea levels and other climactic impacts that squeeze local governments as they try to protect our shores."
Congressman Farr and Kildow agreed that all coastal states need increased federal support for their coast management if they are to maintain robust growth in the coming years.
CBE Students Earn Fellowships for Summer 2014 term