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June 15, 2011
by The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS)

Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council Releases New Report

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council has released a new report that calls upon leaders to support implementation of the National Ocean Policy. America’s Ocean Future: Ensuring Healthy Oceans to Support a Vibrant Economy identifies four fundamental components that will ensure effective implementation:

  • Coordination of federal agency policies and activities with state, regional, tribal and local entities for collaborative reform and efficient decision-making in a transparent manner
  • Increased availability and improved collection of high-quality science and information to local, state, regional, and national entities for informed decision-making
  • Implementation of policies that allow for “protection and enhancement of sustainable economic benefits from ocean, coastal, and Great Lake resources”
  • Investment in implementing the National Ocean Policy and strategies to ensure consistent funding for “ocean and coastal science, management, and restoration, including development of a dedicated ocean investment fund”

The report offers recommendations based upon these four overarching components, which will allow the Joint Initiative to complete an assessment in the future on implementation and efficacy of the policies, investment and information made available as a result. The Joint Initiative recognizes the economic austerity the United States is currently experiencing, but acknowledges the long-term economic benefits of increased investment and acting now to implement the National Ocean Policy. Investing in education, research and policy implementation now will result in better economic circumstances and quality of life later. The report calls for a collaborative effort at all levels of government to “ensure the health of the critical ocean resources on which so many Americans depend for their livelihoods and quality of life.”

To view the Join Ocean Commission Report, visit their website at

December 1, 2010
by The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS)
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UMass Boston Center Hosts Talk with Google’s Climate Change and Energy Initiatives Director

From UMass Boston Office of Communications

Event Launches Clean Energy Business and Professional Education Program

Dan Reicher, director of climate change and energy initiatives for Google and former Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, will present "Building a Competitive Clean Economy: The Role of Technology, Policy, and Finance" on Wednesday, December 1. This presentation is brought to UMass Boston by the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC), in cooperation with the New England Clean Energy Council. The talk is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q & A session. Sponsored by NSTAR, Conservation Services Group, and Biogen Idec. The presentation launches SERC’s Clean Energy Business and Professional Education Program, which was developed with support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The SERC is part of the College of Management at UMass Boston.

Be a part of the conversation on Wednesday, December 1, from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Campus Center Ballroom, 100 Morrissey Boulevard.    
For more information, click here or contact David Levy, director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness, at or 617-287-7860.


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