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Education Outreach at Water Quality Conference

Southeast Florida's Sierra Club hosts a free event concerning all things ocean water quality, including topics like ocean acidification and land-based sources of marine pollution. Debris Free will table at this event concerning the ways individuals may meaningfully integrate responsible trash and plastic management into their everyday lives. Come join us!


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Below you will find the speakers and topics scheduled for the event. Hope to see you there!


Sierra Club
Opening Statements  (Starts at 9am, ~15mins)

American Littoral Society & Healthy Oceans Coalition
TOPIC: Introduction to USA's National Ocean Policy  (~1hr)
Sarah Winter Whelan is co-director of the Healthy Oceans Coalition, a group of environmental leaders and activists dedicated to the progressive advancement of the USA’s National Ocean Policy as set forth by President Obama in July 2010. Sarah is the Regional Marine Conservation Project Director for the American Littoral Society. The Society is a coastal conservation organization that promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm, and empowers others to do the same. Sarah has worked on national and Pacific Northwest ocean and coastal issues for over eight years and worked as Pacific Counsel for Oceana before coming to the Society. Sarah has a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina and a J.D. and Masters in the Studies of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. Sarah and her family currently reside in Boston, MA.
For more info about the National Ocean Policy, visit

Surfrider Foundation - Miami Chapter
TOPIC: Beach Erosion and Surfrider's Dune Project  (~1hr)
Description/Bio Forthcoming


PEW Charitable Trusts
TOPIC: Florida Forage Fish Campaign  (~1hr)
Cameron Jaggard is a Senior Associate with the U.S. Oceans division at The Pew Charitable Trusts based in Oakland Park, Florida. Before joining the Southeast Forage Fish Conservation Initiative at Pew, Cameron worked for more than four years on a campaign to reduce unwanted catch of marine life in the U.S. surface longline fishery. Cameron holds a BA in Environmental Policy from Rollins College and an environmental science certificate from Florida Atlantic University.


LUNCH BREAK (~Noon to 1pm)
Options TBD - we'll try to invite a vegan/veg-friendly food truck. There are numerous restaurants in walking distance (Flashback Diner, Gulfstream Village across US1 and more!)
Feel free to bring your own lunch...Coffee and light refreshments will be served start-close.


The Nature Conservacy
TOPIC: Intro to Caribbean Coral Biology & Anthropogenic Stressors  (~1hr)
James Byrne is the Conservancy’s Marine Science Program Manager for South Florida and the Caribbean and provides technical and scientific leadership for marine conservation initiatives in south Florida, the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. James came to the Conservancy from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A diving instructor and Dive Safety Officer for the Conservancy, he helps set standards for the Conservancy’s scientific diving operations and also trains partner organizations in safe and effective diving practices. James is an avid surfer and is committed to conserving the fragile marine world.

Florida House of Representatives (D)
Born in Dade County, Rep. Mark Pafford is a fourth generation Floridian who now resides in West Palm Beach with his wife Tracy and their children-Audrey and Brendan. Rep. Pafford is a graduate of Florida International University and is currently the CEO of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation. Rep. Pafford began his legislative career as a Congressional Aide for U.S. Congressman Larry Smith and also worked for then-State Representative Lois Frankel. First elected to the House in 2008, his district includes West Palm Beach, Greenacres, Haverhill, Loxahatchee Groves, Wellington and Royal Palm Beach. Rep. Pafford currently serves at the Policy Chair for the Democratic Caucus and was selected in September 2013 to hold the post of Democratic Speaker-designate for the Florida House of Representatives.

University of Miami
TOPIC: Sea Level Rise and its Impact on S. Florida  (~1hr)
Harold R. Wanless, Ph.D., Is chairman and a professor in the Department of geological sciences and Cooper Fellow in the college of arts and sciences. He is available to discuss effects of hurricanes on coastal environments, coastal erosion and post hurricane recovery processes. He has an active research program documenting hurricanes affects on coastal environments and also documenting the geologic and historical evolution of the coastal and shallow marine environment, and influences of sea level rise and anthropogenic stresses. Dr. Wanless heads the science committee for the Miami-Dade climate change advisory task force. 

By Nonprofit and Academic Organization Representatives in Attendance, several will also be hosting information tables in the auditorium.


RAFFLE (approx 4:30p)
Registered attendees will receive a free raffle ticket to win a valuable large lithograph by 

And possibly other valuable prizes (TBD)

*NOTE: You must be present to win raffle items(s) and checked-in by 1pm in order to receive a free raffle ticket.


Sierra Club
Closing Statements  (~15mins)


GENERAL NOTES: Coffee and light refreshments will be available through out the day. Feel free to bring your own food/drink (non-alcholic).

NOTE TO NPO/NGO REPS & POTENTIAL SPONSORS: We will have a limited number of 6-foot tables available for tabling around the perimeter of the auditorium during the breaks. If you’re interested in tabling for your organization or company, please contact Scott Sheckman at

Earlier Event: June 28
Reef Cleanup
Later Event: October 25
Yoga and Cleanup on the Beach