Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute (UCI) hosted the 8th Annual Future of the Ocean Symposium and Champions of the Ocean Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 26. The theme for the Symposium was “Wealth from the Oceans: Use, Stewardship, and Security.” The symposium keynote was delivered by renowned environmental scientist and advocate Professor Jesse Huntley Ausubel, director of the Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University and vice president for programs for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Symposium panelists included Vice Admiral Richard M. Larrabee, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) and Port Commerce Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Lawrence R. Dickerson, President and CEO, Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.; and Christopher L. Koch, President and CEO, World Shipping Council. The panel discussion was moderated by Monmouth President Paul. G. Gaffney II.
The UCI presented the Champion of the Ocean Award to Professor Jesse Huntley Ausubel and Ocean Leadership Awards to Vice Admiral Richard M. Larrabee, Lawrence R. Dickerson, and Christopher L. Koch. Mr. Dickerson and Mr. Koch served as members of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy with President Gaffney.
The UCI was established in September 2005 as one of the University’s Centers of Distinction. UCI’s mission is to serve the public interest as a forum for research, education, and collaboration that fosters the application of the best available science and policy to support healthy and productive coastal ecosystems and sustainable coastal communities.