On Friday, April 1, Vermont Law School is hosting ocean and coastal law experts for a day-long conference on Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) and Energy. CMSP is a key component of the new “National Policy for the Stewardship of our Oceans, Coasts and Great Lakes.”   The student-sponsored conference is organized by the Oceans Committee of the Environmental Law Society and my colleague Betsy Baker.

Speakers include:

From Government

NOAA – Sally Yozell, Policy Director and Senior Adviser to Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator

BOEMRE – Rodney Cluck, Chief Scientist , Environmental Sciences

DOI Fish and Wildlife – Eileen Sobeck, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management CouncilGrover Fugate, Executive Director

From NGOs
Defenders of Wildlife
– Julie Falkner, Senior Policy Analyst of Renewable Energy and Wildlife

Pew Environment Group – Chris Mann, Senior Officer,  Campaign for Healthy Oceans

Ocean Conservancy – Shauna McCovey, Policy Manager of Marine Spatial Planning

NRDC – Sarah Chasis, Senior Attorney and Director of NRDC Ocean Initiative

From Academia

Stanford Law School – Meg Caldwell, Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program, Executive Director for the Center for Ocean Solutions
Vermont Law School – Betsy Baker, Associate Professor, Senior Fellow for Oceans and Energy at the Institute for Energy and the Environment

The complete program, with links to speaker biographies, is available at this link and reproduced in part below the fold.  Registration Information is available here.
Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning:

The Intersection between Energy, CMSP and Our Future Needs

Vermont Law School – South Royalton, VT

Friday, April 1, 2011

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks
Time:
10:00-10:15 am

Overview of Coastal Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP)
Time:
10:15-10:30am
Speaker: Emily Merolli, Associate, Perkins Coie

Crossroads between Offshore Energy and CMSP
Time:
10:30-12:30pm
Moderator: Don Baur, Partner, Perkins Coie and Summer Faculty at Vermont Law School
Speakers:

  • Dr. Rodney E. Cluck, Chief Scientist, Environmental Sciences Branch of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement
  • Grover Fugate, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
  • Betsy Baker, Associate Professor at VLS and Senior Fellow for Oceans and Energy, Institute for Energy and the Environment
  • Julie Falkner, Senior Policy Analyst of Renewable Energy and Wildlife at Defenders of Wildlife

Description: The regulatory framework for siting and permitting offshore wind and hydrokinetic (wave, tidal, and ocean current) projects is currently being transformed and redefined after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This panel will discuss how the regulatory framework will fit into CMSP and what changes this holds for future offshore energy projects.

Keynote Speakers
Time: 1:30-2:30pm
Speaker:

  • Meg Caldwell, Director of Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program at Stanford Law School and Executive Director for the Center for Ocean Solutions
  • Sally Yozell, Policy Director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Senior Advisor to Jane Lubchenco, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Ocean and Atmosphere

Description: Meg Caldwell and Sally Yozell will discuss CMSP as a tool to minimize human-use conflicts in the ocean and how CMSP will be used to protect our marine resources and coastal communities. They will touch on their experience with CMSP on the west coast and the integration of existing state CMSP programs into a larger federal program.  They will then join the discussion in the CMSP as a National Priority panel.

CMSP as a National Priority
Time
: 2:25-4:45pm
Moderator: Michael Sutton, Vice President, Center for the Future of the Oceans, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Summer Faculty at Vermont Law School
Speakers:

  • Sarah Chasis, Senior Attorney for Natural Resource Defense Council
  • Eileen Sobeck, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in the Department of Interior
  • Chris Mann, Senior Officer for Pew Environment Group
  • Shaunna McCovey, Policy Manager of Marine Spatial Planning, Ocean Conservancy

Description: Last summer, President Obama signed an executive order establishing a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes. One of the nine priority objectives proposed in the Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force is the development of a national CMSP. Developing an effective national plan involves coordinating Federal, State tribal, local authorities, and regional governance structures. These Panelists will address: what is CMSP and why is it a national priority?

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