RIMTA | Environmental Conference - Agenda
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The day-long conference will focus both on practical approaches and a forward-looking vision on environmental issues and topics marine businesses in our region are facing.

Keynote presentations and break-out discussions with leading experts provide the opportunity to learn from collective experience and to contribute your own perspective. From navigating regulatory requirements and operational compliance to exploring important issues in the marine environment, participants will find something of relevance for all business categories and employee levels.

Morning Sessions

  • 8am  Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 Welcome & Introductions – Dean Bruce Corliss of URI and Wendy Mackie of RIMTA
  • 8:40 Balance and Sustainability: An Introductory Keynote – Dan Wolf, Founder and CEO, Cape Air
  • 9:55 Breakout #1 – Clean Marinas: A Panel Discussion and Program Review –  Abby Smith, New England Boatworks; Donna Morrow, Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Dennis Nixon, RI Sea Grant –  An informative discussion on Clean Marina efforts covering: the status of the Rhode Island certificate program that is currently in re-development, insight on the successful growth of programs in other states and the impacts of participation from a leading Rhode Island certificate holder.
  • 9:55 Breakout #2 – The Business of Sustainability: Doing Good, Doing Well –  Jed Pearsall, Performance Research; Michelle Carnevale, 11th Hour – Can your brand or business use sustainable initiatives to grow your clientele? What are the environmental issues that marine industry consumers know and care about? Learn how sharing your “green side” can translate positively to your bottom line!
  • 11:05 Breakout #3 – We’re from the Government and We’re Here to Help – Dan Goulet, RI Coastal Resource Management Council; Ron Gagnon, RI Department of Environmental Management; Rob Gallagher, Gallagher Environmental Consulting Group; Sean Carney, RI Department of Environmental Management – From marina maintenance to hazardous waste, to storm water management and dredging – come engage with a range of representatives from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and Coastal Resource Management Council. Bring your questions and comments!
  • 11:05 Breakout #4 – Plastic Waste Reduction for Marine Businesses – Dave McLaughlin, Clean Ocean Access; Jen Huber, RIMTA – Plastic waste is a pervasive threat to our marine environment and a growing challenge for many businesses. Understand the steps to help you and your workplace identify an accessible path towards plastic reduction.

Afternoon Sessions

  • 12:45 pm Afternoon Keynote – Marina Rebuilt: Evironmentally Sensitive and Stronger Than the Storms James Bollerman, Sandy Hook Bay Marina, Highlands, NJ
  • 1:40 Breakout #5 – Solar Trends and Energy Efficiency – Anthony Baro, PowerDocks LLC;
    Bill Constantino, RI C-PACE Program – Hear detailed perspective on renewable energy trends, fundamental analysis of the influences driving a variety of renewable energy applications in the boating world and financial support resources available to local building owners and mortgage holders through the RI C-PACE Program.
  • 1:40 Breakout #6 – “Cradle to Cradle” Innovative Design Workshop (Part 1) – Charlie Ledbetter & Tellart Design Team with Evan Ridley, RIMTA; – The materials and components we use to develop marine products are under increasing pressure Evan Ridley introduces the driving concept behind “cradle to cradle” design and the need for adopting sustainable product management
  • 2:50 Breakout #7 – Facing the Storm: Waterfront Resilience – Pam Rubinoff, URI Coastal Resource Center; Devin Santa, RACE Coastal Engineering – The identity of our New England shoreline is under constant threat. Rising seas, strengthening storms and widespread erosion pose a variety of risks for our industry. Learn about the growing trends across the region now and into the future, with a focus on common challenges and potential solutions for those looking to protect their property.
  • 2:50 Breakout #8 – “Cradle to Cradle” Innovative Design Workshop (Part 2) – Charlie Ledbetter & Tellart Design Team with Evan Ridley, RIMTA – Part 2 of the workshop will build on the momentum of the “cradle-to-cradle” theory definition and focus on discussion / interactive exercises for applying the concept to real life marine industry products.
  • 3:50 Wrap-Up Discussion – Wendy Mackie, RIMTA; Kathleen Burns, CMTA; Barbara Cooper, Gowrie Group
  • 4:30 Cocktails and Networking sponsored by Matunuck Oyster Bar


Check back regularly for updates on the agenda and speakers.


For more information, contact Evan Ridley at RIMTA
evan@RIMTA.org • 401-396-9619