Capitol Hill Ocean Day was an opportunity for participants to meet and educate their congressional members on solutions for a healthier ocean. With a small group of people from each region, participants were given all the materials and guidance needed to participate in a day of successful meetings. This was the first step in turning all the information gained during the summit into action.
The day started with a meeting on the Hill, followed by a series of scheduled meetings with members from districts, states and regions and concluded with a reception at the Mott House to celebrate everyone’s efforts and a great Summit weekend.
9:00 – 10:00 Meet Up at the Hill
Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 406 (Capitol Hill Map)
Capitol Hill Ocean Day participants and Hill staff gathered together to talk about the importance of these meetings from both a constituent and staff perspective.
Organizers: Blue Frontier Campaign
Watch the Opening Address (Part 1 and Part 2)
10:00-5:00 Office Visits
Participants met with Members of Congress and the staff from their region.
Regional Coordinators: Sean Dixon (Clean Ocean Action), Jackie Dragon (Greenpeace),Michele Erenberg (Gulf Restoration Network), Vicki Nichols Goldstein (Colorado Ocean Coalition), Charlotte Vick (all ocean, all the time), Paula Walker (Coalition to Protect Ocean Diversity), Cindy Zipf (Clean Ocean Action)
5:00-8:00 BVS3 Closing Reception
LOCATION: Mott House, 122 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002
Participants celebrated and relaxed after a great Summit at the Mott House. Summit attendees, Congress members and staff, and DC leaders were all invited. Wine was provided by Barefoot Wine.
Organizer: Blue Frontier Campaign