Happy (Belated) New Year! It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone. 2011 was a banner year for me in aligning my passion with a career involving marine conservation. I wanted to share two major acknowledgements from December.
- The University of Colorado profiled me as Alumnus of the Month for the entire university-wide system (https://www.cusys.edu/presnews/2011/12/save-the-coral-reef.html)
- The Property & Environment Research Center (PERC) recognized me in two ways:
- Posted a story about my project on their homepage (http://www.perc.org/articles/article1453.php)
- The December 2011 holiday newsletter mentioned the project as one of three highlighted examples of free market environmentalism in action (http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=ierhv6cab&v=001rfHpJW7JhgAdbE4wN0rdr1UXdGNK1YIgIa1ukfUgwcZTCngSyFAb-vApjPx95-5JXrbVixksuRAeP3iN4qFmgHXV0_-43WSXi5-6hhHkMJU%3D)
2012 is already off to a busy start. An intern has joined the Georgia Aquarium staff to provide additional project support starting on January 2nd. On January 18th, I will travel to Boulder, CO, to make a presentation to an undergraduate class at the University of Colorado Boulder interested in supporting the project through the development of case studies where market-based solutions have worked in the marine environment. Following completion of the workshop “Market Approaches to Coral Reef Restoration: Investigating the Viability,” in early February, major focus will turn to developing several short and long-term business models that could successfully make coral reef conservation self-financing and economically sustainable. For ongoing updates on progress, please follow me on Twitter (@BrettWHowell).