Green Boats and Ports IV

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August 29th, 2018 to August 30th, 2018
Portland, OR

Oregon State University and the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) invite you to join representatives from academia, government agencies, and private industry to discuss current and future environmental sustainability of ships, boats, and ports.  Previousworkshops held in 2012, 2014, and 2016 opened a dialog on marine sustainability topics and initiatives.  This workshop will continue these discussions and help our community better understand resources and practical solutions available to maximize the environmental sustainability of our existing and future vessels, support facilities, and ports. 

The workshop will be 1½ days long, with invited presentations from marine architects, designers, builders, private businesses, representatives of Federal, State and local agencies, and international sustainability experts.  Presentations will cover topics such as port sustainability and best practices, emerging green technologies and initiatives, propulsion and fuel efficiency, emissions, ballast water treatment, waste management, recycling, and best practices for environmental sustainability.  Progress on greening initiatives within the UNOLS fleet will be reported.  An evening poster session is planned with a reception and dinner, and all participants are welcome to provide displays.

The most recent version of the 2018 Green Boats meeting agenda can be found below.

Keynote Speakers:

Ms. Jonelle Simunich, ARUP

Jonelle is a Senior Strategist in Arup's global Foresight, Research + Innovation team. She has a formal background in urban planning, practical knowledge as an architect and a perpetual curiosity for the world. At Arup she works to identify and monitor the trends and disruptors likely to impact the future of the built environment and society at large. She specializes in the research, analysis and delivery of market-specific trend reports, visions, scenarios, strategy and stakeholder workshops. Ms. Simunich will be presenting on Resilient and Regenerative Cities: Design approaches for rising tides.

Mr. John C. Morris, USCG

Mr. John Morris is an environmental protection specialist at U.S. Coast Guard headquarters and program manager for development and implementation of the 2012 Ballast Water Management regulations.  Previously, he was a director for the American Chemistry Council trade association, and an environmental protection specialist for the U.S. Department of Energy.  Mr. Morris has a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. He will be presenting on USCG Pollution Prevention Programs.





























Meeting Location and Accomodations:

Portland Marriot Downtown Waterfront
1401 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201

CLICK HERE to Book a Hotel Room at the Portland Marriot Downtown Waterfront. The rate is $199.00 per night and the deadline to book a room at this rate is August 1, 2018.


Click Here to Register!

The Registration fee is $250.00 and includes lunches and the Wednesday evening dinner. Student rates are available; please email the UNOLS office for details.

The deadline to register is August 1, 2018. 

Meeting Sponsorship:

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Green Boats and Ports for Blue Waters IV Workshop and are a great way to showcase your company to our audience of scientists, ship operators and industry professionals. Be a part of this engaging conversation about the future of sustainable vessels and ports! For more information on our exciting sponsorship opportunities, please email Don Hilliard (Oregon State University) at

UNOLS Community Updates on Greening the Fleet Activities

If you are a UNOLS Ship Operator and would like your sustainability updates to be presented at the meeting, please complete this short survey!

Funding support for the workshop is provided by the UNOLS federal sponsors (NSF, Navy, NOAA, BOEM, and USGS) and OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. As a URI-Certified Green Office, UNOLS strives to host environmentally sustainable events. We respectfully request that you consider bringing a reusable travel mug and water bottle to the event.


Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!

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Meeting Agenda: 
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