Coastal cities are leaders in climate and ocean policy, implementing science-based and forward-thinking strategies. They share best practices through an active network, while serving as a laboratory for state and federal initiatives.
40% of Americans (and rising) live in coastal counties.
We are completely unprepared for sea level rise and storms.
For the sake of our economies, safety, food security, and communities, there is an urgent need for ocean restoration and climate adaptation.
Coastal cities can lead the way.
Urban Ocean Lab cultivates rigorous, creative, and practical climate and ocean policy, focused on coastal cities.
WHAT WE DO
We are a hub of thought leadership for solutions that restore and sustain the urban ocean and a livable climate.
We gather experts to develop, analyze, and foster support for policy innovations aimed to improve ecological health, the blue economy, and human well-being.
We disseminate ideas, distilling policy proposals, and designing media for public communications.
We provide a platform for highlighting successful urban ocean and climate interventions across the globe.
THEORY OF CHANGE
It’s all about people.
We harness the collective wisdom of urbanites, technical experts, and policy wonks to develop solutions and share best practices, which we deploy with excellent design, to influence decision makers and catalyze policy change.
Sea Level Rise
Grounded in deep analysis and robust community input.
Focused on solutions.
Design-forward approaches to communication and engagement. It’s gotta look good.
Guided by the principles and practices of social and environmental justice.
Cognizant of scientific, economic, political, and social realities, yet aspirational.
Conduct landscape assessment, build partnerships, fundraise, develop board, host first convening.
Build team, official launch, start deep policy analysis, host convenings, develop toolkit and online hub.
Active on all 4 themes, maintain robust cities network, begin seeing key policy changes.
Gatherings of experts, decision makers, stakeholders, and corporate leaders
Online portal for compiling and disseminating best practices
Policy proposals and legislative language
Concise explainers of policy concepts
Opinion pieces and peer-reviewed journal articles
Quarterly update on Lab projects and innovation in coastal cities
Fact sheets, graphics, talking points
Partner organizations will contribute their complementary expertise in science, law, commerce, security, and design, furthering our holistic approach to policy analysis and development.