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The think tank for coastal cities.

The think tank

for coastal cities.

 
 
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VISION

 

 
 

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.

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CONTEXT

 

 
 

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.

 

MISSION

 

 
 

Urban Ocean Lab cultivates rigorous, creative, and practical climate and ocean policy, focused on coastal cities.

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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.

 

THEMES

 

 
Wetlands, seagrasses, and mangroves are important carbon sinks and storm protection. How can their restoration and expansion be accelerated?

Wetlands, seagrasses, and mangroves are important carbon sinks and storm protection. How can their restoration and expansion be accelerated?

Coastal Ecosystems

Sea level is projected to rise up to three meters, by 2100 (or sooner). How can cities adapt land use and prepare for this change?

Sea level is projected to rise up to three meters, by 2100 (or sooner). How can cities adapt land use and prepare for this change?

Sea Level Rise

Offshore wind and wave energy are rapidly expanding. How can cities maximize benefits and minimize negative impacts of this burgeoning sector?

Offshore wind and wave energy are rapidly expanding. How can cities maximize benefits and minimize negative impacts of this burgeoning sector?

Renewable Energy

Coastal infrastructure is at risk due to rising seas. How can cities use green approaches to protect existing systems, and plan new construction that minimizes risk?

Coastal infrastructure is at risk due to rising seas. How can cities use green approaches to protect existing systems, and plan new construction that minimizes risk?

Infrastructure

VALUES

 

 
 

Rigorous

Grounded in deep analysis and robust community input.
Focused on solutions.

Creative

Design-forward approaches to communication and engagement. It’s gotta look good.

Equitable

Guided by the principles and practices of social and environmental justice.

Practical

Cognizant of scientific, economic, political, and social realities, yet aspirational.

 

TIMELINE

 

 
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Conduct landscape assessment, build partnerships, fundraise, develop board, host first convening.

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Build team, official launch, start deep policy analysis, host convenings, develop toolkit and online hub.

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Active on all 4 themes, maintain robust cities network, begin seeing key policy changes.

PRODUCTS

 

 
 

Convenings
Gatherings of experts, decision makers, stakeholders, and corporate leaders

Platform
Online portal for compiling and disseminating best practices

Policy documents
Policy proposals and legislative language

Videos
Concise explainers of policy concepts

Articles
Opinion pieces and peer-reviewed journal articles

Newsletter
Quarterly update on Lab projects and innovation in coastal cities

Media toolkits
Fact sheets, graphics, talking points

 

 PARTNERS

 

 
 

Partner organizations will contribute their complementary expertise in science, law, commerce, security, and design, furthering our holistic approach to policy analysis and development.