San Diego Green Scene:
"San Diego's Coasts - Treasure and Trouble"
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
1088 Third Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(corner of Third Ave and C Street - next to the Civic Center Trolley stop)
Our 70 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline supports year-round outdoor recreation, such as surfing, boating, sailing and swimming. San Diego County also features some of the best beaches in United States. Our ocean is also the final dump for treated sewage, plus the overflow when the rains take untreated street and canyon runoff directly into the lagoons and surfline. Millions of visitors come to San Diego for our beaches, yet trash clean-ups yields tons of waste: from cigarette butts, plastic bags to engine oil and tires. How can we preserve this unique treasure? What do these organizations think of desalinization? How do we insure a functioning ecosystem and healthy water cycle?
Serge Dedina, PhD
As the Co-founder and Executive Director of WiLDCOAST, Serge is the driving force behind the organizations numerous accomplishments which earned him the 2009 San Diego Zoological Society's Conservation Medal as well as the California Coastal Commission's "Coastal Hero" Award. In 2003, he received the Surf Industry's Environmental Award in recognition of his role in helping defeat the Mexican government's Nautical Ladder mega-marina plan.
He grew up in Imperial Beach, California, and spent his childhood helping to preserve the Tijuana Estuary as a National Wildlife Refuge. Serge received a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. A classic waterman, Serge is an avid surfer, swimmer, and former State of California Ocean Lifeguard.
Haley Jain Haggerstone
Surfrider Foundation, S.D. Chapter
Haley is the Coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter. She coordinates efforts to help protect our oceans, waves and beaches throughout San Diego. She is also President of the Board of Directors for Surfrider Foundation Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of British Columbia and is currently pursing a Masters degree from the University of San Diego in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia where she worked as an environmental researcher in forestry, fisheries and coastal resource management.
San Diego CoastKeeper
Megan joined San Diego Coastkeeper in April 2009. A native San Diegan, Megan grew up on Lake Hodges and Lake Poway, at Fletcher Cove and Moonlight Beach and exploring the creeks and culverts behind her house. Today she continues to live and play at the water's edge. Now she takes a surfboard with her to the beach and includes more lakes and breaks when she wanders. Megan's passionate belief in the public's right to and responsibility for clean water-whether salt, brackish, fresh or for drinking-drives her leadership of San Diego Coastkeeper.She believes the passion and expertise at Coastkeeper brings a unique and invaluable voice to water issues in San Diego County and gives us the best chance to achieve fishable, swimmable, drinkable waters.
Please join us - and bring your personal experiences and questions.
Drinks and snacks will be provided. This is a free event, but a 10$ donations is appreciated. Best parking is at street meters, green and yellow curbs are free after 6 pm.
We look forward to meeting and sharing the best of San Diego's green community.
Global Energy Network Institute and the SimCenter