Focus Session: Where Blue Meets Green

Where Blue Meets Green:  Sustainable Practices for Ships, Cities, Events and Ports

Updated 2.13.2013

Session Leader:  Captain Joshua Berger, Sound Experience aboard the schooner Adventuress
(click here for presentation)
Presenters: Brian Lynch, Vice President of Planning & Development, Port of Cleveland (click here for presentation)
                        Paul Bishop, Head of Race Directorate, Sail Training International (click here for presentation)
Session Description:  A timely discussion on trends and a coordinated way forward to increase sustainable practices throughout the multiple sectors of the maritime industry and our own communities.  Learn the difference between being green and “green washing” or environmentalism for profit.  With water being our most precious commodity, learn how you can promote advocacy at any level.  As members of Tall Ships America, we all have the opportunity to promote and embrace conservation with our exposure to the general public. 
Biography of Speakers:
Captain Joshua Berger
Captain Joshua Berger
Captain Joshua Berger

Joshua has sailed aboard Adventuress as captain and relief captain since 2004. During his leadership-driven career, he has proven abilities as a skilled and passionate professional mariner, educator and advocate of Puget Sound health and restoration.  Joshua brings a history much like the Adventuress herself: a history full of spirit and intention; honored and privileged to explore and learn, engaged deeply as a hard working vessel and integral in the work towards healthy and sustainable communities. He is a recent TogetherGreen Fellow; a national fellowship from Toyota and Audubon, for his leading work with Where BLUE meets GREEN, facilitating conversations with maritime industry leaders regarding sustainable trends in the industry. He earned a Master’s Degree from Antioch University in Seattle and a Bachelor’s Degree from The Evergreen State College. He has worked on everything from tall ships to tug boats and research vessels across the country and is deeply engaged in sustainability education and participatory planning for socio-environmental change. He has been engaged with stories, visions and goals of thousands as they come together in partnership and collaboration. He cherishes his wife Miranda and raising his children as stewards and sailors.

Brian Lynch
 Brian Lynch is the Vice President of Planning & Development for the Port of Cleveland. Brian’s role includes administration of the Port’s strategic plan and oversight of environmental and infrastructure initiatives.Brian is also responsible for the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, a former Confined Disposal Facility for dredged material that was opened as a nature preserve in 2012.His background includes extensive supply chain and business performance improvement work across the globe. Prior to his role at the Port of Cleveland, Brian worked for Ernst & Young and FedEx Corporation.He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Ashland University and has his MBA in International Business from Baldwin-Wallace College.Paul Bishop

Paul Bishop
Paul Bishop
Paul joined Sail Training International in July 2006 from the UK national sail training organisation, ASTO, where he was Business Manager. Prior to that he served in various management functions with sail training providers, was a frequent competitor (skipper) in The Tall Ships Races, and Assistant Race Director for these races (1987-93). He is an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean Instructor and Examiner, and past member of the RYA Yachtmaster Qualification Panel. 
Paul started his career as a professional seafarer at the age of 21 mainly skippering sail training vessels around Europe. He has completed several trans-Atlantic crossings and went out to Australia and Tasmania during which time he skippered a vessel in the Australian Bicentennial Tall Ships Race.  He retains his commercial licence and regularly sails as a volunteer skipper for a UK sail training charity. He has been a keen racer entering regattas such as Cowes Week. He also regularly cruises his own yacht with his family and sails a Dart 18 catamaran with his wife. 

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