Logo: Blue Planet Forum

The Blue Planet Forum is a free environmental lecture series. Its mission is to educate and engage the public on important environmental issues affecting Hampton Roads and the nation. 

Join us Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30

Ted Constant Center
Old Dominion University

4320 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, Virginia

Planning for Climate Change in the Chesapeake Bay


Don Boesch
President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Dan Burger
Chair, Charleston Resilience Network and Director, Coastal Services Divison
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

Beth McGee
Director of Science and Agricultural Policy, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Dale Morris
Senior Economist, Royal Netherlands Embassy

 This event is FREE, but space is limited and registration is requested.

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CBF is also looking for a few volunteers to help with this event.  To volunteer, please contact Tanner Council: tcouncil@cbf.org or 757-809-2869.

In this installment of the Blue Planet Forum, we will hear from an expert panel about adaptation strategies employed by coastal cities, what Hampton Roads can expect in a changing climate, ways to protect our waterways while coping with sea level rise and recurrent flooding, and more.  A "Q & A" session will follow the presentation. 

Blue Planet Forum's mission is to educate and engage citizens on important environmental issues facing Hampton Roads and the nation.
Logos: Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Old Dominion University      


Menhaden Matter
December 6, 2016

This panel discussion exploring key Virginia fisheries included panelists Joseph Gordon, Manager for U.S. Oceans, Northeast Campaigns, Pew Charitable Trust; Dick Russell, author of "Striper Wars;" and Jack Travelstead, Former Commissioner of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. The panel was moderated by Donald Luzzatto, Editorial Page Editor for the Virginian-Pilot.

Each of the following two video excerpts is roughly 12 minutes long.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


Bay Restoration: From Creeks to the Courtroom
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mark Herring
Virginia Attorney General

Eloquently and forcefully defending Virginia's right to partner with other states and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told a Blue Planet Forum crowd of 200 people on August 29, 2014 that a restored Bay is in the Commonwealth's best environmental, cultural, and economic interests.

"We hunt and fish here," Herring told the audience at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Va. "We boat on these waters and play on these shores. We eat so many foods sustained by these waters. And tens of thousands of men and women make their living on the water, generating billions in economic activity. But it all depends on clean water.

"For centuries, we have worked voluntarily with our neighbors, and more recently, with our federal partner as well, to manage and care for the Bay and the waters that flow into it. The Bay states asked the EPA to help coordinate this effort because the Bay watershed is 64,000 square miles over six states and the District of Columbia. Virginia has never been a state to concede much power or sovereignty to the federal government, and we haven't done so here."  More on the CBF Blog

Blue Planet Forum Presentation: Environmental Intelligence for Coastal CommunitiesEnvironmental Intelligence for Coastal Communities
Dr. Kathryn Sullivan
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation & Prediction and Acting Chief Scientist, NOAA

June 7, 2012



The Gulf Spill: Hitting HomeThe Gulf Spill: Hitting Home
David Westerholm
National Ocean Service, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

February 16, 2011


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