CSU’s Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) met with elected officials in congressional office to discuss contributions that the CSU has made to marine science during Capitol Hill’s Ocean Week 2012 in Washington, D.C. last week.
COAST representatives Krista Kamer, James Lindholm, Beth Pardieck and Dean Wendt conveyed to policy and decision makers the organization’s ability to tap CSU faculty and students’ scientific expertise to help address critical marine and coastal issues.
“We were able to show how the CSU has been building upon the success of California’s coastal research and were able to tell people what we are doing to advance marine science,” said Kamer, COAST’s director.
In collaboration with policy makers, business leaders and other academic institutions, CSU faculty and staff examined the ocean’s role in shaping the nation and discussed solutions to become more economically and environmentally sustainable. Throughout the event, COAST met with the offices of two senators and six representatives to emphasize the group’s commitment to training the next generation of marine scientists, engineers and technicians.
Reinforcing that COAST acts as a single point of access to marine and coastal expertise throughout the 23 CSU campuses, the group was able to seek federal opportunities, programs and funding to support marine science research.