2019 Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit

Join researchers, educators, policy-makers and businesses at this collaborative summit as we explore Mid-Atlantic regional solutions to decrease litter and marine debris. 

The goals of this summit are to inspire and empower our partners in marine debris reduction, and to take the first steps in creating a marine debris reduction plan for the Mid-Atlantic.   

Summit attendees will receive updates on current marine debris science and trends and will explore techniques and tools effective in enhancing knowledge, changing behavior and influencing policies that reduce marine debris.  

Attendees will depart with increased capacity to collaboratively and successfully reduce marine litter in the Mid-Atlantic.

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This summit is solutions-based.  Our speakers will share examples of programs that have made a difference and can be replicated and implemented throughout the region.  

Monday, June 17 - Global and National Solutions

Tuesday, June 18 - National, Regional, State and Local Efforts

Wednesday, June 19 - Financing and Designing Successful Projects (Interactive Sessions)

Speakers include:

  • Matthew J. Strickler, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources
  • Laura McKay, Program Manager, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
  • Nancy Wallace, Director, NOAA Marine Debris Program
  • Christopher Corbin, Programme Officer, Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP), United Nations Environmental Programme
  • Elizabeth Andrews, Director, Virginia Coastal Policy Center, William & Mary Law School 
  • Denice Wardrop, PhD., Senior Scientist & Professor of Geography and Ecology, Pennsylvania State University  
  • Dann Sklarew, PhD, Associate Professor, George Mason University & Faculty Fellow, Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center
  • Stewart Harris, American Chemistry Council
  • Eric DesRoberts, Senior Manager, Trash Free Seas, Ocean Conservancy
  • Mark Swingle, Director of Research & Conservation, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
  • Jason Rolfe, Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator, NOAA Marine Debris Program
  • Matt Robinson, Environmental Protection Specialist, District Department for Energy & Environment
  • Laura Cattell Noll, Program Manager, Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative, Alice Ferguson Foundation
  • Katie Register, Executive Director, Clean Virginia Waterways:
  • Steve Raabe, OpinionWorks
  • Virginia Witmer, Outreach Coordinator, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
  • Jim Toomey, Award-winning Cartoonist and Filmmaker
  • Nicole Rodi, Planner, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Donna Morrow, Program Manager, Center for Marine & Coastal Stewardship, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Cindy Zipf, Executive Director, Clean Ocean Action
  • Swarna Muthukrishnan, PhD, Staff Scientist,Clean Ocean Action
  • Krista Stegemann, Ocean & Marine Outreach Coordinator, Stony Brook University
  • Kirk Havens, PhD., Director of the Coastal Watersheds Program, Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
  • Jessica Conway, Planning and Preparedness Specialist, NOAA Marine Debris Program
  • Jennifer Coffey, Executive Director, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
  • Lillian Power, Environmental Protection Specialist, Department of Energy &
    Environment, Government of the District of Columbia
  • Christina Trapani, Eco Maniac Inc & Marine Debris Researcher
  • Wayne Jones, Litter Control Coordinator, City of Suffolk
  • Matt Gove, Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager, Surfrider
  • Kaity Goldsmith, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 
  • Jason Rolfe, Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator, NOAA Marine Debris Program 
  • Kacey Wetzel, Director of Programs for Outreach & Education, Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • Angel Braestrup, Executive Director, The Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation


Attendees are encouraged to bring posters, exhibits, or other objects that are relevant to marine debris (research, litter prevention, intercepting litter in stormwater, education and outreach, artwork made from debris, etc.).

Easels, foam-core (30” x 40”) and mounting pins will be provided for posters. A few tables will be set up during the Summit for you to give away materials, handouts or related resources. 

If you plan on bringing a poster or other item, indicate that on the Registration Form.  Details will be sent to you.  

Requests for extra space to accommodate artwork, equipment, displays or larger items should be made by sending an email to registerkm@longwood.edu.


Summit Funding

The Summit is being funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (led by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality) through federal Coastal Zone Management Act grants from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management and funding from the NOAA Marine Debris Program.


(click link above to go to on-line registration and payment)


Monday, June 17, 2019 
1:00 pm (check-in opens at noon)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
1:00 pm


George Mason University
Arlington Virginia Campus (Founders Hall)
3351 North Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201

Registration Fee

Early Bird Registration ($130) closes Friday, June 7 at 5 PM

Regular Registration ($180) closes Wednesday, June 12 at 5 PM 

Student Registration ($65) closes Wednesday, June 12 at 5 PM

The registration fee covers participation in all sessions on June 17, 18 & 19; lunches on Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19; one reception on the evening of Monday, June 17; and, morning and afternoon snacks and coffee.


(click link above to go to on-line registration and payment)


Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Katie Register: 434-395-2602 or registerkm@longwood.edu.


Katie Register, Executive Director
Clean Virginia Waterways

Laura McKay, Program Manager 
Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program 

Virginia Witmer, Outreach Coordinator 
Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program 

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