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Aquarium President Joins Savannah Ocean Exchange Board of Governors

Aquarium President Joins Savannah Ocean Exchange Board of Governors

Savannah Ocean Exchange

March 5, 2012

Aquarium President and CEO Jerry Schubel has been appointed to the Savannah Ocean Exchange’s Board of Governors. In this role, he will share his expertise with the organization in its efforts to bring about solutions that positively impact oceans and marine life. Schubel joins a prestigious group of advisers that includes Daniel J. Basta, director, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries; Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair, Marine Science at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; Dan Laffoley, marine vice chair, International Union for Conservation of Nature World Commission on Protected Areas; and Togolio T. A. Tulafono, governor, American Samoa.

Savannah Ocean Exchange holds an annual competition, the Solutions Exchange, and this year two awards of $100,000 will be presented to winning entries. The competition seeks to inspire the development of innovative solutions for saving the oceans. The Solutions Exchange will be held September 20 to 22, with additional ocean-related events held throughout the month.

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The theme for the 2012 competition is Leap to Zero+, which encourages economic growth and increased productivity while reducing, ideally to zero, the use of non-renewable resources and waste. This year’s prizes are sponsored by continuing support from Gulfstream Aerospace and new sponsor Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. Entries may be submitted at www.savannahoceanexchange.org between February 1 and midnight on May 1, 2012.

The top fifteen solutions will be showcased at the Solutions Exchange where invited delegates will select the winners of the Gulfstream Navigator Award and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Orcelle Award, each accompanied by a grant of $100,000.

Corporations and organizations can apply to be among fifty selected to display in the LEAP TO ZERO+ Showcase. The top eight solutions selected by the global review panel will receive Excellence Awards and present at the Solutions Exchange.

The contest winner in 2011 was the Wave-Glider from Sunnyvale, California-based Liquid Robotics. The Wave-Glider featured a revolutionary surface vehicle that uses the energy from wave motion to propel itself, thereby requiring no fossil fuel. The Wave-Glider has been deployed on research missions exceeding well over 100,000 nautical miles since 2008.