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Rozalia Project and ‘American Promise’: Education, Science and Data Cleanups in the Gulf of Maine and beyond!

August 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

If you look for our trash, derelict fishing gear and microplastic in the marine environment, you will find it. This pollution is nearly ubiquitous and making its way through the marine food web – onto our plates. Executive Director of Rozalia Project, Ashley Sullivan and the team at this Vermont and Maine-based ocean-protection nonprofit, Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, are at the leading edge of marine debris and microplastic research, data-driven cleanups, solution development and solution implementation using a combination of expedition science, innovation and education to make an impact. Rozalia Project has worked from the Gulf of Maine to Miami, the shores of Lake Champlain, the North Pole to Antarctica and thousands of miles in between.

In this presentation, learn about the path Rozalia Project took to go from learning about the problem of marine debris and microfiber pollution, to developing the Cora Ball, a consumer-scale solution to microfiber pollution, pioneering marine-debris related educational programs and launching  a global citizen science microplastic mapping and monitoring program.  Ashley will share Rozalia Project’s scope of work and impact as well as their current, exciting work  removing marine debris from remote islands along Maine’s stunning and important coast.  She will leave you with actions everyone can take to protect our one, big ocean in Maine and beyond.

This event is free, but preregistration is required:

About Ashley Sullivan:

Ashley Sullivan grew up on an island surrounded by the sea in South Florida and has been involved in design, implementation and ongoing management of Environmental Education programs and multi-stakeholder projects at multiple nonprofits for the past 24 years. She is the Executive Director of the Rozalia Project for a clean ocean, a life long sailor, ocean lover and a 50 ton USCG captain. Ashley’s strength as an educator and leader is her creativity and ability to connect with people of all ages. In addition she is one of the captain’s aboard Rozalia Project’s oceanographic research sailing vessel, American Promise, travels the U.S. recovering marine debris, collecting data and sharing the story of Rozalia Project. Ashley loves to inspire people to be part of the solution through storytelling, cleanups, education programs and presentations. When she is not traveling she lives in Vermont and spends her days in the snowy mountains skiing, riding her bike or playing in, on or near the shores of Lake Champlain.


August 5
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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