Conference Schedule

 (subject to change)

Please find the download of the schedule here.

USCB will offer CEUs (Continuing education units) for the attendance of the conference. More information will be posted soon. 

Wednesday, September 6th
in Harbour Town, The Sea Pines Resort

2:00-5:30pm - Registration 

3:00-5:00pm - Vagabond Cruise (seats are limited) 

Come aboard the Vagabond and travel south through Calibogue Sound to the head waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Depart from Harbour Town for a naturalist-narrated tour featuring Hilton Head Island’s pristine coast, waterways, sea life and sea islands.

       5:00-7:00pm - Welcome Reception under the Liberty Oak Tree

5:45 PM - Welcoming Remarks
6:00 PM - Keynote presentation by Lauren Montano, Galápagos Alternative, a community based tourism company at Ecuador's Galápagos Islands
Followed by Q&A

Thursday, September 7th
Sessions at Sea Pines Plantation Golf Club

9:00-10:30am - Session 1:  Tourism & Environment                            

Moderator: Nancy Hritz, USCB
•          Sustainability in Golf
Clyde Johnston, Clyde Johnston Designs, Inc.
•          Business, tourists, residents: a balancing act
Bridget Lidy, City of Savannah
•          Economic Impact of Eco Tourism                                
John Salazar, USCB

10:45am-12:15pm - Session 2:  Resource Management 

Moderator: Tony Wartko, Sea Pines Resort
•          Sustainable Food Systems                                              
Sara Clow, GrowFood Carolina
•          “Your Bottle Means Jobs” Initiative
Anna DeLage, Department of Commerce SC
•          Sea Pines’ Profitable Sustainability Practices
Tony Wartko, The Sea Pines Resort

12:15-1:45pm - Lunch at Sea Pines Beach Club

Guest Speaker: Executive Chef Matthew Roher, The Sea Pines Resort

1:45-3:15pm - Session 3: Coastal Resilience                         

Moderator: Elizabeth Fly, Nature Conservancy SC
•          Stormwater management in the Town of Bluffton
Kim Jones, Town of Bluffton
•          Building Resilient Coastal Economies with Blue/Green Jobs: Shellfish Aquaculture
Julie Davis, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
•          Open Space Preservation: A Win-Win for Humans and Nature    
Elizabeth Fly, Nature Conservancy SC


3:30-5:00pm - Session 4:  Renewable Resources 

Moderator: Kenneth Sercy, Coastal Conservation League
•          The Future of Solar Power in the Southeast
Steven Schwartz, Hilton Head Solar
•          Implementing Geothermal Energy Devices in a Neighborhood   
Mike Hughes, Thomas & Hutton and Jay Walea, Palmetto Bluff
•          Sustainable Landscaping 
Daniel Keefer, Witmer | Jones | Keefer

Friday, September 8th
Sessions at Sea Pines Plantation Golf Club

9:00–10:30am - Session 5:  Quality of Life               

Moderator: Fred Leyda, Human Services Alliance Beaufort County
•          Brief introduction of the Quality of Life Initiatives
•          Addressing Transportation Issues
Charles Rutkowski, Community Transportation Association of America
Joe Kunkel, Neighbor to Neighbor
Bob Gossett, The Salty Dog
Steven F. Green, The Consortium of Local Independent Businesses (CLIB)  

10:45am–12:00pm - Conference Closing Session 

Moderator: John Salazar, University of South Carolina Beaufort