Conference Schedule

 (subject to change)

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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 Vaisman, Galápagos Alternative, a community based tourism company at Ecador'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: John Salazar, 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
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
John Ring, Beaufort County Community Services Organization                           

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

Moderator: John Salazar, University of South Carolina Beaufort