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Leveraging Blue Economy Solutions for A Sustainable Goods Movement Ecosystem

June 30, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

UN 2022 Oceans Conference Side Event

Lisbon, Portugal 6:00pm-8:00pm WEST / Los Angeles, USA 10:00am-12pm PDT

The dire need for economic recovery from Covid-19, coupled with the global climate crisis, has presented communities around the globe with an unprecedented demand for transformative solutions. The global goods movement ecosystem is ripe for this transformation.

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, together with the region’s transportation corridors, comprise one of the most essential arteries of the world’s infrastructure and supply chain. Many of the solutions required to transform this goods movement ecosystem into the model ‘Port of the Future’ will come from innovative solutions in the green and blue economies. In this Side Event, members of a coalition of regional leaders will discuss how they are engaging in this multi-dimensional effort to build a sustainable goods movement ecosystem from the ground up.


Inna Braverman, Eco Wave Power

Inna Braverman, a globally recognized technology entrepreneur, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eco Wave Power (EWP), a company developing a cost-efficient solution turning ocean and sea waves into green electricity. EWP received the UN Climate Action Award at COP25 in Madrid, Spain.

Eco Wave Power developed an innovative technology for production of clean electricity from ocean and sea waves. Eco Wave Power aim to generate clean & affordable electricity, using a simple but smart design, allowing our floaters to be attached to existing man-made structures, and thereby simplifying installation and maintenance as well as accessibility. EWP’s innovative technology has been recognized as a “Pioneering Technology” by the Chief Scientist of the Energy Ministry of Israel and received an Efficient Solution label from Solar Impulse Foundation. In addition, the company won the United Nations “Global Climate Action” Award and received grants by ERDF, Horizon 2020 and the Energy Ministry of Israel. The company is pioneering in its’ sector by operating a grid-connected wave energy array, which is operational under a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) and holds substantial number of projects in its’ pipeline.

For more information: https://www.ecowavepower.com/

Stephen Cheung, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

Stephen Cheung, Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and President of the World Trade Center Los Angeles leads the team supporting international trade based in the region. He is the designated Regional Economic Competitive Officer for this coalition.

Collaborating with community, government, business and education partners to inform and advance our data-driven and evidence-based approach, LAEDC endeavor to achieve a reimagined regional economy – growing, equitable, sustainable, and resilient -that provides a healthy and high standard of living for all. LAEDC staff and members represent the diversity of Los Angeles County and act as trusted conveners, thought partners, valued service providers, regional stewards, and catalysts for transformational change.

For more information: https://laedc.org/

Mike Galvin, Port of Los Angeles

Mike Galvin from the Port of Los Angeles, directs the commercial development and management of the Port’s Waterfront, including AltaSea’s 35-acre urban, ocean campus dedicated to accelerating scientific collaboration, advancing an emerging blue economy, and inspiring the next generation.

The busiest container port in North America, the Port of Los Angeles has sustained its rank as number one for more than two decades with record volumes for containerized trade. The Port maintains an efficient, sustainable supply chain, adopting new technologies to improve the reliability, predictability and efficiency of the flow of cargo across global seaborne trade.

For more information: https://www.portoflosangeles.org/

Terry Tamminen, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

Terry is the Chief Executive Officer for AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles and has developed expertise in business, farming, education, non-profit, the environment, the arts, and government in Australia, Europe, Africa, China, and the United States. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and later Cabinet Secretary. As the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative. Terry co-founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, bringing together sub-national governments, businesses, NGOs, and academia to implement measurable, large-scale, low-carbon, and climate-resilient economic development projects that solve the climate crisis building a sustainable global economy. He also provides advice through 7th Generation Advisors to Pegasus Capital Advisors, the Green Climate Fund, and numerous global businesses on sustainability and green investing and assisting governments and philanthropists with climate solutions, including Fiji, India Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.


Watercolors: How JJ the Whale Saved Us – Watercolors is a compelling and riveting true story about the rescue of JJ the Whale, a day-old gray whale that was found abandoned in Marina del Rey, California. Tamminen tells an educational, moving, and remarkable story as a call to action.

Lives per Gallon: The True Cost of our Oil Addiction – An unblinking look at the health, environmental, and national security costs hidden in every barrel of oil. A searing indictment of America’s oil economy and a powerful prescription for change. With tales of corporations knowingly exposing citizens to poisonous chemicals, conspiring to derail public transportation, and purposely disabling their own pollution controls. Tamminen offers solutions to demand accountability and pave the road to sustainable energy.

Cracking the Carbon Code: The Key to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy – As government regulations and carbon markets grow and merge, businesses must take action to become more efficient and reduce emissions. Cracking the Carbon Code provides the tools to build value, grow market share, and secure acceptance by consumers and regulators in the global economy. Filled with eye-opening facts, insights, and practical action steps to profit from the low-carbon economy of the 21st century.

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles is dedicated to accelerating scientific collaboration, advancing an emerging blue economy through business innovation and job creation, and inspiring the next generation, all for a more sustainable, just and equitable world. AltaSea turns to the ocean to develop solutions for some of the planet’s most pressing challenges, such as climate change, energy supply and global food security – and prepare today’s generation of students for future jobs in science, technology, engineering, business and the ocean.

For more information: https://altasea.org/

Gail Woodward, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Principal Investigator at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Senior Member of the Technical Staff at JPL with expertise in Software System Engineering, Simulation and Visualization. Her experience ranges from operational missions to research and technology development. She is a Robotics Technologist in the Maritime and Multi-Agent Autonomy Group at JPL. Her research interests include intelligent autonomy and sensing technologies for autonomous systems, and advancement of unmanned underwater adaptive autonomy and capabilities in areas such as opportunistic and adaptive science, environmental monitoring, safe navigation, mapping, perception, and multi-agent cooperative operations.


Padgett, C., M. Burl, D. Clouse, G. Woodward, J. Chang, “Scene Specific Object Recognition from 3D Models in Satellite Imagery,” NTR (in preparation): 41921, 2005, 01 January 2005.

Curtis Padgett, Gail Woodward, “A Hierarchical Automated Target Recognition for Parallel Analog Processor,” In Proceedings of the 1997 IEEE International Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Robotics and Automation Conference, Monterey, CA July 1997, 01 July 1997.

The Maritime & Multi-Agent Autonomy group at JPL identifies and develops technology for multi-robot teams and for autonomous marine vehicles. Core technologies from this group will inform and enable applications such as spacecraft constellations, robot swarms, networked planetary observers, orbiting distributed apertures, and ocean world explorers. Specific competencies include Algorithms for coordination, planning, and control of multi-robot systems, including formation flying, distributed task identification and task allocation in heterogeneous teams, and collaborative localization and observation. Autonomy software architectures and software systems engineering. Motion planning and autonomous mission behaviors for multi-agent operations and for sea surface and subsurface vehicles. 

For more information: https://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/ 


Ann Carpenter, Braid Theory

Ms. Carpenter is the Founder and CEO of Braid Theory, a vertically-integrated venture advisory firm dedicated to blue economy solutions, and the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Los Angeles Council District 15.

Braid Theory is a vertically integrated venture advisory firm that supports science and engineering-led companies. We incorporate a hybrid model of services to assist teams based on proven methodology and rigor in evidence-based entrepreneurship, focused on three key aspects of commercialization: building capability, capacity, and intellectual capital. We go beyond traditional accelerator or incubator programs to connect technology entrepreneurs with industry to build opportunities for market traction and growth. Braid Theory has created an extensive pipeline of startups since 2016, focusing efforts to find solutions to grow a sustainable blue economy. Weaving together these entrepreneurs along with industry influencers and corporate partners, we accelerate the adoption of transformative technology, drive market growth, and create profitable collaborations.

For more information: https://www.braidtheory.com/


June 30, 2022
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