Photograph by Steven Koppel

Cape Cod Blue Economy Foundation Logo

The Cape Cod Blue Economy Foundation Presents the Second Annual

Big Blue Conference

The 2024 Big Blue Conference explored how the future of blue is electric. From air to land to sea, guests learned about innovative work happening in renewable energy and coastal resiliency from community and industry leaders. Plus, this year we added the Big Blue Expo, featuring refreshments, blue economy exhibits, and Battle of the Robots

Presentation videos will be available on YouTube soon. Check back here for updates.

Held on Tuesday, April 30 and Cape Cod Gateway Airport LogoWednesday, May 1, 2024
at Aloft Aviation at Cape Cod Gateway Airport

Big Blue 2024 Youtube Playlist


Big Blue Schedule

Day 1: Tuesday, April 30

Fasten your seatbelts! Cape Cod Gateway Airport will take us on their journey of building their own microgrid. Eversource, MassDOT, and renewable energy providers will take the stage to share their role in this BIG project. Leaders in electrification of transportation will then pave the way for using clean en­ergy to move us into the future.

10:00 Registration

10:30 Welcome to Big Blue at Aloft Aviation
Special Guest Emcee Rhondella Richardson, Anchor/Reporter at News Center 5 WCVB
Paul Niedzwiecki, CEO, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
Eric Drugge, Owner, Aloft Aviation

Cape Cod Gateway Airport BIG Microgrid Project
Katie Servis, Manager, Cape Cod Gateway Airport

Break

Electric Sector Modernization Plan
Lavelle Freeman, Director, Distribution System Planning at Eversource

12:15 Lunch by Pizza Barbone

Electric Vehicle Charging on Cape Cod
Panel Moderator Dan Wolf, Cape Air, Founder and Board Chairman
Tom Cahir, Administrator, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority
Steven Tupper, Deputy Director, Cape Cod Commission
Sean Tully, Eversource, Manager of EV Make Ready Program

Break

Scope of Cape Cod Gateway Airport Microgrid Project and Grant
Jeffrey DeCarlo, Ed.D, PMP, ATP, Administrator, MassDOT Aeronautics Division
Owen Silbaugh, PE, PMP, Chief Engineer and Director of Airport Engineering, MassDOT Aeronautics Division

The Future of Flight
Chris Caputo, BETA Test Pilot and former Air Force Commander

Presenting Sponsor
Ken Kimmell, Chief Development Officer, Avangrid

3:45 Closing Remarks
Jonathan “JT” Thompson, JT Chronicles


Big Blue Expo featuringBig Blue Expo Battle of the Robots
Battle of the Robots!

Tuesday, April 30 from 5:30 - 7:30pm at Cape Cod Gateway Airport

Speaking of the future, watch as local high school student robotics teams battle for the title of Best Bots at Big Blue! Network and learn about the blue economy while watching Cape Cod high school robotic teams put their creations to the test - you will be amazed!

Thank you to our exhibitors Avangrid, Cape Light Compact, Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative, Cape Cod Community College, CARE for the Cape & Islands/Take Care Cape Cod, Lone Tree Creek Sea Farm, Teledyne, and Think Energy.


Day 2: Wednesday, May 1

Our collective impacts on coastal ecology and structure come to the surface. Experts from IFAW's Dolphin Rescue Center, New England Aquarium, and Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance describe what it's like to work with marine life in a changing climate. Climate impacts you too. Local and national leaders in coastal construction will delve into the depths of protecting our unique coastal spaces.

8:00 Breakfast
With a word from our sponsors Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod
and The Steamship Authority.

9:00 Big Blue Energy
Representative Kip Diggs, 2nd Barnstable District
Special Guest Emcee Eric Fisher, WBZ-TV Chief Meteorologist

Economic Impact of Clean Water & Climate Change
Erin Perry, Deputy Director, Cape Cod Commission

New Dolphin Rescue Center, Orleans
Dr. Sarah Sharp, Animal Rescue Veterinarian, IFAW

Advocating for Ocean Economy
Luz Arregoces, Director of Community Relations, New England Aquarium

Break

Sustainability of Coastal Resilience Projects
Dan Nees, Program Director, Throwe Environmental

Ecological Approach to Shoreline Stabilization
Stephanie Greaves Haussmann, Account Manager, Crawford Land Management

Complexities of Coastal Construction
Jon Hagenstein, Partner, Beacon Marine Construction
and Cape Cod Blue Economy Foundation board member

11:55 Oysters & Chowdah

Climate Change Challenges and Working Waterfronts
Panel Moderator Doreen Leggett, Community Journalist & Communications Officer, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance
Captain Bill Amaru
Aubrey Church, Policy Manager, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance
Glen Gawarkiewicz, Senior Scientist, Physical Oceanography Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute 

Why so many sharks all of a sudden?
Greg Skomal, Senior Fisheries Scientist, Mass Division of Marine Fisheries

Blue Futures
Stephen Cole, Executive Director, The Plymouth Foundation

1:45 Closing Remarks

The 2024 Big Blue Conference is made possible by support from our Sponsors.

Presenting Sponsor: Avangrid
Avangrid

Leading Sponsor: Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod
The Cape Cod Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod logo

Supporting Sponsors:
Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod

Housing Assistance Corp 5 years logo

SouthCoast Wind
SouthCoast Wind logo

The Enterprise
The Enterprise


Oysters donated by: ARC Shellfish Farm and Hatchery 
Clam Chowder donated by: Hyannis Yacht Club
Coffee donated by: Cape Cod Coffee
Breakfast Pastries donated by: Woolfie's Bakery

Additional donations and support from UBS Financial, MA Office of Business Development, Sunderland Printing, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, The Plymouth FoundationCape Cod Gateway Airport and more to come.

Big Blue Conference Logo Design by: Carol McLeod Design

Big Blue Video Production by: Big Tree

Have questions about the Big Blue Conference? Contact Katy by emailing katy@capecodchamber.org or calling 508-744-5564.


 

2023 Big Blue Conference Photos

Cape Cod Chamber Staff with Senator Susan Moran

Chamber Staff at Big Blue

MassHire Staff at Big Blue Conference

Pierce-Cote and AVANGRID attending the Big Blue Conference

Aubrey Church Big Blue Testimonial

Cape Cod Climate Collab and MassHire at Big Blue

Steve Koppel at Big Blue Conference

Crowd at Big Blue Conference 2023

Big Blue Conference Vineyard Wind presentation

Cat Wilson Big Blue Testimonial

Rep. Kip Diggs at Big Blue Conference

AWSC at Big Blue Conference

Mark Ells and Son with Jim Tenaglia at Big Blue Con

John and Abigail at Big Blue Conference

Laura Lyons Big Blue Testimonial

CCCFA at Big Blue Conference

Katy and Amy Harwood at Big Blue Con

ARC Oysters at Big Blue Conference

Oyster Panel at Big Blue Conference

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