2017 National Estuary Program Fall Tech Transfer Meeting

Tech Transfer: Expanding and Strengthening Connections

Sponsored by the Association of National Estuary Programs

November 2-5, 2017
U.S. EPA Region 1, Boston MA

” Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”
Thomas Edison

General Information

Location: EPA Region 1 Headquarters, Boston, MA.

Audience: NEP Directors, U.S. EPA NEP leads, key staff

Security requirements: Any government-issued photo ID

Meals: Light refreshments and snacks will be served, meals on your own

The meeting tech transfer topics and issues and the format will include lightning talks, breakout sessions, and field trips.

Meeting Registration

Meeting registration fees will be a la carte, depending on participation. For the full event, fees will range from $55 for dues-paying member staff to $165 for non-dues paying Directors. A fee schedule and registration form will be available September 17.


We have made arrangements with the Boxer Hotel for government rates, and the accommodations include a full breakfast. To make a reservation at The Boxer, just click here or call 617-624-0202. Our group name is “National Estuary Program Nov 2017.” Note that we will release any rooms we do not reserve by October 11th


For input on the program, contact Pamela.DiBona@state.ma.us.

Final Agenda

Thursday, November 2

2 to 4 pm             Regional EPA-NEP meetings, EPA Region 1 headquarters Boston

6 to 8 pm             Directors meeting, location TBA

6 to 8pm             Group dinner options provided

Friday, November 3

EPA Region 1 headquarters Boston

7:30 to 8:30 am Women of NEP breakfast (location TBD)

9 am                     Welcome, Introductions

Stan Hales, ANEP Chairperson

Regina Lyons, Region 1 Ocean and Coastal Protection Unit

Deb Szaro, Acting Region 1 Administrator

Surabhi Shah, EPA Partnership Programs Branch Chief

Technology Transfer Program

Theme: Expanding and Strengthening Connections to Achieve Results

Format: For each topic, NEP and EPA staff will present lightning talks describing relevant activities and results (5 slides x 5 minutes). This will be followed by 30 minutes of discussion to generate potential cross-NEP initiatives we will consider in the final discussion, and/or a list of needs to facilitate broader implementation where relevant.

9:30                      Return on investment and/or economic valuation as means for describing the value of the National Estuary Program

10:20                    Break

10:45                    State of the Bays/NEPORT/CCMP integration: measuring progress toward goals

11:45                    Lunch

12:30pm             Keynote: Climate and underserved communities & populations

1:00                     Science and monitoring in the NEPs

2:00                     Innovations in NEP operations

2:45                      Break

3:15                      NEP themes of the future: what have we heard today?

4:45                      Wrap-up

5:00                    Adjourn

Saturday, November 4

EPA Region 1 Headquarters, Boston

9 am                     Welcome back, thoughts from Friday

9:15                      Concurrent professional development workshops

  1. Lobbying and advocacy rules for nonprofits
  2. Beyond icebreakers: effective meeting planning
  3. Keys to a successful desktop financial assessment/audit
  4. On-the-ground communications
  5. ANEP Strategic Planning

12 pm                    Lunch

1-4 pm                  Field trip: Boston Harbor waterfront walking tour

6-8 pm                 Science Café (tentative)

Sunday November 5 – 9 am to 2 pm field trips, details TBA