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Zoom Panel Discussion: “The Ripple Effect: Small Actions Impacting Larger Scale Change”


Click HERE to Register via Zoom. Space for the live session is limited, so advance registration is required and first come first served.

Note: The program will be recorded and will be added to our YouTube channel afterwards.

Join us on Zoom for a panel discussion about the small actions that can be taken to make a difference in the ecology of our region – from waters to shellfish, plastics and more. The panel will be moderated by Susan Rockefeller and will include Carl Safina of the Safina Center and author of the recently released book Becoming Wild; How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace,  “Barley” John  Dunne, the Director of  East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery, and Nicole Delma, founder of the Amazon Plastic-Free Checkout Petition.

CLICK to register. You will then receive an email from Zoom with instructions to access the presentation. You can pose questions to the panelists in the Chat function.

Susan Rockefeller

Susan Rockefeller is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, artist, and conservationist. Her latest endeavor, Musings is a digital magazine that curates ideas and innovations that pave the way for a more sustainable future. As the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Musings, Susan offers a portal to vetted products and brands that are pioneers in health, environmental, and social consciousness. In addition to providing sustainable alternatives for cross-category consumption, Susan interviews thought-leaders in entrepreneurship, responsible innovation, and social impact to provide inspirational calls to action and day-to-day solutions that drive positive change. A longstanding philanthropist, Susan sits on the boards of Oceana, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, We are Family Foundation, Southampton Arts Center, and Land and Garden Preserve.

Nicole Delma

Nicole Delma is a Cause Marketing Strategist and founder of FOND Group Consulting. Her work over the last twenty years with brands including Conde Nast, J.Crew, Getty Images, and more recently with Sundance Film Festival, 4ocean, Bombas and ReSak focuses on supporting brand growth while maximizing cause-impact. Delma’s Change.org petition asking Amazon and other major retailers to offer plastic-free packaging options at checkout has gained nearly 355,000 signatures and earned backing from state legislators and from Oceana which will be launching a major international campaign in June 2020 to get Amazon to change its packaging packaging practices and offer plastic-free options as well as lift the plastic requirements on its marketplace vendors. She is also the founder of the Air, Land and Sea Environmental film category of The Hamptons Film Festival and is locally active in creating environmental projects and eco-awareness throughout the year, including the HIFF Environmental dinner and film series with Tutto il Giorno and the Surfrider Ocean-friendly Garden in Amagansett Square. Delma was previously on the board of Surfrider Foundation of Eastern Long Island and has produced films on local water quality with Surfrider and Perfect Earth Project. In June of 2020, Delma is launching Mindoffline.org, an initiative to help reconnect people with their offline selves through education, workshops and at-home Maker Kits. She lives in Sag Harbor with her husband and their two children. They are avid surfers and find the East End to provide the perfect blend of nature and community.

“Barley” John Dunne

Director of the East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery

Barley Dunne received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont in 1995.  Shortly afterward he married and spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Solomon Islands where he and his wife worked on a blacklip pearl oyster research project.  They were part of the group that conducted the first seeding for black pearls in Solomon Islands.  Upon return to the US in early 1999 he went to graduate school at Auburn University where he received a Master’s degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture.  His thesis research focused on oyster reef restoration and the study of a common warm water oyster disease called dermo.  After graduating Auburn he took a job at the Town of Islip Shellfish Culture Facility where he worked as their algae culturist for 2-1/2 years.  He began working at the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery in 2004.  He took over as Director of the operation in 2011 after John Aldred retired.  Along with his work with East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery, he assists a non-profit called Conscience Point Shellfish Company, is chair of the Long Island Shellfish Managers Group, and is secretary of Long Island Oyster Growers Association.

Carl Safina
Carl Safina is best known for lyrical non-fiction writing about nature and conservation. His work explores how humans are changing the living world, and what the changes mean for non-human beings and for us all. His work fuses scientific understanding, emotional connection, and a moral call to action. His writing has won a MacArthur “genius” prize; Pew and Guggenheim, and National Science Foundation Fellowships; book awards from Lannan, Orion, and the National Academies; and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He grew up raising pigeons, training hawks and owls, and spending as many days and nights outside and on the water as he could. Safina’s studies of seabirds earned him a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University. He then spent a decade working to ban high-seas drift nets and to overhaul U.S. fishing policy. Safina is now the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University and is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the PBS series Saving the Ocean. His writing appears in The New York Times, TIME, Audubon, Yale e360, and on the Web at National Geographic, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and elsewhere. His books include the classic, Song for the Blue Ocean. Carl’s most recent book is, Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel. He lives on Long Island, New York with his wife Patricia and their dogs and feathered friends. His most recent book is, Becoming Wild; How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace. Carl lives on Long Island, New York, with his wife, Patricia, and their dogs and feathered friends. More at CarlSafina.org and SafinaCenter.org.


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As much as we look forward to spending time with you at our annual SummerFest celebration and gala, current government restrictions prohibit us from gathering in large groups. This year calls for a new approach. As such, we are taking this moment to honor, recognize and thank SAC’s most cherished and loyal friends by introducing our 2020 Patrons Circle. In lieu of supporting our annual Summerfest Gala, we invite past SummerFest supporter and longtime friends of SAC to join our new 2020 Patrons Circle. Your contribution will allow us to continue SAC’s year-round programming and serve as a critical economic driver that will lead this community out of these unsure times. Additionally, in return for your support or $10,000 or above, you will receive: - Two or Four seats to an intimate Appreciation Dinner to be held on Friday, August 21 in SAC’s Caesar Garden ($10,000/$25,000) - Recognition on summer 2020 Patrons Circle Wall inside SAC’s front gallery - Free admission to all SAC events this summer - A private tour of SAC’s Summer Exhibition 2020 VISION, in partnership with the New York Academy of Arts - Satisfaction in knowing that your contribution will significantly support this organization and our community during these challenging times

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