ASPN Wins Gooderham Media Award & Engineering Carbon Negative Beaches with Project Vesta

October 3, 2021

Thank you for supporting ASPN and making this award possible

On this special episode recorded at the 2021 ASBPA National Conference in New Orleans, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham celebrate ASPN being awarded the Gooderham Media Award before welcoming Dr. Stephen Romaniello to the show to talk about how Project Vesta is developing a new enhanced weathering technique that has the potential to make beach renourishment projects carbon negative at little to no cost to the project. Off to a fast start with tech clients along the lines of payment processor Stripe and a partnership with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, Project Vesta represents a new phase in the shoreline management era, supplementing beach sand with the mineral olivine, which reacts with sea water to naturally sequester carbon. Come along for a great conversation about your beach can solve the climate crisis, only on ASPN!

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.