Breaking the Concrete Mold with ECOncrete's Dr. Shimrit Perkol Finkel

A better concrete for marine construction.

On this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, Peter and Tyler speak with Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, an Israeli marine biologist and CEO at ECOncrete Tech LTD, who created a new environmentally-friendly concrete to protect coastlines and foster growth of marine life. The low-carbon, bio-enhanced concrete is custom-made for urban waterfronts, port  projects, and offshore energy platforms.  Innovation is the key to the future.   Meet Shimrit, innovator, scientist, entrepreneur, wife and mother of three.  She has over 20 years of experience in ecological engineering and sustainability with an emphasis on eco-design, evaluation, and monitoring of man-made habitats and reducing the ecological footprint of coastal and marine infrastructure like breakwaters and seawalls.  There's a better way. Find it own this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast.

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.