Service, Science, and Society with Coast Guard Vet Peter Deneen

November 16, 2020

We cover a lot of ground on this special episode.

On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome Peter Deneen to the show for a wide-ranging conversation about Peter's experience at the US Coast Guard Academy and his subsequent service in the Coast Guard, his transition into environmental science, and how he is now working to bring people together under a new environmental optimism. Check out the Watershed Progressive and Peter's new podcast, The Water Table. This is a real one, 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.