Waves of Impact: The Evolution of a Coast Guard Veteran to Eco-Advocate

November 13, 2023

Celebrating Vets Day on the American Shoreline!

Join Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham in this rerun episode from November 15, 2020, as they host Peter Deneen, a former US Coast Guard officer, now turned environmental advocate. Dive into Peter's riveting journey from the disciplined life at the US Coast Guard Academy to his active service, and witness his transformative leap into environmental science. The conversation delves into how his experiences in the service shaped his perspective on environmental challenges and led to his current mission of fostering environmental optimism. Gain insights into his work with the Watershed Progressive and get introduced to his enlightening podcast, The Water Table. This episode promises to be a compelling blend of service stories, scientific discourse, and societal impact, exclusively on ASPN!

Show Transcription
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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.