What started as a small, daylong gathering in 2001 is now Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), the nation’s premier annual conference examining current marine, coastal, and Great Lakes policy issues. CHOW 2020 includes three signature events: the CHOW Conference, the 18th Annual Ocean Awards Gala, and CHOW Hill Day.

Online registration for Capitol Hill Ocean Week events is now open: Click here

If you have questions please contact us at conference@marinesanctuary.org.

Sponsorship information is available for the 2020 CHOW Conference and the 2020 Ocean Awards Gala. For more information, contact carol@marinesanctuary.org.

A note on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19):

The spread of COVID-19 across the US and the globe is serious and our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones or are ill from the virus. As we see daily on TV and read in the news, the spread is disrupting people’s lives and livelihoods. We fully expect that Capitol Hill Ocean Week will go forward on June 9 – 11, 2020, but we are planning for contingencies. At this point, we urge interested people to sign up for CHOW events as normal.

We have the safety and health of CHOW attendees, speakers and staff at heart, and we will abide by the recommendations of relevant health authorities as we move forward with this year’s event.  Please make sure you check the CHOW website at www.capitolhilloceanweek.org for updates.

Capitol Hill Ocean Week Conference
June 9 and 10

Join the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and visionaries in ocean and Great Lakes policy and conservation for two days of plenaries, panels, and networking.

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   18th Annual Ocean Awards Gala
June 9

Join the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation as we celebrate champions of ocean and Great Lakes conservation at the 18th Annual Ocean Awards Gala!


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Hill Day
June 11

Keep the conversation going with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation at CHOW Hill Day. This year’s Hill Day includes two unique events: a morning session over coffee and a unique networking opportunity in the evening at the official CHOW 2020 Closing Reception.

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Join our partners in conservation for ocean-related events throughout Washington, DC during Capitol Hill Ocean Week!

      Event: The Coastal Society’s Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Development Workshop
  • Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Description: Career workshop designed to provide valuable skills and information to coastal professionals
  • Location: DukeDC Office (1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004)
  • Hosts: The Coastal Society
      Event: Boat Tour of the Anacostia River
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Description: Join DOEE and Anacostia Riverkeeper for a free tour of the Anacostia River. Note: Tours are limited to the first 22 participants.
  • Location: Earth Conservation Corps Pumphouse, 1520 First St SE, Washington, DC 20003
  • Host: DC Department of Energy and Environment/Anacostia Riverkeerp
      Event: Blue Tech Expo
  • Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Description: A unique 2-day event devoted to opening doors between government and blue technology companies.
  • Location: Newseum, Washington DC
  • Host: IOSTIA/Int’l Ocean Science & Technology Industry Association
      Event: Blue Tech Expo
  • Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Description: A unique 2-day event devoted to opening doors between government and blue technology companies.
  • Location: Newseum, Washington DC
  • Host:IOSTIA/Int’l Ocean Science & Technology Industry Association
      Event: USAID and the Private Sector: Blended Finance Partnership to Combat Ocean Plastic Pollution (Launch Event)
  • Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Description: The amount of plastic pollution flowing into the ocean is increasing at an alarming rate, creating an urgent challenge for the world’s environment and economy. On our current trajectory, by 2050 — pound for pound —there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Most ocean plastic pollution emanates from developing countries — and, more specifically, from rapidly urbanizing coastal cities in the developing world — where waste management systems are struggling to keep pace with growing populations and increasing amounts of trash. The best way to address the flow of plastic into the ocean is to stop it at the source. Recognizing this, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing a $35 million, 50 percent loan-portfolio guarantee through the Development Credit Authority (DCA) to incentivize private capital investment in the recycling value chain in South and Southeast Asia. The agreement leverages more than $100 million in a private-sector investment strategy managed by Circulate Capital and funded by multinational companies including PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Dow, Danone, Unilever, and Coca-Cola. Starting this summer, Circulate Capital, a firm dedicated to incubating and financing companies and infrastructure that prevent ocean plastic in South and Southeast Asia, will provide loans to companies and projects in the recycling value chain that are working to reduce improperly disposed of municipal solid waste. Join us for a discussion with representatives from the U.S. government, private sector and NGO community on the use of innovative solutions and creative finance to tackle this critical issue.
  • Location: Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20004
  • Host: USAID, Wilson Center, Circulate Capital, Ocean Conservancy
      Event: Visit the Alice Ferguson Foundation living shoreline & kayak among the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay!
  • Time: 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Description: Walking tour of Alice Ferguson Foundation living shoreline & kayak tour of Mallows Bay
  • Location: Various locations in Charles County, Maryland
      Event: Anacostia River Clean Up
  • Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Description: Join United By Blue for a community cleanup event in Anacostia Park in celebration of World Oceans Day! We’ll spend the morning cleaning the trails and creek banks in this historic National Park. Following the cleanup, volunteers can enjoy a complimentary lunch provided by Luke’s Lobster. Help us bring our mission of removing a pound of trash from waterways for every product we sell to life by joining us for this cleanup. We’ll provide cleanup supplies, water and reusable water bottles, and snacks. You bring sturdy shoes, long pants, and your friends! This cleanup is held in participation with Capitol Hill Ocean Week.
  • Location: Anacostia Recreation Center, 1800 Anacostia Drive, Washington, DC 20020
  • Host: United By Blue
      Event: Restore Native Habitat
  • Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Description: Restore Native Habitat on Kingman and Heritage Islands in Washington, D.C.
  • Location: Kingman and Heritage Islands Park
  • Host: Friends of Kingman and Heritage Islands Park

Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2019 Sponsors

Roger and Victoria Sant Trust in Honor of Dr. Nancy Knowlton | Drs. Nancy Knowlton and Jeremy Jackson |  Dane Nichols | John and Nancy Rudolf | Perkins Coie Foundation / Don Baur | Robert and Kathleen Trainor | B. Holt Thrasher | Friends of Kris Sarri

Tickets and sponsorships are non-refundable. In the event of cancellation your purchase becomes a tax deductible gift. 

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