Shea-Porter Visits Shoals Marine Laboratory, Discusses Sustainability with UNH Researchers and Students
PORTSMOUTH, NH — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today visited the Shoals Marine Laboratory, an education and research facility on Appledore Island that is operated jointly by UNH and Cornell University. During her visit, she discussed marine and coastal ecosystem sustainability with Shoals students and researchers.
Shea-Porter meets with Shoals Marine Laboratory student researchers
“I’m so impressed by the work being done at Shoals Marine Lab to advance our understanding of coastal ecosystems and to develop strategies that can protect the Seacoast’s natural marine heritage," Shea-Porter said. "Scientific research helps us understand the world around us, and it’s essential to keep supporting it."
For over 50 years, Shoals Marine Laboratory has hosted postgraduate, undergraduate, and high school students as well as faculty researchers in the fields of marine and environmental science and sustainability, with a focus on responsible natural resource use and management. In Congress, Shea-Porter has worked to support coastal ecosystem research and investment.
Shea-Porter also toured Shoals Marine Laboratory’s sustainable energy infrastructure. In 2007, an 80-foot wind turbine and rooftop solar panels became the first in a series of green energy projects on Appledore Island. Its Sustainability Program Team installed a 26 kW solar panel array in 2014, followed by an additional 29 kW in 2015. Appledore's most recent "Green Grid" now supports 55 kW of solar energy.