Press Release

Contact: Lori Whalen

Phone: (949) 645-8489





Gary Griggs, Author and Professor,

to Speak on Coastal Hazards at the ENC

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., June 28, 2018 – The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is hosting a keynote presentation featuring Gary Griggs, author of Coasts in Crisis:  A Global Challenge and professor of Earth Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz on July 18, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Guests are invited to learn about the fragile the coastal zone, home to nearly half of the world’s population, and how future sea-level rise is one of the greatest challenges facing human civilization. Guests can register for this free public workshop at

With about 150 million people around the world living within three-feet of high tide, and hundreds of millions more within a few more feet, future sea-level rise may well be one of the great challenges facing human civilization. Griggs will present the entire coastal zone in global perspective as a region under threat. 

Specifically relevant to California, Professor Griggs will focus on the question, “Where do we go from here?” As he wrote in his recent book, Coasts in Crisis, “the future choices we make about our coasts and oceans are decisions about who we are, what we value, what kind of world we want to live in—the world our children and grandchildren will inherit.  The stakes are very high.”

An Evening with Gary Griggs is part of the "Strengthening Coasts for a Resilient Future" workshop on July 18 & 19.  For information on this free program, or to register, please visit

This program is presented by Blue Earth Consultants, Empowering Sustainability, UCI Oceans, UCI Newkirk Center for Science and Society, UCI Social Ecology and the Environmental Nature Center.


About the ENC

Founded in 1972, the ENC is a fascinating combination of 15 California native plant communities, wildlife habitat, walking trails, and sustainably designed, LEED Platinum certified learning center. For over 45 years, the ENC has been shaped and caressed into a 5-acre landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life's pressures and a place of preservation and instruction. Serving over 27,000 students and thousands of visitors annually, the ENC is recognized as a leader in science and social science education providing opportunities for increasing our community's knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

With a mission of providing quality education through hands-on experience with nature, the ENC inspires all generations to protect the natural world by serving as our community's foremost authority on ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education.  The ENC is a non-profit 501(c)-3 public benefit corporation.  For more information call 949-645-8489, or visit The ENC is located at 1601 16th St. in Newport Beach.