Thursday, February 1, 2024

Welcome Ocean Campaign Manager, Annie Licata!

Annie Licata
Ocean Campaign Manager
Annie received her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Magazine Journalism and Writing and Rhetoric from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She started her professional career writing about music at Rolling Stone magazine. Annie comes to COA with a background in managing and directing entertainment operations and productions for leaders in the industry, as well as a variety of freelancing experiences in program development and research. 

Annie recently relocated to her home state of New Jersey after six years living in Topanga, California. She brings with her a deep love of the natural world and an unflinching dedication to the wild beauty of the ocean. In her new role, she will help organize campaigns to defend the ocean.

COA Hosts Meet & Greets in South Jersey

Attendees learn about COA campaigns
To wrap up 2023, COA’s South Jersey Coordinator, Toni Groet, led two Meet and Greets in Atlantic County and Cape May County communities. At these meetings, locals learned more about the history of Clean Ocean Action, our educational and volunteer programs, current citizen action campaigns, such as offshore wind, and ways to make a difference in their communities. The 28 Atlantic County and 15 Cape May County residents also had the opportunity to voice concerns about pollution issues they see in their communities such as plastic waste mitigation, construction site cleanliness, fertilizer laws and flooding in coastal communities. For anyone looking to help protect the ocean, there are opportunities with COA! Thanks to all who came to the Ventnor and Sea Isle City events! 

Our next south Jersey COA Meet and Greet is on March 26th at the Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum in the Hunting Shanty building. More details coming soon at

Seeking opportunities to get involved in south Jersey? Contact Toni Groet at

COA South Jersey Coordinator, Toni, talks with
south jersey local advocate Chris

Preteen Activist Gets “Plastic Bag Ban” Passed in Colorado!

Madhvi Chittoor
Photo Credit: CBS
Making waves and taking names, 12-year-old activist Madhvi Chittoor launched and led the campaign to
ban plastic bags and the use of plastic foam in Colorado. She has been a passionate environmental advocate since she was 5 years old and coined the advocacy nickname “No Sytrofoam Ninja.” Madhvi has proven that persistence pays off with public outreach, testifying at the state capitol, and conducting signature campaigns. The new Colorado law went into effect at the beginning of 2024. Madhvi’s leadership and the increasing public commitment to reducing plastic pollution are reminders—from the small to tall—that we can all make a difference.

Extra, Extra! The 2023 Corporate Beach Sweeps Report is Now Available

As highlighted in October’s Newsletter, 2023’s Corporate Beach Sweeps program was a major success thanks to the 18 corporations who participated resulting in an inspiring day of teamwork and environmental stewardship. A few sneak previews from the report:
  • the most unusual item found was a dreidel,
  • 79.5% of debris picked up was made from plastics,
  • Plastic Pieces were the number one item picked up, tallying in at 5,132 pieces; Bottle Caps & Lids were a close second with 4,527 pieces removed.

Take a deeper dive into the data collected, discover the partners and their accomplishments, and more in the Corporate Beach Sweeps Report