Center for American Progress

ADVISORY: Beyond Recovery: Moving The Gulf Coast Toward A Sustainable Future
Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Beyond Recovery: Moving The Gulf Coast Toward A Sustainable Future

Press Contacts

  • Christina DiPasquale

Please join the Center for American Progress and Oxfam America for a special presentation:

February 9, 2011, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Admission is free.

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Following in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita before it, the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe beginning in April 2010 exposed the vulnerability of the Gulf Coast environment and economy to natural and man-made disasters—alongside the incredible resilience and determination of its residents as they fought to recover from yet another setback. The federal government took notice. President Barack Obama launched the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, including leaders like Environmental Protection Agency administrator and task force chair Lisa Jackson, White House Domestic Policy Council chair Melody Barnes and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Dr. Jane Lubchenco who will join us, along with a group of Gulf Coast business, conservation and nonprofit leaders, for a conversation about the opportunities and challenges towards restoring the coast, sparking innovation, creating jobs, and protecting communities.

Oxfam America and CAP will also release a report analyzing the vulnerability of the economy and ecology of the Gulf region as both a challenge and an opportunity. The report provides recommendations for a regional ecosystem restoration plan to help coastal communities recover their past strength, promote the growth of new industries, and build a foundation for a new economic future.

Opening remarks:

Kate Gordon, Vice President for Energy Policy, Center for American Progress

Paul O’Brien, Vice President of Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam America

Keynote speaker:

Lisa Jackson, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Panel I: Restoring America’s Gulf Coast: The Challenges and Opportunities

Rev. Tyronne Edwards, Founder, Zion Travelers Cooperative Center

Ajulo Othow, Deputy Director, US Regional Office, Oxfam America

 

Scott Kirkpatrick, President, Coast Builders Coalition

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso, Executive Vice President, Ocean Conservancy

Moderated by:

Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Panel II: Regional Recovery Through Economic, Environmental, and Social Innovation

Patrick Barnes, President, BFA Environmental and Founder, Limitless Vistas

Van Jones, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Anne Peek, Chief of Applied Research and Technology Project Office, John C. Stennis Space Center

Moderated by:

Paul O’Brien, Vice President of Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam America

Keynote Speaker:

Melody Barnes, Chair, White House Domestic Policy Council

February 9, 2011, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Space is extremely limited. RSVP required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed.

A light lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m.

Center for American Progress 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005

Map & Directions

Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center

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For more information, call 202-682-1611.

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