WEBINAR: A Hard Look at the Big Easy: Five Years After Hurricane Katrina

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 (All day)



Five Years After Hurricane Katrina
Led by 2009 Switzer Fellow Amy Clipp, Writer and Policymaker in New Orleans

DATE:                        Tuesday, June 8, 2010
TIME:                         Noon - 1 p.m. (Eastern time)
TO REGISTER:            Email Erin Lloyd, Program Officer
WEBINAR ACCESS:      Click here for web log-in and dial in for audio:  1-517-417-5700 passcode 706393#.

Nearly five years after
Hurricane Katrina and another disaster has reached Louisiana's coast - this time
a man-made oil spill. The cascade of perils in Louisiana prompts the
question:  how can we manage this
extraordinary place where heavy industry, two million citizens, and one of the
world's great estuaries all collide?
To explore this question, and to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Amy Clipp's presentation will consider five myths about New Orleans and the storm.  She considers issues of land use (was the storm a natural disaster?), geography (just how low is the city?), equity (who flooded?), preparation (what went wrong?), and, most importantly, why the flooding in New Orleans offers lessons that communities throughout the U.S. need to heed.  Maps, animated graphics, and photos will spur our examination of the lessons this disaster has to teach.

For questions or more information, please contact Erin Lloyd, Program Officer.


About the Presenter

Clipp is a writer and policy maker whose recent projects have focused on the
sustainable restoration of Louisiana's coast. She has written all of the
state's major coastal planning documents post-Hurricane Katrina, translating
technical information into layman's terms and helping state agencies adapt
their policies to a changing climate and landscape. In 2008 she wrote the
Louisiana Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast. This document, which outlines a
vision for storm protection and wetland restoration in Louisiana, won the
National Association of Environmental Professionals' Presidents National
Environmental Excellence Award as well as the Renewable Natural Resources
Foundation's Outstanding Achievement Award. After 20 years of living and working
in New Orleans, she is completing a mid-career master's program at Harvard's
Kennedy School of Government. Her studies have focused on mediation processes
that help make complex land use and public policy decisions more inclusive and
transparent. Amy received a B.A. in 1986 from the University of Virginia.

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