Plenaries

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Our opening plenary session on Day 1 of State of the Coast will include welcoming and introductory remarks from Kim Reyher, the executive director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana; Chip Kline, the chairman of the board of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority; and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. They will talk about the events of the past few years, about restoration projects in progress and in the planning stages, and large-scale restoration projects that are on the horizon. They’ll also introduce our conference theme, Time for Action. Together.

The afternoon plenary on the opening day of the conference will feature Colette Pichon Battle, founder and director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, who will speak about environmental justice and the Gulf South for a Green New Deal.

Day 2 of State of the Coast will feature a virtual fireside chat between Janet McCabe of the EPA and Justin Ehrenwerth of the Water Institute of the Gulf.

Day 3 of the conference will feature an address from Marcia McNutt, the president of the National Academy of Sciences, who will talk about the role of science in solving our coastal problems along the Gulf Coast. Fugro and Sea Grant will also present student awards on the morning of Day 3.

The conference will conclude after a closing plenary featuring Richard Campanella, geographer and writer at Tulane University, who will talk about New Orleans’ history as a coastal city.