Date: Thursday, November 7
Location: The Commonwealth Club, SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, Second Floor, San Francisco
Time: 6:00 p.m. check-in; 6:30 p.m. program; 7:30 p.m. networking reception
Conserving America’s natural heritage involves balancing competing interests and values. The Department of the Interior, which is responsible for extracting resources from public lands as well as protecting landscapes, is at the center of delicate balancing act.
Increasingly, corporations and public officials are starting to measure the economic impact of well-functioning ecosystems. For example, streams clean water and wetlands can buffer communities from storm surges. At the same time, America is experiencing an energy boom and domestic production of fossil fuels is rising as part of President Obama’s “all of the above” energy strategy. Also, in the President’s Climate Action plan, he laid out a goal of achieving 20 gigawatts of renewable power permitted on public lands by 2020.
Join us as Secretary Jewell, who has worked as a petroleum engineer and served as CEO of outdoor retailer REI, lays out her conservation vision for engaging youth and balancing the needs of current and future generations.