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Sandy Rosenthal '79: "How a Grassroots Campaign Humbled the Army Corps of Engineers"
Event Type:Lecture/Reading
Location:Kendade 305
Thursday, February 14, 2013
4:30 PM
Lectures & Symposia,Upcoming Events
Ruby Maddox
Department:Miller Worley Center for the Environment
In her lecture, How a Grassroots Campaign Humbled the Army Corps of Engineers, Sandy Fulton Rosenthal ’79 will share her experience as the founder and executive director of the nonprofit environmental organization Levees.org.

Rosenthal founded Levees.org in October of 2005 in the wake of the catastrophic flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Since that time she has worked to ensure the prevailing narrative portrays the event as a result of the negligent acts of humans, not the fury of Nature.

As an environmental advocacy group with nearly 25,000 supporters and chapters in five states, Levees.org has pushed for stricter legislation on standards for levees and other means of preventing flooding in an effort to avoid destruction similar to that of Katrina in the event of another natural disaster. Rosenthal and others have also called for the 8/29 Investigation, an independent investigation into the federal decision-making processes before and after Hurricane Katrina that led to the failure of the levees and subsequent damage to the New Orleans region.

Mount Holyoke has recognized Rosenthal as a notable woman of influence as part of the College’s 175th anniversary celebrations
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