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Clesi Bennett, Environmental Scientist, California Natural Resources Agency

What does it take to to craft and adopt an environmental justice and social equity policy amendment to the San Francisco segment of California’s coastal zone management program?   Clesi Bennett, Environmental Scientist with the California Natural Resources Agency and formerly Coastal Planner with the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission,  will describe opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned from the San Francisco Bay.

Integrating Environmental Justice into Coastal Management:
Opportunities, Challenges, and Lessons Learned
Lecture and Discussion
Speaker:  Clesi Bennett
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
6:00pm to 7:00pm PST
Online via Zoom

About the Topic

Clesi will discuss efforts to craft and adopt an environmental justice and social equity policy amendment to the San Francisco segment of California’s coastal zone management program. Clesi will describe opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission as it undertook this unprecedented policy amendment. Clesi will also discuss (the often confusing) California state hiring practices in an effort to aid current students in their job searches.

About the Speaker

Clesi Bennett is an environmental scientist at the California Natural Resources Agency, where she assists the Deputy Secretary for Climate Change on the development and implementation of California’s strategy to address climate change. Prior to starting at the Natural Resources Agency, Clesi was a coastal planner at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). At BCDC, Clesi worked on various planning and policy efforts, including formulating an amendment to BCDC’s regulatory framework to integrate environment justice and crafting policy guidance on BCDC’s climate change policies. Additionally, Clesi worked on climate change adaptation and resilience with The Nature Conservancy, California State Coastal Conservancy, and the Center for the Blue Economy. Clesi has an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute and a BA in Environmental Policy from Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee. 

Suggested Reading

Lecture Location:  Online via Zoom

Title: Class #IEPG 8666A: Intl. Marine Policy Speaker Series

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Questions

The Center for the Blue Economy is a research organization at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.  Our mission is to promote a sustainable ocean and coastal economy (the “Blue Economy”) through leadership in research, analysis, and education.  For questions contact: Rachel C. at cbe@miis.edu or visit centerfortheblueeconomy.org or call 831-647-4183 (must leave message and receive call back).

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