White House climate-change leader to lead public roundtable at YSU on Monday

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Paula Brooks, a member of the Bipartisan White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, hosts a roundtable discussion on Resilience in the Face of Climate Impacts at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in the Ohio Room of Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University. The event is open to the public.

Brooks, a Franklin County Commissioner, is a native of East Liverpool and earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Pre-Law from YSU in 1975. She later earned a law degree from Capital University.

President Obama appointed her to serve on the 25-member Climate Preparedness and Resilience Task Force. She is the only member from Ohio. The Task Force is charged with providing recommendations to the president on removing barriers to resilient investments, modernizing federal grant and loan programs to better support local efforts and developing the information and tools they need to prepare. The YSU meeting is one of a series across Ohio to gather facts and ideas for the report.

Moderator of the session is Martin Abraham, dean of the YSU College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Among the speakers are YSU faculty Dawna Cerney, associate professor and chair of Geography; A.J. Sumell, associate professor of Economics; and Felicia Armstrong, associate professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

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