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NOAA Environmental Leadership Seminar Series: Past Presentations

NOAA's role at the intersection of environmental stewardship and economic development

by Katie Rowley on 2021-12-14T09:53:00-05:00 | Comments

Date: December 9, 2021 @2-3 PM ET

Speaker: Richard W. Spinrad, Ph.D., Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA Administrator

Abstract: As the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the NOAA Administrator, Dr. Spinrad has identified his top three priorities for NOAA:

  1. Establish NOAA as the U.S federal government authoritative source for climate products and services.

  2. Advance economic development without sacrificing environmental stewardship, with
    a particular focus on advancing the New Blue Economy.

  3. Integrate equity into everything we do, including how we build and provide services.
    Within NOAA, we will promote diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in the workforce. Externally, we will provide equitable access to our products and services.

This seminar will examine the second priority, to clarify the balance of environmental stewardship and economic development. Though striking this balance is a challenge, we have a real opportunity for NOAA to improve its work of providing products and services that can be used by the public and private sectors to help make businesses and communities more climate resilient and effective. There is also an ever increasing number of representatives from commercial, insurance, supply chain and investment sectors acknowledging the value of NOAA’s expertise, creating the possibility of whole new economic sectors being built-out based on environmental climate derivative products.

All of our work towards environmental stewardship and economic development will be done through a strong lens of equity, in keeping with the third priority. From this discussion, participants will learn more about the direct relationships between economic development, environmental stewardship, and equity.


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