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Charles Reith
Adjunct Professor at Tulane Board of Directors of the Alliance for Affordable Energy

Charles Reith serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Affordable Energy, a nonprofit based in New Orleans that advocates ratepayer rights and environmentally responsible policies relative to energy, pollution, and global warming. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Management at The AB Freeman School of Business and The Payson Center for International Development, both at Tulane University. Dr. Reith founded and owns several small businesses and has been very active in the post-Katrina rebuild, serving on committees and preparing white papers that articulate the opportunities for environmental stewardship during this re-formative period.

Pre-Katrina, he maintained an active international consulting practice, guiding major corporations and ministries in countries such as Abu Dhabi, Peru, and Trinidad on methods of energy efficiency, reduced risk, and improved performance relative to global warming. He first came to Louisiana in 1994 to serve as Vice President for Environmental Safety and Health at DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations Company, where he oversaw environmental issues on the Department of Energy's Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Before coming to Louisiana, Dr. Reith worked for Jacobs Engineering, planning and supervising projects to clean up toxic contamination and safely dispose of radioactive waste. He has published three books and dozens of technical articles on environmental technology, green business, and sustainable development.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m.

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith, with the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University, moderate the discussion.

“Election 2016” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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