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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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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It 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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