On Monday, October 6, Mike Boots, who leads the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), will join Mayor Annise Parker at Buffalo Bayou Park where they will tour projects that will help increase the City’s resilience to flooding and other impacts of climate change. They will visit the site of the Buffalo Bayou project, which will restore natural features such as trees and native grasses and improve pedestrian features, as well as the Bayou Greenways 2020 project, which will add 1500 acres of green space that will also help with flood control and storm water quality. Following the tour, they will hold a press conference to discuss Houston’s leadership in promoting resilience to climate change impacts, as well as the work of the President’s Task Force on Climate Resilience and Preparedness, of which Mayor Parker is a member. They will also discuss the Mayor’s recent announcement, with Mayors Garcetti and Nutter, of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda.
The President established the Task Force to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities like Houston nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. Supporting state and local efforts to protect communities from the effects of climate change is an important part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.
In July, the Obama Administration announced the launch of a Preparedness Pilot in cooperation with the City of Houston. The pilot will bring together key Federal agencies in the community with local leaders to assess and plan for the Houston area’s vulnerabilities to climate change.
WHEN: Tour and Press Conference – Monday, October 6, 10:45 am
WHO: Mayor Annise Parker
CEQ Director Mike Boots
State Senator Rodney Ellis
Joe Turner, Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department
Guy Hagstette, Program Manager, Buffalo Bayou Park
Roksan Okan-Vick, Executive Director, Houston Parks Board
WHERE: Meet at Eleanor Tinsley Park, along Buffalo Bayou and Allen Parkway; Group will walk through park to tour Buffalo Bayou park construction; Press conference will start after the tour at 11 am on the pathway near Eleanor Tinsley Park
PARKING: Media parking is available in the small parking lot next to Eleanor Tinsley Park, off of Allen Parkway
ON-SITE CONTACTS: Janice Evans-Davis, City of Houston