- Thursday, November 2, 2017
- 6:00 p.m.
- SIS Atrium
Interim Dean Christine BN Chin invites SIS students, alumni, and friends to attend the 2017 Nancy Weiser Ignatius Lecture on the Environment, featuring keynote remarks from U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
As a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Whitehouse plays a key role in crafting policies addressing climate change and environmental protection. He co-founded the Senate Climate Action Task Force to help build support for action to address carbon pollution, and he has introduced legislation to put a fee on carbon, establishing a market incentive to reduce emissions. Since 2013, Senator Whitehouse has attended the annual Munich Security Conference, where he has headlined about discussions the implications of climate change on international security. Additionally, Senator Whitehouse has worked in Congress to protect and restore the ocean and coastal areas. He has joined with Democrats and Republicans to form the Senate Oceans Caucus to respond to the pressures of pollution and commercial activity, and he has passed legislation to establish a dedicated funding source for ocean and coastal research and restoration. For his work, Senator Whitehouse has earned a lifetime score of 98 percent on the League of Conservation Voters' National Environmental Scorecard.
Senator Whitehouse's address will mark the third annual Nancy Weiser Ignatius Lecture on the Environment at the School of International Service. These lectures feature senior policymakers and leaders in the nonprofit and private sectors who are working tirelessly to improve the environment around the world.
The Nancy Weiser Ignatius Lecture on the Environment honors the work of SIS alumna Nancy Weiser Ignatius, SIS/MA '69, an activist who championed environmental causes long before they became mainstream practices. More than four decades ago, Ignatius cofounded Concern Inc., an all-female volunteer organization that informed and empowered consumers, mostly female home-makers, to demand sustainable options for everyday goods. Concern leveraged consumer power to pressure manufacturers to develop product containers that were less harmful to the environment. Following her success at Concern, Inc., Ignatius began work at the Department of Energy and launched the first solar energy exhibit in 1976 on a section of the National Mall. Later, Ignatius worked for the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Ignatius family has long been active in Washington. Paul Robert Ignatius, husband of Nancy Weiser Ignatius, served as Secretary of the Navy, Assistant Secretary of Defense, and president of The Washington Post.
Paul and Nancy Ignatius continue to champion environmental causes. Through their generosity, the annual Nancy Weiser Ignatius Lecture on the Environment continues to engage SIS community members with the core environmental challenges facing the world today.
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