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Sec. Jewell, Sec. Donovan, Mayor Bloomberg, Director Jarvis to Announce Establishment of Science & Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
Underscores Administration's Commitment to Help Communities Prepare for Effects of Climate Change; Builds on National Park Service, City of New York Agreement
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, August 12, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will be at Gateway National Recreation Area to announce the establishment of a new Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay.
The Institute, stemming from a cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and the City of New York, will serve as a top-tier research center to promote the understanding of resilience in the urban ecosystem and adjacent communities.
Sec. Jewell and Sec. Donovan, Chair of the President's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, will also make an announcement regarding efforts to assist communities in building coastal resilience.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Shaun Donovan, Secretary for Housing and Urban Development
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service
Announcement regarding Jamaica Bay Science and Resilience Institute
Riis Landing at Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area
Intersection of State Rd. & Heinzelman Rd., West Side of Marine Pkwy Bridge
Rockaway, Queens, NY
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 11:00 a.m. Media encouraged to arrive at 10:45 a.m.
The event is open to credentialed members of the media. A press van will depart from the East Gate of City Hall at 10:00 a.m. on Monday.