Sandy Fulton Rosenthal ’79 will speak about her experience as the founder and executive director of the nonprofit environmental organization Levees.org on Thursday, February 14 at 4:30 pm in room 305 of Kendade Hall.
Rosenthal founded Levees.org in October of 2005 in the wake of the catastrophic flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Since that time she has worked nonstop to ensure the prevailing narrative portrays the event as a result of the negligent acts of man, not the fury of Mother Nature.
As an environmental advocacy group with nearly 25,000 supporters and chapters in five states, Levees.org has pushed for stricter legislation on standards for levees and other means of preventing flooding in an effort to avoid destruction similar to that of Katrina in the event of another natural disaster. Rosenthal and others have also called for the 8/29 Investigation, an independent investigation into the federal decision-making processes before and after Hurricane Katrina that led to the failure of the levees and subsequent damage to the New Orleans region.
Mount Holyoke has recognized Rosenthal as a notable woman of influence in the College’s 175th anniversary website. She will visit Mount Holyoke classes before speaking about her experience with Levees.org. That lecture is sponsored by the College, the Odyssey Bookshop, and Seven Stories Press.