Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Gov. Christie Todd Whitman to Speak at Library Fundraiser

Former Governor Christie Todd Whitman will speak at a fundraiser for the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library on Sunday, October 27 at 4:00 pm at Dolce Conference Center in Basking Ridge.  "Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later" is the subject of Ms. Whitman's talk, and she will discuss topics such as what we can look forward to from the environment and from the government, and whether or not we have or will put in place preventive measures to minimize the devastation of natural weather events in the future.  

Tickets are $100 per person and proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library whose mission it is to fund special programs and services at the Library including children's programs and Sundays at Three concerts, as well as computers, and books and materials that enhance the library's offerings to the community.  Light refreshments will be served before the talk begins.

Governor Whitman, now the President of The Whitman Strategy Group (WSG), a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues, served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January of 2001 until June of 2003. She was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001.  

As Governor, she earned praise from both Republicans and Democrats for her commitment to preserve a record amount of New Jersey land as permanent green space.  She was also recognized by the Natural Resources Defense Council as having instituted the most comprehensive beach monitoring system in the nation.  

As EPA Administrator, she promoted common-sense environmental improvements such as watershed-based water protection policies.  She is the author of a New York Times best seller called “It’s My Party Too,” which was published in January of 2005 and released in paperback in March 2006.

Governor Whitman serves on a number of non-profit organizations including heading the Trustees’ Executive Committee of the Eisenhower Fellowships. She co-chairs Clean and Safe Energy (CASE) with Dr. Patrick Moore and is a member of the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Security Project.  Governor Whitman is a board member for the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, is Co-Chair of the Aspen Health Stewardship Project, and a member of the advisory board of Reform New Jersey Now. She is a Monmouth University Distinguished Public Servant in Residence for the 2013-2014 year.

Prior to becoming Governor, she was the President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and served on the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders.   

Tickets may be purchased at the library until October 23.  For further information, call the 908-766-0118.

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