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Political Science and International Relations

Title

Big Idea: Alumnus Tackles Gulf Coast Disaster

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It is virtually impossible to grasp the devastating consequences caused by the BP oil spill on April 20. Government and independent scientists now estimate the well emits between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels of oil a day. Numbers like these are unfathomable, perhaps even unimaginable, and the cleanup involved will take years, possibly decades. Or even longer.

However, Scott Myers-Lipton ‘81, has an idea.

A professor in the Department of Sociology at San Jose State University, Myers-Lipton serves as an advisor for many student-led initiatives focusing on community service and recovery programs. One such program is the Gulf Coast Civic Works (GCCW) project. It’s a national student movement aimed at passing the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act — a federal bill to create 100,000 jobs for Gulf Coast residents and evacuees of Hurricane Katrina to rebuild public infrastructure.

The GCCW project is modeled after the creation of 1930s civic work projects that led to economic growth and alleviated poverty in the toughest of times. Jobs were created in order to rebuild a nation that had suffered tremendously during The Great Depression. (Full Story Inside USD)

ContactKelly Machleit | kmachleit@sandiego.edu | (619) 260-4681