R. King Milling
Chairman, America’s WETLAND Foundation
Governor’s coastal commission
R. King Milling is a staunch advocate for restoration of gulf coast wetlands. Long before hurricane Katrina propelled the issue into the nation’s headlines, Milling was championing the protection of the marshes and estuaries along Louisiana’s coast.
Milling’s leadership in Louisiana’s coastal restoration efforts has been invaluable. As the Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection and Restoration and Chairman of the Board for the America’s WETLAND Foundation he has lead the charge to save and restore Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.
As a banker, New Orleans resident, and coastal advocate, there is no better person to tell the story of the financial, and ecological impact of Louisiana’s wetlands for the state, the nation and the world. As Chairman of the Board of the America’s WETLAND’s Foundation, Mr. Milling has lead the effort of the 6 year award-winning public education campaign that has been raising awareness on a global scale about the impacts of Louisiana’s wetland loss.
America’s WETLAND Foundation
He has served as Managing Director for the America’s WETLAND Foundation since its inception in 2002.
The America’s WETLAND Foundation manages the largest, most comprehensive public education campaign in Louisiana’s history and was created to raise public awareness of the impact of the state’s wetland loss has on the state, nation and world and gain support for efforts to conserve and save coastal Louisiana.
During the last six years, the Campaign’s themes and messages have reached hundreds of millions of individuals through print and broadcast media outlets around the world. The Campaign’s “Storm Warnings” event, which demonstrated how much the area would be flooded if New Orleans was hit by a Category 5 hurricane, was prescient and widely repeated in the media after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The Campaign has won more than 40 national awards including the prestigious Silver Anvil Award from Public Relations Society of America and the Best Non-Profit PR Campaign from PR News.
America’s WETLAND Foundation
Sidney Coffee joined the America’s WETLAND Foundation as Senior Advisor on the Climate, Energy and the Coast Project in early 2008. Prior to that, Coffee was Chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) of Louisiana and directed coastal policy for the state of Louisiana under Governor Kathleen Blanco. As the Chair of CPRA, Coffee led the creation of the State’s Master Plan for Coastal Restoration and Protection and advised the Governor on all manner of coastal issues.
Coffee has worked on Louisiana’s coastal issues for more than 12 years, directing the state’s efforts on the America’s Wetland Campaign and working closely with Louisiana’s Congressional delegation in Washington, DC, on funding and authorizing legislation for the state’s coastal restoration efforts while serving Governor Mike Foster.
Coffee’s focus with the AW Foundation is the Climate, Energy and the Coast (CEC) Project with initiatives that include the America’s Energy Coast collaborative. The effort brings together industry, national environmental and conservation organizations, academia, and government in the four-state region of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to reach consensus on solutions to ensure a sound environmental landscape and the nationally critical energy and economic activities that depend upon it.
Other initiatives Coffee is involved with under the CEC project include building regional capacity in science and engineering through public, private partnerships, and developing policy, best practices and technology solutions for delta regions around the world through a series of World Delta Dialogues.
In 2004, Coffee was named “Communicator of the Year” by the National Association of Government Communicators.