The Regional Planning Commission’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program cordially invites you to our training workshop on April 16th to learn about resources for incorporating sustainability and resiliency into your Brownfield redevelopment project!
We hope you’ll join us for this informative workshop!
Thank you to our sponsor, the Louisiana Brownfields Association!
Please join a FREE webcast about The Environmental Law Institute’s and The Nature Conservancy’s recently released handbook to advance the use of a watershed approach in the selection, design and siting of wetland and stream restoration and protection projects, including projects required by compensatory mitigation.
This joint report called “Watershed Approach Handbook: Improving Outcomes and Increasing Benefits Associated with Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Projects” is posted on ELI’s and TNC’s Website. The handbook was funded by the EPA and other private funding sources.
Dr. Rebecca Kihslinger, Wetlands Program Director, Environmental Law Institute, San Francisco – Rebecca helped develop the handbook and will help introduce the Webcast.
Palmer Hough, Environmental Scientist, Wetlands Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Palmer will provide some background regarding why EPA supported development of this handbook.
Mark P. Smith, Deputy Director, North America Freshwater Program, The Nature Conservancy, Boston, MA - Mark worked with Jessica Wilkinson, formerly of the Environmental Law Institute and now with TNC, to lead the effort to develop and co-author the Watershed Approach Handbook.
Nicholas Miller, Science Director, The Nature Conservancy, Madison, WI – Nicholas will present a case study from Wisconsin that highlights the use of the handbook.
Registration: You must register in advance to attend this webcast. Register at the Watershed Academy Webcast website at www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts.
Questions? Please contact Beth Orr at email@example.com.
Living with Water: Broad + Water Artist RFP Deadline: April 21, 2015
The Water Challenge, a collaboration between Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, The Idea Village and The Greater New Orleans Foundation, is focused on solving critical water challenges through entrepreneurship. This initiative culminates each year during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW). Congratulations to all of this year's entrepreneurs! Another Louisiana Proud event! We can do this!
The Water Challenge is free and open to the public. Registration is required at NOEW.org/register.
10:00AM: Welcome to the Water Challenge 2015!
Introductory remarks from Albert Ruesga, President & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Sarah Mack, past Water Challenge winner and Founder & CEO of Tierra Resources, and Andrea Chen, Executive Director of Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation.
10:15AM-12:00PM: $25,000 “Living with Water” Civic Design Pitch
A live pitch competition put on by Propeller and the Arts Council of New Orleans. This year’s finalists are: Jennifer Blanchard (Contraflow), Michel Varisco (Turning), and Amy Stelly & Darryl Reeves (Drop in the Bowl). The winner will be determined by an audience vote following feedback from a critical panel including Sophie Harris, Executive Director of Friends of Lafitte Corridor, David Waggonner, principal of Waggonner & Ball Architects, Councilmember Susan Guidry, and Bill Gilchrist, Director of Place-Based Planning for the City of New Orleans.
12:00PM-1:00PM: Break for Lunch
1:00PM-2:00PM: Overview of the Water Landscape: Coastal and Urban
Presenters include New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, Ella Delio, director of environmental and regional initiatives at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and Steve Cochran, director for Environmental Defense Fund’s Mississippi River Delta Restoration project. Moderated by WWNO News Director Eve Troeh.
2:30PM-3:30PM: Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Water
Presentations from agencies like the Sewerage & Water Board, Entergy, Ducks Unlimited, the Restore Council, and the Data Center on entrepreneurial opportunities in water management and coastal restoration, an industry with $50 billion slated to be spent over the next fifty years. Moderated by Flozell Daniels of The Foundation for Louisiana
3:30PM-3:45PM: Coffee Break
3:45PM-5:00PM: $10,000 Water Challenge Business Pitch
Five finalists present their ideas for $10,000 awarded by a panel of judges including Elisa Speranza of CH2M HILL and Jimmy Roussel, Entrepreneur in Residence at the New Orleans Startup Fund. This year’s finalists are: Don & Jon Adams (Advanced Berm Technologies), Mark Bernstein (Magnolia Land Partners), Dan Johnson (Greenman Dan Inc.), Gary Shaffer & Demetra Kandalepas (Wetland Resources, LLC), and John Tesvich (Riverbottom Tech).
5:00PM-7:00PM: PitchLocal Happy Hour on the rooftop of The Chicory!
- How Will Our Plans Work Together?
- Weather the Storm: Building Strong Networks through Resource Collaboration
- Louisiana and Alaska: Turning Crisis into Resiliency through Intensive Community Collaboration Resilience in the Community Showcase: Evolving Efforts That Have Grown Since Hurricane Katrina Through the Lens: Telling Important Stories, Inspiring Conversations, Building Community Resilience Working Together: Government Resilience Among Coastal Parishes
- How Are We Preparing Local Future Resilience Professionals?
Tierra Resources Releases Results of Two-Year Assessment of Blue Carbon Potential on Louisiana's Coast.
Please join the American Carbon Registry and guest speakers Dr. Sarah Mack of Tierra Resources, Drs. Robert Lane and John Day of Louisiana State University and Dick Kempka of The Climate Trust to learn about the carbon offset potential of Louisiana’s wetlands, the carbon impacts of preventing wetland loss, which restoration techniques show the most potential as wetland offset projects, and the estimated revenue potential that carbon finance can contribute to wetland restoration in coastal areas of the Mississippi River Delta. The presentation will include a Q&A session.
Findings from the report will be shared by Tierra Resources and the American Carbon Registry at a free national webinar, scheduled for March 5, 2015, at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time.
Initial study findings showed that restoration in Louisiana has the potential to produce over 1.8 million offsets per year; almost 92 million offsets over 50 years. This is the equivalent of taking approximately 350 thousand cars off the road each year or 20 million cars off the road over 50 years. Wetland restoration techniques identified in this study could potentially generate $400 million to $1 billion in offset revenue depending on the dollar value of the carbon offset—with the potential for almost $630 million more by including prevented wetland loss in the carbon accounting.
Link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5175953551083108865
A FRONT-LOADING CONCEPT DEVELOPED BY THE DEQ LEADERSHIP TEAM
EDUCATION + MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION = COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
The Enviroschool program at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) is the environmental education outreach arm of the Agency that provides training for communities, businesses, and other organizations on a number of regulatory topics. The goal of this program is for the attendees to become informed about the environmental regulatory process and to maintain and improve environmental compliance. These workshops are free and open to the public. If you are interested, please feel free to register for any of our workshops that are posted below or contact us if you would like additional information.
LPDES Construction Stormwater Permits
This session will provide an overview of stormwater general permits and the requirements for operators of construction projects to obtain authorization to discharcharge stormwater. An emphasis will be placed on new requirements in the 2014 Large Construction General Permit, LAR 100000. Please register for one of the sessions below; all sessions are from 10AM-12NOON.
- February 25, Baton Rouge: LDEQ HQ- Galvez Bldg, Pensacola Room, 602 North 5th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
- March 5, Alexandria Area: Tudor Community Center, 341 Bragg Street, Pineville, LA 71360
- March 12, Lake Charles Area: LSU/SU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70607
- March 26, New Orleans Area: Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 West Napoleon Street, Metairie, LA 70001
Sewage Sludge Hauling
This session will provide an overview of the rules and regulations including registration requirements, standards for transporters of sewage sludge, and standards for vehicles and/or containers used in the transport of sewage sludge. Additionally, there will be a brief discussion on the inspection and enforcement procedures regarding sewage sludge hauling. Facility owners, operators, drivers, consultants, persons involved with sewage sludge generation, hauling and disposal operations are encouraged to attend. Please register for one of the sessions below; all sessions are from 10AM-12Noon:
- April 9, Baton Rouge: LDEQ HQ- Galvez Bldg, Pensacola Room, 602 North 5th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
- April 16, Lake Charles Area: LSU/SU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70607
- April 23, Alexandria Area: Tudor Community Center, 341 Bragg Street, Pineville, LA 71360
- April 28, New Orleans Area: Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 West Napoleon Street, Metairie, LA 70001