Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

EPA Climate Justice: Restoring the Louisiana Coast to Combat Future Effects of Climate Change
By Carey Perry and Hilary Collis, Today Media Network (EPA Blog reposted). July 15, 2014.
“Imagine living on land that is slowly sinking, while the water that surrounds you is slowly rising…” (read more)

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GNO, Inc. announces launch of Coalition for Coastal Resilience and Economy

July 15, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Skree in Economy, Job Creation

By Elizabeth Skree, Communications Manager, Environmental Defense Fund

Last Friday, Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) announced the launch of the Coalition for Coastal Resilience and Economy (CCRE). CCRE is a coalition of Louisiana businesses and business leaders who are advocating for sustainable restoration of Louisiana’s disappearing coastal wetlands, deltas, rivers and coastline. This new business coalition will support an integrated three-legged framework of coastal restoration, appropriate structural flood mitigation and non-structural flood mitigation. The group includes representatives from a wide variety of business and industry sectors including banking, energy, real estate, entertainment, communications, navigation and manufacturing.

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Photo credit: Michael Maples, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Via U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Digital Visual Library

Since the 1930s, Louisiana has lost nearly 1,900 square miles of wetlands, and the state continues losing land at the rate of one football field every hour. This loss is attributed to a host of causes, including oil and gas exploration, leveeing of the Mississippi River, hurricanes, coastal erosion and subsidence.

Louisiana's land loss crisis is not just an environmental problem – it is an economic crisis. Industries, businesses and communities in Louisiana depend on the delta for protection from storms and for a sustainable future. Thankfully, there are solutions to address and resolve this land loss crisis. And just as many causes contribute to Louisiana's land loss problem, it will take a combination of scientific solutions to resolve it.

Restoring the Mississippi River Delta will not only restore thousands of acres of protective wetlands and habitat, but it will also protect Louisiana businesses, cities and infrastructure. It will also create new and sustain existing jobs in the region. Find out more about how coastal restoration protects industries and creates economic growth at ourcoastoureconomy.org.

CCRE’s mission is to:

  • Promote the business case for coastal restoration in Louisiana
  • Maximize RESTORE Act funding and other federal funds that are allocated to Louisiana
  • Ensure that RESTORE Act funding and other federal funds are spent on their intended purposes
  • Leverage RESTORE Act funding and other federal funding to direct other revenue streams
  • Create opportunities to engage local businesses and workforce in implementation

“Water is the existential issue for Southeast Louisiana,” said Michael Hecht, President & CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “Our region has a take-it-or-leave-it opportunity to make strategic investments in the environment today that will ensure continued economic growth and opportunity tomorrow, and CCRE will help ensure this happens.”

“Partnerships such as these allow the state to engage business interests and other stakeholders so that we can work together to achieve our goals of restoring and protecting this valuable resource, coastal Louisiana,” said Jerome Zeringue, Executive Director of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

CCRE is composed of a diverse group of CEOs and executives from the Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Terrebonne-Lafourche regions. Members include:

  • Marty Mayer, President & CEO, Stirling Properties (CCRE Chair)
  • Justin Augustine, Regional Vice President, Veolia
  • Dale Benoit, Owner, Print-­‐All, Inc.
  • Rita Benson LeBlanc, Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans
  • Sharon Bergeron, Vice President of Commercial Lending, Coastal Commerce Bank
  • Donna Fraiche, Founding Member of Baker Donelson’s Louisiana offices, Former Board Member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority
  • Fran Gladden, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, Cox Communications Southeast Region
  • Philip Gunn, Managing Director of New Orleans Office, Postlethwaite & Netterville
  • Will Hales, Assistant Vice President, Iberia Bank
  • Tara Hernandez, President, JCH Development
  • Merritt Lane, President & CEO, Canal Barge Company, Inc.
  • Jay Lapeyre, CEO, Laitram, LLC
  • G.F. Gay Le Breton, Managing Director, Chaffe & Associates
  • Brandon Nelson, Vice President of Commercial Banking, Whitney Bank
  • Mark Spansel, Partner, Adams & Reese
  • Lizette Terral, President, New Orleans Region, JP Morgan Chase Bank
  • Mickey Thomas, President & CEO, South Louisiana Bank
  • Brent Wood, State Government Affairs Manager, Chevron

“As a business leader in a coastal community, I believe it is critical to safeguard our current and future assets so that we can continue to expand and grow our businesses with confidence,” Sharon Bergeron, Vice President of Commercial Lending, Coastal Commerce Bank. “Yet while protection of our current economy is paramount, Southeast Louisiana is also in a unique position to expand our expertise of coastal restoration and export this specialized knowledge to new regions, thereby creating new jobs and new industries for Louisiana firms and residents.”

More information on the Coalition for Coastal Resilience and Economy can be found here: http://gnoinc.org/news/publications/press-release/gno-inc-announces-coalition-for-coastal-resilience-and-economy/.

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 15, 2014

July 15, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Private equity company selling credits to pay for Louisiana wetlands, NY Times reports
By Jed Lepinski, The Times-Picayune. July 14, 2014
“A private equity firm is selling environmental credits to developers in an effort to fund…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 14, 2014

July 14, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Two-year-old breach in Mississippi River could be formally named ‘Mardi Gras Pass’
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. July 11, 2014.
“When the Mississippi River broke through its east bank south of Pointe à la Hache…” (read more)

Envisioning Profit in Environmental Good Works
By John Schwartz, The New York Times. July 12,…"

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Job Opening: Senior Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

July 11, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Skree in Job openings

DESCRIPTION:

The Outreach Coordinator will develop and implement outreach and engagement strategies to advance priorities of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration program. Focusing on the Greater New Orleans area, the Outreach Coordinator will educate and engage community leaders and other key stakeholders, such as the faith community, neighborhood associations, student groups, landowners, and elected officials.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Plan, develop, and execute an education and outreach campaign in the Greater New Orleans area to garner support for coastal restoration
  • Identify, engage and cultivate community leaders and other key stakeholders in support of coastal restoration and MRDR program initiatives
  • Organize information sessions, events, and field trips for stakeholders
  • Provide stakeholder updates and recruiting for engagement opportunities, such as letters to the editor, blog posts, public comment, etc.
  • Organize and present at meetings to engage stakeholders with campaign experts in order to increase leader confidence and understanding of coastal issues and needs
  • Maintain a database tracking leaders, issue interests, asks and actions taken
  • Present and table at community events
  • Write blog posts, contribute to social media outreach, and develop educational materials as needed
  • Manage MRGO Must Go campaign efforts, in coordination (coalition of 17 independent organizations working to restore the ecosystem impacted by the Mississippi River Gulf shipping channel).
  • Assist with the implementation of two multi-year grants to a local government and community organization, serving grantees, organizing and attending meetings, and providing tracking and reporting support.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Political Science and/or Environmental studies or other related field.

EXPERIENCE:

  • At least three year’s professional work experience in political campaigns or nonprofit advocacy organizations.
  • Three years advocacy or campaign experience.
  • Experience with/knowledge of Louisiana Coastal a plus!

SKILLS:

  • Demonstrated ability to organize community leaders in advocacy efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop trusting relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Strong planning and prioritization skills and ability to work strategically
  • Highly organized
  • Attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Facility with all aspects of Microsoft Office
  • Experience working with community leaders and elected officials preferred
  • Experience with environmental advocacy preferred
  • Experience working with diverse constituencies

National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife for our children’s future. NWF is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

TO APPLY: Please visit http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH18/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NWF&cws=1&rid=611.

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