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BUILDING RESILIENCE WORKSHOP Implementing Innovative, Sustainable Flood Mitigation Solutions for the Gulf Coast

The Old U.S. Mint February 26 & 27, 2010

Louisiana State Museum New Orleans, LA

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2010 8:30 - 9:00 AM 9:00 - 10:00 AM

REGISTRATION OPENING LECTURE PLENARY SPEAKER: LARRY BUSS “A Perspective on Flood Risk Management in the United States with Focus on the Gulf Coast” [ COFFEE BREAK ]

10:30 - 12:00 PM Moderator: Panelists:

12:00 - 1:30 PM

1:30 - 3:00 PM



PANEL 1 Global Scale Issues: How Climate Affects Infrastructure; Worldwide Approaches to Living with Water Len Bahr John Atkeison Craig Colten Mark Davis Jose Villalobos Enciso

Ivor van Heerden G. Paul Kemp Christopher Pulaski Jose Raynal Villasenor

LUNCH PLENARY SPEAKER: ERIK PASCHE “Coastal Cities Designed as Flood Resilient Systems” PANEL 2 Regional Scale Issues: Regional & Urban Infrastructure Solutions; Urban Planning Options for New Orleans and other At-Risk Cities Norma Jean Mattei


Richard Campanella Bas Jonkman John Lopez Wm. Raymond Manning

Erik Pasche Cynthia M. Sarthou David Waggonner Prisca Weems

[ COFFEE BREAK ] 3:30 - 5:00 PM

PANEL 3 Urban Scale Issues: Urban Landscape Solutions; Ecosystem, Regenerative Landscaping & Ground Surface Treatment Options that Improve Flood Resilience


Beth Galante


Don Blancher Tim Duggan J. O. Evans III Andy Ferrell

Barrett Kennedy Darryl E. Malek-Wiley Douglas Meffert Amanda Ransone Moore [ BREAK ]

6:00 - 8:30 PM

WORKSHOP RECEPTION KEYNOTE SPEAKER: LT. GEN. RUSSEL HONORÉ “See first, Understand First, Act First: Leadership & Preparedness for the 21st Century” ORLEANS BALLROOM BOURBON ORLEANS HOTEL



OPENING LECTURE PLENARY SPEAKER: CHRIS ZEVENBERGEN “Innovations in Flood Resilient Planning and Building. From Concepts Towards Implementation.” [ COFFEE BREAK ]

10:30 - 12:00 PM

Moderator: Panelists:

12:00 - 1:30 PM

1:30 - 3:00 PM



PANEL 4 Building Scale Issues: Creating Flood-Resilient Buildings; Strategies for Housing Steve Picou Jay D. Edwards Elizabeth C. English Carol Friedland Lisa Miles Jackson

Shirley Laska Prithula Prosun Daniel R. Winkert Chris Zevenbergen

LUNCH PLENARY SPEAKER: JACK MARTIN “Regenerative Technologies for Local Resilience” PANEL 5 Community Participation Issues: Listening to Local Voices; Integrating Decision Making at the Neighborhood Level Kristina Peterson


Charles Allen Brenda Dardar Robichaux Yarrow Etheredge Mack McClendon

Father Vien Nguyen Jean Marie Peacock Rosina Philippe Nat Turner

[ COFFEE BREAK ] 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Moderator: Panelists:

PANEL 6 Policy Issues: How New Ideas Get Implemented; Successful Strategies for Negotiating Change John Williams William L. Coulbourne Garret Graves Michael D. Hunnicutt Timothy P. Kerner

Richard L. Krajeski Billy Marchal Earthea Nance



BIOGRAPHIES Keynote Speaker Gen. Russel Honoré US Army, (Ret.) Visionary Leader of the New Normal and Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina: When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, the devastation was more than anyone could have imagined. Images of the city drowning in the waters of the Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain and of the dire conditions at the Louisiana Superdome and Convention Center showed the world that the United States was ill-equipped and unprepared to deal with a natural disaster of such epic proportions. In spite of questionable leadership on many levels, one leader undeniably changed the course of the disaster: Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré, the commanding general of Joint Task Force Katrina. A native of Lakeland, Louisiana, Honoré, the “Category 5 General,” swept into New Orleans, surveyed the destruction and took charge, bringing the city back under control and starting the long process of putting it back together. With a trademark swagger and commanding personality, Honoré is a no-nonsense career soldier who always speaks his mind. While in charge of the entire Army east of the Mississippi, he brought leadership to New Orleans, reminding soldiers to lower their weapons and help those in need, creating a more positive atmosphere as rebuilding began. Since his command of Joint Task Force Katrina, Honoré has brought the lessons of Katrina to organizations around the country. An expert on preparedness and responding to catastrophe, he offers insights into protecting people and organizations, outlining the principles necessary to lead through unexpected and uncontrollable crises. Honoré’s lengthy career has taken him around the world, from Korea to Germany and the entire United States. He has many awards and distinctions, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and a Bronze Star, among others. Recently, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Loyola University (New Orleans). In May 2009, he published his first book, Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family from Disasters. He also serves as a CNN preparedness contributor; a senior scientist with Gallup; as chairman of the board of Grand ISS, a comprehensive risk solutions provider; and on the Expert Council of Firestorm Solutions, LLC, a national leader in business continuity, vulnerability analysis, risk mitigation, and crisis management. The man that New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin called a “John Wayne dude,” Honoré has proven that by taking charge and creating a culture of preparedness, whether as an individual, a group, a city, or an entire country, unexpected crises can be managed and their impacts can be minimized.


Plenary Speaker Larry Buss USACE, Ret.; National Nonstructural/Flood Proofing Committee Mr. Larry S. Buss has served as a senior advisor/national expert with the US Army Corps of Engineers in the areas of flood risk management and nonstructural flood risk reduction. Mr. Buss retired from the Corps of Engineers as Chief of Hydrologic Engineering, Omaha District. In that position, he lead a team of 50 people with expertise in such areas as Water Control, Water Quality, Hydraulic Structure Design, Statistical Analysis, River Ecosystem Restoration, Flood Plain Management, Emergency Flood Fighting, Flood Control Design, Sediment/Erosion Control, Watershed Modeling, Flood Warning Systems, Nonstructural and Structural Flood Mitigation, and Hydrographic Surveys. Prior positions with the Corps of Engineers included Chief, Flood Plain Management Services; Chief, Planning; Assistant Chief, Planning; and Chief, Civil Works all within the Omaha District. He has over 39 years of experience with the Corps of Engineers all in Water Resources. Mr. Buss is also a past Chair of the US Army Corps of Engineers National Nonstructural/Flood Proofing Committee. This committee promotes the development, implementation, and proper use of non-structural flood mitigation techniques including relocation/buyout, flood proofing, flood warning/preparedness, flood plain regulation, flood insurance, etc and provides a source of expertise in the use of non-structural techniques throughout the United States. Documents developed by this committee have been used both nationally and internationally. He has developed three documents for this committee. They are “Flood Proofing-How to Evaluate Your Options”, “Flood Proofing Performance-Successes and Failures”, and “Non-Structural Flood Damage Reduction Within the Corps of Engineers”. He has also presented at numerous workshops, seminars, and conferences throughout the United States on the use nonstructural measures to reduce flood risk. He is also currently involved on National task force teams dealing with levee security, levee safety, flood risk management, and implementation of nonstructural measures. Mr. Buss also serves a Co-Chair of the Association of State Flood Plain Managers Committee on Flood Proofing/Retrofitting. That committee is responsible for promoting and providing expertise on flood proofing and retrofitting of structures to reduce flood risk. Mr. Buss is a member of the Association of State Flood Plain Managers. Mr. Buss has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a licensed real estate broker in the State of Iowa. He is also a Certified Flood Plain Manager.


BIOGRAPHIES Plenary Speaker Erik Pasche Technical University of Hamburg, Germany Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erik Pasche is the director of the Institute of River and Coastal Engineering, and is a professor for Hydraulic Engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology. He is the Dean of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a visiting professor at UNESCO-IHE in Delft. Dr. Pasche is a board member of the German Port Technology Association (HTG), is the head of the German Association for Water Management, Sewage and Waste (DWA) and is Vice Chairman and German representative of the COST-Initiative C22 – Urban Flood Management. Dr. Pasche has been Chairman of the BWK Expert Group Hydraulic Modelling of Natural Rivers since 1997, and Chairman of the BWK Expert Group Movable Flood Defence Systems since 2001. Dr. Pasche directs the research center KLIFF, an associated institute of the TUHH. It develops technologies and methods to adapt to climate change and prepares the public for the adaptation process through training courses, lectures and workshops. His research and teaching is focused on flood risk management, environmental hydraulic engineering, river hydrology, hydrodynamics, and mathematical modeling of hydrological and hydraulic processes, including the measurement of sedimentation and erosion rates. The information is used in the development of flood information systems and flood defence techniques, such as movable walls, retrofitting of existing buildings, breakwater design, and river restoration strategies. He was a speaker of the Research Cluster “KLIMZUG-North” sponsored by the German Research Foundation BMBF. On August 28 2009, Dr. Pasche gave talks on flood resilience in climate change scenarios at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study. He was one of numerous German and South African scientists in the South African Research Lecture Series, a joint event that took place at selected South African universities. Dr. Pasche has authored a number of publications on flood resilience and management. In 1984, he was awarded the Borchers Plaque for outstanding research in 1984. In 2008, he was recognized with a Distinguished Fellowship by the UK Royal Academy for Engineers.


Plenary Speaker Chris Zevenbergen IHE-UNESCO; Technical University of Delft; Dura Vermeer, Netherlands Professor Chris Zevenbergen is director of the Business Development Department of DuraVermeer Group NV. and professor at the Water Engineering Department of UNESCO-IHE with a 0 fte appointment at TuDelft. He has a masters in ecology from the Agricultural University Wageningen and a doctorate in environmental engineering from the University Utrecht. He worked as a researcher on various environmental issues related to the building industry, such as environmental impact assessments, product development, emission modeling, testing procedures, building codes and guidelines in the 1980s followed by 10 years research and consultancy in environmental engineering and water management of urban systems. In the past 14 years he has accumulated extensive national and international experience with integrated approaches to manage floods in urban environments. His research interest is specifically on innovative concepts to mitigate urban flood impacts, on flood proofing building designs and technologies and on decision support tool development in urban design and planning with practical application in urban flood management. He has a strong affinity with the ecological, socio-economic, institutional aspects of urban planning and water management. He is co-founder and chairman of the European Network COST C22 on Urban Flood management and the Flood Resilience Group (FRG). He is member of the board of the Dutch Living with Water program, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), the Cooperative Program on Water and Climate (CPWC), and the Dutch Delta Design 2012 (DDD), and he is member of the board of recommendations of Rotterdam Climate Proof and Alterra Wageningen UR University. In the past 20 years he participated in various technical advisory boards of governmental bodies and was invited speaker in many national and international conferences. He has published/edited 3 books and (co)authored about 100 papers, including reviews and book chapters. He is member of the editorial board of Journal of Flood Risk Management.


BIOGRAPHIES Plenary Speaker Jack Martin Appalachian State University Professor Dr. John“Jack�Hannon Martin is a specialist in alternative energy technologies and is an active lecturer on a broad range of environmentally sustainable systems. He is a faculty member in the Department of Technology at Appalachian State University, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Sustainable Transportation, Renewable Energies, Bio-fuels, Sustainable Resource Management, and Water and Waste Water Technologies, among others. He leads the Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing Initiative in the graduate program at NCA&TSU, and is an Adjunct Professor in Appropriate Technology at a number of universities and community colleges. Dr. Martin holds a Post Doctorate in Agricultural Environmental Technology at West Virginia University, an M.A. in Technology Education at West Virginia University, and a B.A. in Biology and Secondary Science Education at Warren Wilson College. Dr. Martin is the Vice Chair & Reviewer of the Transportation and Renewable Fuels Division of the American Solar Energy Society, and was a Board candidate in 2004. He is the former Director of the South Carolina Environmental Training Center, and was Program Coordinator of the West Virginia Economic Regeneration Program. He has also done USAID contract work for the Eastern European Environmental Center, and has worked as a consultant for alternative, green building systems. Jack Martin is the founder of the Rural Recycling Institute, Morgantown, W.V., and is the founder and Coordinator of the Triad Electric Vehicle Association (TEVA). Among his work involving environmentally sustainable energy, Dr. Martin has worked with the returned Peace Corps Volunteers service in the development of biogas and ethanol-powered vehicles; presently, he is in collaboration with T.S. Designs, a company that is part of a co-op that has been producing local biodiesel since 2003. For his contributions to the project, he was recognized as a Sustainability Fellow by T.S. Designs. Jack Martin is also a keen supporter and advocate of solar energy, having helped organize and take part as an official in the Tour de Sol, EVChallenge, Solar Bike Rayce, SunRayce, American Solar Challenge, World Solar Challenge, and the Solar Decathlon. He served as judge in the NC Sustainable Building Competition and has been involved with the EPA P3 (People, Planet, Prosperity) competitions. He also participated in the Energizing Schools Conference, the Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference, and numerous technology and science fairs. He is the 2008 Grand Champion of the 21st Centuy Automotive Challenge for his feat of achieving a fuel mileage rating of 124.4 MPG in a stock hybrid Honda Insight.


Charles E. Allen III Tulane University; Lower 9th Ward Sustainability Center

PANELIST Charles Allen is the Associate Director at the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research (CBR) and helps direct the CBR’s Sustainable Urban Ecosystem Initiative (UrbanEco). The CBR studies the dynamic interface between built and natural environments, and is assisting the Holy Cross/Lower 9th Ward Community of New Orleans chart a path toward an energy efficient and sustainable recovery. Allen is a graduate of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where he received his Master’s of Science in Public Health in 1998. Allen serves as President of the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association (HCNA) and represents the Holy Cross Historic District as a member of the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission. He is co-chair of a partnership and the REACH-NOLA project, and is a board member of the Louisiana Clean Tech Network. Allen also serves as a board member for the Foundation for Science and Math Education, the Lower 9th Ward Stakeholders Coalition, and the Lower 9th Ward Education Advisory Group. He has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to offer a community perspective on the post-Katrina recovery efforts of New Orleans.

John Atkeison Renewable Energy Consultant & Climate Activist

PANELIST John Atkeison is a broker and consultant in renewable energy. He is also a campaigner, publicist, and lobbyist in the energy policy arena. His primary focus is on global warming and the climate changes that occur as a result. John has worked professionally as a campaign manager at the congressional level, a publisher, and an information technology consultant. He has served as a television producer for the television news magazine GreenViews and producer for the troupe Climate Action Theatre, both of which he initiated. He has also served as a speaker for community education and organizing efforts, a union negotiator, and has been a candidate for public office. John returned to the Gulf Coast from Washington DC, Los Angeles and Philadelphia to serve for two years as Director of Climate and Clean Energy Programs at the Alliance for Affordable Energy.

Len Bahr

MODERATOR Len Bahr is the founding editor of His educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Maryland, a Master of Science in biology and ecology from the University of Richmond, and a doctorate in Zoology and Coastal Ecology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Bahr has previously served as Coastal Advisor to Governor Bobby Jindal in 2008. He was the director of the Governer’s Applied Coastal Science Program in 2004 - 2007 and acted as executive assistant to the Governor for the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities from 1993 - 2003. In addition to his


BIOGRAPHIES work for the Governor, Dr. Bahr has also been an adjunct professor at the Environmental Studies Institute before becoming an associate instructor at the Louisiana State University. Dr. Bahr is the recipient of several awards, such as the Louisiana Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation in 2008, and Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s professional Coastal Stewardship Award in 1997.

Don Blancher Sustainable Ecosystem Restoration LLC PANELIST Dr. Don Blancher is a native of New Orleans, and is CEO of Sustainable Ecosystem Restoration, LLC. located in Mobile, Alabama. He is a nationally recognized expert on estuarine ecology, habitat assessment and biological impacts of discharges to ecosystems. For the last few years he has been evaluating coastal wetland systems using Emergy Analysis and has been analysing and planning for the implementation of sustainable low-impact infrastructure in Gulf Coast urban areas. Dr. Blancher received his bachelor’s in Biology from University of New Orleans in 1972, his masters in Zoology and Physiology from LSU in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida in 1979. Dr. Blancher has authored over 50 technical reports and papers and numerous presentations at national and international meetings. He was formerly Chairperson of Ecology and Aquatic Resources Committee of the Water Environment Federation, is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Environmental Toxicology Program at the University of South Alabama, and Chair of GoundworkNOLA’s Technical Advisory Committee.

Richard Campanella Tulane University

PANELIST Geographer Richard Campanella of Tulane University maps and analyzes the historical and present-day geography of the New Orleans region. He is the author of four books, including Bienville’s Dilemma and Geographies of New Orleans, as well as book chapters and articles in the journals of American History, Architectural Education, Technology in Society, Geochemistry and Health, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and others. Campanella has won multiple Book of the Year awards from organizations such as the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities, and critical praise from the Journal of Southern History, Journal of Urban History, Places Journal, New Orleans Times-Picayune, and Bloomsbury Review. His work has been cited in The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report, and featured on NPR All Things Considered, CBS Evening News, CNN, BBC, and elsewhere.

Craig Colten Department of Geography and Anthropology, LSU PANELIST Dr. Craig E. Colten is an academic author and is the Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography at Louisiana


State University. His publications concern the American South and its relation to ecological and sociological issues. His published works include The American Environment; The Road to Love Canal; Transforming New Orleans and Its Environs; and Geography of Louisiana. His book An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature, published in 2005, won the J.B. Jackson Award presented by the Association of American Geographers. Dr. Colten attained his M.A. in Geography at Louisiana State University and Ph.D. in Geography at Syracuse University. He was engaged in research with the Illinois State Museum in the Hazardous Waste Research and Information Center on historical hazards, and was Senior Project Manager in PHR Environmental Consultants. After returning to academe in 1996, Dr. Colten has taught at Southwest Texas State University and at Louisiana State University as a professor. Dr. Colten is an editor of the Geographical Review.

William L. Coulbourne Applied Technology Council

PANELIST Mr. Coulbourne is a national expert in wind and flood mitigation and has been involved in FEMA Mitigation Assessment Teams for over 13 years. He is an experienced engineer and manager. His expertise includes building design, risk and vulnerability assessment, methods, materials, and building codes. He has been involved in every major hurricane and flood disaster since 1995 and has investigated failures and mitigation design techniques for thousands of buildings. He holds Certifications in Structural Engineering and Building Inspection Engineering. Mr. Coulbourne has written articles for journals, given presentations on high wind and flood design and coastal construction issues and teaches courses on flood design and coastal construction practices. Mr. Coulbourne is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers standards committees for ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, and ASCE 24 Flood Resistant Design and Construction. He teaches courses on building design and disaster engineering in the University of Delaware’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He was one of the primary authors for FEMA’s Coastal Construction Manual and for FEMA 320, Taking Shelter From the Storm.

Brenda Dardar Robichaux United Houma Nation

PANELIST Brenda Dardar-Robichaux originates from Golden Meadow, Louisiana and is of Houma descent. She began working for Title VII Indian Education of the Lafourche Parish School Board where she served as Director/Cultural Resource Specialist. Afterwards, she began serving on the Tribal Council of the United Houma Nation before she was elected Chairwoman of the Houma Nation. In 2002, she attained the Principal Chief position of the Houma Nation. Dardar-Robichaux’s devotion to her people led her to start the United Houma Nation Relief Fund, following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which is helping thousands of tribal members return home and rebuild. She is an officer and member of numerous boards and


BIOGRAPHIES organizations representing her Nation. Being the recipient of the French Government’s medal made her the first Houma Medal Chief of the Nation in over 200 years. The Times Picayune has named DardarRobichaux among New Orleans’ 10 Heroes of the Storm. She received the 2007 Gulf Coast Recovery and Rebuilding Community Empowerment Award by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the 2006 United Houma Nation Leadership Award. Brenda was recognized at the Ms. Foundation for Women, 20th Annual Gloria Awards in May 2008 where she received the Woman of Vision Award.

Mark Davis Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy

PANELIST Mark Davis joined the Tulane University Law School as a Senior Research Fellow and is the founding Director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy in January 2007. For the past fourteen years he served as executive director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana where he helped shape programs and policies at the state and federal level to improve the stewardship of the wetlands and waters of coastal Louisiana, one of the world’s greatest coastal and estuarine resources. He has practiced law in Indianapolis, the District of Columbia, and Chicago and has taught at the Indiana University (Indianapolis) School of Business and the IIT-Chicago Kent School of Law in Chicago. Davis has lectured widely on the topic of water resource management and stewardship and has testified numerous times before Congress on the need for a focused and effective commitment to the viability of coastal Louisiana and other vital natural treasures.

Tim Duggan Make It Right Foundation PANELIST Tim Duggan, ASLA, is a Landscape Architect currently developing the Sustainable Landscapes program for the Make it Right Foundation based in New Orleans. His professional career began in the midwest with BNIM Architects where he collaborated on a wide range of projects; from complex community planning initiatives to green urban designs. Duggan has served as a guest critic and lecturer on sustainable site solutions at Kansas State University, the University of Missouri, Kansas City, as well as Community and Civic organizations in Kansas City and New Orleans. His Landscape Architecture interests are focused on natural systems based stormwater management techniques, landscape restoration and reclamation projects and various international urban design studies.


Jay D. Edwards Kniffen Cultural Resources Lab, Dept. Geography & Anthropology, LSU

PANELIST Professor Jay D. Edwards is a professor of Anthropology at Louisiana State University. He teaches several topics including cultural anthropology, vernacular architecture, and conducts seminars on Creolization, New Orleans, and Culture Theory. He specializes in the cultural history of the Atlantic World, and has conducted several years of field work in Creolized cultures. Professor Edwards is the editor of Plantations by the River, which won the 2003 LEH Best Book in the Humanities award. He is also the co-author of Old South Baton Rouge–The Roots of Hope (2009). His recent articles include: “Shotgun – The Most Contested House in America,” and “Creole Architecture: A Comparative Analysis of Upper and Lower Louisiana and Saint-Domingue.” His awards include the 2003 Preservationist of the Year award by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the 2008 Order of the Palmetto award for his studies of French Culture by the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana. His course in Vernacular Architecture conducted background surveys and historical research for the Post-Katrina Louisiana Speaks Pattern Book, which were distributed at no cost to rebuilding residents of Louisiana.

Elizabeth C. English Buoyant Foundation Project; University of Waterloo, Canada

PANELIST, WORKSHOP ORGANIZER Dr. Elizabeth English is currently Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. She was formerly Associate Professor - Research at the LSU Hurricane Center and has held Assistant or Visiting Professorships at Tulane University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan and Rhode Island School of Design. She holds an AB in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University, an MS in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MS and PhD in Architectural Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of research include the study of wind loads on tall buildings, the aerodynamics of wind-borne debris and strategies to mitigate hurricane damage to buildings. She is the Founder and Director of the Buoyant Foundation Project, which seeks to retrofit existing shotgun houses in flood-prone areas with amphibious foundations. When not teaching in Canada she resides in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, where she continues her research on hurricane damage mitigation with particular application to post-Katrina New Orleans.

Yarrow Etheredge Groundwork New Orleans

PANELIST Yarrow Etheredge is the president of and a member of the board of directors of Groundwork New Orleans. She is a graduate of Tulane Law School, with a certification of specialty in Environmental Law. She worked as a plaintiff-side environmental attorney with Waltzer and Associates before joining New Orleans’ Mayor Ray Nagin’s first administration as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Affairs.


BIOGRAPHIES She continued her career as Director of Public and Legal Affairs for Toxicological and Environmental Associates, an environmental consulting firm, and as a visiting adjunct professor of Environment and Development at Tulane University’s Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer. She currently teaches at Tulane University, is a Senior Staff Analyst in Transmission Compliance at Entergy Services Inc., and serves as the Vice President and a founder of the Louisiana Brownfields Association.

J.O. Evans III FutureProof LLC; Groundwork New Orleans

PANELIST J.O. Evans III is an interdisciplinary designer and artist with a background in ecology, composition and sculpture. He creates large scale ecological installation art, some of which has been featured in New Orleans at the Contemporary Arts Center. Evans is a Partner and Director of FutureProof, an organization dedicated to the sustainable rebuilding of New Orleans. As a LEED AP and permaculturalist, he acts as a sustainable development consultant, designer, project manager and studio director. Evans has served as designer or LEED consultant on many projects, including LEED schools and university projects, LEED and SPiRit military facilities, LEED housing, and sustainable neighborhood developments. Evans serves as the Vice President of Groundwork New Orleans, a regional branch of Groundwork USA. He serves on the Horizon Initiative’s Ecological Systems and Infrastructure Subcommittee, and has served as a volunteer expert for the AIA’s Center for Communities by Design, Sustainable Design Assessment Teams. He lectures on sustainable and regenerative strategy, green building, and teaches LEED preparatory seminars for the USGBC and the AIA.

Andy Ferrell National Center for Preservation Technology & Training

PANELIST Andy Ferrell is the Chief of the Architecture and Engineering Program at the National Center for Preservation of Technology and Training, within the National Park Service. He coordinates the Center’s national research and training initiative for architects and engineers, working towards the advancement of science and technology to historic preservation. His research interests focus on disaster preparedness and response, trades training and sustainable preservation. Prior to joining NCPTT in 1999, Ferrell worked as a cultural resource management specialist and environmental resources technician at Gulf Engineers and Consultants and taught in the Cultural Resource Management Program at Southeastern Louisiana University. Andy Ferrell is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds degrees in International Relations from Boston University-Brussels and in Architecture/Historic Preservation from Louisiana State University.


Carol Friedland LSU

PANELIST Dr. Carol Friedland is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Construction Management and Industrial Engineering at Louisiana State University. Her research interests include: combined wind and flood loading, hurricane damage assessments, wind engineering, structural engineering, residential construction, sustainable and hazard resistant building systems, vulnerability modeling, GIS, and applications of remote sensing for damage detection. A registered professional engineer since 2003, she is a member of the ASCE/SEI-7 Standard for Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures Flood Subcommittee and the ASCE/SEI-24 Standard for Flood Resistant Design and Construction Committee. Dr. Friedland received her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1998, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2006 and 2009, respectively.

Beth Galante Global Green MODERATOR Beth Galante is responsible for the operation of Global Green’s New Orleans Resource Center & Office, supervision of the Holy Cross Project, and rebuilding initiatives including green affordable homes, schools, and neighborhoods. Beth was formerly an Assistant D.A. in New Orleans, handling predominantly homicides, sex offenses and public corruption cases. She taught at Tulane Law School, as the former Deputy Director of the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, which was the first recipient of the American Bar Association’s Distinguished Environmental Achievement Award and the National Law Journal’s Runner Up Lawyer of the Year during her tenure, for its groundbreaking work in the field of Environmental Justice. She is also a former legal representative of the New Jersey Attorney General and the Quapaw Indian Nation regarding damages to their natural resources. Beth has a Masters of Environmental & Energy Law and J.D. from Tulane Law School. She is currently an Aspen Institute Fellow in its Henry Crown leadership program.

Garret Graves Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana

PANELIST Garret Graves serves as Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities. He coordinates the efforts and activities of all state agencies related to work in coastal Louisiana, including hurricane protection, coastal restoration, fisheries, maritime, energy, environmental policies, and many other areas. He also serves as Chair of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). The CPRA, established after Hurricane Katrina, oversees efforts to implement the state’s Master Plan for the restoration and protection of coastal Louisiana. Prior to joining Governor Jindal’s team, Garret worked in Congress for nearly 13 years. During this time, he advised Members of Congress on energy, environment, water resources, transportation, maritime, defense, trade, foreign affairs, and budget issues. Most


BIOGRAPHIES recently, he was staff director of the U.S. Senate subcommittee on Climate Change and Impacts. Following Hurricane Katrina, Garret was tapped to work on recovery issues – including the repairs and improvements to the New Orleans area hurricane protection system.

Ivor van Heerden LSU Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes

PANELIST Dr. Ivor van Heerden holds a doctorate degree in Marine Sciences and was the deputy director of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Hurricane Center. He is the director of the Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes. He was also an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at LSU. His research is focused on the Atchafalaya River Delta; other areas of his research include disaster preparation and response, coastal geomorphology, environmental management, and habitat restoration. For the last decade he has been one of the most persistent voices warning of the inevitable effects of a major hurricane on the Louisiana coast. He was one of several hundred participants at the Hurricane Pam exercise in July 2004. Dr. van Heerden is also a widely-cited expert on the levee failures after Hurricane Katrina, and is the author of The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina.

Michael D. Hunnicutt FEMA

PANELIST Michael D. Hunnicutt graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture from the College of Design, and from the University of New Orleans with a Masters Degree in Planning from the College of Urban and Public Affairs. He is a landscape architect, contractor and inspector in Louisiana, and is a certified floodplain manager with the Association of State Floodplain Managers. In 1996, Michael Hunnicutt was appointed director of the Department of Community Development for St. Bernard Parish Government, Louisiana. Michael is currently the Deputy Section Chief for Hazard Mitigation NFIP/Compliance, working for the Department of Homeland Security under the Federal Emergency Management Agency. His duties are overseeing the National Flood Insurance Program, compliance of local communities with FEMA floodplain management regulations, map modernization projects, and community education and outreach. He is a member of several regional and state organizations such as the Planning Directors Council, Southeast Hurricane Task Force, 911 Communications District, Louisiana Chapter American Planning Association, Emergency Planning Council, Building Officials Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Floodplain Managers Association.

Lisa Miles Jackson Innovative Green Solutions


PANELIST, WORKSHOP ORGANIZER Lisa Miles Jackson is the President and one of the original founders of Innovative Green Solutions focused on bringing sustainable and resilient solutions to the Public Sector. She has 20 years experience in

business development and sales to the Federal, State & Local and Commercial marketplace and represents environmentally safe infrastructure products. She recently brought the team together to build the world’s first railroad bridge from 100% recycled plastic materials and is working with NOLA non-profits to utilize leading edge solutions in green construction.

Bas Jonkman Delft University; Royal Haskoning, Netherlands

PANELIST Dr. ir. Bas Jonkman is an advisor and specialist in the field of flood risk management. After the flooding of New Orleans in 2005, he was involved in advisory and research activities following the outcome of Hurricane Katrina., He has worked with independent consultancy firm Royal Haskoning on projects in the Netherlands and other regions, including New Orleans, Vietnam, Cambodia and Romania, where he acted as a specialist and advisor in flood risk management and an organiser of workshops in this field. During the last several years he has been actively involved in major policy developments in flood risk management in the Netherlands, such preparation in advising the Delta Committee. Currently, he is working for as a policy advisor for the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management (DG Water) for the development of new safety standards in the Netherlands. Bas Jonkman is also an assistant professor in Risk Management and Probabilistic Design at Delft University in the Department of Hydraulic Engineering within the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.

G. Paul Kemp National Audubon Society

PANELIST Dr. G. Paul Kemp is Vice President of Audubon, Louisiana Coastal Initiative. Audubon aims to protect the Mississippi River Watershed and stem the rapid loss of coastal wetlands in Louisiana. Dr. Kemp has an extensive background in coastal restoration and policy and water treatment. From 1994 to 2007, he was an associate research professor at the Louisiana State University’s Center for Coastal, Energy and Environmental Resources. Dr. Kemp has served as a member of the National Research Council Marine Board Committee on Marine Pipeline Safety. He was the first Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, a broad-based non-profit organization dedicated to returning Louisiana’s Mississippi River delta area to environmental and economic sustainability. Among other activities, Dr. Kemp has worked with the Louisiana Governor’s Office to help shape coastal restoration policy, and served as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fellow on the staff of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. Dr. G. Paul Kemp holds a Doctorate in Marine Sciences from Louisiana State University.

Barrett Kennedy LSU School of Architecture

PANELIST Professor Dr. Barrett Kennedy is a Professor at the LSU School of Architecture with expertise in historic


BIOGRAPHIES preservation and emerging information technologies. He holds a B.A. at Tulane University, and an M. Arch and Ph.D. at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His work at LSU includes the establishment of the Office of Community Preservation, promoting heritage conservation, documentation of Louisiana’s historic architecture, and research. He was a founder and co-director of the LSU/GIS Clearinghouse Cooperative, which won the Association of American Geographers’ Meredith Burrill National Award for community service following Hurricanes Katrina+Rita. While at LSU, Dr. Kennedy has been involved in over $3 million of sponsored research projects and has published and presented his research in a variety of national venues. He was recognized in 2009 as an LSU Rainmaker, a designation of the university’s top researchers.

Timothy P. Kerner Mayor, Town of Jean Lafitte PANELIST Timothy Kerner has been the Mayor of the Town of Jean Lafitte and a reserve Police Officer for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office for the last twenty years. He is a member of the Louisiana Shrimper’s Association and the Lafitte/Barataria/Crown Point Volunteer Fire Department. Timothy Kerner completed the Jefferson Parish Police Academy in 1990 and was awarded a Fellowship at Louisiana State University Academy of Politics in 2002. He has served on a number of corporate boards including JEDCO Energy Services and Solutions, PACE, and the Parish Presidents Committee of Flood Control and Restoration. He is a commissioner of the West Jefferson Hospital Board, Chairman of Louisiana Municipal Association, Chairman of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Board, President of the Lafitte Area Independent Levee District and Former Vice-Chairman of the West Jefferson Levee Board.

Richard L. Krajeski Natural Hazard Mitigation Association; Bayou Blue Presbyterian Church

PANELIST Rev. Richard Krajeski has served the Presbyterian Church and the ecumenical community as an ordained pastor for over 40 years and the disaster response community for 30 years. He has extensive experience in clinical psychology, organizational and community organizing and development, spiritual development, and Volunteer Management. Rev. Krajeski is a founding member of the international Gender and Disaster Network and is founding member and board member of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association. He has done policy and program analysis with UNO-CHART, NOAA’s Resiliency Index Development Program and on an evaluation of the Stafford Act and FEMA’s response to Hurricane Katrina. He has also done policy and program analysis and development for FEMA’s Family and Community Protection Program, FEMA’s Mitigation Directorate, and Higher Education Division, Church World Service Disaster Response and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Rev. Krajeski was awarded the Disaster Response Meritorious Service Award by CWS in 1999 for “his outstanding work and advocacy with marginalized people and for being the conscience of CWS disaster response.”


Shirley Laska UNO-CHART

PANELIST Prof. Dr. Shirley Laska is a professor at the University of New Orleans in the Department of Sociology. She is the past president of the Southern Sociological Society and the SWS-S and is the recipient of the 2000 ASA Environment and Technology Section achievement award. Laska’s area of expertise is environmental sociology. She is the director of the Center for Hazards, Assessment, Response and Technology (CHART). Faculty researchers and graduate students affiliated with the Center are conducting applied research on ways in which communities nationally have recovered from disasters, both natural and technological. The goal is to identify successful ways to recovery that have contributed to the social, economic and environmental sustainability of the communities and then to work with disaster-impacted Louisiana communities to improve their recovery processes. As part of her work at CHART, Professor Laska is working in Louisiana to understand risk, increase safety, and facilitate recovery from this fall’s catastrophic events.

John Lopez Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

PANELIST Dr. John Lopez is a coastal scientist who has been LPBF’s Director of the Coastal Sustainability Program for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation since June 2005. He has multi-disciplinary training in Geology, Engineering, and Biological Sciences and has handled project assignments for CWPPRA while working for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Lopez developed the Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy which integrates flood protection and coastal restoration. He has chaired the Lake Pontchartrain Artificial Reef Working Group that has constructed nine reefs in Lake Pontchartrain from 2000 to 2009; the artificial reefs have been shown to increase fish population and biodiversity in the lake. Dr. Lopez received the Conservationist of the Year Award in 2008 from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the Coastal Zone 05 Conference Award from NOAA.

Darryl E. Malek-Wiley Sierra Club

PANELIST Darryl Malek-Wiley is the Regional Representative and Environmental-Justice Organizer of the Sierra Club, the largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. He was the Chair of the New Orleans Group Sierra Club from 200 to 2004, and was a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Communications at Loyola University in 1999. He was a member of the Sierra Club Ethnic Diversity Task Force, and was formerly President of the Mississippi River Basin Alliance. Mr. Malek-Wiley has presented findings and testified in government assemblies in Louisiana, the Netherlands, and West Germany on the subject of environmental pollution. His most recent award was the Certificate of Recognition from the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development in 2009, for his work on Bayou Bievenue. Since Hurricane Katrina, his work has focused on the sustainable recovery of the Lower 9th Ward, working with


BIOGRAPHIES the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association and the Lower 9th Ward CSED and stopping illegal dumping in New Orleans East in support of the MQVN Community Development Corporation.

Wm. Raymond Manning Manning Architects

PANELIST Ray Manning is President and CEO of Manning Architects. He oversees all aspects of the firm’s management, business development, finances, and performance of professional services. Mr. Manning has more than 30 years of professional experience in the design and construction of civic, residential, commercial, health care, recreational, industrial, and transportation facilities for an array of public and private sector clients. Prior to establishing a private practice, Mr. Manning was a project architect with respected architectural firms in Louisiana and Michigan, and was a staff architect and urban designer for the City of New Orleans, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration. Ray Manning played a central role in drafting the initiative rebuilding plan for New Orleans, and has spoken to news networks such as CNN on the blueprint for the rebuilding of New Orleans.

Petra Marar FutureProof LLC; Groundwork New Orleans

WORKSHOP ORGANIZER Petra Marar moved to New Orleans in 2009 as a participant in the Bard Urban Studies Initiative. She works at FutureProof performing carbon footprinting and developing an education program and at Groundwork New Orleans developing the Green Team—youth working with their local environment and community. In May 2009, Petra graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA, concentrating in Design Studies and French Language & Literature, and has studied in Paris and at Cornell University. She is passionate about human beings for their capacity as a species to think, communicate and create. The way a human being carries out these actions defines and is defined by the positioning of the human body in its social and spatial environments—this is at the center of her inspiration and curiosity. She has studied and now pursues many fields (architecture, landscape architecture, planning, sculpture, scenic design, sociology, literature, writing and dance) with the hopes of creating public situations that improve interactions between people and with the environment.

Billy Marchal Flood Protection Alliance


PANELIST Mr. Billy Marchal is Executive Director of the Flood Protection Alliance, a group of civic, business, and environmental leaders working behind the scenes to insure timely, robust flood protection for the metropolitan New Orleans area by coordinating, facilitating, and sometimes instigating. The FPA has also spearheaded efforts to establish a “levee school” for levee district board appointees and other interested citizens. Mr. Marchal was appointed to Governor-elect Jindal’s Transition Advisory Committee for

Flood Protection and Coastal Preservation. He also worked full time on the Drainage and Flood Control Subcommittee of Mayor Nagin’s Bring New Orleans Back Commission (BNOBC). Drawing on the success of the BNOBC planning, Mr. Marchal organized the Southeastern Louisiana Recovery Committee. He holds degrees in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Masters of Business Administration from Tulane University. Mr. Marchal sits on the Executive Committee of the Horizon Initiative, and chairs the Infrastructure Committee.

Norma Jean Mattei UNO MODERATOR Norma Jean Mattei is Chair and Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Orleans. She also serves as a Region 5 Director on the national Board of Direction for ASCE and is on the Executive Committee of the ASCE New Orleans’ Branch SEI/Structures Committee. She has served on the American Society of Civil Engineers’s Committee on Diversity and Women in Civil Engineering and the Committee on Licensure and Ethics. She has served as a primary resource to ASCE’s Communications Department on a number of media relations activities including an interview with the National Public Radio, Morning Edition, on post-Hurricane Katrina conditions. Recently she was the spokeswoman for “Raised Floor Living”, a commercial that aired in the metro New Orleans market promoting the elevation of residential structures above the flood plain. She was named by the Governor of Louisiana to Louisiana’s licensing board for professional engineers, LAPELS. Her research areas of interest include experimental testing of large parts, residual stress measurement, materials testing, engineering ethics, and mitigation of repetitively flooded structures in southeast Louisiana.

Mack McClendon Lower 9th Ward Village

PANELIST Mack McClendon lived in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans for most of this life. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, McClendon took on the mission of helping the people of the community he grew up in. He had owned a warehouse that he used to store antique cars and furniture; he decided to use it to respond to the needs of the elderly and youth in the Lower Ninth Ward, and lend shelter to victims of the hurricane. Since November 2007, the warehouse has taken on the importance of a community centre, and many residents have come to know it as a home. McClendon has worked tirelessly for the last two years on behalf of his friends, family and neighbours to coordinate volunteer efforts, raise money and help bring people back to the community. His dream is to restore life to the Lower Ninth, one person at a time.


BIOGRAPHIES Douglas Meffert Tulane University; Meffert + Etheridge, LLC

PANELIST Dr. Douglas Meffert is a graduate of the University of California with a doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering. He holds the Eugenie Schwartz Professorship in River & Coastal Studies at the Tulane/ Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research (CBR) and at the Tulane Payson Center for International Development. He received a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and is a research fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Meffert is co-principal of Meffert + Etheridge, LLC (M + E), an environmental planning and design consultancy based in New Orleans, Louisiana. M + E that offers expertise in ecological sciences, design and planning, and environmental engineering to projects that range in scale from residential to regional, in urban, rural, and natural contexts. M + E provides technical and logistical support to urban planners, urban designers, landscape architects, architects, municipalities, natural resource managers and others so that they can make informed decisions in the context of complex natural and cultural landscapes.

Amanda Ransone Moore National Wildlife Federation

PANELIST Amanda Ransone Moore is the Coastal Louisiana Organizer for the National Wildlife Federation. Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, the National Wildlife Federation has been advocating for a comprehensive restoration agenda in Louisiana since 2002. It has engaged various members of Congress, advocated for legislation—including federal funding after Hurricane Katrina—and conducted local and national outreach. One of Amanda Moore’s primary tasks is to coordinate the MRGO Must Go Coalition, a group of 17 environmental, community, and social justice organizations working to restore the degraded wetland ecosystem along the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. Prior to joining National Wildlife Federation, Amanda worked for the Sierra Club as a Florida Coastal Organizer and as a planner with an environmental engineering firm. Amanda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of South Florida.

Earthea Nance UNO-CHART

PANELIST Earthea Nance is an assistant professor of environmental planning and hazard mitigation at the University of New Orleans and is a member of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board. Her research program focuses on environmental hazards, urban infrastructure, and community participation in vulnerable settings such as developing countries, post-disaster and high hazard areas, and chronically underserved neighborhoods. Originally from San Francisco, Earthea first came to New Orleans as a Hurricane Katrina volunteer where she founded and directed the non-profit People’s Environmental Center. She subsequently joined the city’s recovery office as a Ford Foundation loaned-executive, and served as the director of infrastructure


and environmental planning and as the director of disaster mitigation planning. During her three-year tenure she raised and managed over $59 million in recovery-related grants for New Orleans. Earthea has a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California at Davis. She is a licensed professional engineer and a certified floodplain manager. Earthea’s forthcoming book is a case study of innovative participatory development practices in Brazil’s urban sanitation sector.

Father Vien Nguyen Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church

PANELIST Father Nguyen The Vien is the pastor of Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church (MQVN). In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Fr. Vien was a leading force in the regrouping and recovery of the New Orleans East (NOE) community. He resumed services at the Church soon after the storm, encouraging the return of evacuated parishioners. In early November 2005, he collected over 500 signatures from returning residents in a petition drive and successfully negotiated with utility companies to restore electricity and water to the community. Fr. Vien worked with National CAPACD and the National Association of Vietnamese American Service Agencies to establish the Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation to ensure long-term housing and homeownership. Due in part to his efforts, 90 percent of the residents displaced by Katrina had returned within two years—twice the return rate of other communities in New Orleans. Fr. Vien is the winner of the 2007 Public Policy HOPE award for his role in the restructuring of the NOE community.

Jean Marie Peacock Project Homecoming

PANELIST Rev. Jean Marie Peacock is the Associate Presbyter for Congregational Development and Disaster Recovery for the Presbytery of South Louisiana, Presbyterian Church. In this capacity, she serves as the Executive Director of Project Homecoming, the presbytery’s rebuilding program in greater New Orleans. Jean Marie has a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) in planning, administration and community practice from Arizona State University and a Master’s of Divinity (MDiv) from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has over 20 years experience in program administration and community development. She has served as Program Coordinator for the Center for Educational Exchange, SUNY, Cortland; Director of the Tucson Ecumenical Council Legal Assistance (TECLA), Tucson, AZ; and Community Coordinator for the Educational and Community Change Program of the College of Education, University of Arizona. From 2004-2006, she served as the Vice Moderator of the 216th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, traveling and speaking on behalf of the denomination nationally and internationally. She has pastored congregations in Louisville, KY and New Orleans.



MODERATOR Kristina J. Peterson acts as a research assistant for the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response & Technology, in conjunction with completing a doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of New Orleans. She is also a pastor at the Bayou Blue Presbyterian Church in Louisiana and a member of the international steering committee for the Gender and Disaster Network. Ms. Peterson holds a BA in Ethnic Studies, an MDiv in History and Ethnic studies, and an STM in Ethics. She has previously acted as executive director of the Interfaith Consortium, before becoming an interim associate with Synod Executive for Racial and Community Justice for the Synod of the Trinity PC. Preceding her involvement with CHART-UNO, she served as a community disaster consultant with the Presbyterian Church. She also helped FEMA incorporate the non-profit and religious sector into their development of Project Impact (PI). She has taught classes on vulnerability reduction for marginalized communities at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute’s Family and Community Protection program. For the past five years, Peterson has worked intimately with traditional and indigenous coastal communities in Louisiana.

Rosina Philippe Grand Bayou Community

PANELIST Rosina Philipe is a lifetime resident of coastal Louisiana and an advocate for preservation of traditional cultural and heritage practices and is a grassroots activist. The focus of her work is on partnering with community leaders, along with faith-based and non-profit organizations to maintain the sustainability of rural communities and traditional family fishers. She is a guest lecturer on recognizing accountability and identifying contributing factors to issues such as fair trade marketing, racial injustice, economic instability, and coastal restoration/preservation. She has given talks in New York and California, and has made presentations for the University of South Carolina, Florida International University, University of New Orleans, and the University of Colorado. Rosina Philippe is the recipient of the 2009 LA Coastal Coalition‟s Award: Coastal Stewardship Award. In 2005, she, along with Grand Bayou’s 125 residents evacuated before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Although the community now has little to return to, Philippe and the citizens of Grand Bayou intend to one day go back.

Steve Picou LSU AgCenter

MODERATOR Steve Picou, a housing agent with the LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension Service, works to promote sustainable/green building of high performance, affordable homes and green economic development. In addition to promoting sustainability, he has a background in radio, television, special events and real estate. Mr. Picou is often a community activist on behalf of the environment, music, culture and public safety. He is the author of several blogs and websites highlighting issues regarding life in Louisiana. From


1992 to 2005, he served as Assistant Director of the Louisiana Music Commission, a state economic development agency. He is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and a Fellow of the Loyola University of New Orleans Institute of Politics. In 2005, his home was severely damaged by the flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina; thus, in his outreach efforts with the LSU AgCenter, he shares many personal rebuilding lessons learned.

Prithula Prosun LIFT House; University of Waterloo, Canada

PANELIST Prithula Prosun is the creator of the LIFT House concept, a design for a house for slum dwellers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that is capable of floating in rising water. Prosun founded the Lift organization to advance the research and implementation of amphibious architecture in flood prone areas. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and completed her Bachelor’s in Architecural Studies at the University of Waterloo, where she is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Architecture. The Lift concept is a result of her thesis research in amphibious architecture with her supervisor Dr. Elizabeth English. After developing the Lift design for Dhaka, Bangladesh, Prosun received a research and design award from IDRC (International Development Research Centre) in order to implement the pilot project: the LIFT house. The pilot project has been constructed and flotation tested, and was inaugurated by Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury at House Building Research Institute at Mirpur in Dhaka on January 26, 2010.

Christopher Pulaski National Wildlife Federation

PANELIST Christopher Pulaski, RLA received a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture degree from Louisiana State University in 1996, and is a licensed Landscape Architect in several states. He is the National Wildlife Federation’s Louisiana Coastal Organizer for the Barataria/Terrebonne area based in Houma, Louisiana. It is the place where he grew up; now recently, he has returned to participate in the ongoing restoration efforts. Mr. Pulaski is working to raise awareness of risk-management actions that are being taken to ensure the storm-resiliency, prosperity, and sustainability of coastal communities. Additional areas of his work include coastal restoration projects to build land from sediment in the Mississippi River and the mechanical placement of river sediment to rebuild ridges and lost marsh.

Jose Raynal Villasenor Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico

PANELIST Dr. Jose Raynal Villasenor is a professor and former Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico, where he holds a doctorate degree in Hydrology and Water Resources. He has been a member of Mexico’s Academy of Engineering since 1985 and was elected into Mexico’s Academy of Sciences in 2002.


BIOGRAPHIES Dr. Villasenor worked as Professor-in-Charge in the Water Resources Engineering Program at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico as well as in the Arid Zones Hydrology Program at the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua. He is also a professional hydrologist accredited by the American Institute of Hydrology, and has been an independent consultant since 1983. He has published four books and more than 160 published papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and papers in proceedings of national and international conferences.

Cynthia M. Sarthou Gulf Restoration Network

PANELIST Cynthia (Cyn) M. Sarthou is Executive Director of the Gulf Restoration Network (GRN), headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. The GRN is a diverse network of groups and individuals concerned about the long term health of the Gulf of Mexico and committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the resources of the Gulf Region. The GRN currently works to: (1) protect and restore Louisiana’s natural storm defenses; (2) protect water resources affecting the Gulf; (3) build resilient coastal communities facing the effects of global climate change (4) protect the Gulf’s threatened and endangered species; and (5) obtain sustainable management of federal fisheries. Cyn received her B.A. from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, her law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1983 and her Masters of Law in Law and Marine Affairs from the University of Washington in 1992. From 1992-1995 she was staff attorney for Heart of America Northwest in Seattle, Washington, a citizens group committed to quality of life issues in the Northwest. She has been with the GRN since 1995.

Nat Turner Our School at Blair Grocery

PANELIST Nat Turner is a former public high school teacher in NYC. He aims to reach out to the youth of New Orleans through educational programs on organic farming. In 2008, he founded the Our School at Blair Grocery, a school and community center that is ‘dedicated to the growth and development of young minds in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans.’ He began cultivating the land surrounding the former Blair Grocery, where he teaches his students about organic farming. Turner travelled repeatedly to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina through a program at the Beacon School of Excellence, where he was a contributor in the Lower Ninth Ward Urban Farming Coalition.

Jose Villalobos Enciso LSU; Universidad Autonoma de Chiapas, Mexico

PANELIST Jose Edgar Villalobos Enciso holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education from the Universidad Autonoma de Chiapas; in addition, he attained a Master of


Engineering and a Master of Science degree from the International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering (IHE), Delft, in the Netherlands. In 1983, he worked at the Laboratory of Experimental Hydraulics at the Federal Commission of Electricity in Chicoasen, Chiapas, where he designed, constructed and operated physical hydraulics models for hydroelectric projects. Later, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the International Boundary and Waters Commission between Mexico and Guatemala, and joined the Hydraulic and Sanitary Department of the Civil Engineering Faculty at the Universidad Autonoma de Chiapas. Since that time he has served as an instructor and lecturer, and has participated in international seminars, conferences cycles and symposia in various engineering and hydrology related subjects. In 2007, his doctoral research topic at the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department of LSU was honored as one of five promising ideas in the book “Innovative Solutions for the Delta.”

David Waggonner Waggonner & Ball Architects

PANELIST David Waggonner graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971, and in 1975 graduated from Yale University with a Master of Architecture. Employed previously by the Architect of the Capitol, Bechtel Corporation, and DMJM/Curtis & Davis, he has been principal in the present firm and its predecessor since 1981. He has taught architectural design at Tulane University and the University of Oregon and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Association for Preservation Technology, and the Society of Architectural Historians. Since 2006, Waggonner has organized, promoted, and published the Dutch Dialogues, a program of workshops that are the outgrowth of extended interactions between Dutch engineers, urban designers, landscape architects, city planners, and soils/hydrology experts and, primarily, their Louisiana counterparts. Dutch Dialogues II was held in New Orleans in October 2008, and the results were collaboratively published in a 66-page manual by the American Planning Association, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, and Waggonner and Ball.

Prisca Weems FutureProof LLC

PANELIST Prisca Weems is the founder and principal of FutureProof. She is a sustainable development consultant, designer and project manager, championing the use of advanced building and renewable energy technologies. As a LEED AP, she specializes in green building design and program development that minimize ecological impact. Weems has served on the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council, as an advisor to the Green Building Committee of the Home Builders Association of greater New Orleans, as the Chairperson of the Sustainability Committee for the American Institute of Architects New Orleans Chapter, and was on the Steering Committee for the City Council’s Energy Policy Working Group. Since Katrina, Weems has focused her efforts on the development of the infrastructure required in the City of New Orleans to allow cost effective and advanced building techniques to be applied at a large


BIOGRAPHIES scale. She has also consulted with a number of local companies who are trying to gear their operations to be more effective in producing sustainable products and services.

John C. Williams John C. Williams Architects MODERATOR John Williams is the Principal in Charge of John C. Williams Architects, based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Bachelor of Architecture and Master in Architecture from Tulane University. John Williams is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Governors Committee of Coastal Protection, the Board of Advisors for the Tulane School, and the Board of Longue Vue House & Gardens. He serves on the steering committee of the Neighborhood Planning Network, and was elected as the Neighborhood Planner for the Lower Ninth Ward with the Unified New Orleans Plan. Since Hurricane Katrina, Williams Architects has been closely involved in planning and rebuilding projects in the Lower Ninth Ward. As the Neighborhood Planning Team for the Unified New Orleans Plan, Williams Architects has partnered with neighborhood organizations to ensure ever-present resident participation in the recovery effort. The firm also acts as the Executive Architect and Architect of Record for both the Global Green Holy Cross Project and the Make it Right Project, aiming to improve residents’ access to safe, affordable, healthy, and sustainable housing.

Daniel R. Winkert John C. Williams Architects

PANELIST Daniel Winkert is a Project Architect and LEED Accredited Professional with John C. Williams Architects. He received his Bachelor’s of Architecture and Master of Architecture from Tulane University, and has practiced architecture and planning in New Orleans since 1992.With Williams Architects, Daniel acted as Project Architect for the Global Green Holy Cross Project and the Make it Right Project, and was LEED coordinator for the Second Line Stages Film Studio. Additionally, Winkert was Project Manager for the Holy Cross Campus Redevelopment Planning process and Project Manager for Williams Architects as Neighborhood Planner for the Unified New Orleans Plan. While working at the City Planning Commission of New Orleans, Daniel was the Project Manager for the Riverfront Vision 2005 planning process.


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Graphic Design Paul Dearinger Research, Communication & Graphic Design Frances Lai Steven Zhao

Rick Haldenby U of Waterloo Ginger Kelly G K Glass Works Shirley Laska UNO Gloria Nye LSU AgCenter Melissa Urcan AIA New Orleans Bernard Ussher FEMA Prisca Weems FutureProof LLC

Screenprinting The Community Printshop at Louisiana Artworks Venues Jennifer Dorsey Louisiana State Museum Deepa Woods Bourbon Orleans Hotel Website Don Blancher Gary Capone

Book Display and Sale Britton Trice Garden District Book Shop

Special Thanks to Organizers Lisa Jackson Petra Marar

Coffee donated by Baby’s Coffee of Breaux Bridge

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Gulf Restoration Network

Applied Technology Council

Groundwork New Orleans

Buoyant Foundation Project

Innovative Green Solutions

Center for Hazard Assessment, Response and Technology at UNO

Lake Pontrachain Basin Foundation

Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development

Our School at Blair Grocery

FutureProof, LLC

Sustainable Ecosystem Restoration, LLC

Global Green

Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy University of Waterloo School of Architecture

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