Louisiana's Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments: Supporting Community-Based Design, Engagement and Decision-Making through Multi-Sector Collaboration

Louisiana's Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments: Supporting Community-Based Design, Engagement and Decision-Making through Multi-Sector Collaboration

Organizer: 
Liz Williams Russell
Foundation for Louisiana
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 7
Session Type: 
Symposium
Abstract: 

With efforts beginning in 2016 and continuing to implementation to 2018 and beyond, Louisiana’s Office of Community Development (OCD) and Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) worked with local and regional partners to develop and implement an inclusive and equitable planning process to address the effects of land loss and increased flood risk to communities and economies. Prior to the launch of the program, FFL supported the creation and launch of a community-based leadership development program across Southeast Louisiana, enabling local leaders to connect their personal experiences of environmental change to broader, regional action. Graduates of that LEAD the Coast program would go on to play pivotal roles in the rollout of the program, through outreach, engagement, facilitation, organizing and advocacy. Throughout the LA SAFE (Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments) process, OCD and FFL co-hosted and co-managed 71 community meetings between March and December of 2017. FFL and OCD collaborated with public, private, philanthropic, NGO and community partners to ensure opportunities for those most impacted by environmental risks to be designers and key decision makers in the best ways to address them. As ten projects and programs selected by resident participants receive ~$47.5 million in public investment, regional partners and allies support efforts to ensure projects and programs to address the impacts of land loss and flood risk continue to expand, initial investments catalyze additional funding at multiple scales, and community power builds towards inclusive and equitable responses, policies and practices over time. Visit lasafe.la.gov to learn more.

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Presentations

Investing in Community to Build Power for Long Term Change
Liz Williams Russell, Foundation for Louisiana
Migration, Inequities and Potentials for Prosperity
Robert Habans, The Data Center
Race, Power, and Privilege: Climate Justice in Resettlement to Receiving Communities
Colette Pichon Battle, Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy
Organizing to Power: Local Leaders and Decision Making Tables
Donald Bogen, Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing
Designing for Change over Generations: The Role of Government in Regional Adaptation Planning
Mathew Sanders, Louisiana Office of Community Development
Governance for Climate Change Adaptation
Camille Manning-Broome, Center for Planning Excellence