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CCA Louisiana: A non-profit organization founded in 1983 dedicated to the conservation of Louisiana's marine resources. CCA Louisiana (then GCCA) has been instrumental in banning gill nets in state waters, establishing redfish as a gamefish and ensuring good stewardship of Louisiana's coastal resources.

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana: The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is a non-profit organization whose mission is to drive bold, science-based action to rebuild Coastal Louisiana through outreach, restoration and advocacy.

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA): Louisiana's hub for information on coastal restoration projects and programs. To jump directly to Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a sustainable coast, click here.

Coastal Resilience: A global network dedicated to protecting human and natural coastal communities.State of the Coast: Biennial conference bringing together experts around the issue of Louisiana coastal land loss.

Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act: The CWPPRA provides funding for Louisiana’s coastal restoration.

Greater New Orleans Foundation: Focuses significant resources on programs designed to respond to threats to our coastline.

Louisiana Coastal Erosion: Facts and figures regarding the economic impact of land loss.

Louisiana Coast Last Call: Archive for the 2013 WWNO radio series.

Louisiana Environmental Action Network: The Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) is a community based not-for-profit organization that has been working since 1986 to resolve the unique environmental struggles present in Louisiana.

Louisiana's Moon Shot: A follow up to "Losing Ground," this story focuses on efforts to restore what's been lost in the environment.

Losing Ground:Interactive map and timeline presenting stories about the issue of land loss in Coastal Louisiana.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation: Protects, restores, and promotes stewardship of coastal and marine habitat to support our nation's fisheries for future generations.

NOLA Environmental Basic Data Viewer: This map viewer is intended to serve as a common platform to view efforts being made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other Federal and state agencies in south Louisiana regarding the environmental compliance for proposed Federal and state Hurricane Protection Projects.

Restore the Mississippi River Delta: Campaign staff from the Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are working collaboratively to restore the Mississippi River Delta.

U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center: NWRC Scientists lead an effort to monitor Land Area Change in Coastal Louisiana using historical surveys, aerial data, and satellite data to track landscape changes.

The Water Institute of the Gulf: Independent research organization focusing on advancing the understanding of coastal, deltaic, river and water resource systems within the Gulf Coast and around the world.

Hazards and Disasters

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program: Prevents activities that threaten an estuary's public water supply; are harmful to shellfish, fish, and wildlife populations; and negatively impact recreational opportunities for estuary residents 

Building Resilient Regions: An article describing the Institute for Sustainable Communities' efforts to encourage resilience in a variety of communities using holistic techniques that allow participants to share their knowledge and resources, avoid duplication of efforts, and increase their ability to communicate regional needs to state and federal government in a unified voice.

Common Ground Relief: Programs are structured to help volunteers increase their ability to effect change in the future while providing solidarity and support for coastal communities.  

Community Resilience Resources by Disaster Type: Resources that can be filtered by hazard type to pinpoint risks and vulnerabilities as well as specific solutions that pertain to particular regions and/or disasters; courtesy of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Disaster Declarations for Louisiana: A catalog of major disaster declarations provided by FEMA.

GOMURC: Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative News pages report on activities, news items, and issues related to Gulf science and education.

Health, Safety, and Resilience for Disaster Responders: General health and safety guidelines and tips for encountering hazardous and emotionally gripping conditions.

Helping to Build a Nation of Resilient Communities: An article from the National Institute of Standards and Technology that serves as a guide to community resilience.

Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters: An ad hoc committee will conduct a study and issue a consensus report that integrates information from the natural, physical, technical, economic and social sciences to identify ways in which to increase national resilience to hazards and disasters in the United States.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF): Serving as the public's independent voice, LPBF is dedicated to restoring and preserving the water quality, coast, and habitats of the entire Pontchartrain Basin.

Louisiana Hazards: Guidelines to staying safe during natural and man-made disasters posted by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness.

Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference: Annual conference for Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and oil spill research.

Planning a More Resilient Future: This report summarizes the rapidly-growing body of research on resilience, describing the main ideas that are driving policy and practices across the country, and examining current thinking on regional and economic resilience.

Resiliency Resources: Books and pamphlets regarding hazard mitigation and recovery planning selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

U.S. Green Building Council: Supports resilient buildings that allow communities to be ready, not surprised.

Datasets and Mapping Tools

Atlas: The Louisiana Statewide GIS: Geospatial datasets of Louisiana. 

Climate Wizard: Displays the change in annual temperature by the 2080s. Supported by the Nature Conservancy.

Coastal Adaptation to Sea Level Rise Tool (COAST): Visualizations and data based on modeling potential coastal adaptation projects. 

The Data Center: Reports and data on environmental and social concerns in Southeast Louisiana (formerly the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center). 

ESRI Public Information Map: Continuously updated U.S. flooding information from the National Weather Service shows observed flooding locations and statistics, flood warning areas, as well as current precipitation. 

Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS): Data and resources on the U.S. portion of the Gulf of Mexico.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Gulf of Mexico Data: Maps and data related to the physical environment, marine resources, and economic activity in the Gulf of Mexico.

New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Sea Level Rise Map: See for yourself the devastating effects of rising sea levels with an adjustable map.

NOAA DigitalCoast: Mapping tools and data for U.S. Coasts. 

Open Sound New Orleans (OSNO): An interactive audio project created by independent producers Jacob Brancasi and Heather Booth. People are invited to create audio files, with coordinates for each recording, to create a sound map of New Orleans.

Sea, Lake, and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH): A computerized numerical model developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) to estimate storm surge heights resulting from historical, hypothetical, or predicted hurricanes by taking into account the atmospheric pressure, size, forward speed, and track data.

Surging Seas Risk Zone Map: A detailed map of disappearing coastlines with adjustable water levels.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory: Portal for data, mapping tools, and reports resulting from the decades-long National Wetlands Inventory.

Artist Residencies

Alliance of Artists Communities: The Alliance of Artists Communities is an international association of artists' residencies — a diverse field of more than 1,500 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work. 

A Studio in the Woods (ASITW): Located in a unique wooded setting within the city of New Orleans, A Studio in the Woods has an established record of pairing land preservation with intimate artist residencies centered on environmental challenges and connecting artists to the local community. 

Deltaworkers: Hosts and presents European artists from different disciplines in New Orleans.

The Distillery Artist Residency: A multi-disciplinary artist residency.

Joan Mitchell Foundation: Based in the culturally diverse and historic city of New Orleans, the Joan Mitchell Center’s mission is to support local, national, and international contemporary visual artists with artist residencies and resources.

New Quorum Artist Residency: Designed to immerse talented professional musicians and writers from across the world in the culture of New Orleans.

Arts and the Environment

Art for the Environment Initiatives: Launches new exhibits in various locations each year on World Environment Day to share the innovative creations of diverse artists. The art intends to encourage audiences to react to the work and act on those feelings, thus contributing to the betterment of the earth.

Artists and Climate Change: Contributions from the artistic community to the vexing problem of climate change. 

Cape Farewell: In 2001 the artist David Buckland created the Cape Farewell project to instigate a cultural response to the climate challenge. Cape Farewell is now an international not-for-profit program based at the University of Arts London: Chelsea, with a North American foundation based at the MaRS center in Toronto.

Cry You One: An outdoor performance and online storytelling platform from the heart of Louisiana's disappearing wetlands. Pioneered by the New Orleans based companies ArtSpot Productions and Mondo Bizarro, Cry You One celebrates the people and cultures of South Louisiana while turning clear eyes on the crisis of our vanishing coast.

Earth Art Bainbridge: A project created to explore how art inspires us to understand our impact on the natural world and encourage us to take action on climate change.

May New Orleans: May’s educational programing teaches critical thought through public discussions, publishing, exhibitions, and by actively engaging international resident-artists with the surrounding communities.

Sensing Change: Sensing Change, an initiative of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, invites us to explore and respond to daily shifts in our environment as well as long-term climate change.

Wetlands Art: Showcasing the joy and beauty of the wetlands of the world through the art and artists who celebrate it.

Environmental Education (Primary)

Environmental Education Activities & Resources: Lesson plans, activities, professional development, and more via the National Education Association.

Environment for Teachers: Lesson plans, games, and activities to raise awareness and knowledge about environmental issues.

Games, Quizzes and More: Learning and teaching about the environment provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

"Green" Activities & Classroom Resources: Supplement outdated science textbooks with our environmentally focused resources. These activities and guides will encourage your students to live a "greener" lifestyle, at home and at school.

Hydrology of the New Orleans Region: An interactive classroom activity by National Geographic explaining the complexities of natural resource management.

New Orleans Environmental Education Collaborative: A collective organization of various Environmental Education Organizations in the New Orleans area. N.O.E.E.C. is committed to furthering environmental education in the Greater New Orleans area through collaboration, partnership development, and collective endeavors.Years of Living Dangerously (YEARS): Climate smart educational resources and learning opportunities that correspond to the science and issues presented in the series.

Project Learning Tree: An award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.

Project WILD: One of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school.

Taking It to the Class: Green projects for the classroom to raise environmental awareness.

Teaching Responsible Earth Education (TREE): TREE's mission is to educate children and adults about the life science processes that govern our planet, to inspire them to appreciate the natural world, and to motivate them to protect it.

Environmental Education (Adults)

A Farmer's Guide to Agriculture and Water Quality Issues: An educational resource for agricultural producers and agricultural service professionals.

America's Wetland Conservation Corps: Engages hundreds of volunteers in hands-on coastal restoration and recovery activities, including vegetative planting, restorative interventions, community-wide clean-ups, and hands-on educational projects for members, volunteers and the communities they serve. 

Ecological Society of America: Promotes ecological science by improving communication among ecologists and raising the public’s level of awareness of the importance of ecological science.

The Environmental Literacy Council:An independent, non-profit made up of scientists, economists, and educators striving to connect teachers and students to science-based information on environmental issues.

Louisiana Green Corps:Provides environmental education and career building opportunities for people aspiring to improve their lives and our community.

National Association of Biology Teachers: Resources for public education on the environment and climate change.

National Marine Educators Association:A member-based organization of classroom teachers, informal educators, university professors, scientists, and more from around the world working together to advance the understanding and protection of our freshwater and marine ecosystems.

The Polar Learning and Responding Climate Change Education Partnership (POLAR CCEP): Seeks to inform public understanding of and response to climate change through the creation of novel educational approaches that utilize fascination with shifting polar environments and are geared towards lifelong learners.

Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation: A 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting social innovation in New Orleans driving social, environmental, and economic impact in New Orleans by incubating ventures that have the potential to solve the city’s pressing issues.

Watershed Academy: The Watershed Academy is a focal point at EPA for providing training and information on implementing watershed approaches. The Academy's self-paced training modules and webcast seminars provide current information from national experts across a broad range of watershed topics.