Sierra Club Baton Rouge to host programs on flood recovery

Sierra Club Baton Rouge to host programs on flood recovery

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In the aftermath of the August flooding, the Sierra Club Baton Rouge Group, along with the Center for Planning Excellence, will host programs on topics related to recovery.

All presentations are free and open to the public. The events will be held at the Backpacker on Jefferson Hwy. beginning at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments. Speakers will follow at 7 p.m., with a Q&A after, wrapping up by 8:30 p.m.

On December 1, David Waggoner, president and founding partner of Waggoner and Ball, an award-winning, internationally recognized architecture practice in New Orleans, will share his concept of "Living with Water."

Waggoner is a Louisiana native and earned a Master's of Architecture at Yale University. He is also a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He headed up a process that examines history, soils, biodiversity, infrastructure networks, urban space, and forces of water.

On December 8, Jeff Carney, associate professor in the School of Architecture at LSU and director of the Coastal Sustainability Studio, and Haley Blakeman, landscape architect and CPEX director of implementation, will address ways of "Rebuilding with Resilience."

Carney holds master's degrees in architecture and city and regional planning from UC Berkeley. He has worked with many scientists, engineers, and designers. He is currently directing a multi-year project, the Louisiana Resiliency Assistance Program, which is sponsored through HUD and the Kresge Foundation.

Blakeman holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from LSU and a Master's of Urban and Regional Planning from UNO. He works on a variety of projects, including comprehensive planning, residential master plans, commercial and institutional site designs, hiking and biking trails, open space and greenway plans, and stream restorations.

All of these speakers recently participated in the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit, which was focused on resiliency. They will share their expert views on integration and development of resources and infrastructure for the region, to hopefully weather the impacts of disasters with less loss and disruption.

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