2017 Summit: Greening of Louisiana Communities

Saturday, March 11, 10:30am, Weinmann Hall, Room TBD

New Orleans has become a poster child of resilience. In the face of numerous environmental threats, communities are reinventing traditional urban landscapes through the incorporation of sustainable development. Experts will delve into the importance of sustainable development and how it will positively shape future communities in New Orleans.

Prisca Weems, Principal, FutureProof

prisca weems.JPGAs Principal of FutureProof, Prisca supports the design and development of projects with aggressive resilience and sustainability goals, and provides strategy and oversight in the design and execution of community and regional-scale initiatives. Working with the public,  private, and philanthropic sectors, she has most recently been focused on climate adaptation in coastal/urban communities, including system-scale strategies and policy development for increasing public health and the resilience of ageing infrastructure in the face of changing climate patterns. Prisca holds an MArch and an MSc in Advanced Environmental and Energy Sciences with a specialty in Urban Water Systems. She is a LEED AP, Living Building Ambassador, and an Enterprise Technical Assistance Provider.

Charles Allen, III, Resilience Outreach Manager

charles-allenCharles E. Allen, III is the Resilience Outreach Manager for the City of New Orleans’ Office of Resilience and Sustainability. He is also former Advisor for Coastal and Environmental Affairs to New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu and formerly served as Director of the New Orleans Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs. Before joining the Landrieu administration, he was an Assistant Director of External Affairs at the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research where he directed all education and outreach programming and served as the public relations point of contact for the center. He is also a past Vice-President, President, and Board Chairman of the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association in the Lower 9th ward neighborhood of New Orleans. He is also a co-founder of the Lower 9th Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development which is a community-based non-profit which works to help Lower 9th ward residents rebuild their community in an energy efficient and sustainable manner post-Hurricane Katrina. He serves as board chairman and member of the local Times-Picayune Christmas Doll and Toy Fund. He is also a member of the advisory board to the Audubon Louisiana, which is the state affiliate of the national Audubon Society whose mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. He is also proud member of the Rho Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. where he serves on the Easter Basket and Thanksgiving Basket Distribution Committees. Last but certainly not least, he is a devoted member and minister of the St. Paul Church of God in Christ, which is located in the Lower 9th ward community of New Orleans.

Ella Delio, Director of Environmental Programs

ella-delioElla Delio serves as the Director of Environmental Programs at the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF). She leads GNOF’s work on coastal restoration and protection, urban water management, sustainability, and resiliency. Previously, Ella worked in Washington, D.C., at the World Resources Institute, an international environmental thinktank, where she served as Global Director of the New Ventures program. In that role, she provided business development and investment facilitation services to innovative environmental enterprises in Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, and Mexico. She co-led the development of the program’s five year strategic plan, and she helped build the Green Investor Network in India, a group of investors interested in funding environmental entrepreneurs. She started her career in the private sector working for Procter & Gamble in the Philippines. Ms. Delio received her MBA and MPA degrees from the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School and her Management Engineering and Economics degrees from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. She was awarded the Don K. Price Award by the Harvard Kennedy School for academic distinction and leadership in public service.

Michelle Pyne, (Moderator)Director, New Orleans Office of Global Green USAMichelle Pyne_Global Green.jpg

Michelle Pyne is the Director of the Global Green New Orleans Office, and oversees programs to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. She leads Global Green’s Holy Cross Project, a sustainable building project in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. In this capacity she coordinates operations of the Visitor Center, a LEED Platinum model home toured by over 25,000 visitors, and oversees construction of Phase II, the Community Development and Climate Action Center. She also serves as the Project Manager for the Solar for Sandy initiative in New York, identifying partners and working to install solar battery back-up systems in community facilities. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech and is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.