The Louisiana Environmental Agenda, a New Orleans View

Feb. 20, 10:30 am, Weinmann Hall, Room 151

Leaders from several deeply-immersed environmental groups will discuss their views on the most urgent issues facing the state, and how to address them. Ideas and suggestions from the audience welcome.


Anne Rolfes, Founding Director, LA Bucket Brigade

Anne RolfesAnne Rolfes, Founding Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, began her career in Nigeria, collaborating with local communities to address oil companies’ destruction of the Niger Delta. She returned to Louisiana in 2000 and founded the Louisiana Bucket Brigade to end oil pollution in her home state. The organization has created cutting edge tools, including the iWitness Pollution Map and the Refinery Accident Database. Anne was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana where many people made their fortunes from the oil industry. She has seen the wealth and the poverty created by oil production and seeks to make the industry more equitable.  She has a Masters in International Development from Tulane; she has twice testified before Congress. Her work has been recognized by local and national awards, including the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Public Advocacy and the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award.


Raleigh Hoke, Campaign Director: Gulf Restoration Network

Raleigh HokeRaleigh works with GRN’s campaign and organizing staff to develop and implement winning advocacy campaigns that address some of the most pressing issues facing the health of the Gulf’s environment and communities. Before becoming Campaign Director, Raleigh worked for 2 years as GRN’s Communications Director and 5 years as Mississippi Organizer. He has also helped run several of GRN’s summer outreach offices. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University.




Kathleen Rhorer Wascom, Legislative Liaison: Louisiana Environmental Action Network

Ms. Rhorer Wascom started as a community activist trying to stop a hazardous waste facility in Baton Rouge. She later worked with conservation and environmental groups, becoming President of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and Chair of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.  She currently works as part of the legislative team for the Louisiana Environmental Action Network.


Corinne Van Dalen (moderator), J.D.; Clinical Instructor, Tulane University Law School

Corinne Van DalenCorinne Van Dalen received her JD in 1990 from the University of Florida, where she also received a B.S. in Journalism in 1986. Following law school, Ms. Van Dalen began her practice in New Orleans representing community organizations in Fair Housing Act suits. In 1992, Ms. Van Dalen moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a legislative specialist for the Coastal States Organization and later for a private law firm counseling clients on environmental matters. Returning to litigation in 1996, she worked at the Washington D.C.-based firm Arnold & Porter on product liability cases. In 2001, Ms. Van Dalen took a position with a firm that brought her back to New Orleans where she worked on insurance coverage suits involving pollution claims. She joined the Tulane Law School faculty in 2005 where she supervises and trains student attorneys at the Environmental Law Clinic. As supervising attorney, she has represented Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Sierra Club, Gulf Restoration Network, and several community organizations in citizen suits and permit challenges under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Louisiana Coastal Resources Management Act, and Louisiana Environmental Quality Act.




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