SPECIAL eNEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: 2012 EE Symposium – TWO OUTSTANDING KEYNOTE SPEAKERS!

We are excited to announce the TWO OUTSTANDING KEYNOTE ADDRESS SPEAKERS for our EE Symposium luncheon to be held on Saturday, March 10th!

You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear from the leading experts on the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico regarding their complexities and interrelationships!

COLONEL EDWARD R. FLEMING
Commander and District Engineer, New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Colonel Ed Fleming became the New Orleans District’s 61st commander and district engineer in 2010. As one of the largest civil works programs, The New Orleans District includes 2,800 miles of navigable waterways – including five of the top fifteen ports in the nation, 1,300 miles of levees and floodwalls, 11 navigation locks, six major flood control structures, and other projects designed to create and protect coastal wetlands. Also under Colonel Fleming’s management is the Protection and Restoration Office (PRO).  PRO is part of Team New Orleans’ effort to reduce risk for South Louisiana by executing comprehensive and integrated flood control, ecosystem restoration, and hurricane and storm damage risk reduction projects. He was also the Executive Officer for the Commanding General, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Colonel Fleming earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National War College. Colonel Fleming has received many awards and military decorations, including the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal.

DR. NANCY N. RABALAIS
Executive Director and Professor, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
Nancy N. Rabalais, Ph.D., is a Professor and Executive Director at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium in Cocodrie, Louisiana. Dr. Rabalais' research interests include the dynamics of hypoxic environments, interactions of large rivers with the coastal ocean, estuarine and coastal eutrophication, and science policy. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, the Council for the University National-Oceanographic Laboratory System, the National and Southern Associations of Marine Labs, and the Board of Directors for GCOOS the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System, and is Chair of the National Sea Grant Advisory Board. Dr. Rabalais is an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow, Past Chair of the Ocean Studies Board and Past President of the Estuarine Research Federation, and has received several awards for the research that she and her collaborators have conducted on hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico. She earned her Ph.D. in Zoology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1983.

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 15th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium – “Our Environment…Our Future” at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Lodging assistance offered to those with significant drive times while funding is available so apply now!

Don't delay! Early Bird Registration is $35 until February 10, 2012 ($50 thereafter)

EARN CLUs!

Phenomenal speakers, innovative sessions, and a great time to be had by all in Cajun Country! Join us and register today!

All Symposium forms and related information can be found on our website: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-symposium
For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov