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WORKSHOP FEATURES INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO NORTH AMERICA’S MOST CHALLENGING LARGE LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION ISSUES
Registration open for National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation, Oct. 23-24
Washington, D.C. – North American conservation practitioners and policy-makers will meet here on Oct. 23-24 to consider innovative, landscape-scale initiatives that can provide measurable solutions to some of the most important land and water challenges. Registration is now open for the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation which is open to the public and will attract thought-leaders from the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors.
Organizers expect that most workshop participants are people engaged in conservation initiatives that provide practical solutions for addressing large landscape conservation challenges. These challenges include wildlife habitat degradation, threats to water quality and quantity, losses of working farms and forests, and limited public access to urban, rural, and wild open spaces.
“Anyone working on large landscape conservation issues should attend this workshop,” said Joel Dunn, executive director of the Chesapeake Conservancy, the local host of the national workshop and one of twenty partner organizations putting the workshop together. “Participants will help advance our understanding of how the large landscape conservation approach is a new model for creating innovative collaborations and making a greater impact in hundreds of projects and partnerships across the country.”
The NWLLC attendees will share practical, results-oriented tactics and strategies that provide solutions to landscape scale challenges, utilizing the latest information, science, financing mechanisms, and organizational tools.
Outcomes and actionable items from the NWLLC will be shared after the conference through forums and lectures around the country and through content-rich publications that are expected to advance large landscape conservation networks and initiatives across the nation.
Attendees will also have an optional opportunity to visit Mount Vernon, a green oasis in the middle of metropolitan Washington, D.C., and one of the most historic examples of a large landscape protected for the public’s use and enjoyment.
The current cost to register is $250 ($175 for students). After September 22 the registration fee will increase to $325 ($225 for students). The cost to attend the optional Mount Vernon field trip is $30.
Van Alen Institute and The New Orleans Redevelopment Agency (NORA) have just launched Future Ground, an international competition inviting multidisciplinary teams to generate flexible design and policy strategies to reuse vacant land in New Orleans.
Future Ground will forecast changes in density, demand, climate and landscape in New Orleans over the next half-century, and will produce implementable, scalable solutions that may be applied to sites citywide, and can also help catalyze strategies for change in other cities around the world. The competition is open to individuals and firms with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, graphic design, policy, engineering, finance, real estate, community development, and other fields relevant to the topic.
In October, three multidisciplinary teams selected from an open RFQ process will receive a $15,000 stipend to participate in a six-month collaborative process with local stakeholders and national leaders to develop strategies that will bring small, incremental projects to the neighborhood and citywide scale, including on the roughly 2,400 properties NORA controls; develop policy to support promising design strategies; and make these strategies participatory and flexible enough to be sustained into the next generation.
RFQ can be found at the competition website.
Please feel free to email or call me Stephen Klimek with any questions about the competition.
VAN ALEN INSTITUTE
tel: 212-924-7000 ext. 19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 20, 2014
Susannah Bing, Director of Finance and Economic Development
East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority Solicits Proposals for its Mid City Predevelopment Planning Project
The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority (”RDA”) is soliciting proposals from an outstanding team of professionals to embark on a seven (7) month planning process to create a Master Plan for a 100+ acre area located in the heart of the Mid City neighborhood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The purpose of the master plan is to devise predevelopment strategies through a series of market analyses, design charrettes and property assessments in order to bring development visions and economic realities together to benefit citizens affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
The RDA plans to select a consultant team by mid-August 2014. A copy of the Request For Proposals (“RFP”) may be downloaded from the RDA website: http://www.ebrra.org
LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio
JOB DESCRIPTION. The Associate Director is responsible for project management and community outreach at the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio (CSS) to help ensure that CSS achieves its goals of trans-disciplinary education, research, and outreach. This will involve: (a) assisting project leaders with associate director responsibilities; (b) presenting the work of CSS to the public at large; (c) communicating the objectives of CSS to LSU faculty and students in order to foster collaborations within the studio; and (d) assisting LSU faculty engaged in research initially funded by CSS in obtaining additional funds to support that research.
We are looking for highly motivated people who have some experience in their fields but very much want to engage in a broader multidisciplinary space focused on the issues facing coastal Louisiana.
The Coastal Sustainability Studio is a rapidly growing program where scientists, engineers, and designers come together to intensively study and respond to issues of settlement, coastal restoration, flood protection, and the economy in Coastal Louisiana. CSS was conceived as a design laboratory to develop strategies that reduce risk to social, economic, and natural resources. The results provide a sound basis for major policy decisions for adaptation to change through more sustainable land-use planning, protection, and education. Primarily made up of faculty, research fellows, and graduate students, the
studio is an energetic and growing presence on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus.
More information on CSS at http://www.css.lsu.edu
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES. (1) Management: Take primary responsibility for project management and for a variety of projects coming through the studio. These projects range from small internally funded faculty and graduate student research, to large external contracts with state agencies, to significant grant funded research projects. Associate Director will be primarily responsible for budgets, staffing needs, contracts, and major deadlines for all projects. (2) Development: Identify opportunities for participants in research projects funded by the CSS to discuss their research with outside organizations and work with LSU faculty and outside entities to identify research projects the CSS may fund. (3) Develop Funding Opportunities: Work with the office of Research and Economic Development to help faculty secure follow up funding or matching grants for work done through the CSS. This will involve working with the studio coordinator to prepare applications for grants and contracts and maintaining accounting information related to outside funding of research projects that also receive funding from the CSS. (4) Public Outreach: Represent the CSS at conferences and meetings with public and private sector entities that are concerned with issues around coastal Louisiana. Perform education and outreach functions both inside and outside the university for the CSS. In cooperation with relevant partners at LSU, assist with organizing conferences, seminars, and our lecture series. (5) Reporting: In conjunction with the Studio Coordinator, and Director of the CSS, prepare an annual report for the Executive Committee, sponsors, and external board detailing the studio’s activities for the year.
QUALIFICATIONS. Required. Bachelor’s degree and five years related experience. Proven ability to write and communicate verbally to convey technical material from science, social science, and design research to a non-specialist audience. Knowledge of and a willingness to learn the university sponsored program proposal and accounting system. Desired. Master’s degree and ten years of related experience. Experience in institutes or similar programs related to higher education.
INSTRUCTIONS. Online applications only. Quicklink: lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57417
Applicants should attach a curriculum vitae, a statement of interests and goals, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references, and documentation of significant work (Other Document 1 – ten pages max). For digital, film, or animation content, please provide a web address where work can be viewed. A copy of your transcript(s) may be
attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Application deadline is March 12, 2014, or until a candidate is selected. BENEFITS: LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; annual and sick leave; 14 paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more.
THE LSU SYSTEM IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/EQUAL ACCESS EMPLOYER