Equity in the Water Sector

How can considerations of equity be incorporated into the efforts to grow the Water Sector in New Orleans and along the Coast?

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Monday, November 9, 2015
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Propeller Incubator
4035 Washington Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125

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Water is increasingly being considered a growth sector for Southeast Louisiana’s economy. According to the Data Center’s Coastal Index, the water management cluster is one of the largest in Southeast Louisiana and one of the fastest growing. This workshop will explore the issue of equity in the growing water sector. Many of the larger contracts do not go to local firms, and the entrepreneurial community does not necessarily include those residents of Southeast Louisiana who have historically been disadvantaged. This workshop will also explore the serious questions of equity and justice related to who is impacted by coastal restoration efforts and how communities’ concerns can be integrated into planning efforts and project implementation.

I. What is the Water Management Cluster?
II. Who Participates (and Who Does Not) in the Water Management Cluster?
III. Is Water Management Equitable in its Impacts?
IV. Is Water Management Equitable as a Sector?
V. How Can We Better Incorporate Equity?


Arthur Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development
Nihal Shrinath, Data Manager & Research Associate, The Data Center
May T. Nguyen, Community Outreach Director, Tulane University
Dr. Beverly Wright, Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

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This workshop is a series in the Water Challenge, an initiative funded by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, supported by the Economic Development Administration, and generously sponsored by Entergy Corporation.