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UNO-CHART is an applied social science hazards research center at The University of New Orleans that collaborates with Louisiana communities including the City of New Orleans and its surrounding parishes. This blog details CHART's activities.
By Tara Lambeth on 11/13/2018 6:32 AM

Earlier this month, CHART participated in the 2018 Louisiana Smart Growth Summit in Baton Rouge. An essential part of the summit was the Resilience in Action Workshop. The key theme of this workshop was how to solve 20th century problems with 21st century solutions. Joyce Coffee, President of Climate Resilience Consulting, and Jessica McKelvie Kemp, VP of CPEX, led this important and interesting discussion.

By Tara Lambeth on 11/7/2018 6:42 AM

In the beginning of November, CHART faculty and students participated in InnovateUNO. InnovateUNO is the annual research symposium for the University of New Orleans. At the symposium, UNO undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff engaged in projects that involve research, scholarly or creative activities present their work. Three CHART students, Rachel Billiot-Bruleigh, Samantha Romain, and Hoang Tao, as well as CHART's Assistant Director, Dr. Tara Lambeth, presented their work at the symposium. CHART's Director, Dr. Monica Farris, served as a judge for the presented research.

By Tara Lambeth on 10/31/2018 5:31 AM

In mid-October, UNO-CHART Director Dr. Monica Farris and Assistant Director Dr. Tara Lambeth participated in the Global Transformation Convening at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in northern Italy. UNO-CHART and the Foundation for Louisiana were awarded a $1 million grant to create a three-part series of roundtable discussions designed to build a portfolio of best practices to address global climate change. Concordia LLC, a local firm that designs and plans community engagement throughout Louisiana, will help develop the series. The grants were awarded by the Rockefeller Foundation, which aims to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. The first session was held March 14-15 in Buras, a small community about an hour south of New Orleans that is on the frontlines of coastal change, and the second session was held in Bellagio, Italy. Using the LA SAFE project as a foundation (, this series connects local to global adaptive strategies through many levels of governance, and with a variety of voices, to enhance our collective understanding of how to plan for and adapt to climate change, with equity as a central consideration. 

By Tara Lambeth on 9/26/2018 7:49 AM

On Friday, September 7th, CHART Director, Dr. Monica Farris, Assistant Director, Dr. Tara Lambeth, and Graduate Assistant, Bradley Spiegel, attended a green infrastructure training sponsored by Louisiana Sea Grant. At the training, participants discussed best practices in green infrastructure, and shared their experiences with green infrastructure in their various fields and communities. As the Greater New Orleans area experiences more flooding, understanding and using green infrastructure will become more and more important.

By Tara Lambeth on 8/29/2018 5:46 AM





At the beginning of August, CHART's Director, Dr. Monica Farris, Assistant Director, Dr. Tara Lambeth, and Graduate Assistant, Devin Foil, participated in the Human Coast Rolling Seminar. Dr. Fallon Aidoo and Dr.Guang Tian from the Department of Planning and Urban Studies also attended. The purpose of the seminar was to allow university faculty and students to reach out to community groups and to science institutions in the coastal region, and launch an effort to achieve a better balance between the projects that address society and those concerned with the biophysical environment. The participants visited coastal areas and social and physical scientists in New Orleans and Terrebonne Parish in order to advance this goal. 

By Tara Lambeth on 7/30/2018 8:41 AM


On July 20th, Dr. Lambeth's Green Infrastructure Class completed their final fieldwork opportunity.The Friends of Lafitte Greenway provided a tour and discussion for the class. The greenway is an excellent example of successful green infrastructure programming in the City of New Orleans.

By Tara Lambeth on 7/30/2018 8:17 AM

On July 13th, CHART’s Tara Lambeth, PhD, led her class on a tour of residential, commercial and public infrastructure stormwater management across the city. The green infrastructure installations across the city included The Urban Conservancy’s Front Yard Initiative, the Rose F. Keller library, and the True Grid permeable parking lot at the Ruby Slipper Cafe

By Tara Lambeth on 6/28/2018 9:30 AM

Dr. Farris and Dr. Lambeth presented on CHART's Repetitive Loss Strategy at the Association of State Floodplain Managers Conference in Phoenix, Arizona this month. The conference occurs annually, and focuses on all things floodplain management.

By Tara Lambeth on 6/15/2018 9:26 AM

CHART's Assistant Director, Dr. Lambeth, is teaching a green infrastructure course this summer, offered in the Planning and Urban Studies Department. The course includes citywide fieldwork opportunities. On the first field work day, the class helped prepare materials for rain barrel construction, prepared a stormwater planter, and weeded a rain garden in the Treme neighborhood.

By Tara Lambeth on 6/4/2018 7:37 AM
CHART Research Professor, Pamela Jenkins, served as both moderator and panelist in a session entitled “A Planning Model for the Future: LA-SAFE Moves Toward Implementation” along with Mathew Sanders (LA Office of Community and Development), Liz Williams Russell (Foundation for Louisiana), and Camille Manning-Broome (Center for Planning Excellence) at State of the Coast 2018.

Additionally, Assistant Director of CHART, Tara Lambeth, was the moderator of the panel “Indigenous Strategies in Response to Coastal Erosion and Climate Change Impacts” at State of the Coast 2018. The panel included Dr. Laura Kelley, Dr. Matthew Bethel, Chief Albert Naquin, and Professor Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, and detailed ways to protect tribal cultural heritage on a vanishing coast.

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