**We have expanded our October meeting topic on the future of Mardi Gras to include a discussion on plastics and culture, specifically understanding the impact of this everyday material on our health and environment. In addition to Dana Eness, the Executive Director of the Urban Conservancy speaking we will also be joined by Josie and Nicki Leali and Amelia Pullen (member Maggie Pullen’s daughter). These middle and high schoolers are alumni of the 3-day intensive Ocean Heroes Boot Camp. They are campaigning to encourage local businesses and schools to reduce reliance on single-use plastics and will educate us on how we can get involved. See meeting details below.
Please join us at Andrea’s (3100 19th Street, Metairie) on Monday, October 1st for our next dinner meeting. We will welcome Dana Eness as our guest speaker and our meeting will focus on the subject of Mardi Gras for Good: How the Future of Mardi Gras can support a stronger New Orleans. Networking will begin at 5:30 and the program will start promptly at 6pm. Guests fees and cancellation fees are $45.
About Dana Eness:
Dana Eness has been Executive Director of the Urban Conservancy since 2007, but first became involved with the organization in 2003 as a founding board member of Stay Local!, Urban Conservancy’s initiative to support local, independent businesses.
Dana has worked in non-profit administration, programming, community development and systems building. She has also developed and managed cross-cultural and literacy programs abroad, at Tulane University, and for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Dana received her MA from Tulane University and her BA from Cornell College.
Under Dana’s leadership, growing concerns about subsidence, flooding, aging infrastructure, and coastal erosion compel the UC to take a leadership role in raising public awareness about the need to redefine our relationship with water through integrated water management strategies and systems.
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