Louisiana has a number of nationally important natural resource related activities that may, if improperly managed, be very environmentally damaging. If managed well, they will fulfill their vital roles, thus supporting a strong economy while minimizing harm to the environment. The primary areas of concern, which, taken as a group are unique, include:
No other region of the country has this much environmental pressure exerted on its resources and populace! Entities outside Louisiana's borders own and govern more than 80% of Louisiana's coastal zone and nearly 100% of Louisiana's petrochemical businesses.
In order to address these issues, the Loyola University Center for Environmental Communication (LUCEC), with the support of the the outstanding School of Mass Communication program of Loyola University New Orleans, lead the way to a more educated citizenry.