CHART News

By Tara Lambeth on 4/30/2018 6:50 AM


At this year's LFMA Conference, CHART facilitated a panel of Community Rating System Users Groups in Southeast Louisiana. Community Rating System Users Groups serve as a support and educational resource for the local communities who participate in the CRS. The panel, composed of members of the Capital Region Area Floodplain Taskforce (CRAFT), the Flood Loss Outreach and Awareness Taskforce (FLOAT) and Jefferson United Mitigation Professionals (JUMP), discussed the benefits of joining a CRS Users Group, and the achievements of each group.The Users Groups meet monthly, and work together on all aspects of the CRS. The group members share best practices and tips on how to successfully manage the floodplain in their communities, and collaborate on projects and reports, including developing Programs for Public Information and Flood Response Procedures. Through meetings and collaboration, the members of each group are able to maintain and improve their status in the CRS. 

By Tara Lambeth on 4/22/2018 6:41 AM

CHART's Director, Dr. Monica Farris, participated in the Louisiana's Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) presentation at the American Planning Association Conference, held here in New Orleans. The presentation detailed how the State of Louisiana is adapting to coastal challenges, how community engagement can impact planning processes, and innovative solutions co-designed by the LA SAFE team and community residents. Dr. Farris presented on the evaluation of the planning process, which is being led by UNO-CHART.

By Tara Lambeth on 3/28/2018 6:01 AM

CHART's Assistant Director, Tara Lambeth, conducted fieldwork in both Golden Meadow and Dulac this past week. Both areas are experiencing environmental change due to subsidence and sea level rise. The fieldwork included observations and interviews, which will be integral to two different projects assessing environmental change and adaptation methods in coastal Louisiana.

By Tara Lambeth on 3/16/2018 5:47 AM

On March 14th and 15th, CHART participated in a Global Transformation Roundtable with global and local leaders in the resilience field. The roundtable took place in Buras, Louisiana, a coastal area experiencing both land loss and increasing flood risk. The roundtable discussions focused on innovative approaches to communicate and institutionalize understandings of current and future flood risk, so that individuals and communities can make informed decisions as they adapt to changing conditions. Roundtable participants included representatives from communities or organizations who work on flood risk, resilience, and adaptation. The roundtable was the first of three planned discussions, which will help build global understanding around effective strategies to educate and mobilize citizens, governments, and businesses to prepare for and respond to changing environmental risks.

By Tara Lambeth on 1/23/2018 6:55 AM

On Tuesday, January 23rd, CHART participated in the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) Growth and Planning (Grapple) Panel. Dr. Lambeth represented CHART at the panel, which seeks to find solutions for LUMCON's facility in light of relative sea level rise. LUMCON, located in Cocodrie, a coastal town in Terrebonne Parish, is at risk to both subsidence and sea level rise, and requires a plan for future resilience in the changing environment. The panel will compose a plan to help the facility remain resilient into the future.

By Tara Lambeth on 1/10/2018 6:50 AM

On Wednesday, January 10th, CHART participated in a workshop hosted by the City of New Orleans, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation and the Tulane ByWater Institute. The workshop was entitled "Connecting Our City and Coast: Developing a Framework for City Action on Coastal Resilience." Dr. Lambeth and Dr. Jenkins represented CHART at the workshop, which explored ideas on how to build the city's resilience in connection with the coast.
By Tara Lambeth on 12/20/2017 7:15 AM

The Louisiana Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit, in partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana, is leading a resident-driven planning process in Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne parishes. The process is designed to aid these parishes in planning for and adapting to coastal issues. UNO-CHART is conducting an evaluation of the resilience planning strategy and implementation, assisting with engagement, facilitation and education throughout the planning process, and providing support related to the Community Rating System program in the six participating parishes.


In December 2017, the UNO-CHART project team, as well as numerous graduate students from the University of New Orleans, were able to attend and document round five of the community planning process. The planning process will continue throughout the year, and UNO-CHART will use the documented notes to evaluate the effectiveness of the planning process.


By Tara Lambeth on 12/15/2017 7:16 AM

On December 14, CHART Director Dr. Monica Farris was a featured presenter in a webinar entitled Flood Insurance and Climate Risks, organized by the Center for Climate Energy and Solutions. The webinar recording can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=400BL73klBQ&feature=youtu.be

The webinar had 128 attendees from city and state governments, businesses, and NGOs. In the webinar, Dr. Farris detailed the benefits of the Community Rating System, as well as the importance of adopting higher standards that exceed the requirements of the NFIP. The best practices shared in the webinar were then included in an article on Climate Wire, located here: https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/12/15/stories/1060069095.

More information on the Community Rating System can be found at floodhlep.uno.edu.

By Tara Lambeth on 11/30/2017 7:54 AM



The Louisiana Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit, in partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana, is leading a resident-driven planning process in Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne parishes. The process is designed to aid these parishes in planning for and adapting to coastal issues. UNO-CHART is conducting an evaluation of the resilience planning strategy and implementation, assisting with engagement, facilitation and education throughout the planning process, and providing support related to the Community Rating System program in the six participating parishes.


In October and November 2017, the UNO-CHART project team, as well as numerous graduate students from the University of New Orleans, were able to attend and document round four of the community planning process. The planning process will continue throughout the year, and UNO-CHART will use the documented notes to evaluate the effectiveness of the planning process.

By Tara Lambeth on 10/31/2017 6:06 AM

CHART held a CRS Users Group Program for Public Information (PPI) meeting for the Flood Loss Outreach and Awareness Taskforce (FLOAT) at the University of New Orleans this month. The meeting was attended by members of the PPI Committee, which includes both public officials and residents. At the meeting, the PPI Committee reviewed the current outreach projects in the FLOAT communities, and discussed new target audiences and outreach projects for the upcoming year.

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