'Coastal Environment in Louisiana' lecture to be held on May 9 at Old Governor's Mansion

'Coastal Environment in Louisiana' lecture to be held on May 9 at Old Governor's Mansion
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POSTED: Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 5:04pm

Gregory Grandy, environmental manager, landscape architect and volunteer environmental educator, is passionate about Louisiana's landscape, particularly preserving its coast. Grandy's lifework is dedicated to preserving Louisiana's coastline, a topic he will share at the Thursday, May 9, Foundation for Historical Louisiana's monthly Heritage Lecture. The lecture will be held at FHL headquarters in the Old Governor's Mansion.

The lecture, entitled "Coastal Environment of Louisiana" is free to FHL members and $10 for guests. The public is invited to attend.

Grandy, a landscape architect who has spent the majority of his career leading multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams in planning and implementation of coastal restoration projects, is currently a Senior Environmental Manager with Coastal Engineering Consultants. He previously worked with the state of Louisiana, where he was the program manager responsible for the development and initial implementation of the Louisiana Coastal Impact Assistance Plan. Louisiana was the first state to have their CIAP plan approved, the first state to have CIAP grants awarded and the first state to construct coastal restoration projects using CIAP funding.

Along the way, he has been educating students and citizens on ecology and the environment. He served as founding director of BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center and was the host of the LPB education series EnviroTacklebox. The educational video series, designed for middle school students focuses on environmental education topics. The goals of the series was to stimulate student interest in environmental issues and develop critical thinking skills to support decision making. The series consists of five modules, each containing five episodes. Each module has lessons, a teacher guide, and student activities.

Grandy is the president-elect of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Calandro's Fine Wines and Select Cellars will host refreshments at 6 p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in the East Room of the mansion at 502 North Boulevard in Baton Rouge. For more information, call 225-387-2464 or visit

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