Construction to begin on $10,000 Terrebonne Parish student projects

H. L. Bourgeois High School, Ellender Memorial High School, South Terrebonne High School and Terrebonne High School were each awarded $10,000 to fund resilience projects, which will begin construction this month.

Environmental science classes at each of the schools have been working on coastal challenges and resilience planning through the curriculum in order to create the projects.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program funded Project Resilience, which is a collaboration between the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center and the UCAR Center for Science Education.

The Gulf Research Program awarded a total of $10.7 million in grants for resilience projects in states along the Gulf Coast.

“Based on experiences with events such as a major hurricane or the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, many Gulf Coast communities have an increased interest in taking actions to enhance their resilience. However, they don’t always know where to start. Scientists studying resilience have a growing wealth of knowledge that can help if they can get it to the people that need it,” said Chris Rea, associate program officer for the Gulf Research Program. “With this grant competition, we set out to help bridge the gap between the science and practice of resilience.”