Exploring Great Cities, New Orleans

New Orleans

Nature, Culture and the City

ENVS 368 (4 credits)
March 21-30, 2014

Join Professor Paul Stangl, Western Department of Environmental Studies faculty for this 4-credit spring break program to New Orleans.

Immerse yourself in the local ecology and culture of New Orleans during this hands-on investigation. Study the consequences of human activities and their impacts on culture, including the use of nature as a resource and attempts to reduce threats to life and property. Find out about New Orleans' newly released 21st Century plan and its vision for livability, opportunity, sustainability and becoming a "green" city.


  • Examine New Orleans' historic development and contemporary situation
  • Understand the relationship between the physical city and its natural setting
  • Learn firsthand about plans for neighborhoods, historic preservation, transportation and resilience
  • Walk the French Quarter
  • Tour the Lower 9th Ward by bike via Brad Pitt's 'Make It Right Foundation'
  • Participate in LUMCON research station's guided canoe tour of marsh ecology and boat trip to Barrier Islands

    Program Information:

    Paul Stangl
    Associate Professor
    Email: paul.stangl@wwu.edu
    Phone: (360) 650-2793
    Office: Arntzen Hall 207

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