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Green Matters Legal Conference Honors Louisiana National Guard 

  In recognition for constructing disaster readiness centers throughout Louisiana, the Louisiana National Guard will be honored at the Green Matters Legal Conference Thursday, Oct. 14. To address the need for National Guard response centers following Hurricane Katrina, the state planned for 15 centers to help the guard respond faster to disasters. The first center, completed in 2008 in Covington, is a 30,000-square-foot facility that achieved LEED Silver certification and earned the Army's SPiRiT Gold certification, a "sustainable project rating tool." Other new centers followed in Hammond at the Northshore Regional Airport and at Jackson Barracks, Carville and Reserve. All new construction has been certified LEED Silver or SPiRiT Gold. Most facilities also include fitness centers and are available for community meetings. — Alex Woodward

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