BOUQUET Green Coast Enterprises, a local real estate developing and consulting company that focuses on environmentally friendly and storm-resistant construction, has been awarded a two-year fellowship from Echoing Green, a venture capital firm that invests in smaller, socially conscious entrepreneurs. Green Coast will receive a $45,000 stipend, technical assistance and networking opportunities with potential investors. Echoing Green selected only 20 fellows out of a field of 1,500 candidates.
BOUQUET Lolis Eric Elie and Dawn Logsdon, creators of Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans, won the prestigious Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Documentary recently at the 51st annual San Francisco International Film Festival. Their film is a stirring documentary about the history, culture and uncertain future of the country's oldest black neighborhood. Elie, a Times-Picayune columnist, wrote and narrated the film, and New Orleans native Logsdon directed.
BOUQUET Children's Hospital Telethon raised a record amount of more than $1.38 million this year, the telethon's 25th anniversary. Broadcast on WDSU-TV (Channel 6), the telethon is staffed by volunteers from the hospital, TV station, former patients and their families. Some of this year's donations will help build the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit and a cardiac care unit. Since 1984, the annual event has brought in more than $17 million for the hospital.
BRICKBAT BRICKBAT U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won't deliver to Congress a plan for providing the state with Category 5 hurricane protection until at least June 2009, some 18 months after the original deadline and three-and-a-half years after it was mandated by Congress. The state has offered to supplement federal funds to go beyond a 100-year level of storm protection, but the Corps won't even consider that until the "Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Study" first assigned to the Corps in November 2005 is completed.