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James Beard Foundation and Dickie Brennan's Restaurants
hosted two sold-out dinners at the foundation's New York home in late May to benefit the Edible Schoolyard at Samuel J. Green Charter School in New Orleans. Supported by the foundation and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the dinners were prepared by chefs from Brennan's three local restaurants. Edible Schoolyard is a program developed by chef and author Alice Waters to integrate a food garden into classes across the curriculum.

Global Green USA
named A.P. Tureaud Elementary School in the Seventh Ward as the first of its Green Seed Schools. Five selected schools will have their energy use and indoor air quality audited, which will form the basis of plans to upgrade facilities. Global Green will also provide funds to make improvements. The goal is to reduce energy usage and costs and to improve the educational environment for students. The Green Seed program is supported by a grant from the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.

Dillard University
secured $22 million in grant awards, the highest amount in its history, to rebuild the campus and strengthen programs. Among the specific grants is a $2.4 million U.S. Department of Education award for technology and the establishment of centers in bioscience, business and global studies. Another grant will fund environmental remediation training through Dillard's Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. Other funds will go to restore three historic dormitories.

Randall Moore,
owner of National Contractor Services Inc. of New Orleans, was sentenced by a federal judge last week for his part in a City Hall energy-savings contract corruption case. Moore previously pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony. Moore and 11 others have been convicted in connection with the alleged scheme to skim $1 million from the contract. The city contract with Johnson Controls was signed by former Mayor Marc Morial, although neither Morial nor Johnson Controls has been accused of wrongdoing.


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