Source of Funding
The sources of funding for the Loyola University Center for Environmental Communication are as follows:
Louisiana Board of Regents and Loyola University New Orleans
Initial funding resulted from a $600,000 donation to Loyola University by Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., for the purpose of endowing an academic chair in environmental communication. This was increased by a $400,000 donation by the Louisiana Board of Regents, and the result was the Loyola Chair in Environmental Communications, held by Dr. Robert A. Thomas. Loyola University additionally gives direct and indirect support to the position.
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
Dr. Thomas received a grant from the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program to organize and present workshops throughout the Barataria-Terrebonne Basin to engage residents in discussion about the fate of their land, culture, and economy resulting from severe coastal erosion.
The Booth-Bricker Fund donated video equipment for use in environmental reporting and related coverage by Loyola students.
Koch Industries made a substantial donation that enabled the establishment of the Center for Environmental Communication. Koch's association with environmental communication at Loyola began during their development of environmentally friendly techniques for placing a pipeline across the locally beloved Lake Pontchartrain.
LUSO-American Foundation, Lisboa
LUSO-American Foundation, Lisboa, sponsored visitation by 5 Portuguese journalists. They came to learn more about coastal erosion issues.
Shell Chemical Company
Greater New Orleans Foundation
Ella West Freeman Foundation