Climate Change Center To Be In Lower 9th Ward

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A $3.2 million center where people will learnabout climate change and the threat of sea level rise is slated tobe built in the Lower 9th Ward with federal and private dollars.

The center will be constructed near a floodwall that brokeduring Hurricane Katrina, unleashing a torrent of flood waters thatdestroyed the Lower 9th Ward.

The neighborhood is still largely empty but a series ofpioneering ecological homes are being built there. The rebuildingefforts are being spearheaded by environmental groups like GlobalGreen USA and the Make It Right Foundation.

Plans for the new climate change center are still being workedout, but Ruben Aronin, a Global Green spokeswoman, said it wouldserve as a community center and perhaps include job trainingservices, a restaurant and food store.

Aronin says federal economic stimulus dollars, the U.S.Department of Energy and Detroit-based Kresge Foundation are payingfor the center, which is slated to open by the end of 2011.

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