CC&E Announces Outreach Fund Sponsored by APTIM

January 06, 2023

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Pictured from left to right: Jon Grant, APTIM EVP and CFO; Christopher D’Elia, LSU Dean of CC&E; and Mark Fallon, APTIM Chairman and CEO

– Photo courtesy of APTIM

Local environmental industry leader works CC&E to help local students learn more about the environment.

BATON ROUGE -- APTIM, a corporate leader in the environmental industry, is collaborating with the LSU College of the Coast & Environment, or CC&E, to help local middle and high school students understand more about the environment, its connection to people, and the importance of sustainability. APTIM’s donation will establish the APTIM Environmental & Sustainability Fund within CC&E.

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Leaders from EBRPSS and LSU at Eva Legard dedication.

Chris D’Elia, Professor and Dean of CC&E, said, "We are grateful to APTIM for its ongoing support of our college’s programs with local middle and high schools. We look forward to a long relationship with APTIM in the future.” 

Over the past few years, CC&E has built partnerships with three schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS), with the long-term objective of diversifying the coastal and environmental workforce. These students play an important role in learning how to create a more sustainable, healthier environment. As graduates, they may work on positive solutions to environmental issues that impact the quality of life without threatening our natural resources. 

Through these partnerships, middle and high school students are developing a passion for the physical sciences and learning to appreciate the environment. APTIM’s support will provide students with access to program transportation, resources for research projects, and local and regional field trips – activities to enhance classroom learning.

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Malaysia Young, EnvironMentors Participant

One of the programs identified to benefit from this gift is LSU EnvironMentors, a near-peer mentoring program with students from Scotlandville Magnet High School. Malaysia Young, a high school senior and second-year participant in the program, shared, "EnvironMentors helped me form a love for science…[and] connected me to the world around me, teaching me about natural and built environments. They even raised awareness of issues impacting the environment upon which we all depend, as well as actions we can take to improve and sustain it … inspired me to major in forensic science next year."

APTIM is an industry leader with headquarters in Baton Rouge, La., and more than 4,000 teammates worldwide. APTIM specializes in environmental services, resiliency, sustainability, and energy solutions, as well as technical and data solutions, program management, and critical infrastructure. “At APTIM, our mission is to build a sustainable future for our communities and the natural world, starting right here in our hometown of Baton Rouge,” said APTIM Chairman and CEO Mark Fallon. “The students that will be impacted by our gift and CC&E’s outreach will play a crucial role in that future by creating and protecting those environments alongside us through this programming, their education, and their careers. We are proud to support them along their journey, and we look forward to witnessing the amazing work they will do.”

APTIM and CC&E’s joint efforts to build and maintain a sustainable future advance LSU’s Scholarship First Agenda, which prioritizes areas that are crucial to creating a more healthy, prosperous, and secure future.