2024 News

Posted February 26, 2024

advantaged and disadvantaged areas u.s. and la.What Is Environmental Justice?

In January 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order (EO) 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. While the executive order’s focus is climate change, one notable component is the Justice40 Initiative, a goal that 40 percent of the overall benefits from certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities. As a result, grant-making agencies are now considering the community benefits associated with proposed projects. 

LSU faculty have collaborated to provide an understanding of EJ and how a researcher or project developer might promote EJ for local communities--information critical for many federally funded projects. Businesses and industries are also seeking to understand EJ, as it impacts their social licenses to operate and can affect their ability to make future investments.

Authors of the report are Keith Hall, director, LSU Energy Law Center, Brian Snyder, associate professor, LSU Department of Environmental Sciences, and Greg Upton, interim executive director, LSU Center for Energy Studies.

Read the report.


Posted February 8, 2024

McLindon Named CES Director of Energy Education and Outreach

Chris McLindonLSU's Center for Energy Studies is proud to announce the appointment of Chris McLindon as the Director of Energy Education and Outreach. McLindon brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the energy sector, making him an invaluable addition to the CES team. 

In his new role, McLindon will oversee the development and implementation of educational programs aimed at preparing the next generation of energy leaders. He will also assist with outreach efforts to promote awareness and understanding of key energy issues among diverse stakeholders, including policymakers, industry professionals, and the general public.

"We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the Center for Energy Studies," said Greg Upton, interim executive director of the Center. "His passion for energy education and his track record of success make him the ideal candidate to lead our outreach initiatives and drive positive change in the energy sector."

"I am honored to join the talented team at the Center," McLindon said. "And I look forward to collaborating with colleagues and stakeholders to expand educational opportunities."

Prior to joining LSU, McLindon had more than four decades experience. Beginning in 1980, he worked as an exploration geologist for several oil and gas companies in the New Orleans area and was self-employed for several years. He received a B.S. in geology from LSU in 1979. 

McLindon has served as president of the New Orleans Geological Society (NOGS) and has been a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, and the Society of Independent Earth Science Professionals.


Posted January 29, 2024

LSU-led Team Awarded NSF’s Largest-Ever GrantFUEL logo

CES’s Upton Named to Governance Board

A statewide effort led by LSU with more than 50 public and private partners has won the largest grant ever awarded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Louisiana’s Energy Transition Engine award, which will provide up to $160 million over the next 10 years, will support Louisiana’s energy industry, create jobs in the energy sector, develop innovative solutions to energy challenges and help train the world’s energy workforce. 
LSU Center for Energy Studies Interim Executive Director Greg Upton has collaborated with stakeholders statewide over the past year on this proposal and will serve on the project’s governance board. 
Louisiana’s team, called Future Use of Energy in Louisiana, or FUEL, includes private energy companies, universities, community and technical colleges, and state agencies that will work together to drive technology and workforce development in support of Louisiana’s energy industry.  
FUEL will work to solve emerging challenges in areas like carbon capture, transport and storage; hydrogen; use of carbon dioxide to produce low-carbon fuels and essential carbon-based products; water use and management; sustainable manufacturing; and policy development.  

Read the full press release from LSU.