Plaquemine

Parish: Iberville Parish

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

  • Less Ann Kirkland

    Les Ann Kirkland joined her friend and cousin Liz Avants in 1986, to start the environmental group Alliance against Waste and Action to Restore the Environment (AWARE). The group was formed when Dow Chemical applied for a permit to operate a commercial hazardous waste incinerator in their community. The women were successful in the defeat of the incinerator. Les Ann was also a founding member of Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Inc. (LEAN) and served as secretary for the organization’s first two years. She also worked with Kay Gaudet to defeat the Spanish Lake solid waste landfill proposal in her community. In the late 1980s Les Ann traveled extensively as an environmental ambassador for Louisiana. Audio interview with Les Ann Kirkland for Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement by Peggy Frankland, conducted by Jennifer A. Cramer, Director of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. Copyright: Louisiana State University Special Collections.
  • Les Ann Kirkland Interview, part 2

    Part 2 of audio interview with Les Ann Kirkland for Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement by Peggy Frankland, conducted by Jennifer A. Cramer, Director of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. Copyright: Louisiana State University Special Collections.
  • Liz Avants Interview

    Liz Avants is a founding member of the environmental group Alliance against Waste and Action to Restore the Environment (AWARE) established in 1986 to address a permit proposal by Dow Chemical to erect a hazardous waste incinerator in her community. She worked closely with her cousin Les Ann Kirkland and through their efforts and perseverance Dow was denied a permit for the incinerator. She also worked on the successful defeat of the Spanish Lake solid waste landfill in her parish. She is a founding member of the statewide group Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN). Liz has been retired from DOTD for six years. Today, she cares for her elderly father and enjoys babysitting and playing with her grandchildren. Though she feels that most haven’t learned from past errors she is still hopeful that things will change for her grandchildren and their children. Audio interview with Liz Avants for Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement by Peggy Frankland, conducted by Jennifer A. Cramer, Director of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. Copyright: Louisiana State University Special Collections.
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