The LifeCity team currently works with 120 local businesses in helping them eliminate waste, improve efficiency, and most importantly, save money. Over the past year, these organizations have achieved the following impacts: diverting over 1,000+ tons of waste from landfills (including putting 600 tons of oyster shells back on our coast), conserving 5M+ kWh of energy through efficiency and conservation improvements, conserving 2 tons of carbon through over 5,000 miles biked, installing 30,000 sq ft. of white roofs, planting 28,000 trees across New Orleans, and supporting more than 2,190 full time equivalent jobs across SE Louisiana that are producing more than $128.9M in annual revenue.
Liz Shephard, Chief Executive Officer
Liz is trained as an energy rater, water policy analyst, LEED Green Associate, and facilitator. After graduating with honors and distinction at Carleton College, Elizabeth was hired by her college as an Environmental Studies Associate to serve as the school’s sustainability coordinator, where she also built connections to the city of New Orleans. Originally from the Gulf Coast, Elizabeth moved to Louisiana to teach Earth Science and worked in the environmental non-profit field for nearly 3 years. Daughter of two independent business owners and as a previous steering committee member of Social Entrepreneurs for New Orleans (now Propeller), Elizabeth is passionate about making business sustainable. She leads the Green Chamber of Commerce Green Committee and serves on event committees for greening the Superbowl, NCAA events, and other special conferences like the USGBC Green Build Conference. She serves as Chair of the Caring for Creation Committee at Rayne Memorial Methodist Church and is an active community member. Recently, Elizabeth was chosen as one of the top 50 Business Women of the Year by CityBuisness, a local New Orleans newspaper.
Jessica Nehrbass, Director of Impact
Jessica’s passion is employing social enterprise models for community development. As the Social Enterprise Consultant for LifeCity, she is excited to share her technical skills to improve local business’ social and environmental impact. This passion grew over her last four years in Washington, D.C. where she completed a one-of-a-kind Masters degree in Social Enterprise at American University’s School of International Service. She also facilitated an international development program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Before returning to New Orleans where she was born and raised, she conducted a community needs assessment for a women’s empowerment social enterprise in Costa Rica. She has lived in four countries and is proficient in Spanish and French. Jessica’s other passions include learning about Latin American cultures and growing her Christian prayer life. She holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Economics from the University of Richmond.
Molly Richard, Account Manager
Molly Richard is an Account Manager for LifeCity. She has a background in local food systems, community organizing, event planning, and campaign management. Molly is a native of Lafayette, LA, and an alumni of the University of Southern Mississippi, where she graduated with a B.A. in World Religion and a minor in Human Rights. She served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Billings, Montana, working with farmers and ranchers to protect water and land rights. Molly returned to Louisiana to manage the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm. She also worked as a Housing Case Manager and Community Engagement Coordinator for Catholic Services of Acadiana, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness in the Acadiana region. A strong believer in the power of collaborative impact, Molly is excited to work alongside companies, individuals, and organizations in setting and achieving measurable goals to build a more sustainable New Orleans.
Billy Lee, Impact Report Developer
Billy Lee is a senior at Tulane University. He brings a experience in the field of renewable energy to LifeCity as he researches and writes impact reports for our clients. He has particularly strong skills in capturing community input through video production. A multidisciplinary background, most notably an understanding of business perspectives and strong writing skills, makes me a unique and valuable asset in the environmental policy space and relevant entrepreneurial pursuits. He enjoys bringing to the table a practical mindset and an intense passion for environmental causes.
Kaity Robbins, Sustainable Business Development Intern
Kaity Robbins is a senior at Tulane University and will soon graduate with a BA in Environmental Studies and a double minor in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Business Management. She was born and raised in Branford, Connecticut. Previously, she worked for Venue Smart, a waste management company committed to maximizing waste diversion at all of its sporting and music events, and at Two Owls Sustainability Consulting, doing waste audits for major banks. Over the past four years in New Orleans, Kaity has been heavily involved in several different local schools, serving as an academic tutor, a classroom assistant, a debate team coach, and a communications consultant. She is passionate about having a positive impact on the community in which she lives, and enjoys supporting LifeCity in its mission to improve the sustainability of local New Orleans businesses.
Emily Bonenfant, Sustainable Business Development Intern
Emily Bonenfant is one of our newest Sustainability Interns here at LifeCity. She is an Environmental Studies Major at Tulane University, with minors in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship and International Development. She has a background in food justice, stemming from her involvement with various clubs on Tulane's campus centered around food advocacy and urban farming. She is also a member of the USG Sustainability Committee at Tulane, which passes legislature to improve the sustainability of Tulane's campus. Emily's other interests include her participation on the Tulane Women's Club Ultimate Frisbee team as well as her goal of becoming fluent in Spanish. Coming from a small town in the seacoast of New Hampshire, she is eager to contribute to LifeCity's development of sustainable business in the New Orleans community.
Melissa Liberson, Pollution Prevention Intern
Melissa Liberson is in her second year at Tulane University, majoring in Chemical Engineering with minors in Portuguese and Math. Melissa is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, where she was active in service organizations in the local Jewish community and global causes. She is pursuing her degree with a sustainability focus in order to eventually engage in research pertaining to alternative energy sources, and she is excited to work with LifeCity to contribute to sustainability in the New Orleans community.