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
Batoul Hakeem, Green Business Fellow
Batoul is a green chemist, environmentalist and researcher. She is interested in designing and manufacturing green products and processes that reduce the generation and use of hazardous substances through the use of sustainable, resource-efficient and innovative design molecules, materials and processes; and has conceived and recently founded SAVVY ELEMENT, a green-lab concept that provides environmentally friendly chemical solutions, to lessen the use of toxic chemicals both from the products & their production process; as well as workshops aiming at creating a medium to raise environmental awareness.
Previously, Batoul has worked on several green research projects that focus on waste-to-energy processes, biomass and biogas, as well as green solvents. She is a Greenpeace volunteer, an advocate of sustainability and eco-development, and is fond of horseback riding, painting and writing.
Andrés Peña, Regional Sustainability Coordinator
As Regional Sustainability Coordinator, Andres is responsible for the organization’s Impact Measurement System and for Value Louisiana – LifeCity’s for-benefit development initiative. Born in Colombia, Andres came to New Orleans as a Tulane International Development graduate student and after living in the city for a year, becoming a father has made him ever more invested in its past, present and future. With over 10 years of experience in managing projects and assisting young companies into operational and financial sustainability, Andres believes in New Orleans’ potential to become a hub development initiatives on a global scale.
Billy Lee, Impact Report Director
Billy Lee directs impact reporting for LifeCity, helping clients appreciate and communicate their social and environmental impact through visual storytelling and written reports. In his undergraduate studies at Tulane University, Billy focused on clean energy and environmental policy while exploring opportunities in New Orleans’ growing sustainable business space. During summers in his native Washington D.C., Billy completed policy internships at the Environmental & Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), where he honed his analytical skills, developed content for influential think tanks and monitored Congressional hearings. Billy is a talented narrator, able to transform technical information and convoluted data into digestible reports for businesses and policymakers. A passionate yet pragmatic environmentalist, Billy is excited to support LifeCity as it innovates sustainable solutions for New Orleans and beyond.