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.
Jeana Wiser, Regional Sustainability Director
As Regional Sustainability Director for LifeCity, Jeana leverages her passion for people, place, and sustainability to lead Value Louisiana - LifeCity’s for-benefit development initiative. Jeana brings over six years of national experience in community preservation, climate change policy and advocacy, resilience, and sustainability, with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to her LifeCity role, along with a strong love of and dedication to New Orleans. She was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and as a result, recycling, composting, and sustainability has always been second nature. Her lifelong dedication to environment and community serves as a strong foundation and guiding philosophy.
In addition to her work in cities around the country, Jeana has spent the last seven years as a member of the New Orleans-based nonprofit, Building Resilience Workshop’s Executive Committee where she has developed an extensive network of local community leaders, practitioners, and experts at the intersection of community, resilience, and the future of South Louisiana.
Jeana holds a Master Degree in Urban Planning from University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ethnic Studies and Liberal Studies from Oregon State University.
Director of Client Services
Emily is Director of Client Services for LifeCity. She has a background in the nonprofit sector, largely in account management and volunteer coordination. Emily is an alumni of the University of Mary Washington, where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Sustainability. As a student, Emily played an active role in helping the university and surrounding area become more sustainable through educational outreach and volunteer work. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, she relocated to New Orleans in June 2016 and loves her adopted home here in New Orleans. Emily is excited to work with LifeCity to help businesses and individuals build a more sustainable community in New Orleans.
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.
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.