NEW ORLEANS – Tuesday, August 28, 2018, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and Design Jones, LLC will host the third citywide community workshop to get public input on possibilities for redeveloping the neighborhood surrounding the former Charity Hospital. The first two meetings brought out close to 300 participants over the past month. These community workshops are a part of the collaborative public engagement process that Design Jones, LLC is leading for the strategic planning process. Other efforts include stakeholder meetings as well as surveying residents, workforce, students, and commuters. Design Jones, LLC has extensive experience facilitating authentic community engagement around development and most recently led the creation of the Master Plan for the Claiborne Corridor Innovation District, an area immediately adjacent to the proposed Spirit of Charity Innovation District.
WHO: Greater New Orleans Foundation
Design Jones, LLC
WHAT: Spirit of Charity Innovation District Citywide Community Workshop
WHEN: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: University Medical Center
Conference Center J
2000 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA
Developed by EP Cleaners, The Eco-Friendly Guide to Cleaning Your Home offers a reliable source of information for those who seek a deeper insight into environmental and healthy home cleaning practices. This guide was published in London and it is a reminder that environmental challenges are of a global nature and require collective action.
EMPLOY is a collective of over 40 diverse individuals representing over 25 organizations across the multiple systems, fields, and sectors that intersect with Opportunity Youth (youth ages 16-24 not connected to education or employment). We are a cross-sector collaborative working to decrease the number of disconnected youth in New Orleans by engaging them in quality education and employment pathways. We envision a community where all young people in New Orleans are able to realize their educational and employment potential.
The last straw: Local organizations and activists join global effort to beat plastic pollution
Thirteen million tons of plastic end up in the world’s oceans each year, leading scientists to believe that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the water. But a local activist who isn’t even old enough to drive wants to crush those numbers.
During United Nations World Environment Day on June 5, New Orleans grade schooler Hrilina Ramrakhiani stood behind a podium in the Historic Carver Theater and addressed city officials, along with world leaders participating in the 2018 G-7 Summit in Canada who were taking part live video conferencing.
Thanks to all fellow adventurers who joined us for the Cuba EcoTour. It was certainly a chance to get a fresh perspective on global issues whilst discovering a country that reminds us that today’s greatest challenges have no borders.
On June 5th of 2018, the United Nations Environment Program, No Waste Nola and LifeCity hosted the U.S. flagship event for World Environment Day in the city of New Orleans. From the historic Carver Theatre to Zulu Hall, celebrities, prominent public officials and representatives from the city’s business community, celebrated their commitment to reduce plastic pollution.
The celebration included a traditional second line and massive support from the public who will ultimately hold pledging organizations accountable for their commitments. In such a way, the event celebrated New Orleans’ progress and commitment to tackle plastic pollution and serves as a reminder of the importance of the city’s participation in addressing current environmental challenges.
Amongst the highlights of the event, various organizations pledged to step up their efforts against single use plastic and added commitments to tailor their business practices in order to curb their current use of plastic. Some of these included:
- The Audubon Nature Institute
- The Audubon Nature Institute pledged to significantly reduce the use of single-use plastics across their facilities and act as a leader in the region to reduce plastic pollution in an effort to ensure the health of oceans and waterways. This comes as a continuation of previous efforts that allowed the Institute to phase out plastic straws from its concessions and plastic bags from its gift shops – more than 200,000 individual pieces of single-use plastics since 2017. Furthermore, from here on, the Audubon Nature Institute pledged to expand their efforts to offer plastic bottle alternatives like aluminum canned water at their attractions and to feature during this summer a limited-time special exhibition comprised of powerful art to educate a global audience about plastic pollution trash. Considering the volume of visitors year round, through its commitment, The Audubon Institute is certainly solidified itself as a leader in New Orleans in the fight against plastic pollution.
- New Orleans City Park
- In the same way, New Orleans City Park’s pledge to eliminated plastic bags from all future event contracts and limit the offer of plastic straws to customers request promises a world of change in the City’s landscape given the importance of the Park as the goto nature escape in New Orleans. These efforts efforts will undoubtedly raise the bar and further establish New Orleans City Park as a hub for the city to bring together the community and continue to project the city as an environmental powerhouse in the Gulf.
- Hosteling International USA
- HI USA, the nation’s leading hostel brand added to their several award winning environmental initiatives (Green Globe, EPA Power Partner, and more) a pledge to not provide plastic bags, straws, or to-go containers in addition to offer reusable water bottles and water filling stations in place of selling bottled water in their new hostel to open in New Orleans by the end of the year. Considering that HI USA hosts more than 1 million overnights across more than 50 hostels each year and bring together travelers from more than 100 countries whilst engaging them in activities and programming in support of creating a more tolerant and sustainable world, the impact of this efforts will go beyond the borders of New Orleans and Louisiana and well into the global impact realm. And if this was not enough, the entire HI USA network pledged to completing a plastic-use survey to determine the volume of single-use plastic in their supply chain and work to set even more ambitious goals in the future.
- Casa Borrega
- Casa Borrega pledged to replace single use plastic straws with metal straws that will be sold to customers while Seed restaurant on Prytania Street pledged to continue offering recycled, biodegradable, and compostable “to-go” products, including straws. Given their recognition within the restaurant industry and their commitment to offer the best possible experience, these efforts are set to stick within their customers and multiply as best practices in the restaurant industry in the city.
Thus, more than a celebration of previous accomplishments, The United Nations World Environment Day celebration in New Orleans served to trace a path towards the future in which all players regardless of size and income must collaborate to augment the City’s impact and role in making the world a better place.
There is no doubt that the best nutrition comes from the freshest veggies. My favorite fact to tell folks is that when you harvest a Vegetable/Fruit from the Plant, it immediately begins to decompose, naturally. This is often one of those details we don’t think of when buying produce. Imagine the produce coming from out of state or even worse, outside of the country that could be over a week old. You’re buying that produce for it’s taste, not it’s nutritional value. Here are a couple ways you can up your Nutrition Game:
2 New Orleans Eco-friendly Projects that need Your Help
NOLA Connects.org is a platform dedicated to helping New Orleans citizens crowd fund their eco-friendly projects. To date, seven projects have launched and have raised over $3,000. Organizations that have already raised funds to impact their communities include: Garden on Mars and Treme Petit Jazz Museum. There are still two local projects that need support to reach their goals. Each project accepts donations of any amount. Read about them below:
As a small nonprofit, one of our favorite ways to stretch dollars and extend benefits to as many New Orleanians as possible is to partner up with other mission-aligned organizations, businesses, city agencies, you name it. Currently, we are developing an approach to environmental, economic and civic transformation called the “Healthy Block Initiative.”
We love working with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, SOUL, GreenLight, and others on a floodprone block on the corner of St. Ann and North White in Mid-City, where collectively we are providing a whole block of residents with rain barrels, trees, depaving, and rain gardens at low cost while creating green sector training opportunities.
Don’t forget to think about ways you can maximize dollars and impact through collaboration!