Sustainability Spotlight: Green Materials Being Used in Home Construction

The green building sector has seen explosive growth recently, managing to double in size every three years. Fueling this growth is increased consumer interest in sustainable building materials, as well as a desire to reduce maintenance, lower the environmental impact of building, and increase the value of property, which stems from growing interest in energy efficient home upgrades like energy star-rated windows and doors. The wide array of sustainable materials also drives growth by delivering many elegant alternatives to traditional building materials. Here are some of the top sustainable materials in use today.  Continue reading

What the People Want for the Future of New Orleans – A creative mapping project of the Love Your City Awards

On Thursday, January 25th, 2018 I volunteered at the Love Your City Awards Gala, where I engaged with participants in a map that consisted of sustainability and resiliency features of New Orleans. Together, we discussed current features both existent and nonexistent but hoped to be achieved in the future.

It was pleasing to learn about the many aspirations people have for the future of New Orleans. These were the most popular topics:

  • waste management (recycling, trash)
  • infrastructure (bike lanes),
  • social diversity
  • green vegetation (urban gardens, trees, urban forests)

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The YLC and Arc of Greater New Orleans – Make Mardi Gras Green!

This is your chance to become a Mardi Gras Superhero!!

YLC Recycles and ARC of Greater New Orleans are piloting an exciting initiative aimed at reducing waste during two days of Mardi Gras parades in 2018 and THEY NEED YOUR HELP!

Our Mardi Gras Volunteers will save our storm drains from the perils of unwanted beads and our landfills from excess trash!  The YLC and Arc are recruiting 100 volunteers to be a part of a history-making team that will make Mardi Gras in New Orleans greener and better!

We need YOU to be a Mardi Gras Superhero — one who saves our storm drains from the perils of unwanted beads and our landfills from excess trash. The Mardi Gras Recycling group is recruiting 100 volunteers to be a part of history. Sign up for a shift below to be stationed in a tent or pass out bags, and whether this is your first Mardi Gras in New Orleans or you’re a seasoned pro WE WANT YOU! Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the history making team that made Mardi Gras in New Orleans even better!

Freret Station Volunteers (12pm-5pm) – Feb. 3, 2018

Thoth Station Volunteers (11am-4pm) – Feb. 11, 2018

Join LifeCity for an EcoTour of Cuba!

Have you been wanting to travel to Cuba and learn more about this incredible country? Well, now’s your chance May 31st-June 3rd.

**Discount Alert**

RSVP by April 6th and get: $200 off trip price and a $495 flight!

RSVP today!

LifeCity is partnering with Insider Expeditions to arrange an eco-tour for you and your loved ones. This tour is specifically designed to be an eco-tour, given our community’s commitment to social and environmental responsibility. It’s going to be an awesome group of travelers, full of like-minded people! We hope you can join us on this adventure. 🙂

Check out the full itinerary here:Life City Cuba Expedition_Edit.compressed

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ANNOUNCING: Winners of the Love Your City Awards Gala

Love Your City Awards Revealed: Honoring Sustainable Business Leaders

23 Recognized for Social and Environmental Impact

Stormwater Winners

Achievement: Landrieu Concrete and Cement Industries 

For the Achievement Award, we selected an organization that has made significant
improvement in learning how to manage stormwater at their facility. In fact, their runoff
catchment system is going to prevent any stormwater runoff from going into local city
drains and also allow them to reuse rainwater and washwater for their trucks. The system
saves the company 174,000 gallons of water a month, saving over 2 Million gallons
annually, with $15,000 of annual savings. Furthermore, this company is learning how to
shift their services to a for-benefit model by training their team on the installation of
pervious cement.


 Leadership: Urban Conservancy

For the Leadership Award in this category, our Selection Committee was proud to see so
many organizations helping our community improve our ability to live with water. While
each of these nominees play an important role, one organization stood out in their
commitment to not just their mission, but tracking their impact. To date, this organization
has removed 18,474.73 SF of paving which provide visible examples of green infrastructure in the urban environment and serve as models and inspiration for future efforts throughout the city.

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2018 Love Your City Awards Gala


The 2018 Love Your City Awards Gala was a huge success! The night was full of contagious fun and excitement. This year we introduced a new brand, a new look, new award categories, and the awards were open to any business who were achieving great things for sustainability. We celebrated the Achievement Winners and Leadership Winners in the Stormwater, Buy Local, Healthy Fresh Foods, Employee Wellness, Clean Energy, Equitable Hiring, Clean Transportation, Inclusive Workplace, Zero Waste, Collaboration, Best All-Around, and People’s Choice categories!

We want to offer our sincerest thank you to all of the winners. The event was a success because of all the hard work you do to make the city of New Orleans a more inclusive, healthy, and sustainable place. #LoveYourCityAwards

The LifeCity Team

January’s Green Tip of the Month!

Our relationship with water here in New Orleans is such a touchy one! Every down pour of rain is met with at least one New Orleanian’s cringe. LifeCity wants to change that cringe into a grin by showing creative rain solutions can make all the difference in reducing flooding and reducing your water bill. 

You have the opportunity to capture stormwater by investing in rain barrels. This will reduce flooding around your house and you can use it to water your plants! In this month’s tip, we want to remind you that elevating your rain barrel will increase the water pressure and make it easier to use.

LifeCity Client Greenman Dan offers this and many more creative drainage solutions.

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Tip of the Month: Own New Orleans!

This month’s tip is brought to you by Finance Authority of New Orleans and Green Coast Enterprises!

Did you know that the Finance Authority of New Orleans has a down payment assistance grant + loan program? Invest in New Orleans today, through home ownership and show your love for our vibrant city!
  • Since 1979, FANO has invested more than $650 million into the New Orleans economy. Their efforts have been largely focused on homeownership for low-to-moderate income families. These investments have resulted in more than 8,000 mortgage financings and the creation of affordable rental units for families in need.
  • Their goal for the future is to continue investing in homeownership because it is the foundation of a functional community. In addition to homeownership, they are increasing investments in multifamily and economic development projects that create stability in our neighborhoods.
  • FANO strives to improve the quality of life in the city of New Orleans by directly investing in the creation of affordable housing and economic development projects that produce quality jobs and wealth for residents.
  • We give every New Orleanian the opportunity to access capital needed for a decent standard of living by way of homeownership and community investment.

Check out Finance Authority of New Orleans to learn more about the work they do to invest in New Orleans. Have a great week!