2019 Love Your City Awards Revealed: Honoring Sustainable Business Leaders
12 Recognized for Social and Environmental Impact
Batture has helped designed the storage of 14 million gallons of stormwater and counting. In addition to their direct efforts, Batture partners with other organizations to support them in implementing green infrastructure in our city.
Tulane Canal Development Corporation has built 18 homes in New Orleans for families who make at or below 80% of the Area Median Income. We work with families for up to two years to become mortgage ready through one-on-one financial literacy and home buyer counseling. We have over 30 people in our current pipeline and will complete 10 energy efficient homes with storm water management systems in the next two years.
Recirculating Farms Coalition’s primary mission is to increase local, healthy, affordable, accessible food – while caring for our environment. Their core program focuses on growing local fresh food in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner that reduces, reuses and recycles in every way possible. They utilize hydroponics, aquaponics, aquaculture, in ground and raised bed growing methods. They also manage several garden sites – one entirely on their our own, and the others in partnership with other organizations – a senior housing development, a homeless support organization, an alternative high school and a free community health clinic.
The Black Men of Labor utilizes its rich culture and heritage in advancing its employees, staff and community in being included in the Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity. Which flows to 100% of all involved. Their services provide other organizations with informed and trained clients in growing their impact and footprint over all. Through their experience they have devised an initiative that grows from the bottom up in strengthening the industry at a whole with better qualified applicants and clients at around 75%.
Clean Energy Winner
In 2018 the Sheraton New Orleans completed a LED lighting retrofit by replacing 746 fluorescent bulbs with LED bulbs, with estimated savings of $6,100 and 68,000KWh. All used bulbs were donated to a homeless shelter.
Economic Opportunity Winner
In 2018, Lighthouse Louisiana hosted an Inclusion Day event where they hosted state officials, members of the disability community, and members of the business community (100+attended). They also placed 40 people to date in jobs in the community in 2018 for people with disabilities (in addition to hiring individuals who are blind at their own manufacturing facility). In 2018 they performed over 300 outreaches to businesses, schools, community events, etc., sharing the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Use of the Greenway increased at least 20% in 2018 over 2017 numbers. Approximately 300,000 people use the Greenway each year for transportation and recreation. The trail is primarily used for transportation and is an essential connecting pathway for all residents.
Overcoming Racism partners with schools for long-term engagements that includes personalized and intensive anti-racism Professional Development (PD). The PD provides teacher and educational leaders with the tools to lead schools that drive academic achievement while prioritizing cultural competence and sociopolitical awareness among teachers and students. The program includes an equity audit which reviews the hiring practices, curriculum, parent engagement strategy, systems and policies that lead to disparate outcomes. By partnering with talented data and curriculum specialists and other educational leaders, schools create specific plans to address disparities. In one pilot school in one year, they reduced suspensions by 75%, raised student happiness by 15%, and raised the school performance score a letter grade.
Resource Management Winner
The Audubon Aquarium has committed to reducing plastic pollution as part of its mission to make the organization’s business operations more sustainable and educate the public about the importance of ocean conservation. In 2016, the Aquarium eliminated the use of plastic straws, shopping bags, cups, and cup lids. In 2018, the Aquarium eliminated the sale of plastic bottled water and began selling aluminum canned water, an infinitely. These efforts have resulted in 4,330 pounds of plastic waste diverted from the landfill; 95,267 gallons of water saved; and 106,418 kw/h of energy saved. Additionally, the Aquarium has shifted all lighting to energy-efficient LED lighting.
Working at All You Need allows for highly flexible hours, working outdoors in the sunshine, without exposure to any harmful chemicals, and with access to fresh and healthy food. They offer consultations, build outs, and supplies to get other organizations, primarily schools, properly managing stormwater, spending more time outdoors, and eating healthier.
Best All Around Winner
Folgers has made a commitment to be Zero Waste by 2020, diverting millions of pounds from the landfill every month in New Orleans East. Among the qualities that make Smucker unique is a common Purpose of helping to bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Folgers takes pride in partnering with organizations that make meaningful impact on the community while achieving such responsible goals as being a Zero Waste facility.
In addition to winning top honors in the Education category, as judged by the Regional Sustainability Committee (RSC), Overcoming Racism won the coveted People’s Choice Award. The organization received the most votes out of all of our finalists in a competitive public poll!
Event photos can be found here.