Urban Conservancy’s May Tip of the Month!

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! 

Participate in the Downtown Energy Challenge!

Join the Conversation: Big Buildings Energy Savings Working Group May 21

Did you know that buildings in New Orleans account for 50 percent of citywide energy use and subsequent emissions? Optimizing building energy use across the city is not only critical to creating a more resilient New Orleans and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions, but also provides multiple other benefits, including:

– lower operating expenses for building owners
– reducing costs for multifamily tenants
– helping to attract business and tenants
– keeping the commercial real estate market competitive
– increasing the life of HVAC equipment

Join us for the Big Buildings Energy Savings Working Group Kick Off on May 21st

Now is the time to lend your opinions, experience and expertise to the discussion about the future of energy performance in New Orleans’ existing buildings!

New Orleans is making great progress in becoming a more sustainable and resilient city – from the growth of Entergy New Orleans’ Energy Smart Program and the launch of the City’s first Climate Action Strategy, to the energy benchmarking of municipal buildings and the success of the Downtown NOLA Energy Challenge. At this historic moment, with the transition to new mayoral leadership, we have the opportunity and the obligation to continue to improve New Orleans’ climate resilience AND its economic
competitiveness.

We invite you to participate in the first in a five-part series on Big Buildings Energy Savings over the next few months. We welcome input not only from building owners, managers, and operators, but also professionals with a background or interest in real estate, engineering, architecture, energy, affordable housing, urban planning, finance, public health, and government.

When: Monday, Monday, May 21st from 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Where: Tulane University’s ByWater Institute, 1370 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans LA

Why Participate?
The objective of the Working Group is to create innovative and practical solutions to help cut energy waste across the city. The first meeting will explore and develop a package of policies and programs to improve the energy efficiency of New Orleans’ existing buildings to build our green workforce, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and save money. Please join us to provide your ideas and insight to this effort.
This meeting will be open to the public, and all input is welcome. To reserve your space in the Big Buildings Energy Savings Working Group launch meeting, register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZQL2QB6

Paint Reclamation Project!

Are you a Greater New Orleans nonprofit, church, or school in need of paint for an upcoming project? The Green Project and City of New Orleans’ Department of Sanitation are collaborating to collect paint during Household Hazardous Waste Day (May 12; 8am-1pm; 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue) and provide local organizations with paint for FREE! 

HOW TO GET YOUR FREE PAINT: Email info@thegreenproject.org to reserve a time during one of the following days to pick up paint at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue.

For mor information click here.

—- PICK UP DAYS/TIMES —-

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 17, 2018
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

**** Organizations must reserve a time to pick up paint. Please email info@thegreenproject.org. ****

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 https://members.ylcnola.org/?nd=p_vms_registration_event_detail&registration_id=5398

Thoth Station Volunteers (11am-4pm) – Feb. 11, 2018 https://members.ylcnola.org/?nd=p_vms_registration_event_detail&registration_id=5401

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 9th 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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