Media Alert: French Quarter Businesses take tour of local Recycling Facility in honor of America Recycles Day



Press contact: Liz Shephard, CEO, LifeCity, (504) 909-2489 (o), (813) 417-0392 (c),

What: In honor of America Recycles Day, local community partners have sponsored an event to educate businesses and political leaders about recycling in our community through a workshop and tour of a local material recycling facility.

When: November 15th, 1:30 pm – 1:45pm, followed by tour from 1:45-2:15 pm.

Where: 808 L & A Road, Metairie, LA, 70001

Building is located off of Airline Hwy at Republic Service’s Material Recycling Facility (MRF).  This is the only material recycling facility in New Orleans and is seeking to expand.  Local business leaders and City Council members will speak, and then take a tour of the recycling facility.

With Whom: City Council Member Ramsey, French Quarter Business Leaders, the Sewage & Water Board, LifeCity, Republic Services, Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the New Orleans Chamber Foundation, Latrobe’s on Royal, Cajun Encounters, and more.

Why: New Orleans only recycles 5% of its waste (eligible for pick up by the City of New Orleans).  This number is low when compared to cities like San Francisco that recycle 80-90% of their waste.  In honor of America Recycles Day, the City Council is providing a resolution to support increasing recycling in our community, in order to create jobs, protect resources for future generations, support sustainable business development, and reduce the harm that landfills so often cause near disadvantaged communities.

There are still spots available for the Business Recycling Workshop at Latrobe’s On Royal and Recycling Facility Tour (the bus is full). More details about both events here. Please join us today!

Businesses interested in more support and resources are encouraged to contact LifeCity at






Green Home Blue Yard Tour Was a Success!

We began the Green Home Blue Yard tour with happy hour at Other Bar and ended with a cocktail party. In between, we visited three sites that exemplify smart building and landscape design that keep our sunken city below budget and above water. All were within walking distance of The Other Bar and it was a beautiful October evening to tour the neighborhood!

Dana Eness, executive director of The Urban Conservancy, led us to a successful implementation of the Front Yard Initiative where a homeowner replaced front yard concrete with a garden. They showed before and after pictures of what had before been known as “Lake Valmont,” the street flooding used to be so bad. Now, the rain garden takes a major burden off the pipes and the street drains much better during heavy rains.

Michael Collins, developer and owner of The Other Bar, led a tour of houses he’s built to be energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and resilient. The first was a 5,000 sq foot home that has a monthly energy bill of only $90. We ended the evening with a cocktail party at his latest development, built with reclaimed wood from the neighborhood. They use a heat-gun to identify needed improvements in insulation and use argon-gas filled windows to keep the houses sealed.

Greentrepreneur: Bart’s Office Inc.

bart's logoThis month, our Greentrepreneur is showcased not only for their commitment to becoming a more sustainable business but also for their response to their community in its time of need. Bart’s Office Inc. was a major supporter of flood victims in the Baton Rouge area this past month, delivering truck-loads of supplies and volunteering their time to help affected areas get back on their feet. Below is an abbreviated version of our regular Greentrepreneur feature by owner Courtney Davis, along with some images of the help they provided our neighbors. Thanks to Bart’s and all the businesses helping in the relief effort! Check out this article on how to get involved if you haven’t already. Continue reading

Fats, Oils and Grease: New regulations from the SWB you need to know

environmental_fogalertIn February 2016, Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, updated the plumbing code specifically relating to rules governing discharge into the public sewerage system from grease traps and grease interceptors. S&WB also outlined the new FOG (Fats, Oil and Grease) ordinance in Section 16.5 of the Plumbing Code.  The change in regulations was made to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in the collection system. The majority of sewer overflows are caused by obstructions in the collection system and grease causes most of those obstructions.

Traditionally, municipalities issued discharge permits and sampled the discharge from the grease-trap to determine if a facility was in compliance.  The FOG program is a means to regulate discharges to the sanitary sewer by the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs). The intent of the changes to the Plumbing Code is to make food service facilities aware of the function of their grease-trap and grease-interceptors. It also will require the food service facility owner and/or manager to properly maintain their trap.  This is done by having it pumped or cleaned by a grease-trap cleaning company. The trap must be inspected on an annual basis by a licensed plumber to ensure it works properly.

Key points of the regulations are found below: Continue reading

TOP 5 Lessons from Lelia’s Negotiations Workshop

IMG_2273What does negotiation have to do with sustainability? A lot – we discovered while attending Lelia Gowland’s negotiation workshop at Treo’s upstairs gallery last week. We wanted to share the amazing lessons we gained from Gowland Consulting so you too can build relationships that ultimately generate stronger, mutually beneficial outcomes.

Isn’t that what sustainability is all about?  Understanding the relationships between our community, environment, and economy, in order to discover the best long-term possible outcomes?  Whether you are negotiating your next contract or climate change policy, negotiation is something all of us in sustainable business development should care about.  Here are the top 5 lessons we learned: Continue reading

ANNOUNCING: Winners and Finalists of the 5th Annual Green Games Awards Gala

GG 2016 Award plaque design GOld_outlinesThe winners of the 5th annual Green Games were announced Thursday night at the Green Games Awards Gala! Below is a complete list of the winners, finalists, and our selection committee who helped award Excellence (for overall leadership as a sustainable organization) and Emerging Leadership (for vast improvements over the last year).

The winners of the Excellence award will also be awarded $500 to go toward sustainability improvements in the 2016-2017 year.

Thank you to our sponsors who made the evening possible:  Continue reading

Going Above & Beyond: 5 Green Games Contestants’ Impact

We have companies that consistently shoot for the stars – in their mission, operations, and community engagement. Here are excerpts from five stellar applications we received in the Green Games competition. Remember, you can vote for your favorite in our Facebook poll! The winner receives a free year of LifeCity membership!

nola tree project logo1. NOLA Tree Project (formerly Hike for KaTREEna)


Green Games 5: 5 Contestant Highlights!

Excerpts from some of 5 of our impactful contestant profiles in this year’s Green Games! See how they’ve gone above and beyond to create a positive impact through their work. Get your tickets for May 12th to see the winner, and in the meantime VOTE for your favorite to win the People’s Choice Award!

 1. Water Works

small_Water_Works-Home_r1_c2-2MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Continue reading



Local businesses compete for the 2016 Green Games Awards, celebration at Eiffel Society


The Green Games Awards Gala is New Orleans’ sustainability event of the year. On May 12th, 2016, our city’s business leaders will take over Eiffel Society for a glamourous academy awards-like program to honor awardees, network, and enjoy live entertainment.

In the last five years, LifeCity has presented over 100 awards for sustainable achievements and leadership empowering changemakers to take on the next steps in their sustainability missions. At the forefront of social innovation, the Green Games Awards Gala celebrates the progress local businesses have made in sustainability; inspiring other New Orleans’ industries to do the same as sustainability becomes the “norm” and not the exception for business success.

This year, over 150 businesses will compete for Sustainability Achievement awards in Greater New Orleans. Business leaders in seven categories will take home honors such as “Sustainability Leadership,” “Most Improved,” and “People’s Choice.”

  • WHO: LifeCity, LLC will host New Orleans’ Sustainability Event of the Year in partnership with the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Biz New Orleans, Stay Local, Natural Awakenings Magazine, and the City of New Orleans Resilience Office.
  • WHAT: The Fifth Annual Green Games Awards Gala: an academy awards-style gala for sustainable businesses in New Orleans. Live entertainment featuring Tank & the Bangas and local comedians, silent auction, local food, and revealing the winners of the 2016 Green Games awards.
  • WHERE: The Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA.
  • WHEN: Thursday, May 12th, 7-10pm
  • WHY: This Fifth Annual Awards Gala is a celebration of the social innovation that New Orleans is a leader in. It brings awareness to the organizations who are operating in a sustainable, community-minded way, and celebrates them for being pioneers of the movement in our region.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Antares Technology Solutions, AMCREF Community Capital, Cox Communications, Empire Services, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane UniversityPostlethwaite & Netterville, The Vivelan Group, and Valero Energy Foundation.

With their support, the Fifth Annual Green Games promises to be an unforgettable evening filled with ​live entertainment, delicious local food,​ a silent auction,​ and most importantly, a ​celebration of the local business leaders in our community who have made great strides to build a more sustainable New Orleans. Tickets can be found on the Green Games page of the LifeCity Website: Early bird discounts available before April 15th, 2016.


LifeCity is a membership-based organization that makes social and environmental impact profitable for businesses. It seeks to ensure that businesses that want to go green have the support to do so, and businesses that claim to be green are truly implementing socially and environmentally responsible practices. LifeCity is always adding new businesses to our membership. If you are a business, manufacturer, or technical assistance provider interested in learning more about how can go green and save money call (504) 909-2489 or email

CONTACT: Meryl Dakin, 985-710-1830. Jessica Nehrbass, 504-909-2489

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LifeCity receives $25,000 from GNOF to continue the Value Louisiana Initiative

Just yesterday, LifeCity received funds from the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) to continue and grow the Value Louisiana Initiative (VLI) with a full-time coordinator. As a catalyst for change in the region, GNOF recognizes the important role that backbone organizations play in community development. This grant mirrors another recent grant provided to the Water Collaborative to hire a full-time coordinator to develop a collective impact strategy for the water sector. Continue reading