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.

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.

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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

Meet the Vendors: Green Gifts and Holiday Market 2015!

The annual Green Gifts and Holiday Market is back at Propeller! There will be lots of local vendors and happy hour drinks, so come and celebrate our  business community during this holiday season. We’ve profiled our vendors below and will add to the list as more join. Mark your calendars for this family-friendly marketplace!

Wednesday, December 16th

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Meet the Vendors: Green Gifts and Holiday Market!

in partnership with the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Yelp! New Orleans and Stay Local!

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The annual Green Gifts and Holiday Market is back at the Healing Center! There will be lots of local vendors and happy hour drinks, so come and celebrate our vibrant business community during this holiday season. We’ve profiled our vendors below and will add to the list as more join. Mark your calendars for this family-friendly marketplace!

Thursday, December 18th
New Orleans Healing Center

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The Green Games: 3 Steps You Need to Succeed

NattyAwardsLogoMediumClear_nodateIf you’re a LifeCity Business Member, you already know you’re a competitor in the Green Games. But do you know what it takes to bring home the prize?

The Green Games isn’t an arbitrary drawing of one of our many great member businesses. It’s a crafted assessment with third-party, impartial judges. And there’s a definite pattern to its winners. Here are three steps to take as you’re beginning the road to the Natty Awards Ceremony in May.

Step 1: Revisit your goals.

Summer months were hot of weather, cold of customer. We’re guessing you didn’t spend them ruminating on how to make energy efficiency improvements. (Well, maybe that time you saw your August Entergy bill.) But now that we don’t need snoballs to keep our brains from overheating, it’s time to look back on what you want to accomplish with LifeCity. Setting and accomplishing these goals is what will propel you to the next stage of growth…and win you a trophy at the Natty Awards ceremony!

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Remember that goals sheet we filled out when you became a LifeCity member? Check it out. Have you checked them all off? Are there a few that need attention? Do you know where your goal sheet is?

Even if you haven’t begun any, no worries. We’ll meet you wherever you are in the goals process, because that’s what we’re here for. Your second step is to call or email your community manager at LifeCity (, 504-909-2489) and set up a time to find out where to go from here.

Step 3: Make a strategy.

Once we’ve identified your progress (or located your sheet), we can make a plan together of how to move forward. We know as a business owner how little time you have to make these connections on your own – that’s why we do it for you. We’ll work together to find out what you need, when you need it, and how to make it happen.

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In other words, hang in there! We know it’s not easy being the pioneers of sustainability in New Orleans. Yes, we’re all striving to be more sustainable for the good of our city. Yes, our community and earth mean more to us than a competition.

But sometimes, it just feels good to be recognized for the work we’re doing that doesn’t always generate the most profits right away. And the Green Games is how we do that.

So come to the Green Games Launch Party on October 16th at Bourbon House to drink specialty cocktails, kick off the games, and meet your competition (aka other awesome leaders in New Orleans)!