Greentrepreneur: NOLA Aikido

nola_aikido_logo_500Located in New Orleans’ Mid-City, NOLA Aikido offers training in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. We’re committed to helping every student, from beginner to advanced, learn and grow at their own pace. In time, young and old alike can become more fit, more confident, with a greater sense of well-being. Classes for both adults and children are offered.

We are constantly working to make our offerings accessible to anyone and everyone who might be interested and benefit from Aikido practice without discrimination with regards to race, gender, sexual orientation, or income.

We are continuing to grow and expand, and we are excited to see what’s next!

What are some of your proudest moments as owner of NOLA Aikido?

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B Lab: Benefit Corporations Offer Private Sector Strategies To Solve Social, Environmental Challenges

by Billy Lee and Jessica Nehrbass,, 10/3/2016

NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), LifeCity, Fishman Haygood, L.L.P. and Propeller hosted a group of lawyers, business owners and entrepreneurs for an educational workshop on “benefit corporations,” an emerging class of businesses that are redefining corporate purpose to consider society and the environment alongside profit for shareholders.

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New Orleans Chamber Foundation receives Healthy Communities Grant to help green French Quarter businesses


Liz Shephard, CEO, LifeCity, LLC
(504) 909 –CITY(2489)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 6, 2016

New Orleans Chamber Foundation receives Healthy Communities Grant to help green French Quarter businesses 

(New Orleans, LA | September 6, 2016) The New Orleans Chamber Foundation in partnership with LifeCity, a local organization that’s working to make social and environmental impact profitable for businesses, was selected as a recipient of the Healthy Communities Grant by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the State’s premier anti-litter and community improvement organization.  This year’s grant of $6,000 (with a $5,000 match from the Louisiana Small Business Development Center) will help support 20 French Quarter businesses improve their waste management and green their operations.

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Flood Relief: Resources and Best Practices

flood shelterby William Lee

It’s been nearly three weeks since a historic rainstorm descended on southern Louisiana, releasing enough water in its days-long hover to fill Lake Pontchartrain—four times. The ensuing flooding stranded thousands of Louisianans and inundated tens of thousands of vehicles, homes and businesses, sparking a crisis.

Many New Orleanians are anxious to know the best way to help our neighbors in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and dozens of other communities hit hard by the flooding. Continue reading

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.

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Greentrepreneur: Latrobe’s on Royal

Latrobes On Royal was once known as the Louisiana State Bank & has stood in the historic French Quarter since 1822. With signature architecture, the perfect location & a top notch team in place, our museum space gets lots of wonderful requests to host all different types of special events. This is where we can make a difference within the New Orleans hospitality community and within the sustainable one as well. From using real silverware to implementing a recycling program to using as many local products as possible, we are doing our part in promoting the green movement & minimizing our overall environmental impact. We feel that by putting in some extra effort & systems, not only are we simply doing the right thing, but we are also helping our city’s busiest neighborhood thrive.  

What are some of your proudest moments at Latrobe’s on Royal?

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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

Greentrepreneur: Gowland LLC

At Gowland LLC, we make work work for women. We partner with companies and professional associations to support, attract, and retain female talent. Through speeches, workshops, and resources, we offer women who work the skills and support to thrive in their lives and careers.

What are some of your proudest moments as owner of Gowland LLC?

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