Green Seminar: Green Marketing with Conversations and special guest from the EPA

11.8.13 Chamber Seminar

e3logo_75Special Guest Kristin Pierre of the US EPA will make an exciting announcement that could support the development of our regional green economy.  Program Manager of E3 (Environment, Energy, Economy), Ms. Pierre is a leader in developing innovative solutions for the manufacturing industry.  Don’t miss out on the news!

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The Greentrepreneur: Natural Awakenings Magazine

lolitaIf you need a magazine to help you find the healthy living and sustainability resources in our community – Natural Awakenings Magazine is it!  This local chapter has tremendous reach in our region (of over 50,000 readers) and is one of the best places to learn about the most up-to-date happenings in the green sector.  This Saturday, the Magazine is hosting NOLA’s first annual Healthy Living & Sustainability EXPO at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, LA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In honor of this inaugural event, we interviewed Lolita Werhan, Publisher of Natural Awakenings S.E. Louisiana to learn more about her passion for healthy living and sustainability.  LifeCity is a proud partner with this tremendous leader in our community along with the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce in the Green Games, a business competition to green local offices, restaurants, and other organizations. Continue reading

Finding Opportunity In Adversity: A Water Challenge

DSC_0262Last Friday, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce hosted yet another successful Impact Economy Forum. The topic for this quarter’s session was sustainable water management. Associates from Thomas Strategies, Dana Brown and AssociatesBayou Land RC&D, and Waggoner & Ball Architects  offered presentations on the challenges, and solutions, to sustainable water management that the City of New Orleans is facing. Though the event was promoted as Building a Blue-Green City, the real theme was finding opportunity within adversity. As Rami Diaz of Waggoner & Ball explained the recent release of GNO, Inc’s “Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan” establishes sustainability and innovation as the new paradigms for water management in the Impact Economy, and the future of the city is ripe with opportunity. Continue reading

Energy Efficiency Collaboration in New Orleans

Group photo copyBy Joylynn Moore

Last Friday’s Quarterly Impact Economy Forum had a great turnout with over 70 individuals from the green and business communities coming together to learn more about the future of energy efficiency in LA. LifeCity’s Impact Economy Forums bring together leaders of local government, business, and non-profit organizations to discuss developments and timely issues affecting the Impact Economy in New Orleans.

The Forum kicked-off with Keynote Speaker Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, who spoke on the tremendous strides New Orleans has taken to move forward in energy efficiency. As Chairman of the Utility Committee, CM Hedge-Morrell was able to speak to the development of the Energy Smart program and its tremendous success. When the City Council first launched the Energy Smart program in 2011, there had been programs initiated in other cities that did not have traction the City Council was hoping to achieve with Energy Smart. “The key that brought us to where we are today was in educating people on how to use the devices they were given,” explains CM Hedge-Morrell. “Instead of simply mailing the instructions, actual centers for people to get information were soon in place followed by a way for people to come out and talk to you if you didn’t understand the information.” Continue reading

Farm to Table Symposium is coming to NOLA!

Press Release by New Orleans Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center

The 1st annual Farm to Table International Symposium will take place August 2-4 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and willfeature the brightest thought leaders and leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. The key-note speaker will be Jim Hightower, the former Texas Agriculture Commissioner, National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, “Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow,”.  Hightower has dedicated three decades to challenging “Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be – consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.” Continue reading

Getting Schooled in Sustainability

Screen Shot 2013-04-04 at 1.20.32 PMBy Merry Cherney

The lessons we learn in school extend far beyond basic arithmetic and reading comprehension.  Recently, there has been a push towards teaching students how to be healthy, involved, and sustainable citizens.  Due to the growing international focus on the environment, more and more schools have integrated environmental and sustainability studies into school curriculums.

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Quarterly Impact Economy Forum: The Energy State

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The Energy State: Louisiana’s Potential Leadership in Natural Gas and Clean Fuel Development

Over 70 organizations came out to our first Impact Economy Forum, co-hosted by the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Green Collaborative, and LifeCity. At this Zero Waste event, the group shared our common vision for the Impact Economy. Our second Impact Economy Forum focused on taking action by learning how to navigate state policy advocacy in 2013.

Our next meeting in April will be focused on Louisiana’s natural gas and clean fuel development potential.  Continue reading

Lessons From Greening Downtown

downtown new orleansWhen you think of downtown New Orleans, the only “green” image you may consider is arguably the hand grenade, an icon of the French Quarter.  Yet, if you talk to the Downtown Development District, or any tourist for that matter, what you find is a green agenda and a vision for a City that can last beyond the next 100 Century storm. 

This shift in priorities comes largely from the shifting market in the City.

“New Orleans has seen an explosion of entrepreneurs and young professionals, and it is important that our sustainability initiatives cater to this changing business environment,” said McCall, Operations Director for the Downtown Development DistrictContinue reading

The “Doom Bat’s” View from the Top of the Mountain

ELS2013_FinalPoster1Yvon Chouinard’s, founder of Patagonia and self proclaimed “Doom Bat,” reflections on green enterprise and human potential.

By Merry Cherney

The 18th Annual Summit on Environmental Law and Policy at Tulane University brought together a diverse set of speakers who spoke on various pertinent environmental issues. From the BP Oil Spill and its aftermath to hydraulic fracturing and genetically engineered food, the Summit provided a two-day summary of some of the more pressing ecological topics facing our world in the next ten years. Continue reading

Tulane Environmental Law Summit Friday and Saturday!

Learn more about the 18th Annual Tulane Environmental Law Summit and hear speakers on green consumerism, coastal protection, and more!

Keynote Address Presented by Yvon Chouinard:  Corporate Responsibility, Patagonia Style 

In addition to his status as a climbing pioneer, Yvon Chouinard is the founder of outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia. Through his entrepreneurship, Mr. Chouinard has promoted improved workplace conditions while demonstrating the importance of corporate environmental awareness and responsibility. The company commits a percentage of profits to environmental activism, and strives to use environmentally friendly fabrics, such as organic cotton. The company’s corporate responsibility and environmental initiatives put it on the forefront of the environmental movement. Mr. Chouinard has published three books; his latest is The Responsible Company: What We’ve Learned from Patagonia’s First 40 Years. Saturday, 2/23, 5:30pm. Weinman Hall, Tulane University.

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