Greentrepreneur: GivePulse

givepulse Although we were officially founded in 2012, George likes to think that the idea of GivePulse dates back to his childhood. He has a story about weed (the crabgrass kind), working with people with disabilities, the Virginia Tech Massacre and many more defined him as an individual. His first small nonprofit helped high schools fix random technology problems. Through these experiences he came to identify a formula: 30min + $30 = College Education. Specifically, if he and his friends were able to donate 30 minutes to volunteer and install a $30 router, it would provide wifi access to impoverished neighborhoods with children looking to apply and learn more about college. This formula set in motion a determination to address digital access, and quickly evolved into a platform to scale volunteerism and service learning. In 2012, George Luc set out to build a platform. Together with his CTO and co-founder, James McGirr, GivePulse was born, a civic network matching people in our community with causes they care about while enabling easy organization, management and mobilization of volunteers and supporters. From day one our mission has been to solve tough social problems through the use of technology. Keeping true to that original mission, today our civic engagement platform supports thousands of nonprofits, associations, institutions, businesses and organizations. What are some of your proudest moments as the owners of GivePulse?
When we have users thank us for the work we do and then pay us to do it full time. That's when we realize we have something special 🙂

How does your organization go about improving your social and environmental impact?

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What partnerships have you formed in order to leverage sustainable impact as a company?

Working with universities, the city, and local nonprofits have enabled us to collaborate with all the right stakeholders who care about the work we do. 

If you had a magic wand to change one thing that would make it easier for your company or other businesses in the region to be more impactful, what would that thing be?

Create a workplace atmosphere and environment to train and enable employees to be great citizens, parents and individuals for themselves and their community.

What advice would you give to other businesses who are trying to improve their internal practices to benefit their community?

Simon Sinek says it well with his talk on "start with why."

Anything else you would like to tell our community such as upcoming events or promotions they should look out for?

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Greentrepreneur: Royal Carriages

Royal Carriages was started in 1941 by my grandparents, Clem and Violet Lauga, with one horse and carriage. My parents, Jim and Carolynn Lauga, continued this family run New Orleans tradition for over 35 years. Through these many years, our company has grown steadily into a full-service carriage company employing 45 people and stabling a like number of young draft mules. Continue reading

Greentrepreneur: Urban Conservancy

The Urban Conservancy is a New Orleans-based nonprofit that’s been around since 2001, focused on catalyzing equitable policy and practice related to our land use and local economy through research, education, and advocacy.  ‘ A lot of our focus with regard to land use right now has to do with our city’s changing relationship with water, and educating the public about the things we can all do to protect our community from excessive street flooding and subsidence.  Our Front Yard Initiative is an example of how we are taking that message to the public. StayLocal, Greater New Orleans’ independent business alliance is an Urban Conservancy initiative, and so of course the health of our place-based business community is always top of mind.

What are some of your proudest moments as executive director of the Urban Conservancy?

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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

Greentrepreneur: Hollygrove Market & Farm

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1. What are some of your proudest moments as owner/employee of Hollygrove?

With a goal of becoming a one-stop local grocery, we are always excited to introduce new customer conveniences like extended hours of operation, broader variety of high quality products and novel ways to extend the season (like offering dried or frozen goods). Of course being publicly recognized by gambit polls, yelp, LifeCity and other agencies for our successes and accomplishments is always a plus. Continue reading

NOLA Aikido

Located 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! Continue reading

Greentrepreneur: StayLocal

staylocalStayLocal is Greater New Orleans’ independent business alliance, a nonprofit membership organization that connects locally owned, independent businesses with customers, research, and each other. We provide services for independent businesses including promotion and marketing, workshops and events, and advocacy. We also raise public awareness of the benefits of supporting locally owned businesses. The next time you shop, look for businesses that display our decal to be sure they are both local and independently owned. Learn more about what we do at www.staylocal.org.

Proud moments?

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Greentrepreneur: Empire Services

empire services logo Empire Services is a commercial cleaning and facility maintenance contractor founded in Metairie, Louisiana in 1999. Empire performs commercial cleaning services for facilities such as the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, the New Orleans French Quarter, Orleans Parish School Board, 1515/1555 Poydras St., JP Morgan Chase Bank, and CenturyLink to name a few. Since 2014, Empire Services has transitioned the majority of our accounts to utilizing recycled can liners and paper products, diverting over 12,000 lbs of waste in 2015 alone. We also source most of our supplies, uniforms and equipment from local vendors and distributors, strengthening our local economy. Continue reading

Greentrepreneur: No Waste NOLA

No Waste NOLANo Waste NOLA advocates for waste-reduction policies and programs in the City of New Orleans. We work with the New Orleans city government, businesses, nonprofits, and residents to achieve our goals. To date, we have worked exclusively within the City of New Orleans, and on a reusable bag ordinance; however, in February we are going to unveil our next initiative in New Orleans, and later this year we hope to launch a chapter in Jefferson Parish. Continue reading