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?

2qEs3MyXOur proudest moment occurred once our staff not only began to just get into the routine of doing things like recycling & composting, but truly began to understand the bigger picture. We find that they not only ask great questions, but they now implement some of them in their own homes & help educate others as well. 

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

At Latrobe’s, we embrace a concept that anything is better than nothing & when you take things a step at a time & improve as you go, well, that is forward progress that is not only manageable, but also sustainable & instrumental in creating a long term plan.

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

In addition to partnering with LifeCity, weve also hired a recycling company & a composting company. We are also in the process of partnering with other green businesses who can help us switch over to nothing but biodegradable cleaning products & ones that provide all compostable/recyclable paper products.   

If you had a magic wand to change one thing that would make it easier for your company or other New Orleans businesses to go green, what would that thing be?

If only we had a magic wand… we’d change just the overall mind set. Going green & making sustainably conscious changes can really be a lot easier than perceived.

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

We hope that all businesses can embrace a concept that we really are all in this together. What one business does directly impacts another & in turn the entire neighborhood. Being in the French Quarter, our local businesses not only shape our historic area, but provide revenue for the entire state of Louisiana. Having visitors from around the world, we want to provide the best possible impression of not only our business, but we want & need all of our neighbors to do the same in order to have a positive worldwide reputation. It takes a small starting point to make an actual change, but once you start embracing sustainability, it is really easy to keep it going.  

Anything else you would like to tell our community of Green Card members and Green Businesses such as upcoming events or promotions they should look out for?

Be on the lookout for more fun & informative events between LifeCity & Latrobe’s later this year.