2013 was a fantastic year for LifeCity! We want to thank all of our members, partners, and community supporters that helped make 2013 such a successful year. As we look forward to 2014, here is a look back at some of our proudest moments of the past year... 1.) 2nd Natties Awards The 2nd Annual Green Natties was a hit! Thanks to our food and beverage providers, live music, silent auction, and fabulous volunteers, the event was a huge success that showcased the green business movement in New Orleans. 2.) EPA LifeCity and several community members had the exciting chance to learn about a potential program that may play a big role in the future of New Orleans’ Impact Economy. 3.) Growing the team by 50% LifeCity has built its largest team ever in 2013! Thanks to all of the hard work that our staff, interns, and volunteers have put in this year. We're ready to take on 2014! 4.) Harvard Summit This year, LifeCity was invited to Harvard University’s Impact Economy Summit, and brought with us a group of leaders from our community. After having the pleasure of joining this group of leaders, the New Orleans delegation returned with some important lessons learned that every entrepreneur, non-profit, and city government should know. 5.) SOCAP Social Capital Markets Conference is held yearly in San Francisco to discuss the future economy, and how we as entrepreneurs, investors, governments, and ecosystem supporters can build a more sustainable and equitable future. 6.) Energy efficiency seminar to celebrate NOLA Wise LifeCity'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. 7.) Earth Day Tours At the 2013 Earth Day Festival on Bayou St. John, LifeCity led tours through the Green Business Expo to educate the community about the great work green businesses are doing in New Orleans! 8.) Green Restaurant Group New Orleans’ first ever Green Restaurant Group and green purchasing program provides restaurants a means of saving money while adding value to your business. Group members are supported by the network of like-minded companies working towards building a more sustainable New Orleans. 9.) Greening Downtown This year, business and community members joined LifeCity and the Chamber of Commerce for an informative afternoon focused on efforts to “green” Downtown. Futureproof, Entergy, Core USA and the Downtown Development District discussed topics ranging from a Bike Share Program to LEED certification that are helping to grow the green economy in New Orleans 10.) Celebrating the Impact Economy during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Economic development leaders in New Orleans ranging from start-up incubators like Propeller, to strategic sector development agencies like the New Orleans Business Alliance, gathered together to frame and highlight Impact Economy events during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW).