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.
Over the past five years, the New Orleans Chamber Foundation has worked with LifeCity to help educate local businesses about the benefits of implementing sustainability into their operations, according to Sandra Lindquist, Operations Director for the New Orleans Chamber.
“We believe this is an excellent opportunity to focus this work in the French Quarter, a place so loved and important to our culture and history, but also a place in need of greater education about recycling and water pollution.”
The heart of New Orleans, the French Quarter, is the only part of New Orleans that has all-inclusive recycling that includes glass, yet it has the poorest rate of participation. While 39% of the City of New Orleans participates in recycling, only 6% of the French Quarter residents are participating (about 250 units out of 4,000).
LifeCity will be working with French Quarter businesses to make them more environmentally friendly. This program will teach businesses why it is better for everyone when they make sure that equipment wash and rinse water gets into the sewer system instead of the drainage network. Many people never consider that storm drains convey rain water without treatment to Lake Pontchartrain so to protect health and habitat only rain should flow into storm drains.
“The Sewerage and Water Board is leading a local community initiative to support implementation of best-practices for our drainage and sewage systems – practices that work to reduce the cost of waste management and improve the quality and cleanliness of our community,” says Jennifer Roberts, Environmental Planner for the Sewerage and Water Board.
Thanks to the support of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, LifeCity will provide 20 free sustainability assessments in partnership with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center to French Quarter businesses, as well as a workshop to educate businesses about the benefits of reducing waste.
“Thanks to this grant, we are going to be able to kick-start new discussions and awareness in the French Quarter concerning environmental sustainability,” says Elizabeth Shephard, CEO of LifeCity.
“Not only is ecotourism and voluntourism increasing, your average tourist today expects to travel and see recycling bins. They expect to see sustainable products – even on Bourbon St. Tourists spent $6.8 billion in New Orleans in 2014. We can’t afford to not to keep up with the demand.”
For more information on having a LifeCity team member analyze your business practices in a free impact assessment, call 504-909-2489 or www.lifecity.com.
About Keep Louisiana Beautiful
Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc. is the state’s anti-litter and community improvement organization focused on education, enforcement, awareness and cleanups. Affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s mission is to promote personal, corporate and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana. With a network of 39 affiliates in communities throughout the state, over 23,000 volunteers work toward a clean and beautiful Louisiana.
About the New Orleans Chamber Foundation
The New Orleans Chamber Foundation is incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation with a 501 c 3 tax-exempt status. This Foundation is a resource to secure additional resources for our community that could enhance workforce development initiatives, K through 12 educational excellence, entrepreneurship, sustainable economic development and other quality of life issues that make New Orleans a city of choice to live, work and play!