Shell Oil, Green Coast Enterprises, La Divina Gelateria Join Green business Competition

greenThis morning, LifeCity and Natural Awakenings were featured on WGNO’s Good Morning New Orleans program to promote the Gumbo Green Games. Participants in the competition continue to grow including several local nonprofits, renewable energy companies, a local brewery, and Shell Oil’s headquarters, among others. This contest, which is open to retailers, hotels, restaurants, offices and Mardi Gras Krewes, is a partnership between Natural Awakenings magazine and LifeCity to help the business community reduce its environmental footprint.

“This is about taking a step in the right direction,” said LifeCity President Elizabeth Shephard. “Many small businesses think going green is an expensive proposition, but not only can it be inexpensive, it is profitable. And any business owner and consumer can go green.”

This challenge to “go green” began on the spring equinox, March 21, but is still accepting registrations. Businesses that register for the Games make a public commitment to sustainability that will be recognized in Natural Awakenings magazine during the contest and they get an assessment, and potentially a certification, from LifeCity on their environmental performance. The other advantages include:

  • An evaluation of financial incentives
  • A profile in Natural Awakenings Magazine
  • Website promotion
  • Promotion to LifeCity’s members, who prefer to shop exclusively at certified green businesses
  • Satisfaction of going green (priceless)
  • Other values include: participation in the Green Natties awards event, mentions in LifeCity social network including Facebook, Twitter and newsletter

“I like the planet Earth. It’s the only planet I’ve ever been to,” said Vance Levesque with the United Way’s Arc of Greater New Orleans. The Arc, a nonprofit that has been in operation since 1953, was among the first to sign up for the Green Games.

The Arc’s Mardi Gras Bead recycling program and Vintage Garden Soups employ intellectually disabled residents and have been promoting green practices for many years. Levesque, also the vice chair of the city’s Sierra Club chapter, ceaselessly promotes Earth-friendly practices. “I want my grandkids to have it to share and play in it also,” he said of his favorite planet.

Comterra Solutions plans to participate in the Green Games. The start-up plans to offer energy-efficient and eco-friendly technology solutions to a wide range a business and non-profit markets, including education, healthcare, hospitality, and financial institutions.

“We plan to provide our clients cost-effective technologies that improve business agility,” said Comterra SolutionsManager Craig Schnell. “We feel extremely fortunate to be involved in creating an environmentally-friendly atmosphere for businesses in the Greater New Orleans Area. I feel proud to know that communities and businesses in New Orleans have taken a stand to be proactive towards improving a city that has fought through so many adversities.”

Other organizations that have signed up for Green Games include:

Baynham Environmental
Dirty Coast
Egan Construction Management
Feldmeier Galyean
Future Proof
Glenda’s Cuttin’ Loose Hair Studio
Green Coast Enterprises
Green Serene boutique
Hey Cafe
Hollygrove Market and Farm
Joule Energy
La Divina Gelateria
Liberty’s Kitchen
M S Benbow and Associates
New Orleans Food Coop
NOLA Brewing Company
Refresh Environmental
Second Line Stages
Strike It Green props
The Green Project
Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine
Young Leadership Council
Zuka Baby

Businesses can register for the Green Games now. Just go to for more information.