Staying Cool and Green in the Red-Hot Summer

By Justine Bird

Anyone familiar with Louisiana’s climate is aware that the summer months bring with them an abundance of natural beauty as well as sweltering heat. Luckily, there are scores of eco-friendly ways to ride the heatwave, keep cool, and enjoy the outdoors.

This summer, why not take advantage of our natural playgrounds? The Enjoy Our Lake campaign, sponsored by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF), promotes the recreational use of the lake for activities such as swimming, fishing and boating. Their website,, features the best locations for swimming including Pontchartrain Beach on the south shore and Fontainbleu State Park on the north shore. Along with that, the site lists great fishing locations from LPBF’s new Fishing and Recreation Map for Lake Pontchartrain, Maurepas and Borgne.

For the kids, or anyone who wants to feel more confident with their swimming abilities, the Save Our Lake campaign offers free swim lessons through a partnership with the Red Cross and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC). There are even classes specially designed for parents and kids to take together! For more information, check out the class schedules.

If the day doesn’t have room for an excursion to the lake, consider evading the heat with a wholesome New Orleans treat. Snowballs are anything but rare ’round these parts, but a healthy organic spin makes New Orleans SnoBall Cafe unique. Their “Naked Snoballs” are available in sugar-free or agave. There are also options flavored with fruit from Decatur farmers markets. Along with that, all purchases support local farmers. If ice cream is more up your alley, the cafe also offers organic, locally made varieties. Check out their website to see all their tasty treats:

When things cool down in the evening, why not relax while educating yourself? The Louisiana Bucket Brigade presents the Green Screen, a monthly cinematic event hosted by the Green Project. On June 21st at 6:30 (mark your calendars), the featured film will be Toxic Soup: The Politics of Pollution. This screening is completely FREE and healthy refreshments will be provided. Head down to the Green Project Warehouse to get in on the action! For directions and more details, check out their Facebook event page

Evidently, the issue this summer may not be what to do, but which event to attend, as is often the case in New Orleans. Whether you’re in the mood for a refreshing, healthy treat or a breezy day on the lake, New Orleans has an excess of options help you stay cool and green in the red-hot summer.

Happy summer from LifeCity!