Annual Community Meeting

Please join us for our annual community meeting!
The Annual Community Meeting is an opportunity to learn in more detail about what we’ve been up to over the past year, our goals for the upcoming year, and ways that you can make an impact on Louisiana Energy Policy!

We’ll have savory bites from Laurel St. Bakery, hot mulled and chilled draught cider, and more!

This event is free & open to the public, but we do request that you RSVP!
Please RSVP at: info@all4energy.org

Louisiana Smart Growth Summit

Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) will host the 12th Annual Louisiana Smart Growth Summit November 7 & 8, 2017 in downtown Baton Rouge. The award-winning Summit has become the Southeast’s premier event promoting dialogue on innovative planning and exploring models for creating healthier and more resilient communities, making our streets safer while expanding transportation options, as well as examining the real estate market and development trends, and the important role of policymaking and leadership. Major sessions will hit on the big ideas that we hope will inspire our communities to move forward, as well as best practices and how-to follow-up sessions for our practitioners.

The second day of the conference will also feature a Smart Cities track, showcasing advanced technology applications to address: blight and revitalization; air quality and environmental health; mapping and GIS systems; integrated transportation; & other challenges.

Louisiana Smart Growth Summit

Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) will host the 12th Annual Louisiana Smart Growth Summit November 7 & 8, 2017 in downtown Baton Rouge. The award-winning Summit has become the Southeast’s premier event promoting dialogue on innovative planning and exploring models for creating healthier and more resilient communities, making our streets safer while expanding transportation options, as well as examining the real estate market and development trends, and the important role of policymaking and leadership. Major sessions will hit on the big ideas that we hope will inspire our communities to move forward, as well as best practices and how-to follow-up sessions for our practitioners.

The second day of the conference will also feature a Smart Cities track, showcasing advanced technology applications to address: blight and revitalization; air quality and environmental health; mapping and GIS systems; integrated transportation; & other challenges.

Efficiency First Regional Chapter Monthly Meeting

Efficiency FirstEfficiency First is the national association for the home performance industry. From the halls of Washington, DC, to your own backyard, Efficiency First members are working together to grow the home performance industry into a sustainable, profitable market segment. From education and networking opportunities, to advocacy at the national and grassroots level, Efficiency First exists to help home performance companies succeed.

At the Gulf Coast Region Chapter we know that efficiency is only one part of the sustainability market. We know that by working together with all types of sustainable entities, we can help build the Southeast into a progressive beacon of quality, health, and environmental stability. We hope you will come out and lend your voice to the conversation.

This is the first chapter of Efficiency First in our region, a national nonprofit trade association that unites the Home Performance workforce, building product manufacturers and related businesses and organizations in the escalating fight against global warming and rising energy costs.

Recently, the Quick Start Energy Efficiency Program was passed through City Council. In this meeting, we will be discussing Phase I of the plan for homeowners and small business owners, and the objectives of the Energy Efficiency Quick Star Process. Soon, utility companies will have put in place a program that is cost effective, provides energy savings, reduce emissions (including CO2), and increase utility energy efficiency capabilities and infrastructure.Come out, become a member, and help fight the good fight!

Impact Economy Forum: Why Baton Rouge Matters

Impact Economy ForumWhy Baton Rouge Matters: A Guide to State Policy Advocacy in 2013

Over 70 organizations came out to our first Impact Economy Forum, co-hosted by the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Green Collaborative, and LifeCity. At this Zero Waste event, the group shared our common vision for the Impact Economy.

While our discussion was insightful, our next meeting in January will be focused on ACTION Continue reading

Organizations Unite for an Impact Economy in New Orleans

Last Friday, October 19, marked the exciting inaugural meeting uniting three influential organizations building the Impact Economy in New Orleans: the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the Green Collaborative, and LifeCity. Leveraging networks and expertise, this new partnership will continue to grow the “better-business” or “green” movement in New Orleans and put forth policy initiatives that support its growth. Continue reading

RESTORE Act: Cleaning up the Gulf Coast

By James Haralson

Gulf coast states looking for relief after the 2010 BP oil spill disaster now have some good news: the passing of the RESTORE Act.
President Barack Obama signed the RESTORE Act on July 6, which states that 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties paid by BP will now be directed to a trust fund helping restoration on the gulf coast. The five states affected most by the spill will benefit from this new legislation: Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Texas. Continue reading

Building an Impact Economy: LifeCity Returns from the White House

White_house-1309354706The American economy of the past few years has been, to say the least, chaotic. Previously accepted practices have proven disastrous, and it’s clear that fundamental changes need to occur in how we do business.

The good news is that there is currently an opportunity for a vast restructuring of the ways in which we as a country view investment opportunities. Whether you are a business seeking profitability, an investor seeking a high return, or a consumer seeking to align values with daily choices, look no further: social entrepreneurship is one of the fastest growing sectors in our economy, and impact investing could reach a 500+ billion dollar market over the next decade.

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