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.

The Greentrepreneur: ZomBeads

DSC_0119ZomBeads is a socially conscious, community-driven business that is working to green Mardi Gras, one throw at a time. ZomBeads sells locally-produced Mardi Gras throws that are made of repurposed and recycled materials by artists from the community – raising the quality of throws while decreasing their environmental impact. As a for-benefit business, ZomBeads actively measures and tracks its social and environmental impacts on New Orleans, leveraging partnerships and collaborations to move their mission forward. Profits from ZomBeads go to support the work of the local environmental and social justice non-profit organization, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

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Energy Efficiency Collaboration in New Orleans

Group photo copyBy Joylynn Moore

Last Friday’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. LifeCity’s Impact Economy Forums bring together leaders of local government, business, and non-profit organizations to discuss developments and timely issues affecting the Impact Economy in New Orleans.

The Forum kicked-off with Keynote Speaker Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, who spoke on the tremendous strides New Orleans has taken to move forward in energy efficiency. As Chairman of the Utility Committee, CM Hedge-Morrell was able to speak to the development of the Energy Smart program and its tremendous success. When the City Council first launched the Energy Smart program in 2011, there had been programs initiated in other cities that did not have traction the City Council was hoping to achieve with Energy Smart. “The key that brought us to where we are today was in educating people on how to use the devices they were given,” explains CM Hedge-Morrell. “Instead of simply mailing the instructions, actual centers for people to get information were soon in place followed by a way for people to come out and talk to you if you didn’t understand the information.” Continue reading