• 10/03/2014
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

#Sustain the Nine - Support CSED KickStarter Campaign!


5227 Chartres (the Center) Before


The VISION:  Download PERSPECTIVE 011414

The CAMPAIGN: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/312337143/the-center-a-sustainable-historic-house

  • 09/29/2014
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

Work Completed During Green Apple Day!

GAD Work Complete

Green Apple Day of Service @ the Center

Green Apple Day of Service

USGBC's Green Apple Day of Service volunteers perform work on the CENTER over the weekend.  Volunteers from LA insulated the back of the CENTER with polyiso insulation, caulked ceiling boards, painted and installed insulation around the perimeter - under the house.  Thank you USGBC, & thank you volunteers for all of the hard work!  We hope to see you again soon!

  • 09/25/2014
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

BOOM! R-40 Baby!



We went with cellulose because of the price point.  Half the price of blown-in fiberglass.  But man cellulose is dusty.  A dirty job for sure!

  • 09/20/2014
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

Attic Time @ the CENTER


We did'nt have enough time to blow in insulation today.  However, attic is prepped and ready.  Bill Robinson was kind enough to stop by and share some of his knowledge.  He suggested that we use blown in fiberglass  instead of cellulose.  2'x4''s are for decking and for additional space for insulation. Stay tuned!

  • 09/17/2014
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

All Perimeter Bargeboard Insulated on the CENTER


Charles is back and we're rolling.  We finished insulating the north-east and north-west sides of the CENTER with polyiso.  We still have to insulate the stick-framed addition at the back of the house.  I chose to hold off on the cedar beam untill Monday.  Our next task is to start insulating the attic.  We hope to finish the attice by COB Friday!



  • 09/12/2014
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

Insulation Goes Up on The CENTER


After electrical inspection I started putting up polyisocynurate insulation.  I'm using 2 sheets of 1/2'' stacked, and staggering seems to create a thickness of 1''.  I then put up furring strips for fiberglass faced (paperless) drywall.  Anyone with a bargeboard house can use this method.  Goal is a thermal barrier on all six sides of the house.   Work is not difficult but somewhat time consuming - as all seams must be sealed.  This work requires particular attention to detail. 

Stay tuned for installation of 14' reclaimed cedar beam that John Taylor found on the bank of the river!

  • 09/05/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Lower 9 Neighbors Harvest CSED Dauphine Community Garden

Dauphine Neighbors Harvest

Lower 9th Ward Neighbors harvest watermelon, rosemary, and mint at the CSED Dauphine Community Garden at 4819 Dauphine Street. Stop by often to gather whatever is growing or contact Kathy Muse, CSED Program Coordinator, for more information at 504-939-9028. This garden is a blight beautification project of the Lower 9th Ward CSED.

  • 08/26/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Bayou Bienvenue Triangle


  • 07/25/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Community Meeting Saturday 8/2/2014 Re Rezoning of Florida Ave Properties

The CSED owns the vacant lots at 2639 Caffin Avenue, 5620 Florida Avenue, 2636 and 2640 Lamanche Streets. The site is currently zoned as residential. In order for CSED to use the property as a visitor and learning center along with office space, its zoning must be changed to B-1 to accommodate a non-residential use.  We are required to apply for approval to change the site’s zoning designation. Our application must be heard by the City Planning Commission and the City Council. We anticipate this approval process will take several months. 

If you own property in the area, or are otherwise interested in the neighborhood, I am inviting you to a meeting where you can learn more about what we propose and have an opportunity to present your questions or concerns.  We are required to do this before we submit our application to the City Planning Commission. 

This meeting will take place:    Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

                                                              2636 Lamanche Street, New Orleans, LA 70117 

At the meeting, a sign-in sheet will be provided to obtain phone numbers and/or email addresses so that we can keep you updated if there are any changes to the plans.

We see the site as a great opportunity to develop environmental education and connect the community and visitors with their natural surroundings.  The CSED initially plans to install a modular classroom building on the vacant lot at 2636 Lamanche Street in late 2014 or early 2015.  Future plans include building a Lower 9 Environmental Learning and Research Center. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments.  I hope to see you at the meeting on Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10a.m., at 2636 Lamanche Street.

Arthur Johnson, Executive Director                                   Phone: (504)324-9955