• 01/07/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Colleen Butler Computerized Design Plan for CSED Lots at Florida & Caffin Avenues

  Computerized Design Plan Resized

We would like to give a shout out to Ecologist Colleen Butler who generously offered to volunteer her services to computerize the landscape design plan for the CSED lots at Florida and Caffin Avenues.   The Florida Avenue lot will be planted with red maple, pecan, and cypress trees. The naturalized "island" blooming with goldenrod that currently exists in the rear of this lot will be enhanced with additional plants to further attract butterflies.  A community fruit orchard will be planted on the Lamanche Street properties.  A perimeter fence of recycled 4x4 posts strung with rope has already been installed.  

Florida Lot CollageAs per our request, Colleen designed a temporary seating structure for the Caffin Avenue lot to stage groups of visitors who often come to learn more about the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle. She included an attached rain catchment system to provide a water source for the site. 

Computerized Plan Rain Catchment Benches Rope Fence Resized


Colleen, we so appreciate your time and effort!

  • 01/06/2014
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

Green Schools Challenge

Solar for Kids - All SoulsCSED takes part in USGBC's Green Schools Challenge.  Mission is to educate Louisiana children about benefits of green building and environmental stewardship by participation in hands-on, experiential projects.

Energy Efficiency Coordinator Vincent Fedeli of CSED teaches at All Souls Church after school program a Solar for Kids Class.  Highlights include solar jeopardy games and construction of pizza box solar ovens.  Program will end with the building and racing of solar race cars at Oliver Bush Playground!

  • 12/29/2013
  • Posted by staff

PBS: Can the Lower Ninth Ward ever recover from Katrina?

Compelling new video from PBS:

  • 12/26/2013
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

Winter in Bayou Bienvenue

2013-12-24 15.43.51Photo By: John Taylor

  • 12/23/2013
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

It's a Camellia Christmas on Dauphine!

Blooming camellias & red roses too!  Happy Holidays to All & Peace In the New Year. CameliaRoseCollage

  • 12/19/2013
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

It's A Dogs Life

025Photo By: John Taylor

  • 12/09/2013
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

Sentinel on the Water

Photo By: John Taylor


  • 11/08/2013
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Tireless Jewish Center Volunteers Go Above & Beyond

DauphinePrincetonVol Nov2013 Before Collage

Boundless energy and amazing initiative would begin to describe the students of the Jewish Center in Princeton, New Jersey, who volunteered with us in our community garden and orchard at 4817-19 Dauphine Steet. We constantly battle the overgrowth from the adjacent blighted property but these folks made short order of removing at least a foot of weeds, sand and debris from the alleyway. They cleared the fence line as requested and then took the initiative to go above and beyond and chopped down the entire "jungle" that overshadowed the orchard! But they didn't stop there...100 daffodil bulbs were planted in hopes of a magnificent Spring bloom. DauphinePrincetonVolCollage After

Thanks so much for your heartfelt service to our community, for your great attitude, and your sunny smiles :) DauphinePrincetonVol Group



Men of Zion Work Until the Job Is Done

We would like to express our gratitude to the Men of Zion from the American Baptist Churches of the South who continue to come volunteer with us.  This is their ninth year of service to our community! The wonderful gentlemen that John Taylor and I worked with overcame issues with the auger, compacted soil and rock, and time constraints to install a perimeter fence on our lots at Florida and Caffin Avenues constructed of recycled posts salvaged by John.  No matter the obstacle, these good-natured and skilled men will find a way and work until the job is done. FloridaLotsVol Nov2013 Collage

  • 10/29/2013
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

Bulrush Grass @ Bayou Bienvenue

Grass PlantingCoalition to Restore Coastal LA, CSED, Common Ground, GRN, Global Green, Groundworks, Sierra Club, and over 20 volunteers coming from as far as CA plant over 1000 plants in the Bayou.
Photo By: John Taylor