14 posts categorized "Science"

  • 08/26/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Bayou Bienvenue Triangle

http://sierraclub.typepad.com/layoftheland/2014/08/restoring-our-urban-waters-a-spotlight-on-new-orleans-bayou-bienvenue.html

  • 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
  • 09/11/2013
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Purchases NORA Properties

The Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (CSED) has purchased the vacant lots at 2639 Caffin Avenue, 5620 Florida Avenue, 2636 and 2640 Lamanche Street from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA). 

Exhibit A OPBA Map CSED RFP Properties Adjacent to Bayou PlatformThe purchase of these properties will support and enhance our ongoing effort with partners to restore the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle into a healthly wetland which can once again serve as a natural surge barrier and a recreational haven for our community.  In 2007, we helped to build the Bayou Bienvenue Platform located directly across Florida Avenue from these lots.  The CSED acts as the caretaker of the platform site, provides tours by a Lower 9th Ward native bayou guide, and engages in community outreach and environmental education.  Use of these properties will further enhance our mission to reconnect Lower 9th Ward residents with the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle & the waters that surround them.

Current CSED plans for these lots include regular maintenance, soil sampling, fencing, tree plantings, and the development of a community orchard. We are honored to be able to give new life and purpose to these former homesites of displaced Lower 9th Ward residents. 

  • 05/08/2013
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

Thoughts from A Special Place

"Be good to the environment and you'll be able to smile like the alligator." - John Taylor

Gator Head

  • 05/01/2013
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

Thoughts from A Special Place

"Bayou Bienvenue has been good to us, it's time for us to be good to it." - John Taylor

Johns Bird

  • 04/09/2013
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

Dreams Of An Orchard Project: Before & After

With hard work, funding from Blue Moon, help from Historic Green, help from LA Green Corps, help from LSU Landscape Architecture Students, and countless volunteers, the CSED is close to completing its Dreams Of An Orchard Project at 4817/19 Dauphine Street.  Task remaining; installation of landscape fabric, completion of fence, completion of permanent rain catchment, completion of brick pathways, additional plantings and DIY Handbook.

BEFORE

4819 Dauphine Before

AFTER

4819 Dauphine After

  • 02/06/2013
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Lower 9th Ward "Views"

Winter Wonderland
  • 12/04/2012
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Hosts Green Corps Students for Training in Radiant Barrier Installation

CSED Hosts Green Corps StudentsThe CSED hosted Green Corps students last week for training in radiant barrier installation at Mr. Sidney Butler's house. Mr. Butler became the 142nd Lower 9th Ward property owner to save energy & increase his comfort by having radiant barrier installed in his attic by the CSED. http://www.sustainthenine.org/programs/built-environment/radiant-barriers-weatherization    LA Green Corps is a youth & adult training program working to preserve both our environment & architectural integrity in the Greater New Orleans area.  Over 400 students have graduated from their programs.  http://www.lagreencorps.org/
  • 11/07/2012
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Become a Part of the "Radiant Nine"

If you are a property owner in the Lower 9th Ward, you too can become part of the "Radiant Nine." 

A radiant barrier can be installed at any time, before or after your house is renovated and occupied.  All you need is a roof in good condition.

You can sign up online http://www.sustainthenine.org/programs/built-environment/radiant-barriers-weatherization  or

Call Kathy Muse at 939-9028 or 324-9955 for more information.  You can also come by the CSED office at 5130 Chartres Street, New Orleans LA 70117, Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 4pm.

Sustain the Nine!  River to Bayou

  • 11/05/2012
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

RB Program Good for Residents & Environment

RB Collage

CSED Radiant Barrier and Weatherization Fact Sheet

The CSED’s Radiant Barrier (RB) and Weatherization programs coordinated by the CSED, for Lower 9th Ward property owners, has dramatically increased residents’ quality of life and in some cases resulted in utility savings of up to 40%.

Home Energy Assessments (HEA) are part of this program.  HEA’s inform homeowners of any health and safety issues in the home and provide written information on how to further increase energy efficiency. 

Priority for the RB program is given to seniors. 

CSED’s RB program includes community outreach efforts that inform residents of other CSED programs and projects, events happening in their neighborhood, and available community resources.

The CSED RB Program was initially established in 2007 in partnership with Sierra Club and Alliance for Affordable Energy.   LA Green Corps, Historic Green, AmeriCorps, and hundreds of volunteers have been contributing partners, as well as Lower 9th Ward property owners, who make a donation toward cost of RB materials. The RB Program continues to be a major CSED service to the community with two certified Home Energy Raters on staff to perform home energy assessments and radiant barrier installations thus increasing our quality control.  

CSED’s Basic Weatherization Program was started in partnership with Alliance for Affordable Energy, and Sierra Club.  Contributing partners have included LA Green Corps, Historic Green, AmeriCorps, Global Green and Nurtured World.

CSED Radiant Barrier /Weatherization Program Numbers as of October 31, 2012:

  • Educational, qualitative, Home Energy Assessments (HEA) have been performed on 214 homes.
  • Radiant Barrier has been installed in 138 homes in the Lower 9th Ward.  (Radiant Barrier saves approximately 10% annually on homeowners utility bills, increases comfort, and reduces CO2 emissions).
  • Ducts have been sealed on 19 homes.  (Houses that receive duct sealing reduce energy consumption by 16% and save more than $80 a year).
  • Weatherizations have been performed on 72 homes. 
  • Currently, 7 homes have been assessed and are pending installation of Radiant Barrier.  41 applicants are pending home energy assessments.
  • CSED Radiant Barrier/Weatherization Program has potential to serve over 2,000 homes in the Lower 9. (2010 Census verified 2,101 households in the Lower 9th Ward )

Calculated savings for homes with R19 attic insulation and receive RB and Duct Sealing from the CSED.

*Radiant Barrier and Duct Sealing calculated annual savings for a 1,540-ft2 house with uninsulated ducts in the attic

Original Attic Modification

                                     R19 Attic Insulation

Code-Level Attic     Insulation

Attic System Modification

Add RB, Improve Ducts, Add Insulation

Add RB, Improve Ducts

Add RB, and Insulation

Add RB

Add RB, Improve Ducts

Add RB

Miami

$460

$430

$180

$140

$410

$120

New Orleans

$730

$670

$240

$150

$610

$120

Atlanta

$670

$600

$200

$80

$540

$70

Baltimore

$1,210

$1,070

$320

$80

$950

$60

Chicago

$1,150

$1,020

$280

$60

$910

$40

*Based on Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL).  ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy.