63 posts categorized "Sustainable Design"

  • 09/10/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Labyrinth Goes World-Wide

The labyrinth at our CSED Environmental Learning & Research Center at 5620 Florida Avenue is now listed on the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator http://labyrinthlocator.com/  Check it out and see the listings of other labyrinths located in New Orleans.

We invite you to come engage in a meditative walk and to learn more about labyrinths at http://labyrinthsociety.org/home

Labyrinth Complete

  • 09/03/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

A Special Shout Out

The CSED would like to give a very special shout out to our friends and neighbors, Robert Banks and Diego & Kelly Larguia.  They generously donate the use of their water for our gardens at the CSED Environmental Learning & Research Center on Florida Avenue and at the Dauphine Street Community Garden respectively. Thank you!
  • 08/14/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Newsletter

Aug 14, 2015
MRGO Press Conference highlights New Orleans' sustainability in the future
Were you able to attend Tuesday's press conference: "10th Anniversary of Katrina: Making New Orleans a Sustainable Delta City for the Next Century"? If so, thanks for coming out to support this great event! If not, no worries...get a quick recap from media outlets that covered the event. 
Labyrinth of Love
Truly a labyrinth of love has been created for our community at the CSED Environmental Learning & Research Center on Florida Avenue, thanks to our volunteers from American Baptist Home Mission Society. They built the labyrinth, uncovered overgrown sidewalks, performed interior and exterior painting and repairs on residents' homes and churches, installed a pulpit, weeded gardens & gravel pathways, cleaned gutters, and engaged in many, many other home rebuilding projects last week. 
Lower 9th Ward Water Wise Workshop
Water Wise will be hosting its seventh workshop in the Lower 9th Ward on August 19th from 5:30pm-7pm at the Sanchez Center!  Everyone is invited to learn how we can collectively take action in reducing flooding in our neighborhoods while at the same time adding natural beauty through the use of rain gardens, planter boxes, bioswales, french drains, rain barrels, etc.   This event is free. 
Author Roberta Gratz to host book signing in Lower 9
About Roberta Gratz will be in Lower 9 to speak about how citizens are recovering in Lower Nine with little help from government. She'll also be signing copies of her new book "We're Still Here, Ya Bastards". All are welcomed to attend the event Thursday, Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m. at All Souls Church, 5500 St. Claude Ave.
Special event to support Tekrema Center for Art and Culture
A Night in Dakar, an annual performance benefiting Tekrema Center for Art and Culture, will take place Saturday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, 1901 Bartholomew Street. The cost is $35 general admission and $25 for young patrons and seasoned supporters. 
The event will feature special performances by The Marlon Jordan Quintet, Ursula Rucker with Tim Motzer, Dr. MonaLisa Saloy and Greer Mendy. For more information, call 504-943-9779 or e-mail info@tekremacenter.org
Updates from Backyard Gardeners Network
Volunteer opportunity The City of New Orleans is organizing a citywide day of service (Aug. 29) to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Take this day to volunteer at the Guerrilla Garden, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., to help with painting, 
weeding, planting and more. Sign up now to volunteer. 
Register for Food as Medicine Food as Medicine, the weekly nutrition and cooking workshop series, will return to the Guerrilla Garden September 3. To register, call 504-875-2948 or e-mail info@backyardgardenersnetwork.org.
Fall Programming Kick-off 
Mark your calendar. Fall programming at the garden will kick-off Saturday, Sept. 5 with free food, music and activities for all ages. 
Paid lawn care opportunity
The Guerrilla Garden needs a reliable person to cut grass twice a month in Summer, Fall and Spring and once a month in the winter. Those interested in this opportunity should check out the garden, located at 600 Charbonnet, and call 504-875-2948 to give an estimate. 
Artists commemorate Katrina with a special, featuring Lower 9 resident
The 10th annual "Katrina Artistically Revisited" is a special multi-media commemorative event of films, art and music. It's free and open to the public on the 10th anniversary eve of Hurricane Katrina, Friday, Aug. 28, 9 p.m. - midnight, at The Theatres at Canal Place, 333 Canal Street.
In the theater at 10 p.m., Lower 9 resident Robert Lynn Green, Sr. will be featured in a Q&A entitled "Katrina Story Never Told in Public Before." There will also be a short film by Rick Lavine, M.D., chronicling Mr. Green's second lines each Katrina anniversary. 
In This Issue
CSED featured in local exhibit
CSED was featured in last weekend's "Architecture of Recovery" exhibit from the New Orleans Chapter of The American Institute of Architects. The event commemorated the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. 
K10 On The Levee commemorates Katrina with yoga & music
Community members are invited to stand on the levee as one strong New Orleans, ten years after Katrina. Join in a free day of yoga, meditation, music and art on the Holy Cross Levee, 500 Deslonde Street, Saturday, Aug. 29, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. If you'd like to volunteer to help with the event or get more information about participating, email  k10onthelevee@gmail.com
New art exhibition opening this weekend
The newest exhibition from Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO) opens this weekend, Aug. 15. The event, entitled "The People's Murals" is free and open to the public beginning at 6 p.m. this Saturday in the Myrtle Banks Building, 1307 O. C. Haley Blvd. 
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Chief Executive Officer  Arthur Johnson
Program Manager Kathy Muse
Volunteer Manager Warrenetta Banks
Wetland Specialist John Taylor
Energy Efficiency Assistant Charles Reddick
Community Resilience Assistant Beverly Jackson
Resiliency Manager for Coastal Restoration and Community Awareness  Rachel Pickens
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  • 08/13/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Labyrinth of Love - Special Thanks to ABHMS

Truly a labyrinth of love has been created for our community at the CSED Environmental Learning & Research Center on Florida Avenue.  Special thanks to the 230 American Baptist Home Mission Society volunteers that came to serve from 20 different states and Puerto Rico!  They built the labyrinth, uncovered overgrown sidewalks, performed interior and exterior painting and repairs on residents' homes and churches, installed a pulpit,  weeded gardens & gravel pathways, cleaned gutters, and engaged in many, many other home rebuilding projects last week.  These giving folks continue to return year after year to help us rebuild and enhance our Lower 9th Ward Community. A very special thank you to all of these very special volunteers!

Labyrinth Complete

See all the photos of their wonderful work on our CSED Facebook Page

  • 07/16/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Fig Tree Finds Home in CSED Dauphine Community Garden

Dauphine Garden Fig Tree 2

Meet the newest addition to our Dauphine Community Orchard!  A fig tree, generously donated by Stephanie Bruno, has found a home in our citrus orchard. Stephanie is a free lance writer and ardent supporter of the Lower 9th Ward Community. She helped to facilitate the donation of this property and wrote the recent article in the Advocate. Heart felt thanks to Stephanie and to all of our donors who give so much! Dauphine Garden Fig Collage

  • 07/06/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

N O Advocate Highlights CSED Dauphine Community Garden

N O Advocate Article CSED Dauphine Community Garden

  • 07/01/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Dauphine Community Garden Sunflower Watermelon

Dauphine Garden Sunflower Watermelon

Reduce Weeding - Increase Summer Fun Time!

Weeding garden beds in our subtropical summers can be overwhelming and hot!  Take these easy steps (like we did in our Dauphine Community Garden) to reduce your weeding in an environmentally friendly way and increase your summer fun time!

Dauphine Garden Paper Mulch Collage

Cut or pull grass/weeds in your garden bed; lay down overlapping layers of newspaper (at least 10 pages thick) leaving space around the plants you wish to keep; you can wet the newspaper to help keep it in place; then cover the newspaper with at least two to three inches of the mulch of your choice (but not cypress!).

Dauphine Garden Paper Mulched


Now get out there and have some fun!

  • 06/30/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Dauphine Community Garden DIY Booklet

Download DIY Handbook pdf

Vacant lot blight beautification, soil remediation &  food security.

A Do-It-Yourself Handbook

Produced by Lower 9th Ward CSED in 2013


  • 06/01/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Raised Beds Brought to New Heights

Stop by our new Center at 5227 Chartres to see our raised beds built by Historic Green volunteers & learn more about growing in containers or contact Kathy Muse at 504-939-9028.  Make gardening easy on your body :)
Raised Garden Boxes Collage

See more photos of all the industrious Historic Green volunteers accomplished Historic Green 2015

Garden Boxes Build