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9 posts from October 2011

  • 10/29/2011
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Surdna Spotlight on the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development

A wonderful profile of CSED from the Surdna Foundation!

The Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED, the Center), was established in 2006 to work towards environmentally conscious and sustainable recovery efforts in the Lower Ninth Ward - an area of New Orleans that has traditionally been underserved and systematically marginalized.  Well known for the devastation and loss of life caused by the levee breaches during Hurricane Katrina, the neighborhood had environmental, economic and social rebuilding to do after the storm.   CSED has been tackling these recovery challenges by engaging community residents and leaders on a host of issues, including coastal eco-system restoration, food security and the built environment.

It is well understood that floodwalls and levees cannot be the only forms of flood protection in New Orleans communities and significant work must be completed to restore the state's coastline.  Together with its partners - the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL), the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) and the Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) - CSED works on the Multiple Lines of Defense Campaign.  The campaign is designed to inform and engage vulnerable populations on a system-wide approach to bolstering hurricane protection and rebuilding more resilient communities.  The campaign emphasizes the need to join coastal restoration with levee construction and community development to best prepare for the challenges of living in a region that remains vulnerable to intense hurricanes and a changing climate.

Tracy Nelson, executive director of CSED, speaks honestly about those challenges when she reflects on her organization's efforts to restore not only the built environment of the Lower Ninth Ward, but the strength and vitality of its community - even six years into the recovery process.  "It is hard.  It is really hard and very long.  If you decided to come back you quickly understood the isolation of a 19th century pioneer.  But you learned quickly that the people in your community are critical.  There are no strangers; people become family," says Nelson.  Among the most important headlines from the rebuilding process is that grassroots efforts to engage and organize residents around the issues that affect their lives, including their most basic safety, can be effective vehicles for change.  As a result, CSED and its partners have helped create the initial political will to influence leadership at the local and state level, amplifying resident voices, and remaining committed to collaborative and interdisciplinary solutions.  "If the people step up," says Nelson, "one community can, most definitely, make a difference." READ THE FULL ARTICLE >>

via www.surdna.org

  • 10/25/2011
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Holy Cross Neighborhood Association Celebrates 30 Years and a Significant Lock Victory!

HCNA 30th AnniversaryCome celebrate with the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association Significant Lock Victory and 30 years of serving the community. RSVP here!

  • 10/22/2011
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GREEN 100 VIP reception and Clean Energy/Green Economy Forum

Global Green Hosts Special VIP Reception and Clean Energy/Green Economy Forum in support of 5 years of green leadership in New Orleans

Global Green USA is hosting a special GREEN 100 VIP cocktail reception on October 27 with Wendell Pierce at Second Line Stages, the nation's first certified Green Independent Film Studio. This invitation-only intimate cocktail reception will feature more than 100 local green economy leaders and Global Green supporters celebrating our achievements in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here: NOLA GREEN 100 Reception

On the morning of October 28, Global Green USA proudly partners with The Idea Village to present a Clean Energy/Green Economy Forum at historic Kingsley House in the Lower Garden District.This event will mark the next step in our work to help create a sustainable economic and environmental future for the region. We will introduce the 2012 Water Challenge entrepreneurial class, which The Idea Village is managing with the support of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and will host a dialogue on clean energy and green businesses that are investing in the region with business leaders from throughout New Orleans and the Gulf region. Participants will explore how to help attract and incubate green businesses and economic opportunities in cities along the Gulf Coast, and engage in discussions of model policies and local success stories, including Stion Solar, Golden Leaf Energy, Green Coast Enterprises, and Free Flow Power.

Green Forum registration is $50, with discounted registration of $25 for non profits. Interested in attending? Please visit our website here: Green Forum for more information and to purchase tickets. RSVPs requested by October 24th. Join us and support Global Green in New Orleans!

  • 10/21/2011
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Ask an Expert: Creating a Green Roof

By Tracy Nelson, Executive Director of the Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development

QWhat do I have to do to prepare my flat garage roof to be a green living roof and collect rainwater?

AIntroducing a living roof is a great way to extend the life of your garage surface, make a blah space beautiful, and create a cooler interior for your garage. And there is an easy strategy for collecting rainwater that you can put into motion yourself.

Ask an Expert_thumbnailA flat surface is a good place for a living roof garden. The two most important design decisions are: finding the best method to waterproof the surface of your garage, and determining the type of foliage you want growing up there.

In the living roof world, there are three types of green roofs that vary in weight, depth of soil and the type of foliage that can be grown. These systems are extensive (least expensive and lowest maintenance), semi-extensive (heavier and requiring some maintenance) or intensive (living roofs which are more like walkable gardens.) If your garage has asphalt decking, the extensive system is best, as it is the most lightweight. This will grow a variety of sedums and other plants with shallow roots. If your garage has a concrete deck, you can go the semi-extensive route which has a deeper layer of soil and can grow a wider variety of plants, such as wildflowers. READ MORE >>

Tracy writes the monthly column, "Ask an Expert", for PRC's Preservation In Print.

Excerpt courtesy of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans.

  • 10/18/2011
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Help Wanted: Radiant Barrier Installer / Home Energy Rater Apprentice

The Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development Part-Time Job Posting:

Radiant Barrier l position working with the Energy Efficiency Coordinator of CSED. Primary objective is to perform home energy assessments, inform residents of inefficiencies in home and install radiant barrier in the attic of homes in the Lower 9th Ward. A majority of the work will be done installing radiant barrier.

This is an opportunity to train and work with a certified Home Energy Rater (HERS) and get paid while you learn. Candidate will learn how to properly assess a home and learn a balanced approach to building performance, energy efficiency, building durability and human health and how it relates to home construction.

Work will be done only on houses in the Lower 9th Ward. 

This is a part-time contracted position on an as-needed basis paid @ $12.00 per hour with the potential for growth.


  • 18 yrs. or older with high school diploma
  • Interest in building science and construction
  • Able to work and maintain focus in hot, dusty, tight spaces
  • Attentive to detail and consistent
  • Have courtesy and respect for self and others
  • Be able to communicate directly and honestly
  • Have a strong work ethic and be on time
  • Be willing to learn and invest in self-promoted professional growth
  • Lower 9th Ward residents will be given priority

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit the following:

  • A current resume
  • A cover letter clearly outlining your experience specifically related to the job requirements and why you believe you are the right person for this position
  • The names & contact information for 3  references

Please email cover letter and resume to vfedeli@sustainthenine.org or mail to L9CSED, c/o Vincent Fedeli, P O Box 770407, NO, LA 70177.

Due to the anticipated volume of response, we will only be notifying successful applicants.

We greatly appreciate your interest in the CSED and in this important position with us!

  • 10/15/2011
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Free Workshop November 3 and 4: Save Money, Protect the Environment

Save Money the PlanetA Nurtured World and the Lower 9 CSED are hosting a FREE event by Nurtured World, called "Save Money and the Planet: More in the Bank, less from the Envrionment." A Nurtured World's award winning training helps individuals and organizations save money, protect the environment, improve resilience and preparedness in the face of an uncertain future. The event has been offered in many venues, including environmental advocacy groups, military installations, high tech and chemical industries, universities and schools and local, state and federal government.

Click here to learn more! 

  • 10/13/2011
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Complete Our Lower 9 Recovery Survey!

Friend of the CSED and the late Pam Dashiell, Leslie March, is a graduate student at Marylhurst University in Marylhurst, Oregon and she is getting her M.B.A. in Sustainable Business. She is conducting a survey asking residents of the Lower 9 about recovery and the the CSED's Sustainable Restoration Plan.

 Please help her by filling out this VERY SHORT Survey. The resulting report will be available through the CSED.

  • 10/05/2011
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Great Way to See the Lower 9! Ninth Ward Rebirth Bike Tours

Welcome-to-the-lower-9th-WardCheck out this great new website and service: Ninth Ward Rebirth Bike Tours!

The Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans–a community devastated by the flooding of Hurricane Katrina. News coverage during and after the storm introduced this community to the world at large, and even re-introduced it to New Orleans itself. This neighborhood’s roots run deep, and not even the rushing flood waters could wash it away.

We’ll visit the “Lower Nine”, meet the people who survived and understand their struggle to rebuild this unique community.

Life experienced through a windshield is one step away from watching it on TV, but even a bicycle tour can become just a series of sights. We want to deliver a series of stories and lives, from the history and importance of the Lower Nine, the context of the flooding during Hurricane Katrina, and why the rebirth of this remarkable neighborhood matters. Come see this rebirth in progress, and understand the hurdles that have yet to be overcome. Our tours will tell you the stories of the residents who can’t think of leaving and those who are helping them return.

From the seat of our comfortable cruiser-style bicycles, our relaxed four-hour ride includes a lunch break and many stops along the way. We know that you will walk away with a memorable view of this oft-forgotten place, and a personal view of the community from a new company associated with Trip Advisor’s number one rated Confederacy of Cruisers Bicycle Tours.

Tours are rolling now. Email info@ninthwardrebirthbiketours.com if you have any questions or to make reservations. Go to their website @ ninthwardrebirthbiketours.com.

via ninthwardrebirthbiketours.com

  • 10/01/2011
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Energy-efficiency loans for New Orleans homeowners to be available at low interest

A pool of $15 million in low-interest loans will be available to New Orleans homeowners looking to improve energy efficiency and reduce utility bills under a program announced Friday by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "I am dedicated to help make New Orleans one of America's greenest cities,'' Landrieu said during a news conference where he outlined the "NOLA Wise" initiative to provide thousands of locals with a road map for the home improvement process from start to finish.

After completing an initial home examination to determine how much energy is being wasted, program managers will give homeowners an inventory of suggested upgrades and help secure cash incentives and loans, if needed, to make the changes. Those could include caulking windows, replacing appliances and adding insulation. If an energy savings of 15 percent or more is achieved, homeowners could be eligible to add solar panels.

The program also will provide trained and certified contractors to do the work and monitor their performance. READ MORE >>

via www.nola.com