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15 posts from October 2012

  • 10/28/2012
  • Posted by staff

Global Green Breaks Ground on Community Development and Climate Action Center

Congrats to Global Green on beginning another important phase of the Holy Cross Project in sustaining the Lower 9th Ward!
No_hcp_site_10_08_121 From Global Green:

"After a lot of elbow grease and extraordinary efforts, we finally broke ground on our Community Development and Climate Action center in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. When I visited last week, the site was busy with bulldozers, pile drivers, and other tell-tale signs of construction. This signifies the next step in our building of our Holy Cross Project, a sustainable village in one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina.

Just over six years ago, this was an empty 1.3 acre site (home to an orphanage over 100 years ago) in the Holy Cross neighborhood. Soon it will be an 8000+ square foot facility that will educate the public through our visitor’s center and offer other important services for the neighborhood. It is part of the vision I put forth for Global Green just after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — to adopt a neighborhood, among other important goals, and ensure the green rebuilding of New Orleans. Now, with four of the five homes sold and occupied (the fifth one remains open to visitor’s center until the community center is completed), and the community center under construction, we are well on our way, but we still need your help." READ MORE >>

via globalgreen.org

  • 10/23/2012
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Food Security for All! Hundreds Come Shop at Grocery Store For-A-Day.

A little snapshot of the good times we had on Saturday. Thanks to all who came out, and we hope to continue to have your support as we move forward. The vision of the Lower Ninth Ward Food Access Coalition is availability of fresh, quality food that is convenient and affordable to everyone in the Lower Ninth Ward.


- -Number of people who attended = approximately 300
- Number of community organizations participating = 20
- Number of volunteers = 50+
- Amount of food distributed = A LOT
- Funds raised = over $2700
- Pulling off the first grocery store in the Lower 9th Ward in DECADES (and the first pop-up grocery store EVER), inspiring hope and motivation in our community, and getting the media and our elected officials on board = PRICELESS

Submitted by Jenga Mwendo, CSED Food Security Coordinator
  • 10/19/2012
  • Posted by staff

Anticipation Builds for Tomorrow's Grocery Store For-A-Day!

Some great advance coverage of the much-anticipated Grocery Store For-A-Day event tomorrow at All Souls Church, 5500 St. Claude, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Will we see you there?

CNN Looks at the Lower 9th Ward As a "Food Desert" (VIDEO)

With our Grocery Store For-A-Day event happening tomorrow (10-5, All Souls Church, 5500 St. Claude), we thought it's worth showing this terrific CNN news story from 2010. Take a look!

"Fresh food is hard to find in neighborhoods five years after Katrina." CNN's David Mattingly talks with the Lower 9's Jenga Mwendo - and discovers just how far you have to walk to buy groceries.
  • 10/17/2012
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

LSU AgCenter Master Gardener Program Certificate

Master Gardener Certificate 2012

Congratulations to Kathy Muse, CSED Program Coordinator, who recently received a certificate from LSU AgCenter for successfully completing the required hours of classroom and field instruction in their Master Gardener Program! Topics in this course of instruction included palms & cyads, botany & plant propagation, basic entomology & plant pathology, weed science, soils, pesticides & the environment, vegetable, herb & organic gardening, home fruit & nut production, lawn care, ornamental horticulture, diagnostic keys to urban plant problems, and pest detection. The Master Gardener Handbook which is a research-based resource for this class is available at the CSED office for use by the community.

To learn more about the LSU AgCenter Master Gardener Program visit www.lsuagcenter.com

  • 10/16/2012
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

4819 Dauphine - A Sustainable Design Approach

Dauphine Lot Aerial

LSU Landscape Architecture students Brad Odom, Luke Love and Andrew Doyle have been helping me design 4819.  Above is a model they created with the ideas we collaborated on.  The design is a first draft.  There are several details that are not in the design that we will update later.

The back of the lot (labeled Production Gardens), after further soil testing, will accommodate a small fruit orchard, while the middle of the lot, that most likely contains higher concentrations of lead, will be capped with soil and landscaping tarp.  Recycled brick beds (labeled Community/Education Gardens) will be built in this area.  The front of the lot (labeled Community Connections) will have seating and a rain garden.  The rain garden is not pictured in the design.

The goal of this project is to use as much recycled material from the neighborhood as possible.  For example:

  • Raised beds can be built out of recycled red brick that can be found on abandoned lots 
  • Benches can be made out of drift wood from the river
  • Paths can be made using crushed concrete
  • Rain catchment system can be made of recycled lumber in the neighborhood and 50gal daiquiri containers that ship in from the port, are used, and thrown away

Finally, any work that is done will be done by the CSED staff, LSU students, folks in the neighborhood and CSED volunteers.  Contracted work will be done by people hired from within the neighborhood.

  • 10/15/2012
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Lower 9th Ward "Views"

Civil Rights Pioneers Marker
  • 10/13/2012
  • Posted by staff

Preserving Our Homes Sustainably: Old Windows Are Worth It

Informative piece from the National Trust for Historic Preservation (affiliated with the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans):

Replacement versus retrofits?  Weatherstripping versus storm windows?  As preservationists you are probably confronted with questions, derision, and downright disbelief  when you try to make the case for reusing existing windows. Happily, a new report just released by the Preservation Green Lab is sure to change the nature of the debate and make your advocacy a little easier.

This 59-page report, Saving Windows, Saving Money: Evaluating the Energy Performance of Window Retrofit and Replacement, was released today and is available on www.preservationnation.org/greenlab.
Researchers set out to determine the potential energy savings related to common practices for upgrading older, existing single-pane residential windows. Variables such as climate, regional energy costs, heating system efficiency, and window system performance were evaluated to understand which options provide the greatest energy savings for homeowners. READ MORE >>

via blog.preservationleadershipforum.org

  • 10/12/2012
  • Posted by staff

New Neighbor: Another Sustainable Home Sold @ Global Green's Holy Cross Project!

Congrats to Global Green on 4 out of 4: completing the sale of another new, affordable green home in the Lower Ninth Ward! Welcome to the neighborhood!


The last of the four Holy Cross Project houses we put on the market sold today. Proud new owner Gary Williams has the keys to 417 Andry Street and will get a front row seat to watch the community center construction progress from his back porch. Welcome to the neighborhood, Gary! READ MORE >>

via globalgreen.org

  • 10/11/2012
  • Posted by staff

Today on NOLA.com: Makin' groceries in the Lower Nine

By Sharon Litwin

11688757-largeRunning out for a pint of milk is a pretty hard thing to do if you live in one of New Orleans’ “food deserts.” And forget about buying any fresh fruits or vegetables.That’s not going to happen if you live in the neighborhood below the Bywater.

But, now, seven years after Katrina, the folks in Lower Nine, tired of traveling nearly four miles into another parish to “make groceries” are organizing together and researching better options. They want to shop in their neighborhood and in their parish. And while that has historically meant going to a traditional grocery story, they’re flexible about even that.

“We could look at a food co-op, or healthy corner stores, even a mobile grocery store,” says Jenga Mwendo, food security coordinator with the Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development. Those ideas are the results of a series of meetings begun in April 2012 to allow the community to decide for itself what it wants in its neighborhood. Now, the recently-organized Lower Ninth Ward Food Access Coalition has decided on an action to demonstrate that they are serious. But, as with so many events undertaken by New Orleanians, this demonstration will be different. READ MORE >>

via www.nola.com