The Green Collaborative of New Orleans held its first annual legislative Meet & Greet on March 1, timed to precede the opening of the Louisiana legislative session. Representatives Walt Leger (who presented), Robert Billiot, and Jared Brossett were joined by Kelley Bagayoko from Representative Helena Moreno's office and 60 members of the Green Collaborative, a broad-based coalition of organizations promoting a sustainable economy. The event took place at Second Line Stages, a LEED Gold film studio in New Orleans.
Global Green is a leader in the Green Collaborative, which has 135 members, including Habitat ReStore, Delgado Community College, Latter & Blum, National Wildlife Foundation, Long Vue House & Gardens, Catholic Charities, the City of New Orleans and many local green businesses, consultants, and environmental organizations.
The Green Collaborative's 2012 policy goals are:
- Strong coastal protection and restoration
- Expand use of energy efficiency and renewable energy
- Encourage the adoption of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) technology in Louisiana
- Job creation through development of clean industries
- Increased planning and implementation of pedestrian and bicycle safety initiatives
Representative Walt Leger spoke to guests about the 2012 Coastal Master Plan and the importance of working with both parties to restore Louisiana’s wetlands. Leger brought attention to the human elements and stories behind the environmental issues faced by the State of Louisiana.
The legislative event was developed by the Green Collaborative's Policy Working Group, which is co-chaired by Global Green and the Alliance for Affordable Energy. (A hearty thanks here for our sponsors; the event was made possible by generous donations of time, money, services, and products from these organizations as well as the National Wildlife Foundation, Sierra Club, Oxfam, Gulf Restoration Network, Creative Industry, Green Grants, Limousine Livery, Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Second Line Stages, the Green Fork, Strike it Green, Cake Cafe, Printing Etc. and Headwaters Cafe.)
A follow-up event will be held in Baton Rouge on March 21 at 5 p.m., at the Beer Industry League of Louisiana.
More photos of the event here.