The Holy Cross Project model village is an education and advocacy project for sustainable building in hot, humid climates and serves as a teaching tool for contractors, developers, students and residents. The project consists of three phases: Phase I. Five single-family LEED Platinum homes - complete! Phase II. Community Development and Climate Action Center (CDCAC) - in progress Phase III. 20-unit affordable rental complex - awaiting approval
With all five single-family homes complete and the CDCAC currently under construction, here’s a current look at a day in the life at the Holy Cross Project!
Michelle (right) and Kimberly (left) work in the LEED Platinum Visitor Center, where they benefit from healthy indoor air quality and ample natural light.
Michelle manages the development of the Holy Cross Project, working with architects and contractors for the CDCAC construction, completing LEED documentation, and tackling the policy hurdles for the affordable apartment complex planned for phase three.
Kimberly coordinates tours and education at the Visitor Center, and conducts community outreach and research for the fresh food retail portion of the CDCAC.
We can always count on our Confederacy of Cruisers bike tour to stop by on their Lower 9th Ward trip.
The Holy Cross Project Visitor Center is open to the public for tours on Mondays and Fridays 11am-4pm, as well as on Saturdays 10am-1pm. Since 2008, Global Green staff and community volunteers have given tours to over 25,000 students, residents and visitors from around the world.
Visitors see the benefits of sustainable building technologies first-hand, and learn about energy efficiency and water management strategies they can implement at home.
Kimberly enjoys lunch at a Lower 9th Ward restaurant.
Locally owned Cafe Dauphine serves delicious New Orleans cuisine – from shrimp po-boys to stuffed bell peppers and bread pudding to top it off!
Michelle meets with CORE Construction on-site at the Community Development and Climate Action Center.
Each week, Michelle meets with our contractor, architect and co-developer to discuss project progress. We are currently installing the roof of the SIPS system, which will hold a standing seam metal roof with a large Solar PV array.
The CDCAC will house Global Green’s local offices, a fresh food retail outlet, conference and meeting spaces, and a green building resource center. Programming for the CDCAC will include community workshops, school field trips, documentary screenings, expert speaker panels, and influential conferences on climate change and environmental issues. The space will serve as a learning center on topics including green building, storm water management, energy policy, wetlands, climate change, and more.
Kimberly and Michelle finish off their day at the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association (HCNA) meeting, where they regularly update community members on Holy Cross Project progress and Global Green programming.
The HCNA worked with Global Green to identify community needs that would be met by this project, and they remain an important partner today.