NOLA GBRC April 2010 Newsletter

Greetings from our New Orleans Green Building Resource Center

Spring Forward

 

Now is New Orleans' finest season, with soft warm days and cool evenings, surrounded by the aromas of jasmine and sweet olive and the occasional crawfish boil, and the stunning performances of azaleas, iris and gardenia.  A season of celebrating our riches of music and food and cultural quirks together at a cacophony of festivals and parties great and small.  And now added to our annual rites of spring come celebrations of change, from the television show that might just finally have bottled a bit of the essence of this special place in this special time to share with the world, to the swearing in of our new mayor, who might just finally be the leader we have been waiting for to join with the tireless neighborhood groups, non-profits, business start-ups and volunteers to truly launch New Orleans' renaissance.  I am somewhat biased, I must admit.  I have had the honor of serving as co-chair of Mayor-elect Landrieu's Sustainable Energy & Environment Task Force for the past five weeks, and am overwhelmed yet again by the passion, insight and dedication of New Orleanians to make this a truly resilient and prosperous city.  Our new mayor faces many daunting challenges in the years to come, but by building on and supporting the strong foundation of sustainability that our citizens have built in the past 4 1/2 years, there has never been greater opportunity for New Orleans to spring forward.

~ Beth Galante, Director


TONIGHT: Monthly Panel Discussion

Global Green USA is proud to partner with the AIA, New Orleans Chapter and the USGBC-Louisiana Chapter on a monthly panel series on issues of sustainability in the built environment.
This month's discussion, hosted by the AIA, New Orleans Chapter:

Dillard University's Professional Schools Building and Student Union Building

John Campo, AIA, of John T. Campo & Associates, Inc. and Ian Thompson, AIA, of Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects, will discuss the Student Union Building and Professional Schools Buildings, focusing on the design principles that make each building sustainable and the attributes that qualify each for LEED Gold certification.

Wednesday, April 21st
5:30pm to 7:30 pm
AIA New Orleans Center For Design
1000 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA

This event provides one hour of Sustainable Design Continuing Education Credit.

This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.  Special thanks to our good friends at Whole Foods Market and Atchafalaya Restaurant for their generous support.

For more information on this and past panels, please contact Heidi Jensen at our Green Building Resource Center: [email protected] and see our website here:http://globalgreen.org/bibg/calendar/


Build it Back Green GREEN-IT-YOURSELF Series: 
What is Weatherization? - The First of a Five Part Series

This workshop will clarify why weatherizing your home is important, and how it will save you money. Guest speakers will explain the most cost effectiveweatherization techniques a homeowner or renter can make to their home or apartment to improve indoor air quality, improve the comfort level in their living space, and save on utility bills.  Topics will include what kind of materials a homeowner will need to make weatherization upgrades - a break down on cost, and where to buy them.
 
Tuesday, April 27th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Green Building Resource Center, 
841 Carondelet Street, New Orleans

Build It Back Green events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information on this and past events, please contact Vincent Fedeli: [email protected]see our website here: http://globalgreen.org/bibg/calendar/ or drop by our Green Building Resource Center at 841 Carondelet Street.


The Falstaff Brewery, an iconic New Orleans structure, was left vacant and abandoned, a symbol of blight. Extensive lead, asbestos, and hazardous solid wastes were removed from the historic property before it was converted into Falstaff Apartments, including 147 units of mixed-income apartments and space for neighborhood commercial businesses.  Completed in November 2008, the redevelopment of the brewery sparked the revival of a central New Orleans neighborhood.
 
Join speaker David Miller, Renaissance Property LLC, Developer and Leaaf Environmental, Environmental Consultant, to hear the story of this brownfield project - from acquisition through redevelopment - and to learn about the funding and technical assistance available to make your brownfield project a success. 
 
Wednesday, April 28th
9:30am to 11:00am
Falstaff Apartments
2600 Gravier Street

 
To reserve a seat, please email: [email protected].   For additional questions, please contact Rebecca (504-483-8513) or Lauren (504-483-8503)


Louisiana's University Law Clinics Are Under Attack!

University Law Clinics are a vital resource, helping provide a greater balance of power by giving citizens access to the legal system that they would not otherwise have, as well as serving as a crucial learning environment for law-students. However, some big business, special interests and politicians are working to restrict the capabilities of University Law Clinics to their benefit.

Senator Robert Adley has introduced a bill into the Louisiana Legislature that would prohibit University Law Clinics from filing a petition or a lawsuit against government agencies. The bill would ban lawsuits that seek monetary damages from an individual, business or government agency, and would put the Law Clinics under the oversight of a legislative committee. Locally, the bill would virtually eliminate Tulane Environmental Law Clinic's ability to provide fair representation to citizens with environmental concerns, which are all too common along the Gulf Coast.

Don't let big business and their politicians take away the access to fair and equitable legal representation that protects you and your communities against their abuses.

CONTACT Senator Adley and tell him to withdraw his Senate Bill 549.

Senator Robert Adley
611 Jessie Jones Drive
Benton, LA 71006
(318) 965-1755
[email protected] 

Fight for your right to have legal representation!

For more information on the Louisiana Environmental Action Network: http://www.leanweb.org/


The ReUse District is a new initiative working to increase the appreciation and accessibility of reused materials in the 7th Ward, Bywater, Marigny, St. Claude, and St. Roch neighborhoods. Functioning much like an "arts district," The ReUse District now has 21 members and is spearheaded by The Green Project, Habitat Restore, Marigny Green, Preservation Resource Center, Rebuilding Together New Orleans, and St. Claude Main Street. Reuse is the purest, most environmentally responsible form of recycling, and together we can create a greater awareness of its possibilities.

The ReUse District is hosting ReFest, an all-day kick-off event, beginning at The Green Project and throughout the neighborhoods - on Saturday May 15th. ReFest will include workshops, a film screening, live music, and a pub crawl-- all centered around reuse. For more information about The ReUse District and ReFest's schedule, check out www.thereusedistrict.org or become a fan on Facebook.


NOLA Veggie Fest

The New Orleans Food Co-op will be the lead sponsor of the 2nd Annual NOLA Veggie Fest, featuring speakers such as Gene Bauer of Farm Sanctuary and Dr. Craig Sommers, author of the Raw Food Bible, along with raffles, live music, cooking demos, films and food samples  - all to promote the health and environmental benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets. Join us at Veggie Fest to celebrate healthy and environmentally conscious consumption!

NOLA Veggie Fest
Sunday, May 16 
First Unitarian Universalist Church
2903 Jefferson Avenue
New Orleans, LA

Please click here for more information on Veggie Fest: nolaveggiefest.com, and the New Orleans Food Co-Op: NOLA Food Co-Op.


The Extreme Ice Survey is the most wide-ranging glacier study ever conducted using ground-based, real-time photography. EIS uses time-lapse photography, conventional photography, and video to document the rapid changes now occurring on the Earth's glacial ice. The EIS team has installed 27 time-lapse cameras at 15 sites in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, and the Rocky Mountains. EIS supplements this ongoing record with annual repeat photography in Iceland, the Alps, and Bolivia.

To view the Extreme Ice Survey and more information, please click here: http://www.extremeicesurvey.org/