NOLA GBRC June 2010 Newsletter

Greetings from our New Orleans Green Building Resource Center

Spill, Baby, Spill

It's Day 66 of Louisiana's oil disaster, and the rapidly expanding destruction of our coastal communities and wetlands, and first tropical storm threat in the Gulf, has all of us on edge.  Global Green made a trip to Grand Isle earlier this week (my first since the disaster began), and I am sad to report that the situation is even more disturbing than I'd imagined.  As tragic as it was to see the numerous birds, dolphins, fish and crabs in distress, and the dozens of fishermen just sitting on the dock with nothing to do, paid by BP, it was equally shocking to see how hostile government officials were to the public even viewing the destruction, much less chipping in to clean up the mess.  When we walked onto the beach, sheriff's deputies descended upon us with sirens blaring and lights flashing on their brand new ATVs, and the first words out of their mouths were "turn off that camera."  They went on to state that we would be arrested if we walked over the boom along the beach, that the entire beach was a "crime scene," and acknowledged that BP was paying for all of the cleanup and monitoring of this - their- crime scene - including the new ATVs.  Contrast this reception to the beaches of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama, where tourists are being welcomed and some even allowed to help in the cleanup.  Employees of several private contractors hired by BP either refused to talk to us, ordered us not to talk to employees under their supervision, or admitted that they had been told that they would be fired if they even revealed what company employed them.  This apparent "private martial law" is not the America that I thought we lived in.  Despite the hostility, below is a link to the YouTube video of our trip, the second of our ongoing series documenting the disaster and its effects.

~ Beth Galante, Director


The Latest News on Oil Spill Response from our Global Green USA Blog

Read our staff blog, updated by our New Orleans staff, as well as Global Green USA President, Matt Petersen. Please read about our experience and efforts regarding the BP oil spill distaster currently unfolding in the Gulf: Learn More

For video of our recent visit to Grand Isle with Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols, please see here: Grand Isle.


Hands Across The Sand: 

No to Offshore Oil Drilling, Yes to Clean Energy

We've been inundated with heartbreaking images of oil covered birds and devastated fishermen struggling in the wake of theBP oil disaster. While officials are working to clean up the mess, we need to work to make sure this never happens again. On June 26th join thousands across the country to draw a line in the sand against offshore oil drilling.

At the event we'll join hands and unite to end our addiction to oil. We'll call on President Obama to move America beyond oil over the next two decades. Join this national day of action and send a powerful message, with hundreds of events happening across the country on the same day.

Attend Hands Across the Sand to protect our oceans, beaches, and wildlife from more offshore drilling!

Hands Across The Sand: 
No to Offshore Oil Drilling, Yes to Clean Energy
Saturday, June 26th, 2010 at 11 am 
'The Fly', on the river behind Audubon Park, New Orleans, LA (MAP)

For more information, please contact Darryl Malek-Wiley or Jill Mastrototaro at (504) 861-4835

To RSVP, please click here. 


FREE SOLUTIONS TO THE GULF OIL SPILL – IN A SUNDANCE MOVIE?

A group of well known musicians and actors are preparing to convene in the city most affected by the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster to show their support for solutions to the oil situation. While in New Orleans, they will attend the first ever free public screening of the Sundance Award Winning, NY Times Critics’ Pick movie FUEL at Canal Place Cinemas on June 28th at 7pm and participate in a peaceful march through the French Quarter and human aerial art project at 3pm on June 29th. The two days of events is designed to bring international attention and local dialogue to viable solutions to the oil spill, including greener forms of energy.

Attendees include actor Peter Fonda, actress Amy Smart, singer songwriter Jason Mraz, as well as a host of oil spill clean up experts such as Dr. Randall von Wedel, developer of the Cytosol bioremediation process and heads of NGO’s including Louisiana Environmental Action Network and Sea Shepherd, and FUEL film creator and Louisiana native Josh Tickell.

Fonda and the team behind the movie FUEL are rallying over a thousand people to come to New Orleans to attend the film screening at Canal Place and march for clean energy. The group is expected to peacefully march through the French Quarter on June 29th and then stop in front ofSt. Louis Cathedral where they will form letters, which will be photographed from above by aerial artist John Quigley who has done such “human art” projects all over the world. In a symbolic gesture, those gathered will then walk around the French Quarter picking up trash. 

More information on the FUEL film and its upcoming free public events in New Orleans can be found at TheFuelFilm.com send RSVP for the New Orleans Fuel Screening by clicking here: [email protected]


Build It Back Green's Green-It-Yourself Series: June 29th

Summer is officially here and we know ya'll are sweatin' it out in the Big Easy.

This month we'll discuss HVAC systems, fans and air-conditioning window units, offering tips on how to recognize energy efficient models and how to improve the efficiency of existing models. Most importantly guest speaker Mike Bowen of HumbleHG, LLC will discuss how to save money by installing the appropriate system for your home and or apartment.

Tuesday, June 29th 
6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Good Work Network 
1824 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. 
New Orleans, LA

Build It Back Green events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on greening your home, visit our Green Building Resource Center at 841 Carondelet Street, and for more information on this and past events, see our website here: http://globalgreen.org/bibg/calendar/.  


Take Action!

Thank you
 to all of you who have reached out to us and want to take action in response to the environmental catastrophecaused by the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Global Green has compiled a list of organizations that are working on response to the spill and wanted to share it with you:

Global Green USA www.labucketbrigade.org

Gulf Restoration Network www.crcl.org/

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Hands On New Orleans www.handsonneworleans.org

Volunteer Louisiana www.volunteerlouisiana.gov

Audubon Action Center www.audubonaction.org

State of Louisiana Emergency Response http://emergency.louisiana.gov/training.html

Matter of Trust-Hair donations www.matteroftrust.org