An initiative funded by the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, the EPA, and the Foundation for Louisiana, Water Wise NOLA consists of water professional and concerned citizens who seek to make a change of how rainwater is managed in New Orleans. By working closely with residents in neighborhoods that experience chronic flooding and by hosting a variety of workshops, we hope to create action in our community to manage rainwater so that our neighborhoods become stronger, safer, and more resilient.
In New Orleans, Louisiana, we have implemented environmental education programs that teach energy basics and conservation practices. The long-term effects of programs such as Energy Smart are reductions in energy use, and savings to parents in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.
In California and New Orleans, we have created showcase green schools and our annual green school makeover competition is helping more schools make green upgrades. We are motivated to continue with green school efforts because we have seen results across the “3 R's” of green schools: Rise in student performance levels and teacher retention; Reduction in carbon emissions and toxins; and Renewed hope in education and the future. Green schools increase student performance by 20% and teacher retention by 5% through better daylighting and acoustics. Attendance is also up due to better indoor air quality, and energy costs are down.
We believe in building sound sustainability habits early. In 2014, we selected Boston Latin School as the winner of our national Green School Competition in partnership with Pureology. Boston Latin School conducted a comprehensive, student-led Green School Makeover. From the hydroponic growing lab, to water bottle filling stations to the Lucid building dashboard, the school’s new sustainability-focused features help develop its students’ environmental awareness and position in Boston as a model for schools across the country.