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Apr 11 2014

Inaugural BASIN Program Wraps Up

BASIN (Building Active Stewardship in New Orleans) iran environmental stewardship program the Urban Conservancy developed in partnership with The Mission Continues fellow Kendric Perkins and Keely Hill. Fifth graders from Craig Elementary in the Treme neighborhood participated in the 17-week program.

Apr 11 2014

What’s Wrong with This Picture? A Public Forum


The Urban Conservancy invites you to learn more about why excessive paving is occurring, what you can do about it and mitigation techniques available to property owners. See forum details here.

Feb 21 2014

UC Takes “Pave-o-Mania” to the Airwaves


On Feb. 15, Dana Eness and Kevin Fitzwilliam co-hosted the Urban Conservancy “All Things Local” radio show with guests Ramiro Diaz, Kimberlye Hunicke, and Travis Martin to discuss negative impacts of excessive paving occurring on residential lots throughout New Orleans. Join us at the public forum on March 13 to learn more.

Feb 16 2014

The Lafitte “Blueway”

Emelda Paul is a Lafitte Greenway enthusiast and neighborhood leader. A 30-year resident of the Lafitte housing development, she believes the Greenway will be an important way for the people in her neighborhood to stay healthy, have fun, and connect with water safely. Emelda was recognized as one of the 2013 UC Urban Heroes for her greenway advocacy.

The UC is creating a series of short videos featuring New Orleanians expressing their interest in seeing the Greenway developed as a “Blueway” and to continue to build public support for the “Living with Water” principles. Hear what Edgar Chase III, Treme resident Leonetta Terrell, Mid City resident Lili LeGuardeur and others have to say on UC’s Youtube channel.

Oct 17 2013

Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan: Implementation

Read the Implementation report for the Greater New Orleans Water Plan

Sep 11 2013


How to Make New Orleans Uglier and Less Safe: Continue to Ignore Yard Paving

In a city just recovering from the horrors of Katrina and other recent floods, yard paving represents a huge step backward in our crucial struggle to change the way we manage storm water. Read more >

Jan 31 2014 | Start the Discussion

It’s Time to Play by New Orleans’ Rules

Now that it is apparent that New Orleans is a contender on the national retail scene, developers need to understand that if they’re going to play, they need to play by our rules. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for negotiation, but the days of catering to self-interested investors lured by costly concessions borne by taxpayers, including existing businesses, is over. Read more >

Nov 8 2013

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Meet Our Board and Staff

L-R, Front Row: Shel Roumillat, Marla Nelson, Dana Eness. L-R, Back Row: David Zalkind, Sara Orton, Mark Strella, Sean Gerowin, Christy Williams, Marli Want. Not pictured: Rashidah Williams and Lynn McLean. Read their bios here....

Meet Our Board and Staff

Building Active Stewardship in New Orleans (BASIN)

The environmental literacy and recreation program is a pilot curriculum developed and implemented by the Urban Conservancy and the Mission Continues. The pilot program has worked with one 5th grade class at Craig Elementary School in the Treme.

Building Active Stewardship in New Orleans (BASIN)

Lafitte Greenway

A broad coalition of organizations, foundations, and individuals has made great progress over the past year to transform an abandoned rail corridor running from Treme to Lakeview into a public amenity that New Orleanians can use to bike, walk, run, garden, and play along.

Lafitte Greenway

Greenway Businesses

What does a healthy business environment have to do with a healthy environment? Everything, if you ask Mike Massey, native New Orleanian and local business owner of Massey's Professional Outfitters.

Greenway Businesses

Heritage Tourism in New Orleans

A link to our Neighborhood Guide & Map series celebrating New Orleans' neighborhoods as cultural and commercial destinations. UC and "Stay Local!":http://www.staylocal.org redesigned the Mid-City guide in 2012 with plans for more in 2013.

Heritage Tourism in New Orleans

Stay Local!

A project of The Urban Conservancy, Stay Local! is a city-wide initiative for creating a strong economy based on locally owned and operated business. Stay Local! encourages consumers to shop locally while helping independent businesses compete more effectively.

Stay Local!