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Jun 11 2015

Permeable Paving Demo June 16

Register here to attend the presentation at 9 am, noon, or 5 pm.


Jun 11 2015

The Urban Conservancy’s Dana Eness is April’s Newsmaker

The UC, Front Yard Initiative and smart water management all got some great coverage from the Lens’ “Breakfast with the Newsmakers: A look behind the Headlines” series. Watch as Karen Gabois interviews Dana of the effects of excessive paving and what is being done to reverse this troubling trend.

Apr 20 2015

The Front Yard Initiative (FYI) hits the Airwaves

The Front Yard Initiative is picking up steam! We were recently featured in stories on WWL and on local NPR affiliate 89.9 WWNO discussing our pilot project on Valmont Street and the stormwater management, aesthetic and public access issues related to excessive paving and converting front yards into parking lots.

Check out our interview with UNO’s Professor John Renne here, coverage on March 16 on WWL TV here, and on WWL 870AM here.. You can also read about us in a story by Susan Langenhennig in the March 31 Times-Picayune.


Mar 16 2015

Moving Right Along!!

Front Yard Initiative Update

Check out what has been going on with the Front Yard Initiative (FYI)’s effort to promote a more sustainable and resilient New Orleans by incentivizing homeowners to remove excessive pavement in favor of intelligent green space. Get up to date here


Feb 6 2015

Check Out Our New Digs!!

We’ve moved to a new home on historic OC Haley. Exciting things are happening here and we want to be a part of it! Stop by and visit us in the revitalized Myrtle Banks School @ 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, Suite 309, New Orleans, LA 70113


Learn more about the Myrtle Banks redevelopment project

Jan 16 2015

2014 Urban Heroes Thank You!

Thank you for joining us on November 15 to show your support for Dwayne Boudreaux, Lee Stafford, and Bart Everson, and the exciting legacy projects (Circle Food Store, New Orleans Eat Local Challenge, and the Lafitte Greenway) they helped shepherd to completion. See more photos from our Urban Heroes Gala here.


Nov 4 2014

Lafitte Greenway Construction Status Update


The construction of New Orleans’ very own 3.1 mile pedestrian/bicycle trail is well underway and we can’t wait for this unique urban amenity with ecologic, economic, and social value and benefits to be handed over to the people of New Orleans.

Click here for a staus update on greenway construction.

Jul 30 2014

Building Active Stewardship in New Orleans (BASIN)

How do you get kids interested in being responsible land and water stewards? Surround them with professionals passionate about their work in environmental science and then let them get dirty. Thank you, Parasol Productions, for documenting our Building Active Stewardship in New Orleans (BASIN) program. See more photos here.

May 30 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


Paved front yards are illegal, Urban Conservancy representative tells Gentilly residents

The UC has been visiting neighborhood organizations around town to get the word out on the problems related to excessive yard paving in New Orleans and our work to curb the troubling practice. The Times-Picayune reports on our presentation at a recent neighborhood meeting in Gentilly. Read more >

Jul 10 2014

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

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FYI: The UC’s Response to Excessive Yard Paving

The UC is hard at work to curb the troubling trend of excessive yard paving and the use of impervious surfaces in New Orleans neighborhoods. Check out the exciting work that is going on to raise awareness and provide solutions to this pressing issue.

FYI: The UC’s Response to Excessive Yard Paving

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!