Thinking Sustainably

A Core Value

Creating local, sustainable economies is one of the core values upon which we founded The Urban Conservancy. As New Orleanians struggle to envision our city in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we are convinced that sustainability – environmental and economic – needs to be the organizing principle for our efforts.

Just and Sustainable: A Vision for New Orleans

In 10 years, New Orleans will be a model for a just and sustainable community. This is the vision that The Urban Conservancy has put forward for New Orleans. Read the editorial.

The New Orleans BuildSmart Expo

Saturday, April 22nd & Sunday, April 23rd
10am – 4pm
An Earth Day Event promoting efficient, affordable, and healthy living.

Located at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center & Barristers Gallery
1712-1724 Oretha Castle-Haley Boulevard

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, energy efficiency and modern, environmentally-responsible building materials are the key to good home investment and the answer to rebuilding New Orleans better than before.

This Event is Free and Open to the Public

  • Workshops for Homeowners & Contractors
  • Demonstrations of Energy Efficient Products
  • Technical Resources – Q & A
  • Fun Earth Day Activities for Kids

Email: or Phone: 504-342-4925
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What Makes a Healthy Neighborhood?

Planning and creating healthy communities is part of a long-term strategy for sustainability. What makes a neighborhood healthy? The Prevention Research Center at Tulane University created a guide for understanding what a healthy New Orleans neighborhood might look like.

The Healthy Building Network

The Healthy Building Network (HBN) is a national network of green building professionals, environmental and health activists, socially responsible investment advocates and others who are interested in promoting healthier building materials as a means of improving public health and preserving the global environment.

If you are interested in learning about how to build healthy, sustainable buildings or what you can do to make your home more environmentally friendly, they have lots of great information on their website. While much of the discussion is aimed at professionals in the industry, they can help you understand the pros and cons of various materials and can help you understand which systems claiming to certify green products truly represent progressive standards and which are industry-sponsored green-washing.