A partnership created to bring multiple green infrastructure options to neighborhoods in a comprehensive and accessible way.
Umbrella is a partnership between residents, the City of New Orleans, and nonprofit partners to reduce the effects of climate change like flooding and the heat island effect. Partners include a green jobs training program, faith-based leaders and local community members to address stormwater and flooding issues. Services include:
The Urban Conservancy and their partners in the Umbrella NOLA project were featured in Grist recently. The Hoffman Triangle in Central City is one of many New Orleans neighborhoods that experiences regular localized flooding. Umbrella, a coalition of green-sector nonprofits that includes the Urban Conservancy, ThriveNOLA, Green Light New Orleans, and SOUL NOLA, works to alleviate these localized flooding issues with residential interventions, in partnership with residents and faith leaders.
“You can do two things at once. You can create space for water to go, and, if you’re thoughtful about it, you can create space within society for people who are being shut out economically.”
-Dana Eness, Executive Director of the Urban Conservancy
NEW ORLEANS – Jerusalem Baptist Church and Stronger Hope Baptist Church, both located in New Orleans’ Hoffman Triangle neighborhood, have completed the installation of permeable paving and green spaces designed to reduce flooding during heavy rain events.
Work on the Jerusalem project was completed by Thrive Works Green, a nonprofit workforce training program.
“Our program is truly one of a kind,” said Chuck Morse, Thrive executive director, in a press release. “We use a holistic approach, walking alongside our trainees before, during and after the program to ensure their needs are met, whether it’s with a weekly stipend, soft skills, mental health support, etc. After they graduate, we connect them directly with contract opportunities.”
In the article, Daria Uporsky of SSDN discusses the cooperation between the New Orleans Office of Resilience & Sustainability and Umbrella. Umbrella is a coalition of nonprofit partners including the Front Yard Initiative, Green Light New Orleans, SOUL, and Launch NOLA.
“By testing strategies in Hoffman Triangle”, Uporsky notes, “they hope that their new models can be scaled to other neighborhoods, and ultimately contribute to increased resilience across the city.”
New Orleans claims 1,450 square feet of road surface per person; the highest ratio of pavement per person in the country.
The majority of our transportation infrastructure was built in the 1960’s with population projections of 1 million residents. The city currently has less than 400,00 people. We are taxing ourselves to maintain an over-sized street system.
Reducing the sizes of roadways provides space for municipal water management installations and multi-modal transportation opportunities.
Last month, Leo “Coach” Young, long-time Hoffman Triangle resident became the go-to guy on his block for questions about how to manage stormwater after having Mastodonte install French drains on his property! Check out the WWL TV video here of Coach speaking about the work being done on his property and the importance of stormwater management in his neighborhood, a neighborhood that has been extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change, all possible due to the SSDN grant that makes our work in the Hoffman Triangle possible.
Check out more FYI features on WWL TV and WWL First News here!
SSCF Outreach Report | “Between January and April 2019, WATER BLOCK, LLC worked with project partners, residents, local nonprofits and faith based organizations to collect qualitative and quantitative information about Hoffman Triangle, and the flooding concerns in the area.” This report is a comprehensive analysis of the data collected by the canvassing done with one of our partners, WATER BLOCK, to help us understand the concerns of residents of the Hoffman Triangle, both environmental and social.
We’re pleased to announce the Urban Conservancy + partners SOUL, Green Light New Orleans, and Launch NOLA have received funding to work in the Hoffman Triangle for the next two years from the Southeastern Sustainability Directors Network.
“USING FRONT YARDS TO ADDRESS FLOODING”
CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
“Investment: $298,800 Project Partners: City of New Orleans, Urban Conservancy, Sustaining Our Urban Landscape (SOUL); Launch NOLA Green; Green Light New Orleans Project Summary: New Orleans partners will prioritize green infrastructure projects in the Hoffman Triangle, one of the neighborhoods most vulnerable to repetitive flood loss, and also increase capacity of local community members to identify opportunities for green infrastructure in their neighborhoods. Connecting a green jobs training program, faith-based leaders and local community members, the project will use innovative tools to address stormwater and flooding issues, while at the same time scaling up highly effective green infrastructure retrofit techniques.”