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The Future of Mardi Gras is Now: Progress in 2019

Posted on by Dana Eness

The Urban Conservancy understands that the cultural and physical environments of New Orleans have an important relationship with Mardi Gras. When we began hearing about the growing concerns from the community of New Orleans surrounding the current state of Mardi … Continue reading

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It’s time to rethink Mardi Gras—without tons of plastic beads

Posted on by Dana Eness

Green groups are urging revelers to recycle, reuse, and reconnect with the pre-plastic soul of a great celebration. This National Geographic article features the voices of several individuals who planned and participated in the Future of Mardi Gras forum.  The … Continue reading

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A Purple Gold and Greener Mardi Gras

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The historic Carver Theater on Orleans Avenue was the venue Oct. 18, 2018, where eclectic groups of people shared their passion for Mardi Gras traditions and concerns about how to make the biggest free party on Earth more Earth-friendly. Urban … Continue reading

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BASIN Campers on WWLTV!

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Our BASIN summer campers took the “Living with Water is fun” message to the evening news, painting rain barrels with Green Light New Orleans. Watch UC’s BASIN summer campers paint rain barrels. This clip accompanied the following story announcing the launch of the … Continue reading

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Mayor Cantrell Addresses Flood Risk, Mentions UC

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Mayor LaToya Cantrell: New Orleans drainage projects have ‘been on hold far too long’ By Kevin Litten | klitten@nola.com NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell held a news conference on Tuesday (May 22) to level with the public about the city’s flood … Continue reading

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FYI in City Lab – The Case for the Flood Proof Lawn

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“For years, the sound of rain on the roof of their New Orleans home filled Becky Lloyd and Christopher Renz with dread. Sometimes they’d need to get up in the middle of the night to move their car to higher … Continue reading

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Mayoral candidates attend forum on flood risk and environmental change (WWL)

Posted on by Dana Eness

Inside of the New Orleans Jazz Market, eight out of the 18 mayoral candidates shared their ideas for the future of the city on September 14, 2017.  The mayoral forum specifically focused on the topic: Flood Risk and Adapting to … Continue reading

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Not in my front yard!

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Reducing pavement could reduce your flood risk: Opinion “I doubt a campaign that says ‘Only YOU can prevent flooding’ would catch on in New Orleans. We know that massive feats of engineering are required to keep this city habitable. But … Continue reading

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Posted on by Dana Eness

Infiltration Test We shot this video March 13, 2017, after a rainy weekend on a residential lot in Broadmoor that participated in the Front Yard Initiative. We tested the permeable  Truegrid driveway with help from Anthony Kendrick of Construction EcoServices. According to the results … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events

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Our next FYI workshop is January 26th at 6pm.  This workshop is the required first step in the Front Yard Initiative. Free and open to the public. Front Porch Party

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