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Promotin’ the General Welfare

New Orleans, Toward Becoming A More Sustainable City

“It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” was the ominously comical punch line delivered by the mock-maternal figure in Chiffon Margarine commercials of the 1970s.


For the folks living in denial regarding rising sea levels and similar issues related to climate change, maybe the message should be, “It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature.”

Mitch Landrieu Teams with Mayors Across the U.S. to Honor Paris Climate Agreement

In an open letter published Thursday (6.1), mayors across America responded to President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord with a defiant statement promising to adopt, honor and uphold the climate change agreement. Pledging support in the letter was New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. 

Green Slate: The Top Earth Day Events Around NOLA

Saturday (4.22) is Earth Day. Even though Louisiana may not be the greenest of scenes, there are plenty of events in New Orleans to honor the 47th annual fête. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting warm temps in the low-to-mid 80’s, with scattered storms expected in the afternoon through the night. But don’t let the chance of rain spoil your fun! These top events around town make it feel easy being green. 

Louisiana Named One of the Least Green States in America

Ahead of Earth Day this Saturday (4.22), an official ranking of the greenest states in America was released Tuesday. WalletHub conducted the survey, analyzing the fifty states on key criteria like environmental quality, eco-friendly behaviors, and climate-change contributions. Despite Louisiana’s major contributions to solar power technology in recent years, the state made the list in the top ten least-green states. 

Event to Mark Three Years Since Sinkhole Devastated Bayou Corne

By Lucy Leonard

On August 3, 2012, the lives of the people living on Bayou Corne changed forever. Deep beneath the feet of the city’s citizens, an underground salt dome cavern, owned by Texas Brine Company, collapsed. The event caused the creation of a dangerous sinkhole, which released oil and gases and sucked sediment, trees and more downward. As the now nearly empty community approaches the three-year anniversary of the disaster, documentary filmmaker and New Orleans resident Victoria Greene is hoping to bring the community back together for closure.

Earth Play

By Lucy Leonard

Sustainability is the name of the game and the winners are out. On May 14, LifeCity honored the winners of its 2015 Green Games. The Green Games is an annual competition to see which LifeCity businesses have become holistically more sustainable.

99 Luftballons: DIY Eyes in the Skies to Map NOLA this Weekend

By Chris Staudinger

Red balloons will hover above the city this weekend. Les ballons rouge will trail cameras that will provide teams of citizen scientists an elevated view of various urban wetland restoration projects across the area. These views are rarely seen from the bottoms of our bowl, and they’re views that organizers hope will help give people a better understanding of this watery urban ecosphere.

Russel Honoré Goes One on One With Al Gore (Video)

Russel Honoré is known to most New Orleanians for his role as the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina and the iconic "guns down" order. In the years since the storm, the Lieutenant General retired and shifted his focus to the environment. Going green led to some airtime with with America's most high profile eco-warrior, former Vice President Al Gore.

Bayou Corne Sinkhole Turns Two

NoDef Visits the 'Danger Zone'

Photos by Daniel Paschall 

On the second anniversary of the Bayou Corne sinkhole's formation, taking stock of what's still bubbling up.

Abiding, Part XII

A Final Week with the Dude, and an Invitation for Questions


In a final segment, Jeff Dowd, the inspiration for The Dude in "The Big Lebowski" wanted to offer a few more words on the oil spill and hope for our future.

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