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Mayor Mitch Landrieu's New Climate Action Strategy — And What It Means for New Orleans



Earlier this month, Mayor Mitch Landrieu released a Climate Action Strategy for the city of New Orleans. The comprehensive strategy aims to cut New Orleans’ greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and uphold the tenets of the Paris Climate Agreement. The plan builds off of 2015's Resilient New Orleans, which introduced a broad range of actions that continue to aid New Orleans in being less susceptible to hurricanes, heavy rain, crumbling infrastructure, and storm surge. Landrieu's new plan differs from any preceding urban plan in one key way: it's aggressive goal to prevent sea level rise, flooding, and other pollution costs.

 


Eceaux System


It’s a big week of announcements for Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Just days after teaming with the New Orleans Police Department to propose a new pay plan for law enforcement, the mayor unveiled the city’s new climate action strategy. “Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our coastal communities, nation and world,” said Mayor Landrieu in a statement. The plan, titled Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans, features 11 strategies and 25 actions to combat greenhouse gas emissions in the city over the next 13 years. 


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. 


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.


Suspect Sought in Marigny Mugging


The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) have a big lead in a Marigny mugging last week. Officers are now on the hunt for 18-year-old Trevor Green who they have identified as the primary suspect in the incident.


Easter Shooting in Carrollton


The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are investigating a Carrollton shooting on Easter Day (4.05). The afternoon gunplay left one man dead and another man in the hospital.


The Week in City Council: 8.22


By Ashley Rouen

Thursday’s (8.21) City Council meeting began by honoring Big Freedia Queen of Bounce. Most of the meeting was dominated by discussions of homelessness and an ordinance targeting tent cities for obstructing rights-of-way. However, councilmembers also discussed NOPD special detail work at SMG facilities, retrofitting the fourth floor of OPP to house a medical clinic and beds for mentally ill prisoners, and plans for implementing green infrastructure in the city’s sewer system.


A New Moon?

Mayor Mitch Plans for NPOs



As the oil spill looms, once again reminding us of how fundamentally fragile New Orleans is, Mitch Landrieu prepares to take the reigns of our beloved home.


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