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March 19, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

City of New Orleans Awarded Funding from U.S. Department of Energy for Public Energy Efficiency Campaign

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans is the recipient of a $381,471 award from the U.S. Department of Energy through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. The City will utilize these dollars to promote the adoption of solar power systems and energy efficiency measures through programs and financial incentives now available through the federal government. 

“We will continue to encourage our residents and local businesses to explore the variety of incentives and programs now available,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “Adoption of solar and energy efficiency measures will not only provide much needed savings for our residents, but it will also reduce air pollution and make the city safer for future generations to come.” 

“I’m excited to announce this funding for New Orleans to promote the ‘Solar for All Program,' boosting participation in solar and storage installation options,” said Congressman Troy A. Carter, Sr. “The EECBG program is helping communities lower energy use, reduce emissions, promote energy efficiency and meet our clean energy goals. I championed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that made this possible and look forward to seeing more achievements from this historic bill for Louisiana.” 

The EECBG Program is designed to assist states, local governments and Tribes in implementing strategies to reduce energy use, reduce fossil fuel emissions and improve energy efficiency. The City will utilize these funds to create a new, one-stop shop informational website and a city-wide campaign promoting the new federal incentives. The city-wide campaign will educate residents on the newly available tax credits created through the Inflation Reduction Act, which provide incentives up to $14,000 for low-to-moderate income households pursuing energy efficiency upgrades in their homes. These funds will also go towards the launch of a public engagement initiative aimed at creating a network of Community Energy Advisors. As paid volunteers, Community Energy Advisors will be trained on the various local, state and federal programs and incentives aimed at reducing energy use in order to provide one-to-one technical assistance to community members, aiding in increased adoption of energy efficiency and electrification measures that can reduce energy burden and improve quality of life for some of the city’s most vulnerable communities.  

“EECBG funds are a critical piece of the puzzle for catalyzing a just, clean energy transition in New Orleans,” said City of New Orleans Energy Policy & Program Manager Sophia Winston. “This funding will not only bring awareness to new financial incentives for solar and energy efficiency created by the Inflation Reduction Act but create a network of citizens that are active participants in making New Orleans a more sustainable and resilient city.” 

The City’s green energy campaign will include promoting the City’s Solar for All NOLA program that was relaunched in February. The Solar for All NOLA initiative is aimed at increasing awareness and access to affordable solar energy and battery storage options for all residents of New Orleans and is a partnership between the City of New Orleans, the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) and locally based solar companies PosiGen and Solar Alternatives. The program offers free feasibility studies to all interested households and businesses, provides leasing and financing options and low-cost energy efficiency upgrades for those ready to make the switch to solar.  

Energy use in buildings accounts for roughly half of New Orleans’ greenhouse gas emissions, which means that energy efficiency and renewable energy represent a major opportunity to reduce air pollution locally. The City’s Climate Action Plan calls for greater adoption of energy efficiency through increased participation in Entergy New Orleans’ Energy Smart program, and 1,400 solar installations, representing 10MW of capacity, through the Solar for All NOLA program by 2030.  

More information on the EECBG program and the official funding announcement for New Orleans can be found here: Biden- Harris Administration Supports Local Projects to Save Energy and Tackle the Climate Crisis as part of Investing in America Agenda | Department of Energy

  

 

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August 31, 2016 | From City of New Orleans

#EquityNewOrleans Community Listening Session

Join us for a community listening session with #EquityNewOrleans on advancing strategies in city government, Tuesday, Sep. 13 at 6pm at the Carver Theater.

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December 8, 2015 | From City of New Orleans

4th Annual Neighborhood Summit a Success!

The Neighborhood Engagement Office, with support from NeighborWorks America, Dillard University, Foundation for Louisiana, and the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, hosted the 4th annual New Orleans Neighborhood Summit on Saturday Nov. 14th. With over 200 attending residents, four distinct workshop tracks, participation from City agencies and community partners, and an address from the Mayor, the day was a jam-packed success!

As the Mayor stated in his address to the bustling crowd of resident leaders, strong neighborhoods are what make a strong city. This theme of strength and resilience was woven throughout the workshops focused on issues ranging from affordable housing and neighborhood participation in land-use decisions to coastal affairs and cooperative business models. Engaged participants shared their experiences and expertise in these veins and made many connections across neighborhood lines. The Neighborhood Summit aims to do just that: to facilitate relationships between residents from across the city and to give them the tools they need to strengthen their communities.

October 3, 2014 | From City of New Orleans

A Bump in the Road: Correcting, Connecting, & Coordinating Street Repairs

September Roundtable

On Saturday, September 13th the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office held its 3rd Quarterly Neighborhood Leaders Roundtable at Holy Angels Convent. The theme of this quarter’s roundtable discussion was “A Bump in the Road: Connecting, Correcting and Coordinating Street Repairs,” featuring Cedric Grant, Executive Director of the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board. Mr. Grant offered an overview of new coordination efforts between the City and Sewerage and Water Board.

The over 100 attendees from across the city received updates on the great work being done by neighborhood leaders including Gretchen Bradford (Pontchartrain Park Neighborhood Association) and Ann Leblanc (Lakeview Civic Improvement Association).

The Neighborhood Leaders Roundtable is a two-hour forum held quarterly on Saturday mornings for neighborhood and community leaders. The Roundtable creates opportunities for leadership to connect with City government to discuss City programs, initiatives, issues, and trends. It is also designed to foster partnerships among neighborhood associations by promoting cross-organizational learning and collaboration on localized solutions experienced within their communities.

May 1, 2017 | From City of New Orleans

A Celebration in Hollygrove-Dixon

On Saturday, April 29, Hollygrove-Dixon neighbors gathered for a ribbon cutting and christening of the Celebration Church Life Transformation Center at 8606 Marks Street. Residents and Celebration Church parishioners were ecstatic about the new addition to the neighborhood, as Pastor Dennis Watson, Neighborhood President Brenda Lomax-Brown, and Center Director Rhia Smith delivered words and performed the ribbon cutting. 

The Life Transformation Center of Hollygrove-Dixon will provide the following services: 

  • After-School Program
  • Senior Citizen Program
  • Mentorship Program
  • Computer Literacy 
  • Reading Proficiency

The Neighborhood Engagement Office would like to congratulate the great people of Hollygrove-Dixon and look forward to being a part of their continued success.

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December 2, 2017 | From City of New Orleans

A Successful 2017 Neighborhood Summit

On December 2nd, Neighborhood Engagement Office in partnership with Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED), hosted over 400 leaders from across the city at 6th annual New Orleans Neighborhood Summit. This year's theme was Celebrating 300 years of Resilient Neighborhoods: Laying a Strong Foundation for the Future. The theme was centered on strengthening resident’s capacity to build a stronger more resilient city and provide a platform for building stronger relationships between neighbors, community partners, and local government. This theme of strength and resilience was woven throughout the workshops focused on issues ranging from affordable housing and community policing to coastal affairs and emergency preparedness. Engaged participants shared their experiences and expertise in these veins and made many connections across neighborhood lines.

Throughout the day, leaders engaged with over 25 city and nonprofit agencies ranging from the Health Department, NORDC, NOLA Ready and the Office of Resilient and Sustainability. Following the resource fair, Mayor Landrieu provided remarks to the bustling crowd of residents on the importance of public participation and accountability. During his remarks he welcomed Mayor-Elect Cantrell and they both discussed the importance that of a successful transition as well as for the need for government accountability.

During the closing program, the office launched the anticipated Tricentennial Neighborhood Grant program, announced the winners of the neighborhood photo contest as well as distributed awards to community leaders who've contributed to making New Orleans more resilient. This event was truly a success, as residents left informed and connected to initiatives and opportunities to  do their part in ensuring that together, we can make  New Orleans a more resilient city. 

Thanks to our sponsors, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, J.P. Morgan Chase and NOLA for Life! Learn more about restoring our coast, why it’s critical to New Orleans, and how you can help at www.mississippiriverdelta.org.

September 10, 2015 | From City of New Orleans

A Thank You Message from Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Dear Friends:

Thank you for your contribution to the Citywide Day of Service on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

Volunteers exhibited leadership and commitment to our collective goal of engaging an unprecedented number of volunteers and building citywide resilience. 

This signature event marked the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  Over 10,000 volunteers from down the street and around the world participated in one of the most unique and comprehensive service initiatives in our nation’s history.  Partnership between faith-based, education, non-profit, corporate, small business and neighborhood organizations along with thousands of committed individuals led to our success. 

We will sustain this spirit of service across New Orleans neighborhoods and we can only move forward together as one team, one voice, one fight, one city. 

Please click here to view pictures from the Citywide Day of Service.

Following commemorative events, we invite you to learn more about Resilient New Orleans – a concrete, strategic roadmap for the City of New Orleans to build urban resilience.

Sincerely,

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Mitch Landrieu
Mayor, City of New Orleans

September 25, 2017 | From City of New Orleans

Adopt-A-Catch Basin District Clean-Ups

Adopt-a-Catch Basin: District Clean-ups

 

You are welcome to volunteer to clean catch-basins in any district you choose. To select a clean-up day that works for you, click here.

*CANCELLED* District C Westbank

Where: 3301 Eton St. New Orleans, LA 70131

When: October 7, 2017 from 9am-11am (arrive at 8am)

*CANCELLED* District C Eastbank

Where: St. Roch Church, 1738 St. Roch Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

When: October 7, 2017 from 9am-11am (arrive at 8am)

District B

Where: Taylor Playground, 2600 S. Roman St. New Orleans, LA 70125

When: October 14, 2017 from 9am-11am (arrive at 8am)

District E

Where:  Lake Forest Charter School, 11110 Lake Forest Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70128

When: October 21, 2017 from 9am-11am (arrive at 8am)

District D

Where: Beacon Light Church, 1937 Mirabeau Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

When: October 28, 2017 from 9am-11am (arrive at 8am)

District A

Where: Brooks Shaw Temple United Methodist Church, 8818 Pear Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

When: October 28, 2017 from 9am-11am (arrive at 8am)

Register here

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August 7, 2017 | From City of New Orleans

Affected by the August 5th flooding? Here's what you can do.

On August 5th, as much as 8 to 10 inches of rain fell in isolated areas of the city within three to four hours. Many neighborhoods of the city saw rainfall amounts equaling a 1 percent chance of occurring in any year, a so-called 100-year event. Community organizations are our partners in preparedness and response, and several have stepped up to the call for assistance in the aftermath of this event. For more information on these volunteer opportunities, how businesses can help, or if you have been affected in any way by this storm, please utilize the information and resources by visiting NOLA Ready.

August 8, 2017 | From City of New Orleans

Announcing the Fall 2017 term of Civic Leadership Academy

The Neighborhood Engagement Office would like to announce the next term of its most popular initiative, Civic Leadership Academy (CLA). This is an engaging 8 week program that provides residents with an in-depth look at City government. The program includes tours, hands-on demonstrations and presentations that give participants an insider view of how the City of New Orleans operates. With this knowledge, participants will be better equipped to lead collective action towards the advancement of neighborhoods and residents’ quality of life.

What is Civic Leadership Academy?

The Civic Leadership Academy is a free program that gives residents the opportunity to educate themselves about City government so that they can improve their communities. It provides an in-depth look at local government as well as opportunities for residents to interact with City staff and elected officials.  CLA is composed of eight interactive sessions, led by representatives from City departments

Who can participate in Civic Leadership Academy?

Individuals who live or (work) in New Orleans, are at least 18 years old, and who are actively involved in a neighborhood or business association can participate.

Schedule

CLA will meet weekly on Wednesday nights from 6:00pm-8:00pm from September 6th  through October 25th  at City Hall, Homeland Security Conference Room (8E15) located at 1300 Perdido St.

Courses

(Tentative course schedule)

Week 1: The Organization and Vision of City Government
Week 2: Planning for Tomorrow
Week 3: Developing and Revitalizing Our Communities
Week 4: Dollars and Sense: Financing NOLA’s Needs
Week 5: The Mechanics of City Government
Week 6: Policing and Crime Reduction
Week 7: Emergency Preparedness and Response
Week 8: Graduation and Looking Ahead

Apply online or download application and return to the Mayor's Neighborhood Engagement Office in City Hall 8E15.  Applications must be received no later than August 18, or until we reach capacity.  In order to maximize participant’s interaction and to address space restraints, class size will be limited to 35 participants. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by August 25, 2017. For more information on Civic Leadership Academy please click here.

April 22, 2015 | From City of New Orleans

April Neighborhood Leaders Roundtable Highlights Resilience

Despite pouring rain,* we had a great turnout of neighborhood leaders who attended this quarter's roundtable on the topic of resilience. Mayor Landrieu and Jeff Hebert, Chief Resilience Officer and Executive Director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, emphasized how important neighborhood organizations will be in developing a resilience strategy for the City of New Orleans.

Highlighting a series of less commonly used examples of resilience--including youth mentorship programs and community farming initiatives--Mr. Hebert stressed that a resilience strategy must include more than just natural disaster preparedness. He offered a working definition of city resilience as "the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience." Neighborhood leaders were then asked to discuss in small groups what strengths exist in their own communities that make them able to bounce back from shocks. Community members are encouraged to continue to share examples of resilience, which will be compiled and put into a "map of resilience." For more information or to share your neighborhood's strengths, visit nola.gov/resilience.

After the presentation on resilience, Ryan Berni, Senior Advisor to the Mayor, announced plans in preparation for the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and how neighborhood organizations can get involved. The City will launch a K10 website in the coming weeks that will outline these plans, which will include a city-wide day of service.

Stay tuned for the next Neighborhood Leaders Roundtable in the 3rd quarter of 2015.

*A few umbrellas were left behind on Saturday. If you are missing your umbrella, call us at 658-4980.

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