Urban Restoration

Support these organizations helping to rebuild and green New Orleans.

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Alliance for Affordable Energy
The Alliance is a non-profit, public interest, membership organization dedicated to creating fair, affordable, environmentally responsible, community-based energy policies for Louisiana and the nation. Founded in 1985, today the Alliance serves Louisiana’s 1.8 million electric and gas rate payers by promoting citizen participation in the decision-making process, conducting community education campaigns on energy issues, helping citizens and businesses become more energy efficient, and working together for lower energy bills.
What you can do (via the org’s site): Donate time and money. Learn about energy efficiency and building, global warming and renewable energy. Get help with your electric bills. Get politically involved.

Common Ground Collective
Common Ground’s mission is to provide short term relief for victims of hurricane disasters in the gulf coast region, and long term support in rebuilding the communities affected in the New Orleans area.
What you can do (via the org’s site): Donate time and money. Visit their wishlist. Adopt a community. Learn about an wide array of common ground programs.

Global Green New Orleans
Immediately after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, Global Green USA was on the ground in New Orleans, evaluating how we could respond to the disaster. Since then, Global Green has unveiled an aggressive plan to rebuild New Orleans green, including the Holy Cross Project and Green School Initiative.
What you can do (via the org’s site): Donate time and money. Get info on green building. Become an E-Activist for building green in NOLA.

Our favorite line? “They don’t second line in Houston.”

Green Light New Orleans
Green Light New Orleans is a New Orleans environmental organization. We help New Orleans low and middle income families and individuals make the switch from incandescent bulbs to energy efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFL), one house at a time. Our strategy is to actually go to the homes of New Orleans residents and install the CFLs ourselves, so the bulbs are put to immediate use. The service is free and our volunteers install the light bulbs
What you can do (via the org’s site): Donate time and money. Apply to get lights. Help install lights.

Hike for KaTREEna
Monique PiliĆ© hiked the 2175 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The goal was to raise enough money to plant one tree in New Orleans for every mile hiked. She started a non-profit organization called “Hike for KaTREEna” and is now planting trees to reach that 2175 goal.
What you can do (via the org’s site): Donate time and money. Sponsor one or more trees. Help with tree planting events. Adopt a tree. Suggest places for trees.

LifeCity is a membership-based organization that supports the development of green businesses and local events, while educating consumers about green products and services. Consumers receive discounts to green products and services through our membership card, and certified LifeCity businesses receive greater visibility and support of LifeCity members.
What you can do (via the org’s site):Individuals with the Lifecity’s green card can support local green businesses and enjoy great discounts. Businesses reduce their ecological footprint and gain customers through an affordable process.

Make It Right 9
Brad Pitt and the Make It Right foundation are teaming up to help rebuild the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans after the destruction it suffered from Hurricane Katrina. (BTW- William McDonough, one of GoGreenNOLA’s favorite people, is on the design team!)
What you can do (via the org’s site): Donate money with all donations used to purchase houses or parts of houses. Learn about green building and materials. Get a cool shirt or hat. Get a pink bag made from the pink house installation fabric.

New Orleans Food Cooperative
We are a community group who believe in healthy, affordable groceries, and who support local and regional food production. We operate a Buying Club, and our first cooperative store.
What you can do (via the org’s site): Donate time and money. Join the Buying club. Become a NOFC member.

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New Orleans Food & Farm Network
The New Orleans Food & Farm Network wants New Orleans to have healthy food to be affordable and accessible to everyone. The New Orleans Food & Farm Network works with individuals, organizations, growers and communities to increase avenues of access for fresh, local, healthy foods.
What you can do (via the org’s site): Donate time and money. Find out about the NOLA Community Food Charter, Grow New Orleans, NOLA City Farms, and NOLA Food Map Project. Learn about NOLA food and gardening.

Parkway Partners
Parkway Partners works to improve green space for all New Orleanians as it has for the past 25 years. Since Katrina’s devastation of 70% of the city’s tree canopy, we have launched an urgent reforestation campaign. This last planting season (October 2006 to April 2007), we introduced over 2000 trees into the New Orleans landscape.
What you can do (via the org’s site): Donate time and money. Join the Releaf New Orleans Initiative. Adopt a neutral ground. Support and establish a community garden. Start a schoolyard garden. Help save trees.

For a list of all the organizations working in New Orleans, visit: volunteerneworleans.com.
To find volunteering opportunities, visit: www.volunteermatch.org