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GREEN SCHOOLS. GREEN TOOLS. GREENBUILD 2014


ADVOCACY ALERT:

ANTI-LEED LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN LOUISIANA STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Sponsored by Representative Eddie Lambert (R-Gonzales), HB 1067 has introduced efforts to ban LEED from use on public projects in Louisiana.  Back by national lobbyists of chemical industry, HB 1067 is a backwards step for Louisiana and does not represent the best interest of public health and environmental sustainability. 

It's time to take action: join us in creating one clear voice in Louisiana in support of public health, healthy buildings, and a sound ecological landscape-- all components of LEED!

Click here to learn more and locate your local representative's contact info.


Chapter Launches Membership Drive: 214 in 2014

Join or renew your chapter membership by May 15th and you will be entered into a drawing to receive

ONE Complimentary Greenbuild 2014 Expo Registration!

You can renew your membership any time (even if you are not about to expire) and your renewal date will be extended one year.  So don't wait, everyone is eligible.  Offer ends May 15th, 2014.
Drive the road to Greenbuild by helping USGBC Louisiana double our membership by October 2014!

JOIN THE CHAPTER TODAY

Greaux Green in New Orleans Poster Contest

WHAT: Design a Poster for the Chapter! Celebrate the New Orleans rebuilding, transformation, and coming of Greenbuild 2014

WHO: Open to participants 18 or older

WHEN: Entries must be submitted by NOON CST on Friday, May 30, 2014, to be eligible.
WIN! Your design reaches an international audience. Winners announced by June 30, 2014. 

Get Involved!    Join the Celebration!   Enter Your Poster!

To learn more click here, contact jenniferkaltwasser@usgbclouisiana.org for more information or Download rules and regulations.


Louisiana Green Schools Challenge People's Choice Awards Winner is Hynes Charter School's Recycling Rangers!

Green Schools Challenge People's Choice Awards

Congrats to Hynes Charter School's Recycling Rangers and their mentors at Global Green for rallying 946 "likes," and counting!

The inaugural Green Schools Challenge is winding down! Prizes sponsored by Entergy have been announced:

  • 1st Place: $1500, Elkay EZH20 Water Fountain, Trophy
  • 2nd Place: $1000 and Trophy
  • 3rd Place: $500 and Trophy
2014 Poster Contest
Design the 2014-15 Official GSC Poster Entries must be submitted by May 30th. See Attached documents for details and submission info.  Winner receives an Elkay EZH20 Water Fountain

* Green Schools Challenge project submissions will be featured and winners will be celebrated at the Living Green in New Orleans Celebration, April 22nd, 5-9 pm


"Living Green in New Orleans: Earth Day 2014"

When: EARTH DAY! Tuesday, April 22nd, 5-9 pm
Where: New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park

FEATURING LIVE PRESENTATIONS BY:

Emily Riordan, US Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools
Dana Brown 
(Dana Brown & Associates),Presentation and Book Signing 
Joann Burke, Lake Pontchartrain Foundation

Celebrating winners of the 2013-14 Louisiana Green Schools Challenge!
MUSIC by Smokin' Time Jazz Club
FOOD TRUCKS Grilling Shilling & La Cocinita
COOKING DEMOS by Passionate Platter (sponsored by Metro Area Horticulture Foundation)
FIRE DANCING by Liz Matthews

 

Admission is FREE, suggested donation. Please contact Jolie Lemoine regarding sponsorships, volunteering, information booths, and vender registration. Download the Vendor Registration form HERE


Student Opportunities Coming Up

FSC Greenbuild Booth Design Competition: The Forest Stewardship Council is holding a contest for booth design for Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans. All students are eligible to enter and the winner will receive a free pass to Greenbuild. Learn more HERE


Greaux Green in 2014 Commitments

In preparation for the 21st annual Greenbuild Conference, USGBC Louisiana invites you to showcase your organization’s commitment to sustainability and greener communities across Louisiana.  Tell us what you are currently doing or decide today to start making a difference.

Our state has a rich, cultural heritage.
  You don’t hear, "Louisiana”, and not think about the unique flavors of our cuisine, the passionate sounds of New Orleans’ jazz, or the vibrant colors of Mardi Gras.  It’s what we are known for.  And we celebrate all of it.

But we want the world to know there is something else to celebrate in Louisiana, our commitment to creating greener, healthier places to live, work, learn, and play.  Every day organizations, companies, schools, governments, and individual across our region are working hard to improve the quality of life for everyone. Together we are building more sustainable communities and contributing to a prosperous future.

That’s what leaders do: Take action and together, make a difference.  What can you do?

Make a Greaux Green Commitment to your community today. Go to our website and complete the very short We’re Greauxing Green survey.  All of the commitments will be highlighted on our website, in chapter publications, and will become an exhibit in New Orleans during Greenbuild 2014 in October. 

We salute our first Greaux Green Commitments:
  • Verges Rome will green office operations and recycle all paper products.  Employees will continue to be LA Green Schools Challenge mentors. Ten employees will pursue LEED credentialling and develop a sustainability mission statement for the firm.
  • Global Green will educate 1,000 middle school students in New Orleans about energy efficiency.
  • Greene Cleaning Services will initiate a green awareness campaign to clients and the community. The campaign will be documented on the company website.

Make your Greaux Green Commitment Today!


Louisiana Welcomes 3 New LEED Building Certifications

Polk Enlisted Unaccompanied Person Housing in Leesville, LA, certified February 25th, LEED NC 2.2, Gold
Renew Shira Dental Clinic in Fort Polk, LA,
February 10th, was recognized as LEED NC v2009, Certified
J Bennett Johnston Labs Renovation in New Orleans, 
December 10th, 2013, LEED CI v2009, Gold


Greenbuild Community Partnerships

USGBC Louisiana is seeking local and regional nonprofit organizations to serve as official "Regional Partners" for the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo here in New Orleans. Up to twenty nonprofits will be selected to provide specific outreach and raise awareness among their members about Greenbuild and the local events leading up to it. We are specifically looking for Regional Partners throughout Louisiana and even in neighboring states, as this Greenbuild will have a distinctly regional flavor. We expect this program will strengthen many existing relationships with USGBC Louisiana, but we also hope to identify a number of new organizations to potentially collaborate with USGBC Louisiana well beyond the Greenbuild activities this year.

The selected Regional Partners will receive local and national publicity in return, along with the opportunity to purchase a small number of discounted admissions to Greenbuild. If you are affiliated with a nonprofit organization that you think would be a good Regional Partner, we have created a short online survey here. Additional questions should be directed to Casius Pealer, Chair of the Regional Partners Committee, at cpealer@tulane.edu.


Greaux Green in New Orleans Poster Contest

The Greenbuild 2014 New Orleans Host Committee is pleased to announce the Greaux Green in New Orleans Commemorative Poster Contest.  We are looking for participants of all backgrounds:  from experts to amateurs, from green industry professionals to students, from life-long environmentalists to newbies!

Get Involved!    Join the Celebration!   Enter Your Poster!

The Theme:  The contest is open to participants who are 18 years of age or older who wish to share their artistic talents and creativity to promote this year’s theme: "Rebuilding Green”.  The goals are to praise all of the great rebuilding and greening that has been done, to celebrate the coming of Greenbuild 2014 to New Orleans, and also to think ahead with a future-oriented bent on how innovative and green our statewide community could be.  The concept and graphics of the poster should include imagery that celebrates and reflects transformation.  Submissions can focus on individual structures or at the urban landscape scale.  Witness green; now imagine it grow.  What is it? What could it be?

Important Dates:  The contest runs from Tuesday, April 1 to Friday, May 30, 2014.  Posters must honor this year’s theme and be submitted to USGBC Louisiana by NOON CST on Friday, May 30, 2014, to be eligible.  Members of the Greenbuild 2014 New Orleans Host Committee will evaluate entries and will select Finalists.  A community panel will select a final winning design by vote.  The winning design and artist will be announced by June 30, 2014. 

Please contact jenniferkaltwasser@usgbclouisiana.org for more information


Kim Tseng of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Recognized by USGBC National As "Above and Beyond" Volunteer

Kimberly Tseng of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple has been officially recognized by the US Green Building Council as an "Above and Beyond" Volunteer, for her hard work and commitment to the Louisiana Green Schools Challenge.  Kim volunteered her time and skills to help build and implement the first ever Green Schools Challenge in Louisiana:  her efforts are not only appreciated by the Chapter, but clearly evident due to the overwhelming success of the program.

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News
Event Calendar

4/21/2014
USGBC Louisiana Monday Advocacy Calls

4/22/2014
Shreveport Energy Efficiency Division (SEED) Talk with Tracey Graham, Shreveport

4/22/2014
PRESS CONFERENCE: Announcing the Winners of the Louisiana Green Schools Challenge

4/22/2014
Living Green in New Orleans: Earth Day 2014 featuring Emily Riordan, Dana Brown, and Joann Burke

4/28/2014
USGBC Louisiana Advocacy Meeting

Online Surveys
 
Check out Anna Bell's
for ideas, project
updates,and pictures
of the1st Annual Green
Schools Challenge.
 


Green Schools. Green Tools. Greenbuild 2014