Louisiana Water Network
Study to Develop Strategies for
Investment in the Regional Water Economy
(NEW ORLEANS LA) July 28, 2015—NOLAVibe, a New Orleans-based consultancy focused on social change, is conducting a regional study to guide investment of money, time, and resources to build Louisiana’s water economy.
Working with support of the Neighborhood Partnership Network (NPN) and a $50,000 grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), the study will identify regional water assets and challenges, examine interactions, align data with global market demands, and recommend strategies to build the region’s water economy.
The research examines seven water sectors (identified in prior NOLAVibe research) across thirteen parishes in the Greater New Orleans area. Louisiana’s seven water sectors are:
• Coastal and environmental management and restoration, including flood and surge protection systems, disaster management, and mitigation
• Municipal sewer, water, and drainage infrastructure
• Maritime, ports, and navigation
• Industry and manufacturing
• Agriculture and fisheries
• Water law and policy
• Cultural and ecological tourism
“Southeast Louisiana is well-positioned to build a sustainable water economy,” said Ella Delio, Director of Environmental and Regional Initiatives at GNOF. “This research is an important step to gain a better understanding of our water assets and challenges and to provide strategies for effective investment and actions.”
“We’re excited about this project,” said NPN Director Timolyn Sams Sumpter. “We see it as a roadmap for anyone seeking to be part of the water economy, and for the sustainability of our neighborhoods and communities.”
“We’re asking two fundamental questions,” said NOLAVibe President, Grasshopper Mendoza. “What are our water assets, and how can we align these assets to be competitive in the global marketplace? In Louisiana, water is a powerful economic and cultural driver, and a truly indigenous resource. We’re excited about the potential of the Louisiana Water Economy, and to be part of a diverse team working to build strategies that create new opportunities for all.”
The research phase of the study is underway and will continue through November. An online survey will be launched in October. The study will be released to the public in early 2016.
NOLAVibe is a New Orleans-based consulting firm founded by Grasshopper Mendoza and Steve Picou in 2012. NOLAVibe focuses on social change and building the Circular Economy. The Circular Economy is a new economic approach designed to transform the old, linear “take-make-waste” industrial model into a restorative and regenerative system that eliminates waste and works more harmoniously with (and within) the limits of the planet’s resources.
Neighborhood Partnership Network’s mission is to improve quality of life by engaging New Orleanians, individually and collectively, in neighborhood vitality and civic processes.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation serves the Southeast Louisiana region. For over 30 years, GNOF has been connecting donors to community needs. We help create a resilient, sustainable, vibrant community in which individuals and families flourish and the special character of our region is preserved, celebrated, and supported.
Groundwork New Orleans is currently recruiting for a VISTA position that will provide programmatic support and development for the Green Team program, our youth job training and development program. The Vista assists the Green Team Coordinator and students by helping them improve at-risk ecosystems and increase green job opportunities. Duties of this position include writing grants, resource development, working with youth to develop and enhance Green Team programming, meeting with community stakeholders to collect program ideas and promote partnerships, and developing programs for youth employment, education, and volunteer outreach.
Groundwork New Orleans (GWNO) was established through a significant partnership between the National Park Service and the City of New Orleans and continues to be an active partner in the NPS Groundwork Program. Groundwork New Orleans works to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement, and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses, and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being. During the first 6 years of operation our accomplishments include: completing 15 rain gardens; building one bioswale which drains storm water from 4 industrial sized roofs; piloting an Earth Lab outdoor classroom program; creating a science based research program in the Lower Ninth Ward, called the Green Slice, to aid in the recovery of the area; establishing and expanding the Green Team program; and leveraging private, public, and in–kind contributions to ensure the success and expansion of programs. Major categories of projects have been storm water management, soil remediation, Green Team service learning and urban watershed restoration.
The DOI/VISTA Team is committed to serving youth, especially at-risk youth, by building early connections to public lands and the environment, and teaching job-skills and experience that will last a lifetime and prepare participants for future employment in conservation related fields.
The DOI/VISTA Team is an innovative partnership between the Department of the Interior (DOI), and VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Focusing on the systemic causes of poverty in underserved communities, VISTAs commit to one year of full-time service as they address specific issues that propel the cycle of poverty in the communities they serve.
Roles & Responsibilities:
The position will begin in June/July 2015 and includes a one year commitment to the position
Please submit a COVER LETTER and RESUME to Alicia@groundworknola.org by June 23rd.
All DOI/VISTA applicants must complete an AmeriCorps application and submit it to the DOI/VISTA Team at the following link: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=61407