Nonprofits collaborate on homeowner stormwater management project
Nonprofits Green Light New Orleans and the Urban Conservancy helped a resident replace paving with an installation of a rain garden and rain barrel on their property.
The nonprofit organizations completed their first joint project, providing a Gentilly homeowner with resources to manage stormwater runoff. They also assisted the resident in appropriate usage and maintenance of the new infrastructure.
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For more information on the nonprofit collaboration, see the full press release below:
Local nonprofits Green Light New Orleans and the Urban Conservancy have completed their first joint project, providing a Gentilly residence with financial and technical assistance to reduce stormwater runoff. The organizations allocated funding from the Allianz Katrina Fund, the Wisner Foundation (Urban Conservancy only), and the Greater New Orleans Foundation to remove 142.5 square feet of paving, and to install an 8’ x 5’ rain garden and a rain barrel on the property. EcoUrban Landscaping provided the landscape design and installation.
The two nonprofits look forward to continuing to provide homeowners with a suite of options to manage stormwater on their properties and in their neighborhoods in 2017 with a combined total of $59,000 in grant funding from the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
Funding will support Green Light’s initiatives to promote environmental awareness and sustainability in New Orleans by installing rain barrels and instructing homeowners on proper use and maintenance of them. Executive Director Andreas Hoffmann says, “Our energy efficient light bulb program has served 27,000 homes in New Orleans. We plan to replicate that success by installing rain barrels on a large scale to create a cumulative impact.”
The Urban Conservancy will use funding to support its Front Yard Initiative, an incentive program that encourages homeowners to replace paving on their lots with rain gardens and permeable surfaces to reduce stormwater run-off. “There are always constraints on how much a single organization can do,” says UC director Dana Eness, “but by working closely with other nonprofits, we can direct homeowners to every water management resource available to them and together, create maximum impact.”