Here’s some great events going on this week with the Alliance. Check them out whenever you can. Feel free to go to their website on a regular basis to find out more.



May 2009


Air sealing, insulation and radiant barrier (AIR) workshop

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05/14/2009 6:00pm8:00pm

With so many choices for energy efficiency and insulation, it can be difficult to decide which will work for you. Bill Robinson, founder of Train2Build and a licensed contractor for over 30 years, will discuss the options and how all of these choices can help you to lower your energy costs and increase comfort while maintaining a durable home. Homeowners are invited to bring questions to this session.

The workshop will be held in the BuildSmart Learning Center, 1001 S. Broad St., NOLA (under the Broad St. overpass in the old American Beauty egg warehouse). The location can be challenging to find if you are visiting us for the first time or haven’t visited in a while, so please check out the directions.


Kilowatt Rising at the Big Top

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05/16/2009 6:00pm8:00pm

Local artists Kilowatt Rising and carnival performers will be giving a benefit for the Alliance for Affordable Energy at the Big Top, 1638 Clio Street.

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Green Crawl – green building resources around town + party!!

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05/17/2009 12:00pm7:00pm

Are you looking to have your building/rebuilding project be greener? Take advantage of Sunday, May 17, when the Alliance for Affordable Energy, the Green Project, UNO’s Rebuilding Information Station, Global Green and the Tulane City Center will open up their doors for tours of green building resources in New Orleans. Feel free to check out these locations at you leisure from 12-5pm and join us for a party from 5 -7 pm at the Buildsmart Learning Center (directions here)! There will be music from Bye & Bye, beer, snacks and if you visit all 6 locations, you qualify for green raffle prizes, including a solar water heater gift certificate, a dual flush toilet, tankless water heater, BOSCH Cordless Impact Drill, Green Project grab bags and much more. Pick up your map today from sponsoring locations!

PDF version of map of locations and details

The locations are:

BuildSmart Learning Center (Alliance for Affordable Energy) – 1001 S. Broad St., NOLA –

For the last 23 years, the Alliance has been working to create fair, affordable energy for New Orleans and Louisiana residents. Aside from helping change energy policies to benefit ratepayers, we are educating homeowners and building professionals through our BuildSmart Learning Center, a classroom and model home featuring green building products. Regardless of the budget or level of the building project, visitors will find tips to stay healthy, comfortable, energy efficient and conserve water. Solar systems, different types of insulation, sustainable flooring and countertop materials, air sealing, tankless water heater, proper ductwork, no-VOC paint, radiant barrier and much more! During the Green Crawl on May 17th, we will give tours of the house and the opportunity to ask specific building project questions. If you’re planning to visit another day, please call to make an appointment (504)208-9761 and ask for Eileen. Nestled between Mid-City and Central City, BuildSmart is in a central location at S. Broad St. and Earhart St., under the overpass in the Art Egg Studios.

The Green Project – 2831 Marais St., NOLA –

The Green Project operates a building materials recycling store, promotes community involvement and environmental activities, offers community space to other community-based organizations, and serves as an environmental reference resource for the Greater New Orleans area. The May 17th Green Crawl will feature an overview of the work we do and a tour of the space and programs.

Rebuilding Information Station (a collaboration of UNO, LSU AgCenter, Tulane City Center and The Road Home Program) – 2045 Lakeshore Dr., Ste 103 –

The Rebuilding Information Station (RIS) is located in the Research and Technology Park on the University of New Orleans lakefront campus.  The RIS is a collaborative effort of the LSU AgCenter, UNO-CHART, Tulane City Center, and The Road Home that provides information and guidance to help homeowners build or restore a safer, stronger, more energy-efficient home.  For the Green Crawl, the RIS will be set up with information stations on various topics such as elevation and floodproofing with UNO-CHART technical experts on hand to answer any questions.  Visitors will be able to examine product samples of storm panels, storm-rated window shutters, hurricane straps, and roofing materials.  In addition to showcasing the RIS Resource Library, staff will be handing out grab bags filled with information on disaster preparedness and energy efficiency tips.  RIS regular hours of operation are Tuesday/Thursday, 10-6 and Wednesday/Friday, 9-5. 

Eco Pavilion at Botanical Gardens (Tulane City Center) – City Park –

The Tulane City Center and New Orlean’s City Park worked together on an Eco Pavilion to showcase environmentally sensitive building strategies and technologies. The Pavilion includes a rainwater catching roof, indigenous plants, salvaged materials, and rainwater filtration systems. The intention of this approachable and informative exhibition is to make these alternative building methods accessible to the public in the hope that individuals might choose to rebuild their homes and gardens in a more sustainable way. The Eco Pavilion is one project in a larger ongoing partnership between City Park and the TCC.

Global Green house (Global Green) – 409 Andry St., NOLA –

Global Green USA opened an office in New Orleans after the devastation of Katrina and is dedicated to the sustainable rebuilding of the city. One of their many projects within the city is the Holy Cross Project, a LEED Platinum housing development in the 9th Ward. The first single family home is completed and open for tours Monday and Fridays 11-4, Saturdays 10-1. Tours start on the whole and half hour. Tours include information about Global Green and its other projects along with an explanation of the LEED Platinum house and its features- how they save energy and are renewable or sustainable.  The tours are great for locals looking for inspiration as they rebuild their own homes, visitors who want to see what different things are going on in the New Orleans rebuilding effort, skepticals and environmentalists alike.  On the 17th (Sunday Green Crawl Day) the house will be opened and everyone will be invited to wander through and ask questions.

Hollygrove Growers Market and Farm (Tulane City Center) – 8301 Olive St., NOLA –

The Hollygrove Market and Farm (HM&F) is a non-profit retail store selling locally-grown and organic produce, as well as a training location for residents interested in organic urban farming. Centrally located in the heart of the Carrollton-Hollygrove community at 8301 Olive Street, New Orleans, LA 70118. This unique store provides healthy and affordable fruits and vegetables to residents of Hollygrove, adjoining neighborhoods, and New Orleans. Our fresh produce is purchased from local sources including backyard growers, community gardens, urban micro-farms in New Orleans and rural farms throughout southern Louisiana and Mississippi. On May 17th, we will showcase numerous environmentally-sustainable features: organic gardening, composting, cistern irrigation, and recycling, among others.



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