Coastal Restoration

New Orleans is famous for its world class seafood, but that's not theonly great thing to come from the Gulf Coast. The coastal restoration programs offered by our local organizations will show you how your efforts can make a difference.

Common Ground Relief, Inc.

Contact: Thom Pepper
504-442-2314; wetlands@commongroundrelief.org
www.commongroundrelief.org

Common Ground Relief Wetlands LLC can provide wetlands planting excursions for groups from 10 to 300.

We offer both half day and full day team building excursions and we provide plant material, shovels, dibbles and boots as well as canoes for our expeditions. Some of our plantings do require airboats which are provided by state and federal agencies. The plantings are supervised by trained staff and we have liability insurance. Lunches can also be provided at an additional charge. Planting sites are within a hour drive of the city.

We have attached a copy of our wetlands brochure. We are a member of the NOCVB. For more information please email us at wetlands@commongroundrelief.org or leave a voicemail message for us at 504.442.2314.  


Global Green USA

Contact: Moncia Rowand
504-525-2121; mrowand@globalgreen.org
www.globalgreen.org

Global Green USA works to address global climate change through our green affordable housing initiatives, National Green Schools Initiative, national and regional green building policies, advocacy and education. In New Orleans, Global Green works to empower New Orleanians by providing them with free and trustworthy technical assistance and energy efficiency education that enables them to reduce their energy consumption. Energy efficiency upgrades are a powerful way to combat climate change while improving quality of life for low and moderate income residents, who often spend more than 25% of their income on utility bills, more than they spend on education and health care. To date, Global Green has provided green building information to over 20,000 New Orleans residents and partnered with community organizations to deliver hundreds of outreach events and workshops to the public. The need in the community is great, according to Global Green's clients: "I was always cold. I would turn up the heat and still have to put on multiple layers of clothes. I needed help in lowering my utility bill, but I didn't know what needed to be done."

Here's what clients have said about Global Green's services: "It's really amazing the money I saved. With Global Green's advice I was able to help my sister - she's 85 - and help my daughter. I live a better quality of life because of their help."

Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in home weatherization projects, which reduce homeowners' utility bills as well as strengthen the long-term financial and environmental sustainability of the community. Tasks consist of installing radiant barriers in attics, sealing HVAC ducts, caulking and weather-stripping, replacing shower heads with low flow systems, installing dual flush kits in toilets, replacing faucet aerators, and cleaning door and window jambs. Must like working with hands; be able to tolerate crouching, bending and reaching; be comfortable with getting dirty. Volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver of liability, and wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Ideal team sizes are 5-15 volunteers, and would most likely be spread out among several houses in the same neighborhood. Work hours are 10am - 4pm.

Suggested support levels to cover staff, overhead and materials costs: Green - $500; Greener $1000; Greenest $2000.

 


NOLA Tree Project

Contact: Robin Young
Program Director
Nola Tree Project/Nola Volunteer Project
1509 Filmore Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70122
504.655.4604
nolatreeproject.org

NOLA Tree Project Introduces NOLA Volunteer Project!

NOLA Volunteer Project creates custom, onsite team-building projects for Corporate and Convention groups. Our Mobile Projects bring the service opportunities onsite to your hotel, convention, or office space. Mobile Projects allow companies to engage in team-building service projects, even with limited schedules and budgets. Many of our projects can be completed in just an hour.

We customize projects based on your client's interests, budgets, and time constraints. Our projects range from building Little Free Pantries, Park Benches or Rain Barrels (for those who like to use power tools), to making No Sew Blankets for rescue animals, or Animal Toys for Zoo Animals. We can also pack School Supply Bags for local students, Hygiene Kits for homeless shelters, or Welcome Home Kits for foster kids. All of our projects benefit local charities, and can include short introductory talks by representatives of these charities if desired. I've attached a more detailed description of our projects for you.

Project Management Includes:
• Project design
• Management of all project logistics, timing, supplies
• Professional onsite project and volunteer management
• Purchasing of all project supplies
• Creating pre-event communication for volunteers, staff, company and agency
• All project setup and cleanup
• Engage and educate volunteers

We would love the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the many options we have available. Please let us know if you'd like additional information, or to set up a meeting at your office. We look forward to working with you and your clients!

NOLA Tree Project/NOLA Volunteer Project is a local environmental and community service nonprofit in New Orleans. We specialize in creating custom, meaningful team-building volunteer experiences. We offer onsite and offsite projects that range from tree plantings and maintenance, to work in the community and disaster recovery. We have worked with over 85,000 volunteers from companies like Starbucks, the NFL, and American Express and would love to work with your group as well.

ONSITE OPTIONS
Mobile team-building projects brought to your hotel, convention, or office space.

ONE HEART NOLA - JAMMIES AND BEDTIME STORIES FOR FOSTER
CHILDREN THROUGH ONE HEART NOLA
- Volunteers decorate pillow cases and fill them with Pajamas and a children's
book for foster kids, to bring a little cheeriness to their first nights with a new
family.

DOG DAY AFTERNOON - DOG BLANKETS FOR RESCUE DOGS AT
ANIMAL RESCUE NEW ORLEANS (ARNO)
- Volunteers make cozy, "no-sew" dog blankets for rescue pups waiting to find
their forever home.

BOYS & GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN - LIFE-SIZE SCRABBLE
BOARDS FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS
- Volunteers cutout, color, and build life-size scrabble boards to be donated to
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Louisiana's after school programs. So much fun for
kids, they don't even realize they're building language arts and math skills!

THEY ALL ASKED FOR YOU - TOYS MADE FOR ANIMALS AT THE
AUDUBON ZOO
- Volunteers make a variety of fun toys for animals at the Audubon Zoo

SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY - RAIN BARRELS FOR GLOBAL GREEN NEW
ORLEANS' WATER WISE PROGRAM
- Volunteers build and paint rain barrels to help residents use green
infrastructure techniques and save energy, therefore reducing utility bills and
helping mitigate the effects of climate change by lessening the use of fossil fuel
resources

GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS - LITTLE FREE
PANTRIES
- Volunteers build and paint Little Free Panties to be filled with food, toiletries,
books, baby supplies, etc. Little Free Pantries offers a place around which
neighbors might coalesce to meet neighborhood needs, whether for food, baby
supplies, toiletries, or for fun.

THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE - THANK YOU NOTES TO FORMER AND
ACTIVE MILITARY MEMBERS.
- Volunteers write notes of thanks and encouragement on personalized
notecards with your company's logo. These thank you letters are distributed by
the American Red Cross

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES - BENCHES FOR SCHOOLYARD
ORCHARDS AND GARDENS
- Volunteers build park benches which will be donated to local schools to use on
their playgrounds, and in our #GreauxHealthyKids School & Community
Gardens and Orchards.

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE - SUNNY POTS OF FLOWERS FOR SENIORS IN
NURSING HOME
- Volunteers paint and decorate flower pots, and plant sunny flowers in them to
brighten up a Senior's day.

ART IS THE BEST MEDICINE - ARTWORK FOR HOSPITALS
- Volunteers paint pre-designed canvases, turning them into colorful, cheerful
works of art. Canvases are donated through the Foundation for Hospital Art


Restore the Earth Foundation Inc.

Contact: P.J. Marshal, Leslie Carrere
607-257-8855; pjm@restoretheearth.org; lc@restoretheearth.org
www.restoretheearth.org

Be a Gulf Saver! Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! Take action to help restore Louisiana wetlands, wildlife habitat and forests damaged by hurricanes and the oil spill.

Join us in an empowering experience, doing something uniquely positive to restore one of the most important at risk ecosystems in the U.S.

Why is this Louisiana coastal ecosystem so important -- 40 percent of US coastal wetlands are in Louisiana; 90 percent of coastal wetland loss occurs in Louisiana (a football field every hour). The Louisiana Gulf Coast provides: 30 percent of US crude oil production; 20 percent of US natural gas production; 30 percent of US domestic sea food; 20 percent of US commercial fishing catch; 18 percent of Waterborne commerce; 5 of the 15 largest US ports; nine National Wildlife Refuges totaling 280,000 acres; No. 1 winter habitat for millions of migratory birds; and the nursery and beginning of the food chain for the Caribbean Basin.

Gain a better understanding of the State of the Gulf today, the impact of the hurricanes and oil spill, and the long term recovery process. Interact with the people who depend on, live, work and enjoy the recreational opportunities in this critical environmental ecosystem.

Restore the Earth Foundation Inc. a 501(c) (3) has a successful track record of responding to critical restoration challenges with "boots on the ground" models. To-date with its successful reforestation initiatives, 30,000 acres of hurricane damaged forests have been restored. Restore the Earth's Gulf Saver wetland restoration is an in innovative solution that restores valuable wetlands and wildlife habitats.

Restore the Earth Foundation Inc. will work with you to fully coordinate your high impact environmental restoration volunteer activity. With your contribution, you can leave the Gulf Coast a little bit better with just a few hours or days.

Please contact Restore the Earth Foundation for restoration work scope, requirements and fees. Environmental restoration is a major and rewarding commitment.