*Green Keepers*, an educational series offering instruction to New
Orleanians so they can better understand how green infrastructure works,
and their role in using these practices to most effectively live with
stormwater, rather than in spite of it.
Tired of this every time it rains?
We are, too. That’s why we are hosting our first educational series, Green Keepers, about green infrastructure and how it can drastically improve how we live with stormwater in New Orleans.
Did you know that our city is home to many experts on the subject of stormwater management? These talented people will be presenting at Green Keepers, so sign-up and learn how to make changes at home, in your community, and across this beautiful city so that we can live WITH our stormwater, rather than in spite of it.
Click HERE for the schedule and curriculum.
Sign-up HERE. Remember we have a maximum enrollment of 40 people. By enrolling you are committing to attend every session.
We extend our gratitude to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans
for funding this project through its Green Infrastructure Initiative!
Tuesday, September 9 | 5-8 pm | Botanical Gardens Garden Study Club
Session 1: Introduction to Green Infrastructure | presented by Joe Evans, Evans + Lighter
What is Green Infrastructure anyway? Why is it important? Learn how our stormwater system currently works, and how Green Infrastructure can alleviate the stress we put on pumps and traditional drainage system?
Session 2: Plants for Green Instructure | presented by Dana Brown, Dana Brown & Associates
How can the right trees and plants can help alleviate flooding issues? Which plants are best, and which are worst? We will start in the classroom and then tour City Park, discussing the best and worst plant materials for Green Infrastructure.
Wednesday, September 10 | 5-8 pm | Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center
Session 1: Vertical Gardens & Rooftop Gardens | presented by Emily Bullock, Spackman, Mossop and Michaels
What are vertical gardens & rooftop gardens? Can they work in New Orleans? Can I build them at home? Bullock will take us on a tour of her firm’s design and installation at Keller Library which captures and reuses rainwater.
Session 2: Concrete and Permeability | presented by Dana Eness, The Urban Conservancy
Hey, what’s wrong with the concrete paving that covers my driveway and yard? (Well, actually a lot.) Come and learn more about the enormous impact concrete and other impermeable surfaces have on our flooding problems. Don’t worry, we’ll teach you about solutions!
Saturday, September 13 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm | Magellan Street Garden
Only Session: Green Infrastructure at Urban Farms & Community Gardens | presented by Dan Etheridge, Colective + Tony Lee, Garden Founder & Lead Gardener
Dan Etheridge will discuss the garden’s design and how the water systems function. Tony Lee will talk about his experience as a grower before and after his garden was redone.
Wednesday, September 17 | 5-8pm | Botanical Gardens Garden Study Center
Only Session: Bioswales & Rain Gardens | presented by Dana Brown, Dana Brown & Associates
Learn about these beautiful and effective ways to store rainwater, how to construct them, and which plants are most effective. After a classroom session we will tour projects Brown’s firm has installed in City Park, learn how they work, and learn how to install similar projects at home.
Saturday, September 20 | 11 am-2:30pm | the ReFresh Community Farm
Session 1: Small-Scale Water Catchment | presented by Hilarie Shackai, Gentilly Rainwater Harvesting Program
Learn hands-on how to build and install rain barrels at home! Shackai will take us outside and install a rain barrel for the brand new ReFresh Community Farm to use in watering their crops.
Session 2: Large-Scale Water Catchment | presented by Joe Evans, Evans + Lighter
After a classroom discussion we will tour one of Evans’ designs/installations and learn how to capture large amounts of rainwater and reuse it for watering landscapes and other purposes.