Monday, April 23, 2007

Holy Cross homes tour helps mark Earth Day

Even the orange school bus that transported people on the Holy Cross tour was powered by biodiesel fuel made from discarded vegetable oil that once fried local oysters and beignets.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

RECYCLING DAY was a huge success in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish

Thank you for your support - you made the recycling drop-off event held on Saturday, April 14 in Jefferson Parish and New Orleans a huge success! The results of the event are as follows:

JEFFERSON PARISH: 4,230 lbs (West Bank) + 17,660 lbs (East Bank, 310 cars) = 21,890 lbs
NEW ORLEANS: 4,230 lbs (West Bank) + 15,060 lbs (East Bank) = 19,290 lbs

A total of 41,180 lbs (20 tons) was collected! Due to the success of the event, we are planning additional drop-off events in the near future. The first event is tentatively scheduled for SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2007 (Get the flyer here) so keep collecting your recyclables and spread the word!

Sunday, April 8, 2007

A local "bridge to nowhere"?

The state of Louisiana is about to do a really dumb thing, and a small group of New Orleanians, with the help of academics from as far away as Colorado and Wisconsin, have an elegant alternative to suggest.

The state is getting ready to spend three hundred and fifty-eight million dollars on a gigantic automobile overpass along the northern edge of the Lower Ninth Ward, to connect downtown New Orleans with neighboring St. Bernard Parish. St. Bernard was home to sixty-seven thousand people before Katrina and to maybe a little more than a third of that now. Opponents call the overpass “the bridge to nowhere.”

For more information, email Darryl Malek-Wiley

Sunday, April 1, 2007

The Rise and Disappearance of Southeast Louisiana

If you ever wanted to learn more about the geography and geology of Southeast Louisiana, The New Orleans Times-Picayune has created a beautifully clear and easy to understand interactive presentation to help you.

The link below takes you to the excellent primer on how Southeast Louisiana was created by the Mississippi River and also why and how it is eroding away.

This was created by TP Staff Artist Dan Swenson and is a supplement on to a printed version that the TP ran recently.