Join us June 30 at The Rusty Nail, 1100 Constance St., to toast the Charter Members of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative. These are the firms and individuals whose voluntary gifts have expanded our educational resources, professional development and policy analysis. Donations will be also accepted at the event, and The Rusty Nail will generously donate 20% of bar proceeds.
Arrive after work to meet and mingle with the volunteers who make the Water Collaborative one of the most dynamic social-sector startups in New Orleans!
In April, more than 50 people packed a conference room at Propeller to for our panel discussion on revisions to the New Orleans Master Plan. Since that time, the City Planning Commission has begun accepting amendment proposals and our Research and Policy Working Group has drafted recommendations.
On June 21, at 6 p.m., we invite members and friends of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative to take part in an interactive workshop that will inform our work to update and improve the Master Plan. Participants will identify and map key urban waterways, including those hidden in pipes and canals, and brainstorm ways to restore their ecological and aesthetic value.
The workshop takes place at Propeller, 4035 Washington Avenue.
The Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative understands that transforming our built environment requires informing residents about water systems, green infrastructure and resilience. Local investment, by public agencies and individual property owners, begins with local understanding.
In order to reach more of our neighbors, we’re investing in professional outreach tools. The Water Collaborative is seeking proposals from graphic designers and marketing professionals for the development of a graphic identity, to include logo and style guide. This is an opportunity for young designers to build their portfolio or for more established firms to demonstrate their commitment to the New Orleans community. Please read our scope of work and respond by June 30, 2016.
Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative is more than a trade association or affinity group, we’re a social sector startup committed to innovation and inclusion.
The Water Collaborative networks together experts across disciplines to leverage one hundred volunteer hours each month. We don’t compete with traditional nonprofits, we elevate their work through the power of collaboration. We challenge practionners in the private sector and government to improve their designs through multidisciplinary learning.
Our members understand what makes the Water Collaborative unique. Now, members have a one-time opportunity to be recognized as leaders within the organization by making a financial contribution. Only those who give before June 30, 2016, will be recognized as Charter Members.
The gifts made by Charter Members will meet critical needs for the Water Collaborative as we grow to reach more of neighbors and community leaders. New and more professional outreach tools will make our education efforts more effective. Small investments in travel and meeting space will expand our reach to new communities, promoting a regional vision for managing our water wealth.
For a small price, you can be part of something big: Become a Charter Member today.
- Associate (individuals only) – $10
- Bronze (individuals or nonprofits) – $25
- Silver -(individuals or nonprofits) – $100
- Gold -(individuals, nonprofits or firms) $250+
Jane Jacobs was a pioneering author and advocate–not just a preservationist but a champion of community-based design. Best known for her opus, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacob helped reshape the field of urban planning. In it she wrote, “there must be eyes upon the street, eyes belonging to those we might call the natural proprietors of the street. The buildings on a street … cannot turn their backs or blank sides on it and leave it blind.”
To mark the centennial of Jacobs birth, Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative and partners invite you to focus your eyes on the street in a new way. Join us for one of four walking tours on May 6 and 7. We’ll talk about the ways our neighborhoods have evolved over time–and the way that water management has influenced development patterns. We’ll consider how infrastructure repair, expanded historic districts and new stormwater rules impact neighborhoods.
Most of all, we’ll listen to you. A Jane Jacobs Walk is about observing a community in a new way and listening to what its residents have to say about their homes and their hopes for the future.
You can learn more and find walks happening around the country at janejacobswalk.org. You can learn more about Jacobs’s legacy at centerforthelivingcity.org. For further reading, try this Lens article, in which Roberta Brandes Gratz asks “What would Jane Jacobs make of our post-Katrina transition from ‘death’ to ‘life’?”
Monday, April 11, marks the beginning of a 12-week public input window for the next iteration of the New Orleans Master Plan, which guides city policy on infrastructure, open space, preservation and economic development.
That evening Propeller and Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative will present a workshop on how residents, businesses and nonprofits can take part in shaping the future of our city. Representatives of the City Planning Commission will explain the amendment process. A panel of civic engagement, legal and environmental planning professionals will take questions from the audience.
The current plan predates the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, Resilient New Orleans and a recent Hazard Mitigation Plan Update. This revision is an opportunity to ensure the updated Master Plan reflects the progress New Orleans has made on integrated water management, climate readiness and resilience. RSVP now.
Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative is proud to announce our 2016 Lunch & Learn Series! These professional development opportunities will deepen your knowledge of green infrastructure technology and techniques, challenge your creativity, and may hold the key to your next project.
Presented by GNO Water Collaborative, Dana Brown Associates and the City of New Orleans, the series takes place at the Regional Planning Commission, 10 Veterans Boulevard. Each one hour course includes lunch. Best off all, they are free … but you must register here.
Today we begin an occasional series of posts from a panel of experts who serve on our Builders and Designers Working Group in which they address common questions integrated water management in New Orleans. To submit a question, use our Ask a Pro form. We being, fittingly enough, with the question of mosquitoes: Will changing the way we “live with water” mean learning to live with more of these pests? Or can new, greener approaches to water management actually help control these pests? Read on …
A new short film explains what happens when it rains in New Orleans and how can the region can harness the power of nature to prevent flooding and subsidence. Produced, written and directed by Dana Brown & Associates, the project was funded by the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, City of New Orleans and Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.
The video is available for educators, neighborhood associations and anyone who wants to learn more about water management through green infrastructure.
Join the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative on Thursday, Dec. 10, after work to celebrate our progress this year. Mingle and network with your peers and meet the incoming members of the 2016 Steering Committee. Hope to see you there.