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  • Support the CSED Kickstarter Campaign

    "The Center: A Sustainable Historic House" will showcase energy efficiency upgrades and primarily serve as an educational center for the Lower 9th Ward community. Our project will only be funded if at least $17,900 is pledged by Thu, Nov 6 2014. With your support, we can do this!

    Help us sustain the nine!

  • 3rd Edition of the Lower 9 Resource Guide released

    The information in this resource guide is provided as a service to the residents of Historic Lower 9th Ward who are rebuilding their homes and revitalizing their neighborhoods.

    View the Resource Guide. 

  • Support CSED on GiveNOLA Day

    GiveNOLA CSEDOn May 6th, thousands will show their support for their favorite nonprofit organizations during GiveNOLA Day, hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. On that day, every donation CSED gets will go a little further and help us claim our share of $200,000 in bonus dollars from the Lagniappe Fund, plus an additional $96,000 in prizes.

    We need you to help us with three things:

    1. Mark GiveNOLA Day on your calendar for May 6th and bookmark this giving link on www.GiveNOLA.org. 

    2. Please make a donation to support us on Tuesday, May 6th.

    3. Help us spread the word! Share with your friends and support Lower 9th Ward CSED as part of GiveNOLA Day on Tuesday, May 6th. 

    We can’t wait to celebrate the difference your generosity will make on May 6th.

  • New DIY Handbook from CSED

    Lower-9-csed-handbookLearn more about vacant lot blight beautification, soil remediation and food security in this do-it-yourself handbook from CSED. Do you have a blighted, vacant lot adjacent to your home or in the next block?  Would you like to be able to create something beautiful and useful in that space for very little money?  In the spring of 2013, the CSED was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do just that…turn a blighted, overgrown, vacant lot which was full of trash, vermin, and drug users, into a community pocket park and orchard at 4817-19 Dauphine Street.  This lot now provides neighbors with a beautiful place to relax, learn about plants and soil remediation, and enjoy the “fruit” of our labor.  We hope our story of how we accomplished this project will inspire you to “get the lead out” and help to eradicate blight in your community.

    View the handbook

     

  • Landscape Design for Caffin/Florida Avenue Lots

    Ecologist Colleen Butler recently volunteered her services to computerize a landscape design plan for the CSED lots at Florida and Caffin Avenues (near Bayou Bienvenue platform). The Florida Avenue lot will be planted with red maple, pecan, and cypress trees. The naturalized "island" blooming with goldenrod that currently exists in the rear of this lot will be enhanced with additional plants to further attract butterflies. READ MORE >>

  • New Orleans Urban Water Plan Released: Re-Imagining Our Future

    Just released, the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan addresses groundwater and stormwater as critical factors in shaping a safe, livable and beautiful city. Administered by GNO, Inc., the $2.5 million plan was funded by the Louisiana Office of Community Development with New Orleans' Waggonner and Ball leading a team of local and international water management experts to develop this innovative plan.

    Of special interest to CSED and the Lower 9th Ward Community is a section in the plan titled "Claiborne to Inner Harbor", which addresses the challenges, opportunities and vision of creating a new waterfront identity along the Industrial Canal along with a Wetland Restoration Park in Bayou Bienvenue. For more on the Plan and to download a copy, go to LivingWithWater.

  • CSED's Arthur Johnson on Environmental Justice Workshop Planning Committee

    CSED's Executive Director Arthur Johnson has been invited to participate on the EJ Workshop Planning Team to assist with creating an agenda for the next Environmental Justice Training Workshop, scheduled for September 2013 in Louisiana. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs sponsors this workshop to:

    Better understand today’s environmental justice challenges

    Exchange strategies, lessons learned and best practices that lead to healthier communities

    Begin a collaborative action plan that addresses region-wide priorities

    This workshop (EPA Region 6) will be held September 25 - 27, 2013. Registration is fee; deadline to register is September 10, 2013. Go to: http://www.dscej.org/index.php?option=com_rseventspro&layout=show&cid=6:epa-region-6-environmental-justice-community-training-workshop

    Dress Code: Business Casual

    Location:
    Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel
    700 Tchoupitoulas Street
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
    Phone: (504) 613-2330 or 1-888-236-2427 (toll-free)

  • First Monthly Connect the 9 Bike Ride/Lower 9th Ward Tour - Saturday July 20

    When: Saturday July 20, 2013

    Time: 6:00 pm - Ride begins at 6:30 pm

    Starting Place: The Lower Ninth Ward Village, 1001 Charbonnet Street NOLA, 70117

    Stop: Café Dauphine (where bottled water will be provided), 5229 Dauphine Street NOLA, 70117

    Come join us on this fun and leisurely monthly bike ride! This free, family-friendly ride is aimed at raising awareness around biking in the Lower 9th Ward, as well as promoting safety for bike and transit commuters that use the St. Claude Bridge on a daily basis, despite its unsafe conditions. This ride will also provide a brief journey into the rich culture and heritage of the Lower 9th Ward and its vast history. Come out and support this cause while learning the history and getting a workout!

    For more info, contact Natosha K.Brown @ 504-329-1978

  • Connect the 9 Community Bike Ride and Festival

    Join us for the Connect the 9 Community Bike Ride and Festival, Saturday, March 9, 2013 - highlighting safety problems for bike riders and walkers across the Lower 9th Ward's St. Claude Bridge.

    10:30 a.m. Community Bike Ride starts at the Green Project (St. Claude & the railroad tracks) 2831 Marais St.

    11:15 a.m. Riders arrive at Sam Bonart Park Lower 9th Ward (Forstall St. & Marais St.)

    11:30 a.m. Press Conference at Sam Bonart Park, Lower 9th Ward (Forstall St. & Marais St.)

    12:30 ‐ 3 p.m. Community Festival at the Village, 1001 Charbonnet St.

    Sponsored by St. Claude Bridge Safety and Access Group; Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (CSED); Bike Easy; The Village; Holy Cross Neighborhood Association; Sierra Club; Global Green; Green Project; KidsWalk Coalition and residents of the Lower 9th Ward.

    For more information, the press release and a copy of the bike route map, download our fact sheet, Connect the 9 Community Bike Ride and Festival.

  • CSED Releases Lower 9 Food Action Plan

    Announcing the launch of the Lower Ninth Ward Food Action Plan – a project of the Lower Ninth Ward Food Access Coalition (LNWFAC). THE PLAN is a comprehensive plan of action written by Lower Ninth ward residents and community leaders committed to tackling the food access issues of the Lower Ninth Ward, which is considered a “food desert” by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    The official unveiling of The Lower Ninth Ward Food Action Plan will take place on February 23, 2013 at 11am at All Souls Episcopal Church, 5500 St. Claude Ave. at Caffin Avenue, with words from District E Councilman James Gray and Councilwoman-At-Large Stacy Head, CSED Executive Director Arthur Johnson and members of the LNWFAC.

    The LNWFAC and CSED believe that the Food Action Plan addresses the problems and provides solutions to the Lower Ninth Ward’s issue of poor food access, naming three projects chosen by residents to improve the availability of quality food in the Lower Ninth Ward: a mobile grocery store, a healthy corner store and a school-based grocery store. Additionally, the Food Action Plan further empowers an already strong community to assess and champion the needs of its residents independently.

    Download a copy of the Food Action Plan here.

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