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From gulf restoration to historic preservation principles and the potential of New Orleans as a solar city, the Lower 9 continues to be a rich source of information and research on sustainability. Available from our partners and government agencies, these environmental studies, guidelines, and position papers highlight diverse examples of sustainable development, lessons learned and the challenges that remain.

Market Value in the Lower 9th Ward: Evaluating Reinvestment for the New Orleans Re-development Authority
University of New Orleans (UNO) Department of Planning & Urban Studies (UNO-PLUS)
May 2012

Created as part of the NORA Pilot Reinvestment Project (NPRP), this report reviews national housing market trends, provides an overview of the New Orleans Metropolitan real estate market, and lists current housing recovery efforts serving the Lower Ninth Ward. The report concludes with a focus on a particular section of the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood designated by NORA as a pilot area for redevelopment and economic investment.

Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
December 2011

Recognizing the importance of the Gulf of Mexico and its ecosystems, and in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, President Barack Obama established the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force on October 5, 2010.12 The purpose of the Task Force is to coordinate the long-term conservation and restoration of America’s Gulf Coast. The Strategy details a restoration framework and series of actions that Task Force member agencies can take to support each of the restoration goals. It also lays out a series of next steps that will better align agency programs and lever­age scientific and fiscal resources.

Jobs & Dollars: Big Returns from Coastal Habitat Restoration
Restore America's Estuaries
September 2011

A landmark report released that shows that coasts and estuaries are not only essential to the nation's economy, but that investments in coastal habitat restoration produce jobs at higher rates than many other sectors, including oil and gas, road infrastructure, and green building projects. In addition, these findings lay out a powerful case for government and private investment in the nation's coasts and estuaries, drawing on national and regional studies of coastal and estuarine restoration projects, and setting out its findings in restoration case studies.

Solar in Action: Challenges and Successes on the Path toward a Solar-Powered Community
U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
September 2011

Focused on New Orleans designation as a Solar America City in 2007, this report includes case studies on:

  • Educating and Training a Solar Workforce
  • Streamlining Permitting and Interconnection Processes
  • Implementing a Solar Schools Initiative
  • Enacting Citywide Net-Metering Rules

Mister Go Isn’t Gone Yet:  Creating Community and Environmental Resiliency in the Wake of a Man-Made Catastrophe
MRGO Must Go Coalition
April 2010

This report serves as an update and expansion of the Coalition’s original December 2006 report (Mister Go Must Go: A Guide for the Army Corps’ Congressionally-Directed Closure of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet) with recommendations that include:

  • A sustainable restoration plan (including all priority projects recommended by the MRGO Must Go Coalition) that reflects the unprecedented damage brought by the MRGO
  • An implementation timeline that reflects the urgency of the communities at risk each hurricane season
  • Funding and authorization to complete project construction by 2014

Failure to Hold Water: Economics of the New Lock Project for the Industrial Canal, New Orleans
Citizens Against Widening the Industrial Canal (CAWIC)
December 2007

Authored by Dr Robert Stearns, an independent consultant with extensive background in transportation economics and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), Failure to Hold Water was prepared on behalf of several Lower 9 neighborhood groups facing several impacts as a result of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed replacement of the existing Industrial Canal Lock. This report addresses four key areas:

  • The Introduction provides detailed background material and expands on CAWIC’s major findings
  • The second section reviews available data and applies the Corps’ 1997 methodology to determine the economic viability of the shallow draft lock yielding the highest economic return
  • The third major section is an evaluation of the deep draft alternative recommended by the Corps
  • The final section provides a summary and expands on the recommendations made in this executive summary