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Guiding everything we do, our purpose, our focus: exploring sustainable solutions with deep community involvement to improve Lower 9 Food Security, the Natural Environment and the Built Environment. These stand as CSED’s cornerstones for achieving true recovery as a community. And it couldn’t happen without the dedication of residents to return and rebuild their community – and an army of Volunteers, inspiring change with their hammers, paintbrushes, shovels and endless energy.

In Food Security, we explore the community’s Food Action Plan, a revival in Community Gardens and Farmers Markets, plus visions for an Lower 9 Urban Farm

In Natural Environment, we address restoration of the Lower 9’s Bayou Bienvenue, essential for protecting our community, unlimited possibilities as a cultural resource

In Built Environment, we look at continued CSED programs to improve the energy efficiency of homes and businesses across the Lower 9 through Radiant Barriers and solar panels, plus our ongoing efforts at Community Mapping.

Under Special Projects, we cover our latest initiatives – the news we can’t wait to tell you about – such as Pam’s Place, Connect the 9 (to improve bike and pedestrian safety), and the Lower 9 Waterfront Project to revive our warehouse district.

And finally, providing new and returning residents with essential Services for rebuilding, improving home energy efficiency, and cleaning up properties, even whole blocks – it’s what we do at the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development!