Urban Conservancy

Since 2001, the Urban Conservancy has been catalyzing equitable policies and practices related to the urban built environment and the local economy through research, education, and advocacy. We promote sustainable solutions to New Orleans' distinct land use needs through community and K-12 education and neighborhood-level engagement. This GiveNOLA Day, the UC's goal is to raise $6,000 to fund our three main projects- our summer program BASIN, the Front Yard Initiative, and StayLocal.

Category:Community Improvement
Building Active Stewardship in New Orleans (BASIN) is our program for school-aged children. It introduces students to the vocabulary, concepts, and skills required to fully understand what it means to be a good steward of ourselves, our community, and our environment, and opens the door to our growing green sector. BASIN approaches environmental literacy with a three pronged approach: indoor/outdoor activities, guest speakers, and field trips.

Twenty-five children aged 8 to 12 years old will participate in one full week of summer camp at no cost as an extension of their NORDC summer camp at Sojourner Truth Community Center. The camp includes green sector speakers and offsite field trips to the Lafitte Greenway, Broad St. pumping station, and the ReFresh Project. BASIN culminates in a camper-led final presentation for parents and community members and a canoe trip on one of the area bayous.

Our goal for BASIN is to educate students about the precious resources that surround them and inspire lifelong environmental stewardship. How can we make New Orleans more beautiful and less flood-prone? What does "living with water" mean in our city? These are the sorts of questions campers will explore both indoors and outdoors, guided by UC staff and guest speakers working in today's green sector.

Since it's inception, BASIN has reached over 100 students and partnered with 30 green sector professionals including arborists, engineers, landscape architects, and zoologists. With your support we can reach another 25 students this summer and inspire the next generation of green-sector specialists!

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The Front Yard Initiative (FYI) is UC's response to excessive paving, a community issue that negatively affects New Orleans' ability to manage its stormwater and subsidence issues. FYI helps homeowners go from gray to green by connecting them with qualified green sector professionals. The program aims to further the sustainability goals spelled out in several city plans and to create a safer, more resilient New Orleans.

StayLocal is Greater New Orleans' independent business alliance. We work to create an environment where local business can thrive through research, education, and advocacy. StayLocal is devoted to raising the visibility and viability of our locally owned businesses, and educating consumers about the importance of shopping local.