"Historic Green" Event Helps Rebuild Lower Ninth Ward
From March 8-23, the Sierra Club will be participating in the 2008 Historic Green event to rebuild a sustainable New Orleans. Hundreds of students and young professionals in the construction industry—architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, interior designers, and contractors—will converge on the Crescent City to work hand-in-hand with residents of the Holy Cross Historic District, part of the Lower Ninth Ward that was among the city's hardest-hit areas during Hurricane Katrina.
Sierra Club organizer Darryl Malek-Wiley, pictured above, and below with volunteers at a Public Lands Day cleanup of Bayou Bienvenue in the Lower Ninth Ward last year, has been working for years with Club volunteers and the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association to help rebuild and renew the area. "We're hoping Historic Green will be an annual event until the whole Lower Ninth is rebuilt as a sustainable, carbon-neutral neighborhood," Malek-Wiley says.
Organized by the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, Historic Green will help homeowners "green up" their historic properties, provide free sustainable rebuilding consulting services, help with green deconstruction of homes that are beyond repair, initiate a playground/park rehabilitation project, plant community gardens, and offer neighborhood survey services in cooperation with the Lower Ninth Ward's Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association.
The Sierra Club is hosting lectures and coordinating bayou restoration and trail work on the path leading to Bayou Bienvenue, an historic cypress swamp that was inundated with salt water by an Army Corps of Engineers project in the late 1950s, and which residents of the Lower Ninth now want to bring back. Once the trail work is done, the Club's New Orleans Group will be sponsoring a canoe trip on the bayou.
Learn more about the Sierra Club's work to help rebuild the Gulf Coast.