Climate Action Center in New Orleans

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Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Michelle Pyne, New Orleans Director of Global Green USA, who talks about the organization’s Holy Cross Project’s Community Development and Climate Action Center (pictured), which will be the first of its kind to bring climate change education and models of resiliency to the community level.

New Orleans will be the first American city lost to sea level rise unless dramatic measures are taken. It is ground zero for climate change. A place to build awareness, share resources and catalyze innovation, Global Green USA’s Holy Cross Project serves as a model for the city, the nation and the world.

The Holy Cross Project is a sustainable model village in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward featuring 5 LEED Platinum homes, a state-of-the-art Community Development and Climate Action Center (under construction), a 20-unit affordable apartment building (to be built in coming year), and outdoor space including rain gardens and a large bioswale. The Climate Action Center community will connect with other coastal cities battling similar climate change impacts to export experience and create a unified front on adaptations and mitigation of the dangers of climate change.

The Center itself is a catalytic project strategically located in the Lower 9th Ward because this area will experience climate change impacts with stronger storms and increased infrastructure failings. In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, the Center will serve as a first responder and rapid return location, with high wind and water resistance and solar power with battery back up to provide essential electrical services such as lighting, refrigeration for medication, cell phone charging and communications. The Climate Action Center will enable citizen engagement in collective climate action to create a thriving green sector and resilient communities. This Center embodies Global Green’s commitment to helping the people, places and planet in need. See

Global Green USA is the American affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by President Gorbachev to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For 20 years, Global Green USA has been a national leader in advancing smart solutions to climate change that improve lives and protect our planet. Global Green creates transformative model projects and advances new policies that build sustainable and resilient communities and affordable housing. The organization helps local governments, schools, and public agencies integrate sustainable design, clean energy, and water reduction measures, and also helps people reduce waste, live better, and act more sustainably today–and in the future. Learn more at

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