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GREEN LIGHT NEW ORLEANS

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews 1,013

Nonprofit Issues:

Environment, Philanthropy, Economic Development

Address:

8203 Jeannette Street New Orleans LA 70118 USA

Mission:

Green Light New Orleans invests energy in people by assisting New Orleans residents in person, one household at a time. Our volunteers install free energy efficient light bulbs and backyard vegetable gardens to demonstrate that a mass movement of individual actions creates a significant impact on our environment and community. We connect New Orleans residents to relevant, local opportunities and encourage individual actions so that everyone can benefit from a vibrant, resilient, and sustainable community.

Results:

Green Light New Orleans supports local families by helping them take actions that conserve energy and make their homes more sustainable, lowering monthly bills and improving the shared environment. Founder and Executive Director Andreas Hoffmann started Green Light in 2006 as a way to offset the carbon footprint of his touring band. What began as a small project has grown to engage over 23,000 New Orleans households and over 12,000 volunteers in the local fight against global climate change. To date, Green Light has built 120 backyard vegetable gardens and installed 500,000 energy efficient light bulbs, saving residents $23 million in utility costs and preventing 223 million pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.* In addition to its free backyard vegetable garden and energy efficient light bulb programs, Green Light makes an impact through a diverse array of services. Green Light has signed thousands of residents up for the citywide curbside recycling program; distributes air filters to promote indoor air quality and energy efficiency; provides smart strips to combat phantom power; refers residents to the New Orleans Fire Department to receive free smoke detectors; runs an energy efficient light bulb program for small businesses; engages hundreds of local college and high school students in service learning and internship programs; and mobilizes thousands of volunteers each year in the fight against climate change. *Impact data updated 5/28/14

Target demographics:

the environment and the community

Direct beneficiaries per year:

4000 families

Geographic areas served:

The Greater New Orleans Area

Programs:

installing free energy efficient light bulbs and free backyard vegetable gardens to lower our carbon footprint, create a budget reduction, provide access to healthy food and build community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great organization that gives you the opportunity to volunteer and interact with the people you are serving on a personal level. The impact that you make on these peoples lives by doing something as simple as changing their light bulbs is tremendous. One woman we changed light bulbs for was crying because the new light bulbs were going to save her hundreds of dollars on her monthly energy bill. This nonprofit is truly making a huge impact on the environment and economy of New Orleans.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They really threw us right into the field to represent the organization. We had to help clients with the paper work and walk them through everything, but it seemed weird to act as the experts when it was our first day of volunteering. A little more preparation would be nice.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with Green Light to install CFLs in homes around the Hoffman Triangle in New Orleans. I worked with an awesome team of 4 high school students and we were given four addresses to visit. Three of the four families were home, invited us in, and helped us replace all the incandescent light bulbs in the house! Once finished, we tallied the # of bulbs replaced and calculated up the total savings in wattage, carbon, and $$ saved on an average electricity bill! I loved talking with the homeowners and fellow volunteers, and will be donating more time to GLNO in the future!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I interned with GLNO during the summer of 2011. It was an amazing learning experience; not only did I get to work with a staff of dedicated and inspired individuals, but I also learned a lot about the process of becoming a more energy-efficient community. In my opinion, part of what is so great about this organization is that by providing free energy-efficient light bulbs to homes in the greater New Orleans area they are helping in three ways: by reducing the carbon footprint, educating others on energy efficiency, and providing energy-efficient light bulbs to those who might not otherwise be able to afford them. Out of all the many organizations I have had the pleasure of working with in New Orleans, I had the most positive experience at Green Light New Orleans.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work for a company in partnership with GLNO...when the energy savings is in real numbers in front of me, it is amazing to see the difference they make for all Orleans...I can only imagine what the total for all of Greater New Orleans must be! An amazing organization!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I volunteered with GLNO nearly a year ago today and the experience was so positive that we have now helped to extend their concept to South Carolina with the sub-group Green Light South Carolina. The goals of this organization are to change every incandescent light bulb to compact fluorescent bulbs with 75% energy savings and carbon emissions. With 10-20% of the total energy used in lighting this country, this is a first logical step and easiest to implement to reduce our carbon output. Much more needs to be done in a very short time (within one decade), but this is a significant start! GLNO and GLSC is unique in that we actually go into the homes and install cfls primarily in homes of lower income and elderly.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

New Orleans non-profit environmental volunteer groups, the Weather Channel

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

spread the experience

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The feeling you get when helping people while making a big difference to the environment

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

genuine and genuinely concerned about the environment in terms of energy as well as helping local communities

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Install 4,000,000 cfls, saving communities $200,000,000, reducing 1,788,000,000 lbs of CO2 emissions, and reducing mercury emissions due to lighting by 70% over the lifetime of the bulbs installed.

Ways to make it better...

experience was great, the organization needs to spread to all parts of the US

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

everyone needs to contribute to reducing greenhouse gases and this must start today. We do not have time to wait and contemplate the idea - everyone needs to start today if you haven't already.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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