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.