Nov. 7, 2014
CSED Kickstarter funded!

We did it! Thank you for supporting our Kickstarter for the CSED Center. In total, 185 backers helped us surpass our goal of $17,900 with a final total of $19,039! The Center will showcase energy efficiency upgrades and primarily serve as an educational center for the Lower 9th Ward community.
Soul-A-Bration fundraiser to benefit All Souls after-school program

All Souls Episcopal Church and Community Center will host their second annual Soul-A-Bration, a silent auction and dinner benefiting their after-school program. The fundraiser will feature special performances by Troy Sawyer & The Elements and Mikhala Iverson on Sunday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., at All Souls, 5500 St. Claude Ave. Tickets are $25. To RSVP or get more information, please call 504-218-8995 or e-mail
New iPhone app for grocery shopping

Now you can order fresh produce and frozen groceries using your iPhone, thanks to a partnership between The Renaissance Project, Top Box Foods and Aisle Won!

Ebola volunteer training

The City of New Orleans Health Department and Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are requesting volunteer assistance regarding Ebola preparedness 
Saturday, November 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. If you're interested in participating, please visit the Evacuteer websitecontact Sarah Babcock, Emergency Preparedness Lead, at or call  504-658-2538 for more information. 
Community meeting at NENA

Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association (NENA) invites the community to its monthly meeting Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, at 1123 Lamanche St. This month's meeting will feature presentations from D. O'Brien Martin, Executive Director of Algiers Economic Development Foundation, and a representative from Community Affairs for the Fifth District. For more information, call 504-373-6483. 
In This Issue
Congratulations to CSED's Rachel Pickens

Please join us in congratulating CSED's very own Rachel Pickens. Rachel was recently sworn in as a lawyer. She moved to New Orleans five years ago to pursue a J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, and recently passed the Louisiana bar on her first try. As a newly admitted attorney, she wants to practice environmental law, focusing on coastal preservation, wildlife conservation, and environmental justice.
CSED Team 

Executive Director
Arthur Johnson

Program Coordinator & Urban Farm Manager
Kathy Muse

Volunteer Coordinator
Warrenetta Banks

Energy Efficiency & Urban Farm Manager
Vincent Fedeli

Wetland Specialist
John Taylor

Energy Efficiency Apprentice
Charles Reddick

Community Resilience Consultant 
Beverly Jackson

Resiliency Manager for Coastal Restoration and Community Awareness 
Rachel Pickens
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