Spend a day discovering the cuisine and culture of the South to build up your appetite before letting loose in one of the greatest food cities in the world. Whether you’re entertaining out-of-town guests or earning your foodie merit badge, the museum’s permanent collection of exhibits allows you to explore the myriad tastes and traditions unique to southern food. The Louisiana Eats! Laissez Faire-Savoir Fare exhibit chronicles the evolution of the region's flavors over time, while the Eating in the White House exhibit exposes the inner workings and dining habits of first mansion residents throughout history. Recently opened exhibits, such as SPOILED, which tells the tearful photographic tale of post-Katrina refrigerators, and an upcoming exhibit celebrating the history and heritage of the hurricane cocktail keep the museum's content as fresh as a butter-melting biscuit.
The dirt-blasting experts at Rio Vista Cleaners and Jerry's Cleaners restore and revitalize fading fabrics with environmentally friendly cleaning solutions. These master menders can rescue a favorite shirt from the trash heap ($2.50), save a suit spoiled at a company party ($10), and lift the peanut butter, jelly, and tapioca stains incurred on Imaginative Sandwich Day from any pair of jeans ($5). Dry cleaning will keep soft sweaters from shrinking to Lollipop Guild size ($5) and ensure that dresses ($10) don't unravel during your dryer's anti-knit cycle.
Two years after Hurricane Katrina flooded 80% of New Orleans and damaged more than 200,000 homes, Brad Pitt visited the historic Lower 9th Ward. What he found was a community still reeling from the storm, a lack of progress in rebuilding efforts, and a nation slowly forgetting about the disaster. So Pitt founded Make It Right to build safe, sustainable, and affordable homes in the neighborhood hardest hit by the storm. He called upon 21 world-renowned architects to design 150 climate-adapted, eco-friendly homes. The resulting buildings would not only help rebuild New Orleans, but demonstrate to the world that high-quality, green housing could be made affordably.
Today Make It Right has built 100 LEED Platinum houses for Lower 9th Ward residents and continues to break ground on a new home every month. Each home follows architect William McDonough's Cradle to Cradle design principle, which touts renewable energy and social fairness. The homes are powered by renewable energy and help to improve water quality by using pervious concrete.
But the homes have also served as an experiment in cost-effective eco-friendly building, and Make It Right has made it a point to spread the knowledge gained. Not only has the organization built an open library of resources, but it has taken the lessons learned on the road. In addition to its ongoing work in New Orleans, Make It Right is also working with underserved communities in Missouri, New Jersey, and Montana.
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Global Green USA, the American affiliate of Green Cross International, works to foster a global shift toward a more sustainable future by advocating for green building projects and jobs in addition to other climate solutions. Through its community-based projects, such as NOLA Wise, Global Green helps implement environmental policy, educate hundreds of millions of people annually, and leverage billions of dollars for environmental initiatives. Currently, one of the organization's main initiatives is helping public agencies and developers of public housing create sustainable neighborhoods with LEED standards, hoping to rebuild the damaged areas of New Orleans with the environment in mind.
Crescent City Farmers Market operates markets in three locations, attracting more than 120,000 shoppers each year. Along with locally grown produce, market vendors sell freshly baked goods, cut flowers, farm-raised meat, and wild-caught Louisiana seafood.
The market also conducts community programming such as the Marketeer Club, which engages kids in fun activities to encourage good eating habits and a positive, healthy relationship with food starting at a young age. Other projects include the farmers' market bingo and Meet Me at the Market, which provides opportunities for seniors to socialize and gain access to fresh, nutritious food.