Talk about some healthy competition! Your neighborhood can start off 2013 right by competing to become the most NOLA Wise! NOLA Wise is an energy efficiency program available to New Orleans homeowners through a partnership between the Mayor’s office and the nonprofit organization Global Green USA.
NOLA Wise Neighborhood Challenge!
January 21st – March 31st
Applications due Tuesday, January 15th
Do you have a corner lot just waiting to become a garden? Would your community center benefit from lower utility bills? Form a neighborhood team and compete with fellow New Orleanians to win $5000 for a community greening project of your choice, courtesy of NOLA Wise!
NOLA Wise provides homeowners with the tools they need to improve their homes’ comfort, affordability and efficiency. Step one is to have a home performance evaluation (HPE) to see how the home could upgrade its energy performance. From there, homeowners have the option of working with a NOLA Wise approved and trained green building contractor to complete the energy efficiency work on their homes. NOLA Wise accesses all available incentives to lower the cost of the project, provides access to low interest loans and does the quality control on the work to ensure that it’s done right the first time.
The challenge winner is the neighborhood with the most homes to have HPEs completed!
Teams will be responsible for promoting NOLA Wise, via volunteer networks, social media, and all available outreach methods, as well as encouraging residents to get an HPE. Neighborhoods will be provided with any NOLA Wise branded marketing materials that are needed, digital or print. In order to register a neighborhood team, please submit a proposal to by Tuesday, January 15th.
You will be notified about final proposal acceptance by January 18th, and the collection of HPE’s will occur between January 21st and March 31st. Totals will be calculated and the winners will be announced by April 15th, 2013.
Proposals should include, but are not limited to, the following information:
Neighborhood (you may create an advantage for yourself by banning together with nearby neighborhoods)
Description of Outreach Plan
How will you promote NOLA Wise and get people to sign up for an HPE? Methods can include social media, canvassing, volunteers, etc.
Community Project Information
If you win, what community project will the $5000 prize money go towards?
How will this project serve the broadest spectrum of community members and need?
Do you have any matching funding to complete the project?
What is the total cost?
What is the time frame for completion?
How would the project lead to a more sustainable New Orleans?