Tip the Block
As part of Green Light New Orleans’ mission to increase sustainable living and resiliency throughout the city of New Orleans, Green Light utilizes established relationships with the participants of the free energy efficient light bulb program to engage entire neighborhoods in the implementation of sustainable living. The Tip the Block program concentrates Green Light’s impact on a neighborhood level and provides a unique opportunity to connect residents with sustainable resources, other organizations and one another.
Program Goals:
  • Advocate for environmental justice through improving the accessibility of sustainable living measures for all income levels
  • Educate communities about the environmental and economic benefits of living sustainably
  • Connect residents with each other to ensure longevity and communication of sustainability
  • Foster leadership within communities to promote growth and enable self-sufficiency
  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions and limit unnecessary energy consumption.
  • Approach community development through sustainable and holistic methods
  • Collaborate with other established organizations to create a network of resources for residents.
  • Guide residents through the process to successfully implement services and connect them with available resources.
Program Details:
This larger-scale project organizes advocacy efforts on a block-by-block basis, spreading environmental responsibility from neighbor to neighbor. The program is initiated by designating a 9-block area where Green Light installs energy efficient light bulbs in homes. When a home in the area is installed with free energy efficient light bulbs, Green Light volunteers ask residents what other sustainable resources and services they might be interested in, such as weatherization, backyard vegetable gardens, and rain barrels. As a next step Green Light then connects residents with existing partner organizations that can provide these expert services and other desired resources and in many cases now directly implements services like building backyard vegetable gardens and rain barrels. Word of mouth and effective promotion will encourage other residents in the block to make changes as well, until eventually the entire block will “tip” to more sustainable living. Multiple blocks “tip” the neighborhood and eventually lead to a more sustainable New Orleans.
Tip the Block

Successful Implementation:
ELCA Youth Gathering 2012 300+ residents Gentilly

Central City

The New Orleans Food and Farm Network, TogetherGreen Fellow Hilairie Schackai, Rebuilding Together New Orleans, Hike for KaTREEna, Associated Neighborhood Development, Hollygrove Market and Farm, NOLAtimebank, Bayou Land
AARP community event 2012 65+ residents Leonidas New Orleans Food and Farm Network, Bayou Land
Community Connection 2017 7 Residents Gentilly    

Green Light in Resilience