After visiting Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Austin during its Urban Water Series Phase 3 work, the Foundation saw the power of sustainable development at work. Sustainable development is the intersection of environmental health, economic prosperity, and social equity for today and tomorrow. All three cities have sustainability plans that originated from the city mayors’ offices. These sustainability plans provide city government with vision, direction, and the ability to align policies and regulations. Aside from setting a vision and a path of what sustainable development looks like, these plans facilitate coordination among different agencies of city government.
In the City of New Orleans’ Master Plan, which was unanimously passed in 2010 by the City Council and signed by Mayor Landrieu, sustainability is one of three major elements of the plan.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation would like to elevate the conversation on sustainable development for the region in partnership with city government and local stakeholders. The Foundation would like to catalyze New Orleans – government, businesses, residents, and civic organizations – to develop and implement plans to ensure that New Orleans’ growth is sustainable for future generations.