Limitless Vistas’ Past New Orleans Community Environmental Service Projects and Partners

AmeriCorps
Limitless Vistas, Inc. is proud to be an AmeriCorps organization.  LVI Corps members are currently working through the Corps Network to provide Clean Energy education, retrofitting and home energy audits to low-income housing throughout the Greater New Orleans area in an effort to help community members reduce their utility bills as well as reduce their carbon footprint through economically feasible changes.  Throughout their service term, Corps members are eligible to receive a small living wage allowance.  Corps members will receive a scholarship at the successful end of their service term that can be used to attend college or a trade school, or to pay existing school loans.

Training and Certifications
Limitless Vistas, Inc. is now authorized to conduct OSHA Construction Outreach Training including the 10-Hour course for workers and the 30-hour course for supervisors.  This training teaches entry-level workers through supervisors to recognize, avoid, abate, and prevent of health and safety hazards in construction workplaces.

Project Write-Up
LVI AmeriCorps members have been making strides in eradicating the invasive Chinese Tallow trees at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center in New Orleans East.  Every week LVI AmeriCorps members spend a day at the Nature Center performing the following duties:

·         Girdling and applying herbicide to Chinese Tallow trees

·         Planting native trees

·         Clearing land

·         Clearing trails

·         Working on the Outdoor Classroom Legacy Project

·         Collecting water quality samples

·         Acting as Team Leaders for the various volunteer groups that visit the Nature Center.

The skills learned through this project include:

·         Leadership

·         Identification of Louisiana plants, trees, and animals

·         Following proper health and safety practices

·         Use of small tools

·         Ability to follow directions

·         Ability to interact with new people in a professional way

·         Wetland restoration techniques

·         The proper technique of collecting field samples and the proper use of field testing equipment

Wetlands Conservation, LSU Agriculture Center/America’s Wetland Conservation Corps (AWCC), New Orleans, LA
LVI students and crew supervisors supported AWCC staff in a variety of activities, collected wetlands grasses and replanted them in damaged wetland environments, and planted vegetables and learned about managing food chain plants.

Community Surveying for Restoring Public Playgrounds in the Historic Central City Community - Central City Renaissance Alliance and City of New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD)
When the effort to restore playgrounds began moving at an accelerated pace to meet the high-use demand at the close of the school year LVI participants were taught landscaping techniques to assist the Central City Renaissance Alliance. LVI participants also volunteered as Special Olympic coaches to support the NORD partnership with Louisiana Special Olympics.

Neighborhood Community Housing Surveying, City of New Orleans, Office of Recovery Development and Administration (ORDA), and Phoenix of New Orleans, LA
LVI partnered with seven community organizations to conduct a comprehensive city-wide re-population assessment. LVI’s portion covered about 14,000 properties. Data from these surveys were used by the ORDA to assist in its re-population planning.

Hurricane Protection Tree Planting, Pathway Partners, New Orleans, LA.
LVI students participated in the effort to re-fortify the City’s vital natural hurricane protection buffer following Hurricane Katrina damage. This unique training program taught students how to care for damaged trees, manage healthy ones, and replant in those areas where trees were lost. Students received state-issued “Tree Trooper” certifications from Louisiana State University.

Preservation of Natural Habitats, Audubon Nature Institute of New Orleans, LA.
In this exciting program, set at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LVI students assisted Audubon staff in its efforts to rehabilitate the Zoo following its extreme degradation by Hurricane Katrina. Program participants received instruction in ecosystem restoration (with emphasis on several unique habitats), horticulture, tree maintenance, animal husbandry, wildlife preservation, facilities maintenance, and guest services.

Home Weatherization Program, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA.
LVI created a model weatherization curriculum in partnership with Delgado Community College. LVI participants engaged in a home weatherization program designed to train students to rehabilitate, repair, construct, and/or build homes that are energy efficient.

Property Survey, Central City Renaissance Alliance – CCRA.
LVI participants assisted CCRA in conducting a housing and property survey in the Central City community to identify and tabulate blighted, rebuilt, occupied, and fallow properties. Data from this survey were used by the CCRA and City of New Orleans planners to help develop a strategic plan to rebuild Central City.

The data were also used by New Orleans’ Code Enforcement Division as a basis for enforcing code violations. Over 5000 properties were surveyed with students performing a large portion of property ownership research in the Office of Records at City Hall.

Repair and/or Removal of Sidewalk in the Gert Town Community - G&C Concrete and Construction, LLC.
Program participants received training in carpentry skills including framing and forming; operational skills of power tools and heavy machinery; masonry techniques; pouring concrete; mild plumbing; measuring; leveling the ground; and blue print reading.

Quality Assurance Debris Removal Monitoring, Beck Disaster Recovery - BDR.
Students were taught emergency response and disaster relief best practices and participated directly in post-storm cleanup efforts.

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