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Marigny Green Updates

The FMIA Marigny Green Committee shares updates, ideas and other content to help our neighbors stay informed, get involved and stay green.  

  • 16 Jan 2022 1:38 PM | Donna Wakeman (Administrator)


    You can be effective in your household regarding energy efficiency. Our monthly bills are associated with the cost on how much energy is used. How can you help with energy waste while maintaining personal comfort to your home? These are a few suggestions to save energy in your home.


    A simple, low-cost way to cut energy use is upgrading your lighting to LED’s. To change bulbs over time, prioritize the lights you use the most. There are many LED options available. It is important to read the packaging in Kevin for the color temperature. It is recommended to use ENTERGY STAR®-rated products.


    While LED lamps are available in bright (like lighting in a retails store), soft, warm white are closer to the typical lights in one’s home. LED lights can also have an array of colors (Christmas lights and LED bulbs that change color) and assorted color strips.

    Comparing LED bulb to an incandescent bulb in terms of wattage (always read the packaging and pay close attention to the pin sockets as there are several types):

    LED 25-28 = 150 W incandescent

            16-20 = 100 W incandescent

            9 – 13 = 75 W incandescent

            8 – 12 = 60 W incandescent

            6 -   9 = 40 W incandescent


    A dirty filter can cause heating and air-conditioning system to use 15% more energy (U.S. Department of Energy - DOE). Half of your energy use is by heating and air conditioning. It is important to check the filters regularly and replace it when they are dirty. It is a habit that can reduce energy waste.


    Adjusting your thermostat in your home can save year-round on heating and cooling costs. The DOE recommends setting the thermostat to 68 degrees when you are home in the winter. DOE also suggests that dialing back the thermostat when you leave the house or go to sleep. It is recommended in the summer to set the thermostat at 78 degrees when you are at home and dialing it back when you are away.


    1. Wash your clothes in cold water
    2. Use natural light when possible.
    3. Do not leave your electronics on all day.
    4. The refrigerator and freezer operate more efficiently when full.
    5. Turn off heated dry on the dishwasher and use air dry instead
    6. Resources:
    7. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 
    8.  Entergy 

  • 25 May 2021 10:11 AM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    There are many ways to save water in your home. It is simple and requires a change of habit. Do you run the tap while brushing your teeth?  Try turning of the tap when brushing your teeth is an excellent way of saving money on your water bill.  

  • 17 May 2021 10:13 AM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    Items accepted at the City of New Orleans Recycling Drop-Off Center

    Plastics #1 and #2

    Newspaper, junk mail, phone books, catalogs, office paper

    Corrugated cardboard, Small aluminum/steel cans, E-Waste, Batteries, Television,

    Tires, Light bulbs, Mardi Gras beads

    For more information @resilient_nola#nolarecycles

  • 10 May 2021 11:19 AM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    Best Buy is committed to lighten up the landfills by their recycle program. Best Buy  reported, "They have collected over 2 billion pounds of e-waste and appliances making them the nation's largest retail collector of e-waste."

    Think about trading in your old tech to Best Buy . Check out their website, . There is a trade-in estimator to see what your item is worth. In turn, you will receive a Best Buy Gift Card.  Best Buy partners with a trusted recycle partner  (ERI) to wipe any remaining data from devices to repair and/or repurpose. 

  • 3 May 2021 2:12 PM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    Maybe this idea started with the first Star War movie or maybe someone just decided to make it the Star War Day, May be Fourth Be With You. In New Orleans, it is Give NOLA Day. This 24hour event is hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to inspire people to give to nonprofits in our area. Whatever your charity and/or nonprofit is, please give whatever you can offer. Any amount will be appreciated.  To find a list of the nonprofits go to

    PS  FMIA is a non-profit and  would welcome donations.

  • 26 Apr 2021 3:44 PM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    One of the easiest thing we can do is to bring your own bag(s)to the grocery store. The positive impact of skipping plastic bags is huge. American use 100 billion plastic bags a year which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture. The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year. Plastic bags are used for an average of every 12 minutes.

    THINK about this! It takes 500 or more years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill. If someone shops  from 18 years old until they are 88 years old, they will save 350,000 bags. It is never too late to start brining your reusable bags to the grocery store and you are helping our environment.

  • 19 Apr 2021 3:49 PM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    Vintage Green Review is a plastic free, package free, zero waste supplies and re-fill bar. Definitely check it out for their grand opening on Earth Day, April 22nd through April 25th with extended hours from 10am 6pm at 3530 Magazine Street across from Ace Hardware. Every day through the weekend will be different deals. There will be product discounts and opportunities to meet some of the local makers of  the sustainable products. Porch Pop-up with local food vendors will sell delicious treats. Bring your own containers to take them to go!

    Check out their Instagram and Facebook page at #vintagegreenreview for details.

    Don't forget to bring your totes and refillable containers.

  • 12 Apr 2021 2:18 PM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    The LSU AgCenter is a wealth of information. LSU AgCenter can give the consumer answers for their garden, family or home. The website  has detailed information on the top ribbon. Check out the category Topics. Some of the topics include Environment & Natural Resource, Lawn & Garden, Food & Health and so much more.  Publications is another excellent resource. Publications are an important way to get research-based education material to the public. Most of the publications are available online.  There is a listing of publications by looking at their catalog. The News & Events category produces news release for print, radio, television and social media. 

    I could write more but instead I recommend going to LSU AgCenter website. You won't be disappointed.

  • 5 Apr 2021 1:18 PM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    Need your garden to pop; it is important to use compost with the soil. Schmelly's Dirt Farm is  an organic recycling company that produces high-quality compost and soil products for the farmers and gardeners of Greater New Orleans.  Schmelly's will be selling supernatural soil products at the Mid-City Farmers Market on Thursday from 3 - 7pm at the Lafitte Greenway.  There are other places you can also buy bulk and bagged supernatural soil products this spring. Delta Flora located at 2710 Touro Street open on Saturday 9-4 and Wednesday 2-6.  Hot plants is located in the Upper 9th Ward at 1715 Feliciana Street, open Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm. For details, follow Schmelly's on social media or

  • 29 Mar 2021 10:15 AM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    Don't fret if you don't have a traditional Easter Basket this year. There are many fun items that can be used instead of the traditional Easter basket and some ideas are:

    1. Beach towel  2.Rain boots  3.  Beer carton 4. Baseball cap 5. Umbrella 

    Create your own idea and fill it with interesting gifts and goodies.


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