Greening New Orleans

In the slow recovery from Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is finally getting into the green movement.

"Maybe the filthy water that flooded 80 percent of the city after the catastrophe in August 2005 made residents rethink the way to rebuild. Or maybe it's the tax credits or energy price spikes. Whatever the reason, the hurricane created a testing ground for ideas and initiatives."

"Before Katrina, government officials rarely talked about renewable energy or "green building." Solar technology powered little more than parking meters. Environmentalists were shut out of Louisiana politics for decades."

"Now, they see a watershed era taking shape."

"For example, in the Lower 9th Ward, hit particularly hard by Katrina, some 20 energy-saving homes are using solar panels."

Full Story: After Katrina, New Orleans is going green

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