In April 2016, 22 neighborhood leaders and their guests came together to become the first Water Wise Neighborhood Champions!
What is a Neighborhood Water Wise Champion? Neighborhood leaders are already experts about their communities. A Neighborhood Water Wise Champion is someone who is now considered a “citizen expert” on water management and green infrastructure. When they marry the expertise of their community with newly learned information about green infrastructure,they become a champion for advancing green infrastructure in their neighborhoods in a way that truly serves their communities.
What is the Neighborhood Water Wise Champion Training? The Water Wise NOLA Neighborhood Champions training is a one-and-a-half-day program to advance participants’ understanding of green infrastructure, to learn about green infrastructure projects around the city through an educational guided tour, and to develop skills and build resources to create their own neighborhood-based green infrastructure projects at a range of scales. Day one is the city-wide chartered bus tour of green infrastructure sites. Day two is a visioning workshop that takes place in a classroom.