The City of New Orleans Office of Environmental Affairs launched a survey last month to gauge citizen interest in green and energy-efficiency projects. Information gathered from the NOLA Energy Survey will help the city curb its future energy costs and emissions, as well as determine the designs for future renewable energy and efficiency projects. The survey and projects are outlined on the newly renovated GreeNOLA website (www.nola.gov/residents/greenolasite), the city's domain incorporating nonprofit, city and neighborhood resources for green projects.
The survey is anonymous and open to residents of both Jefferson and Orleans parishes and includes questions about homeowners' energy usage and the age and value of their home. The effort is funded by a grant from the Southeast Energy Efficiency Initiative and the U.S. Department of Energy, which dubbed New Orleans a "Solar America" city in 2009 and awarded $200,000 for the project. Consulting firm GCR & Associates compiled the survey.
Take the survey at www.nolaenergysurvey.com. — Alex Woodward