Green (re)building in New Orleans
A new report from the Sierra Club examines the green rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, nearly four years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.
On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina raced into New Orleans , and the city was forever changed. The rebuilding efforts have been focused in certain regions, but many areas of the city still look as they did shortly after New Orleans dried. Some view the situation as a unique opportunity to build a green city from the ground up. As reported on the Mother Nature Network website , the Sierra Club released a report last week that examines the green rebuilding efforts in the city.
According to the Sierra Club website, "the report's five goals are to profile key agencies; to catalog current and former green building projects; to evaluate the capacity and needs of each business and organization; to assess the current green building situation; and to develop a directory of local green building service providers."
Much of the data used in the report was gathered through two different surveys. One survey was given to universities, architects, construction companies, nonprofit organizations, and others involved in the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. The second survey focused on soliciting responses from workforce training programs.
Of the agencies profiled in the report, 36.7% have been involved in the green building industry for 13 months to two years. This should come as no surprise as the green building industry only recently has begun to pick up momentum, and the situation in New Orleans presented a unique opportunity for businesses to get into the green building field.
After the agency profiles, the report goes on to provide a comprehensive summary of the survey results. A few of the topics covered in the survey include:
• Obstacles to green building projects and services
• Percentage of green products purchased
• Reasons for not purchasing green products
• Percentage of local volunteers
• Knowledge of green building concepts.
The report concludes with an index of agencies that are involved in the green rebuild of New Orleans. For more information, download the 53-page report: New Orleans Green Building Assessment (PDF).
Case Study Database
Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.
These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.
Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.
Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.