Ways to Help
SPI, ESI, and Smart Energy Week has been hosted by cities all across the country over the past 17 years, bringing innovation and investment to local communities nationwide. This year, our event was slated to take place in New Orleans for the very first time, an exciting opportunity to showcase the clean energy transformation taking place across the Gulf Coast.
Unfortunately, the city of New Orleans is facing intersecting climate and public health crises, with Hurricane Ida causing catastrophic damage to southern Louisiana, while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put a strain on the community. These crises exacerbate systemic and long-standing challenges with poverty, food security and environmental justice.
As a clean energy community, we are devastated to no longer be able to travel to New Orleans, convene the industry, and bring much-needed investment in the local economy. But we want to honor our commitment to the city and the people who call it home.
To help the Gulf Coast recover and rebuild, we hope you will join SEIA, SEPA and the NASEW community in supporting some of the following local organizations:
St. Thomas Community Health Center
Our MISSION is to provide culturally competent healthcare of the highest quality, regardless of the ability to pay. St. Thomas Community Health Center fosters relevant research and educational activities directed toward achieving health initiatives that reduce health disparities in our community. Central to our mission is acknowledging the role of institutional racism as causative of these disparities. As such, our work is directed toward becoming an antiracist institution.
Poverty & Food Security
Culture Aid NOLA
Culture AID NOLA’s mission is to serve the culture of New Orleans by directing no-barrier, no-stigma aid to underserved members of the hospitality and cultural community, and to do it with dignity, grace and hospitality. Together, with our partners, our mission is to protect the culture of New Orleans by serving the people who make up that very culture. Performers and artists. Restaurant workers and grocery store clerks. And the countless residents of New Orleans who are struggling right now to feed their families.
Climate Change & Environmental Justice
Imagine Water Works
Imagine Water Works is place-based with a global vision. Since 2012 we’ve helped lead the changes we’ve seen locally in how we think about living with water, working in an intersection of reducing risk from flooding, pollution, and natural hazards. We knew that the best solutions were multidisciplinary, and so we integrated science, history, identity, and art into our work. We’ve worked with residents, neighborhood associations, nonprofits, artists, families, scientists, academics, architects, small business owners, and government agencies to create various resources for our community, to hold space for conversation, and to develop hazard mitigation plans in Louisiana and nationwide.