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A Green Refuge in the Big Easy: Erin Romney balances sound body and mind with eco conscious flair

Erin Romney’s team of trainers at Romney Pilates Center in New Orleans knows the meaning of hard work. After all, their profession encompasses both mentally and physically challenging workouts all day, every day. From invigorating yoga and meditation sessions to core strengthening pilates mat classes and intense regimens on cleverly coined equipment—the Wunda Chair and the Cadillac, for instance—Romney’s team offers a total health and wellness ...

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Introducing the Greener Cleaner

John Walter of Liberto Cleaners is thinking of future generations in every aspect of his business, from biodegradable detergents to accenting his building with reclaimed slate from uptown houses. His wife’s grandfather started the business in 1932, and in the mid 1960s his father-in-law bought the business. It’s an anniversary year as 10 years ago this month he and his wife bought the business from his father-in-law. Green dry cleaning is Liberto’s ...

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An Oasis of Green Overhead: The world takes note of green roofing inititaves

Skilled gardeners, having mastered the trickiest entanglement of spindly, climbing bougainvillea vines among other hard to grow species, are unearthing a new challenge in the form the of rooftop gardening. All across the world, novice gardeners as well as those with finely pruned green thumbs are attacking their rooftops with a renewed sense of purpose. In densely populated residential areas, city dwellers are planting up high in an attempt to reconnect ...

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TEAM BeauSoleil: Lafayette’s solar powered home journeys to Washington D.C.

In the midst of yet another hurricane season along the Gulf Coast, albeit a predictably timid one, a variety of media outlets across the state have consistently posed the same question—where are we now? At the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, a team of professors, researchers, students, businesses, and informed individuals (also known as TEAM BeauSoleil) has worked tirelessly for the past two years to examine an arguably more enlightened question—where ...

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Joining the Wave: The future of eco-conscious product design

An overpopulated, polluted world exhausted of its natural resources is suddenly consumed by nameless disaster. The temperature is rising and supplies are running out…what will you do? This might sound like a premise for a science fiction movie or video game, but from an environmental perspective, it’s an inevitable consequence of the way we’ve been living since the dawn of the industrial revolution. It’s also the last thing you want to worry ...

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Reclaiming the Great, GREEN Outdoors

Anna Papp has, figuratively speaking, been involved in the green industry for just over two decades now. In 1988 while working for a plumbing supplies store, Papp jumped at the opportunity to assist her boss in launching a seasonal retail venue on the Northshore. During the summer season they carried items typically reserved for warmer weather activities such as patio furniture and outdoor umbrellas, while in winter they stocked up on fireplace accessories. ...

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