Restoring, revitalizing, and greening New Orleans’ devastated Lower 9th Ward

Founded in December 2006, the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) is devoted to restoring New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward as a safe, environmentally just, and economically vibrant community – and one of the first to become carbon-neutral in North America.

The CSED began as a project of the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association with start-up funding and support from Mercy Corps, Blue Moon Fund, Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, the Sierra Club among others.

CSED benefits residents of the Lower Ninth Ward. Data from 2006 indicates that 100% of Lower 9th (L9) homes and businesses sustained significant damage or destruction and 100% of the population was displaced by Post-Hurricane Katrina flooding due to the failure of the federal levee system.

The 2010 Census data indicates approximately 5,556 of 17,000 pre-flood residents have returned to live in the community.

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