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Climate Smart Cities: New Orleans


A man looks out over the water along a riverwalk with a riverboat in the background at sunrise.
New Orleans city view The sun rises over the Mississippi River waterfront as a new day begins in New Orleans. © Erika Nortemann/TNC

Few cities understand the gravity of climate change and its potential consequences for communities in the way that New Orleans does.  A city known for its lively culture, rich history, and dedicated residents, New Orleans has historically been positioned at the challenging confluence of vital economic venue and fragile natural systems.  

In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the City of New Orleans unveiled a commitment and strategy to tackle future shocks and stresses of climate change, as well as to reduce the economic and social disparities that contribute to climate vulnerability for some communities.

The Trust for Public Land’s national Climate-Smart Cities program is providing key planning and decision-making support to help the city achieve the goals laid out in Resilient New Orleans and more by leveraging the power of green infrastructure for those who need it most. Together with city and community partners, we’re bringing cutting-edge science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) planning, and innovative design to drive park, open space and green infrastructure solutions in preparing the city and its most vulnerable for a climate-resilient future.