Love Your City Awards Celebrate Impactful Businesses and Organizations

Local gallery Studio Be was one of the Love Your City award winners. (L to R) Jeremy Tauriac, Hannah Johnson-Wilson, Elizabeth LeFrere and Erik Olivo

NEW ORLEANS – Business consultant Liz Shephard created the Love Your City Awards to “celebrate environmental and social impact achievements and empower change-makers to take on the next steps in their sustainability missions.” Or, to put it another, she wanted to honor people and businesses working to make a greener and more equitable New Orleans.

“New Orleans has been exposed to more challenges than most cities,” said Shephard. “We are on the front lines of climate change, wealth disparity and any number of public health issues. At the same time, the city is made up of resilient people, with a resilient spirit, and a sense of place that is also unparalleled to many communities. With the increasing awareness around the challenges we face, we are able to turn these challenges into opportunities to unite our community and become a more sustainable city.”
Local business and community leaders gathered for the eighth annual Love Your City Awards on Jan. 30 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Honorees ranged from Harrah’s New Orleans and Magnolia Physical Therapy to Schmelly’s Dirt Farm, purveyors of top-quality compost.

“The impetus behind the Love Your City Awards remains recognizing and praising positive change in our community,” said Shephard. “My greatest concern for New Orleans is resistance to vulnerability –  a kind of ‘digging in’ that prevents us from understanding each other and our interconnected worlds. Prior to Katrina, I believe this kind of fear of change and closed mindset was even stronger. Ten years ago, you couldn’t mention climate change in a professional setting without fearing it being too ‘political.’

“Things are changing. And what gives me hope is an increasing vulnerability and open-hearted living that the young people who stepped up on stage demonstrated Thursday night. From poetry, to dance, to spoken word – our young people were not afraid to acknowledge our challenges and discuss them. What gives me hope is the open-heartedness that everyone who attended demonstrated – the joy that was present in honoring one another despite these issues truly being grave.”

2020 Love Your City Award Winners

Culture: Studio BE

Economic Opportunity: Operation Restoration

Education: Electric Girls

Energy: HI New Orleans

Food: Schmelly’s

Health: Harrah’s New Orleans

Housing: Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative

Resource Management: CompostNOW

Stormwater Management: Green Light New Orleans

Transportation: HI New Orleans

Best in Show: GoodWood NOLA

People’s Choice: Magnolia Physical Therapy

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