Samuel J. Green Charter School and Algiers Masonic Lodge - New Orleans, LA

2007 July: Six EWB-HPC members traveled to New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to design a rainwater catchment system for Samuel J. Green Charter School. The system collected and stored rainwater and runoff to provide irrigation for the butterfly garden and edible schoolyard. Eventually, cisterns were supplemented by a purification and heating system used by the school's kitchen. Not only did this allow the school to save money and recycle water, but in case of emergency, it becomes a self sufficient system for the community.

These Six EWB-HPC members also helped rebuild the Algiers Masonic Lodge, which served as the local community center before the storm.