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From recovery to resilience
Two New Orleans systems are thriving, growing and prepared for the future.
Kathryn Ramsted, Associate Editor, District Energy
In 2018, New Orleans, La., marked the 300th anniversary of its founding. A year of events honored the city’s rich history and culture and celebrated its resilience. New Orleans’ response to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina is recognized as a shining example of that resilience, in the wake of a storm that was one of the deadliest and costliest in U.S. history. In the words of former Mayor Mitchell Landrieu, the city has
not only come back from that disaster but is rebuilding “better and stronger than before.”¹ Guided by its
2015 resiliency plan, New Orleans continues taking action to shape its future for coming generations.
Two district energy networks in the city, along with the buildings they serve, endured the wrath of
Katrina. Enwave New Orleans and the system on Tulane University’s uptown campus have, like their city,
moved from recovery to resilience. They are looking ahead – thriving, growing and ready for tomorrow.
Courtesy Enwave New Orleans.
Enwave New Orleans’ chiller plant.
Editor’s note: IDEA’s CampusEnergy2019 conference takes place Feb. 26-March 1 in New Orleans, La. Here District Energy profiles two
systems in our host city: Enwave New Orleans and Tulane University.