Pictured together: (left -> right) Luisa and Arien – ThriveLaunch Green Business Academy graduates and co-owners of  Masadonte and Willie Autman, our Thrive Works Green Manager and the newest member of our Thrive Family, share a laugh while speaking on Loyola University’s “Water Management and Its Ecological and Societal Impacts” panel.

Willie described Arien and Luisa as “Living Proof” that Thrive’s green curriculum and programs effectively equip participants to be leaders in the green infrastructure & environmental movement.

    We had a proud Thrive Family moment last week as our new Team member, Willie Autman, spoke alongside alumni from our Green Business Academy: Arien Hall & Luisa Abballe.

    Not only were we impressed by Willie’s readiness to speak about our green workforce program on a panel (just weeks after starting with us), but we were also proud of Arien and Luisa as they have become prominent green infrastructure advocates in the New Orleans community. 

     Together, the panel discussed the complicated relationship that our city has with water and the different angles from which we are working create trust and harmony between people and their natural environment. The issue is more pressing than ever in our city and it will only be solved through collaboration, which was shown on this panel of representatives from the US Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans Sewage and Water Board, the stormwater management business sectors, and the non-profit realm (our partner, the Urban Conservancy and yours truly, Thrive New Orleans).  

     Arien and Luisa, It brings us great joy to be a continued resource and network for you as you transform New Orleans into a safer, less flooded place to live. Willie, we’re so excited that you are here to mentor the new members of the green infrastructure workforce is with intention, expertise, and empathy. You all inspire us and give us hope for our shared vision of a thriving New Orleans.

How can you get involved in Stormwater Management in New Orleans?

1. For your home:

If you are interested in getting flooding solutions on your property or just learning more about an awesome business, check out Mastodonte.

2. In the Green Workforce:

If you’re looking to open doors in your career and earn more while installing solutions to New Orleans’s flooding problems, apply today to be part of our Thrive Works Green program.

3. Through your Business:

If you’re a business owner who is interested in how Green Infrastructure can improve drainage in landscapes and prepare  your business for the future climate, learn more about our Thrive Launch Business Green Program.