A Tulane class, Pathways to Urban Sustainability, has been helping us in our endeavor to address various urban environmental problems for the past few years. The students have explored new methodologies for addressing carbon offprints from backyard gardens, and are now doing the same with our rain barrel program. Rain barrels are useful because they allow us to take advantage of water that would otherwise move untreated into the pumping system. The barrels collect water for personal use, and slowly release it into the ground. This allows the water to filter back into the ground, where it can stabilize the water table and reduce the sinking that is causing so many problems in New Orleans. This is why we launched a large-scale rain barrel campaign. The rain barrels are wonderfully painted by local artists but components and installation require much effort and financial support. The Tulane students are not only gathering knowledge but are working hard to learn what it is like to work for an environmental non-profit organization- including all of the budget needs! The class decided to raise money for 100 spigots and they surpassed their goal! We are so grateful for all of the hard work they put in to fundraising this semester because this will make the barrels ready for easy installation and use in local residences.