Brad Pitt teamed up with nonprofit Global Green to host the Sustainable Design Competition for New Orleans. Hurricane-ravaged New Orleans must be rebuilt, so why not rebuild it green? A wonderful idea that began as a conversation between Brad Pitt and Global Green President Matt Petersen at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2005.
And the Winners of the New Orleans Sustainable Design Competition are in! The Grand Prize went to the GREEN.O.LA Design by Matthew Berman and Andrew Kotchen of Workshop APD in NYC. It will be built in the Holy Cross Neighborhood of the 9th Ward.
What does green building mean exactly? Healthy for its inhabitants, energy efficient, water efficient, eco-friendly via recycled and sustainable materials, locally constructed, dramatically lower CO2 emissions, and ultimately smart and beautiful. See the Global Green building page and also the LEED Green Building Rating System (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the USGBC.
Global Green is the national arm of Green Cross International, the environmental organization founded by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993. Global Green’s mission is to help solve three of the greatest challenges facing humanity:
- Stemming global climate change by creating green buildings and green schools
- Eliminating weapons of mass destruction that threaten lives and the environment
- Providing clean, safe drinking water for the 2.4 billion people who lack access to clean water
Global Green created and hosts the Green Cars, Red Carpet program at the Oscars where celebrities arrive at the red carpet in hip eco-cars.
I serve on Global Green's San Francisco Committee led by the ecoFabulous Zem Joaquin. Global Green is renowned for throwing fabulous events that celebrate positive environmental leadership. Here are some recent Global Green party photos.
Save the date December 12, 2006 for a glamorous green event in San Francisco at the Bently Reserve. Details coming soon...