Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Brad Pitt goes Global Green

Please forgive the second Brad Pitt post in a row, but I thought this was a story worth mentioning.

Tonight on Countdown, they did a story about how Brad Pitt has partnered with Global Green USA to help build environmentally sustainable low-income housing in the 9th ward of New Orleans.

According to Global Green's website: After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the inadequate response of the US Government, Global Green USA made a dedicated commitment to sustainable building in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. As part of that commitment, Global Green, in partnership with Brad Pitt, sponsored an international design competition during the summer of 2006, with more than 125 entries competing to design a zero energy affordable housing development in the Holy Cross Neighborhood of the Lower 9th Ward.

It was estimated that If 50,000 of the homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina were rebuilt according to the green standards of set by the design competition, residents of New Orleans would save $38 million to $56 million in energy bills every year and eliminate over 1⁄2 million total tons of CO2 – the equivalent of taking 100,000 cars off the road.

The video on the MSNBC website is worth watching.

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