Green Games Year 3: Global Green USA

Global Green USA has been a national leader in advocating for smart solutions to global warming including green building for affordable housing, schools, cities and communities that save money, improve health and create green jobs. Their mission is to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. As the Green Games heads into its third year, learn what Global Green has done to be a more impactful educator in the City of New Orleans…

After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the inadequate response of the U.S. Government, Global Green USA made a dedicated commitment to sustainable building in New Orleans. As part of their commitment to the sustainable rebuilding of New Orleans and demonstrating green building as a solution to global warming nationally, Global Green USA — in collaboration with Brad Pitt as jury chairman — sponsored an international sustainable design competition during the summer of 2006. More than 125 entries were received, each representing designs for a net zero energy affordable housing and community center development in the Holy Cross neighborhood of the Lower 9th Ward. The winning design selected by the jury came from Matthew Berman and Andrew Kotchen of Workshop/apd, a young NYC firm and became the basis of our Holy Cross Project. Five homes have been built, with one being used as a visitor’s center.

Today, in New Orleans, Global Green manages a number of programs all designed to be solutions to the global warming issue.

– NOLA Wise provides services to help homeowners save up to 30% on their utility bills, including professional and thorough home energy assessment, quality work from vetted contractors, and access to incentives and loans programs. This home weatherization program, done in partnership with the City of New Orleans, helps homeowners lower their energy use and make their homes healthier and more comfortable.

– Holy Cross Project is building a sustainable neighborhood in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans with affordable green housing and a community center.

– Louisiana Wetland Action Program (LWAP) engages Louisiana landowners in coastal restoration.

– Green Schools Initiative was started to create healthier classrooms and more energy efficient schools that in turn improve student performance and save money for school districts.

Learn more about their other policy efforts, and how Global Green is working to be a  more sustainability conscious organization in New Orleans by visiting their website here.