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Winning Design Utilizes Green Building to Save Money and Reduce Carbon Pollution; Green Principles Could Cut New Orleans’ Electricity Costs by More than 50%
Global Green USA President Matt Petersen and design jury chairman Brad Pitt announced the winners of the Sustainable Design Competition for New Orleans today.
“The winning design integrated the newest sustainable technologies while drawing upon the wisdom of the past,” said Matt Petersen, President of Global Green USA. “The impressive innovations show how to rebuild a healthier New Orleans. These homes, once built, will help improve the lives of families by lowering energy costs and improving the health of the residents.”
If 50,000 homes were rebuilt according to the energy cost reduction goals in the competition, residents would save $38 million to $56 million EVERY year. Each sustainably designed home would also reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 11 tons per household per year, the equivalent of taking 100,000 cars off the road.
Pam Dashiell, President of the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association served as one of the design jury members and described the role of the community process throughout the competition saying, “these green building designs breathe new life into our communities; the amount of community input was incredible.”
About Global Green USA
Global Green USA – the American affiliate of President Gorbachev’s Green Cross International – was founded by Diane Meyer Simon in 1993. Its newly opened field office and green building resource center will serve as a focal point of green building expertise for New Orleans residents and is the face of its “Healthy Homes, Smart Neighborhoods” initiative whose Honorary National Task Force includes: Julian bond, Gen. Wesley Clark, Leonardo DiCaprio, Morgan Freeman, Lee Hamilton, Pat Mitchell and David Orr. Global Green USA has been a national leader in green building for affordable housing, schools and communities for more than a decade and has influenced more than $20 billion dollars in green construction.
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