Rebuilding Green in 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 our 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.
The Holy Cross Project was designed for five single-family homes, an 18-unit apartment building, and a community center to serve the community in the Lower 9th Ward.
Our home weatherization program with the City of New Orleans helps homeowners lower their energy use and make their homes healthier and more comfortable.
Following the BP oil spill, we worked with the community on relief efforts and then started the Louisiana Wetland Action Program (LWAP) to engage Louisiana landowners in coastal restoration.
With a grant from the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund, we embarked on greening schools in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.