At the Holy Cross Project, our sustainability village in the Lower 9th Ward, we are moving towards the completion of a Community Development & Climate Action Center (CDCAC). The CDCAC will be a multi-use facility with solar battery backup that will house Global Green’s New Orleans offices, a community meeting and conference space, a visitor center, and a fresh food corner store. In case of a manmade or natural disaster, the Center’s rainwater harvesting system and backup solar power will be an integral part of response and recover in the City. Providing emergency power for refrigeration, lights, and communication, the CDCAC will serve as a lifeline for the Lower 9th Ward.
We believe that one of the most critical aspects of a sustainable community is affordable, healthy, and convenient transportation. For several years, our Policy team has worked with the City of Santa Monica to bring bike sharing to Southern California. Recognizing the need to address the growing problems of air pollution, traffic congestion, first-mile-last-mile connections to public transit, and an increasingly unhealthy population, the City is launching a Bike Share program in late 2015. We are proud to be a part of this program.
We are working with 4 low-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles to identify building, infrastructure, transportation, and open space improvements. These catalytic opportunities are then linked to the City’s newly released Sustainability Plan, providing mutually beneficial progress on city and neighborhood goals.
We travel to 8 communities each year across the United States to provide neighborhood-scale sustainable building recommendations. We meet with community stakeholders to determine needs, and city staff to orient recommendations for implementation. To date, Global Green has worked with 23 cities on this initiative.
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. The Holy Cross Project was designed for five single-family homes, an 18-unit apartment building, and a community center/sustainable design and climate action center. The goal of the project was to achieve LEED Platinum standards.