YouTube Sensation Prince Ea and Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu Among Select Recipients of Global Green USA Millennium Awards

19th Annual Millennium Awards also honors Angeleno Group and JMB Realty
for Corporate Environmental Leadership in Green Building

From L to R: Stevie Wonder and family, Dr. Les McCabe, Matt Walsh, Bill Bridge, Jussie Smollett, Sharon Lawrence, Ed O’Neill.
Photo Credit: Rachel Murray/Getty Images

 

Los Angeles, June 8, 2015:  Global Green USA, with a mission to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future, recognized the tremendous advancements made in industry, media and public policy at its 19th Annual Millennium Awards on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the historic Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.  The event honored the environmental accomplishments of a select group of outstanding individuals and organizations making a profound difference in renewable energy investments and efficiency.

 

In front of 500 guests, Global Green USA’s CEO, Dr. Les McCabe, welcomed environmental luminaries, supporters and celebrities including Stevie Wonder, Ed O’Neill, Jussie Smollett and California State Treasurer John Chiang.  “We were so honored and humbled to celebrate the significant accomplishments of all our honorees at the 19th Annual Millennium Awards,” offered Dr. McCabe.  “Thanks to the hundreds of supporters who attended the event, Global Green will be able to continue its significant work creating climate resilient communities in Los Angeles, New Orleans and in other cities across the country so they can have healthier and greener homes, schools and buildings.  This would also have not been possible without our supporters who included Turf Terminators, Energy Upgrade California, VEEV and MobileCause among others.”

 

Award recipients included Archbishop Desmond Tutu via a televised acceptance speech (International Environmental Leadership Award) which was presented to the legendary human rights advocate by Empire star Jussie Smollett.  Performing artist Prince Ea (Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award) was honored for his breakout music video, “Sorry” which has over 64 million views on YouTube and is helping engage a new generation in the fight against climate change.  Daniel Weiss and Yaniv Tepper, Co-Founders of Angeleno Group (Corporate Environmental Leadership Award) received the honor for their impact investing in the renewable energy sector.  Judd Malkin and Neil Bluhm, Founders, JMB Realty (Green Building Leadership Award, accepted by Sarah Shaw) were recognized for their commitment to the construction of energy efficient buildings.  Dr. Vandana Shiva (Individual Environmental Leadership Award) was celebrated for her tireless work in promoting sustainability across the globe.  Energy Upgrade California (California Environmental Leadership Award) received its award for the initiative’s pioneering efforts in reducing energy consumption.  Finally, we honored Ibrahim AlHusseini, (Environmental Community Leadership Award) for the work his organization Full Cycle Energy Fund does in nurturing entrepreneurs and technologies in the renewable energy sector.

 

Attendees included Empire co-star Jussie Smollett; award-winning actor, award presenter and star of Modern Family, Ed O’Neill; fellow actors and presenters Matt Walsh, Sharon Lawrence and Peter Mensah; actress and dancer Laura Linda Bradley; event co-chair Cathy O’Neill; Global Green USA founder and fellow event co-chair, Diane Meyer Simon; California State Treasurer John Chiang; City of Los Angeles Chief Sustainability Officer, Matt Petersen; and environmental luminaries David Oxtoby, Michael Lerner, Warren Olney, Mary Tucker, Stuart Kaufman, Michaela Walsh, and Bernard Lietaer, among others.  A guest musical performance was given by American Idol and The Voice contestant, Adam Lasher.

 

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The Millennium Awards were established in 1996 to recognize and herald those luminaries whose lives and livelihood embody Global Green USA's mission of fostering a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future.  The Awards were designed to honor individuals and organizations who recognize the connection between humankind and nature, to celebrate their success and to inspire others to follow in their steps.  The awards are presented annually in Los Angeles.

 

Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research.  Global Green USA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods and cities as well as rebuilding communities such as those in New Orleans, New York and New Jersey which have suffered from the severe impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation.  For more information, visit globalgreen.org and follow us @globalgreen.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  David Escobar-Cambay, C4 Global Communications

Email: david@c4global.com

Tel: 310.899.2727

Global Green Releases RFP to Cities for Sustainable Neighborhood Planning

Santa Monica, CA: June 10: Global Green is seeking applications from local governments and tribal entities for the 2015 Sustainable Neighborhood Assessments.  The assistance is based on the LEED for Neighborhood Development standard, which provides a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable.

 This free assistance is being provided under a grant to Global Green from the US EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. The estimated dollar value of this technical assistance is approximately $20,000 per community. Six awards will be made through this selection process.

 Through a 3-day intensive visit and consultation, the Global Green team evaluates how the sustainability of a specific neighborhood can be enhanced through an upcoming catalytic project. Prior to the visit the team conducts an extensive review of existing plans and the existing pattern of development. During the site assessment, the team identifies the existing positive qualities of the neighborhood, consults with community stakeholders in meetings and a public workshop, and identifies major opportunities to improve neighborhood sustainability and resiliency. At the conclusion of the visit, the team presents recommendations for both physical and policy changes to the neighborhood. Ideally there is a community development or planning process underway in the community that can benefit from or integrate the recommendations.

 Good candidates are communities that have expressed an interest in integrating sustainability as part of community revitalization efforts and that can identify a neighborhood that features a "catalytic project." Examples from previous communities include affordable housing development or renovation, public housing redevelopment through Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, urban design and green infrastructure upgrades related to combined sewer overflow mitigation, light rail or bus rapid transit stations, new urban parks, eco district formation, and modifications to increase resilience to extreme weather events.

 Submissions are due July 17th.

The application can be downloaded at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/y8kktsl9bvogyat/2015_SNA_Application.docx?dl=0

For more information please contact Krista Frank at:

kfrank@globalgreen.org or 310-581-2700 x107.

GLOBAL GREEN USA LAUNCHES ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE AT MULTI-FAMILY BUILDINGS IN ALBANY, CA AIMED AT DIVERTING MORE FOOD SCRAPS FROM LANDFILL

November 13, 2014 (Albany, CA) -- Global Green has joined forces with the City of Albany, CA and members of its Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) to launch in-depth pilots in select buildings to collect valuable data, test innovative products, and support the broader rollout of food scrap recovery across the region (see a video about the pilot launch here). The system being piloted includes the use of water-resistant paper bags for compost recovery, which are anticipated to facilitate greater participation while also ensuring that composters in the region can process the waste easily into high-value soil products. Increasing the availability of compost for the region's farms can also help them reduce irrigation needs, a crucial drought-fighting measure. These efforts are part of an overall organizational mission focused on advancing smart solutions to climate change.

VOLKSWAGEN TEAMS UP WITH GLOBAL GREEN USA TO AUCTION OFF THE FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC E-GOLF IN THE U.S.

Herndon, VA ( October 13, 2014) -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) and Global Green USA today announced the auction of the first 2015 all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf. The auction, hosted online at Charitybuzz.com/vwegolf, gives bidders the opportunity to be the first owner of the brand's first all-electric model before retail sales in the United States begin later this year. Proceeds will benefit Global Green USA, a national environmental non-profit and leader in advancing smart solutions to climate change that help improve lives and protect the planet.

Global Green USA Announced as Energy Upgrade California® Grant Award Winner for Statewide Energy Management Education Program

Santa Monica, CA -- Global Green USA has been named one of a select number of community-based organizations across the state that have been awarded grants to develop and implement energy management outreach, awareness, and educational programs for its local community with an emphasis on reaching diverse and underserved populations.

GLOBAL GREEN INTRODUCES LARGEST COMPOST PILOT FOR LOS ANGELES APARTMENTS

July 9, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) -- Santa Monica-based, national environmental non-profit Global Green USA and Athens Services, one of L.A.'s largest recycling and waste services company, have joined forces to introduce food scrap recovery to more multi-family buildings, starting in Lincoln Heights. The pilot represents the largest residential building to implement food scrap collection in the city to date.

GLOBAL GREEN USA TAPS INTERNATIONAL NON-PROFIT EXECUTIVE LES McCABE, PH.D., AS PRESIDENT AND CEO

SANTA MONICA, CA (JUNE 24, 2014) -- Following an exhaustive, national six month search, Global Green USA has appointed Les McCabe, Ph.D., of The Institute for Shipboard Education as its new President and CEO effective July 1st. Today’s announcement was made by the Transition Committee of Global Green’s Board of Directors, led by Robert Bucklin, Chairman of the Board and formerly Vice Chairman of North America for Rabobank, and Transition Chair and Global Green Board Member Christiana Wyly.

Global Green USA’s 2014 Millennium Awards Honors NRG Energy’s David Crane and U.S. Green Building Council's Rick Fedrizzi

Global Green USA recognized the tremendous advancements made in industry, building, media and public policy that move the world toward a sustainable and secure future at its annual Millennium Awards that took place on Saturday, June 7th at the Fairmont Hotel. David Crane, President & CEO of NRG Energy, was honored with the Corporate Environmental Leadership Award; Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO, & Founding Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council was honored with the Individual Leadership Award.

GREEN PACKAGING IN THE BIG EASY: GLOBAL GREEN USA RELEASES VIDEO ON EARTH DAY

April 21, 2014 (New Orleans, LA) -- Global Green USA released a video today that documented a test of recyclable coated corrugated boxes for ice-packed seafood shipped through the summer heat of Louisiana at the New Orleans Fish House. The boxes were shipped to Baton Rouge to some of the New Orleans Fish House's more distant customers.

Statement on Behalf of the Los Angeles Clean Energy Coalition, regarding Mayor Garcetti's State of the City

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 10th, 2014) -- Mayor Garcetti gave his first State of the City tonight, and made strong statements in favor of advancing clean energy and sustainability measures over the next four years. He announced his intention to increase the City’s energy efficiency and renewable portfolio standard, two initiatives that members of the Los Angeles Clean Energy Coalition have been spearheading.

Global Green USA Completes 2nd Green School Makeover; Demonstrates Model for Sustainability at Green Schools National Conference

SACRAMENTO, CA ( March 28, 2014) -- Speaking at the Green Schools National Conference, Global Green USA and Pureology announced the completion of its comprehensive, student-led Green School Makeover at Boston Latin School. A panel of expert judges selected the winning school after six months of intensive outreach by educators, school districts and educational organizations, resulting in more than 450 submissions. Drawing on its green building expertise that spans more than two decades, Global Green USA provided Boston Latin School with a $75,000 grant to realize its student-created proposal of giving America’s first and oldest public school a sustainability-focused makeover.

GLOBAL GREEN USA TO KICK OFF OSCAR WEEK WITH STAR-STUDDED CELEBRATION AND MOBY CONCERT

LOS ANGELES, CA. (February 14, 2014) -- Global Green USA announced today that the award-winning musician and environmentalist Moby will take the stage as headliner at Global Green USA's 11th Annual Pre-Oscar® Party, and electronic music duo The Crystal Method will be spinning all night at one of Oscar Week's biggest events.

EIGHT CITIES SELECTED TO RECEIVE FREE NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT CONSULTATIONS UNDER THIRD YEAR OF US EPA GRANT TO GLOBAL GREEN USA

Los Angeles, CA (January 21, 2014) - Eight American communities will receive free sustainable neighborhood design consultation in 2014 from Global Green USA with the help of a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. Over the next ten months, four sustainability experts will conduct three-day visits to communities and provide comprehensive recommendations for infrastructure and policy changes aimed at helping the communities build a future that is more resource-efficient, livable, healthy, and environmentally responsible.

CHELSEA CLINTON, MARK RUFFALO AND SAM CHAMPION CONVERGE WITH LEADING ENVIRONMENTAL MAVERICKS FOR GLOBAL GREEN USA'S 14TH ANNUAL SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AWARDS

New York, December 11 - On Tuesday, December 3 Global Green USA’s 14th annual Sustainable Design Awards were held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. Hosted by Jason Silva of National Geographic, Sam Champion making his first public appearance since his Weather Channel appointment, and global clean energy entrepreneur Christiana Wyly, the sold-out event will benefit Global Green USA’s work to help the people, places and planet - notably itsSolar for Sandy resiliency initiative to provide back-up solar systems to communities that were hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.

GLOBAL GREEN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AWARDS

The 14th Annual Sustainable Design Awards were presented on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Honorees included the Clinton Foundation, accepted by Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of Clinton Foundation; Benjamin Zachary Bronfman, Impact Entrepreneur; and Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University; and Action Environmental Group. A special thanks was given to IKEA for post-Sandy efforts.

View 2013 event photos.

Global Green USA's Sustainable Design Awards were established in 1999 to recognize specific advancements in industry, building, media, organizations, and public policy. Whether they are helping to protect our air and water, eliminating weapons of mass destruction, stemming climate change, or raising the consciousness of millions, we honor the 'designs' of these leaders, who are courageous enough to make the commitment to sustainability.

Global Green USA Collaborates with IKEA US and NYC Parks to Launch 'Solar For Sandy' Initiative, Increase Resiliency of New York Community

NEW YORK (OCTOBER 23, 2013) - Global Green USA today announced that NYC Parks’ Red Hook Recreation Center in Brooklyn is the first official beneficiary of its ‘Solar For Sandy’ resiliency initiative. Designed to bring bring grid-tied, back-up solar energy systems to five or more community facilities that serve urban areas hit hardest by the superstorm, the ‘Solar for Sandy’ initiative was announced last June at the Clinton Global Initiative America. Global Green’s inaugural ‘Solar For Sandy’ installation will take place in collaboration with lead funder IKEA, the world’s largest home furnishings retailer, which has a store just a few blocks from the recreation center and with support from the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

CELEBRITY AMBASSADORS ROSARIO DAWSON AND MAGGIE GRACE HOST 9TH ANNUAL GORGEOUS AND GREEN GALA - THE GREEN GATSBY - BENEFITING GLOBAL GREEN USA

San Francisco, October 15 - On Friday, October 11, 2013, Global Green USA’s 9th annual Gorgeous and Green Gala - The Green Gatsby - was held at the LEED-certified Bently Reserve and celebrated designer eco-fashion, sustainable technologies and eco-conscious initiatives. The sold-out event raised over $350,000 from the evening’s ticket sales and live auction which will benefit Global Green USA and its ongoing efforts to help the places, people and planet in need. The event showcased Global Green's unique approach to Green Schools that integrates catalytic projects, transformative policy and cutting-edge research. 

Global Green USA's 9th Annual Gorgeous and Green Gala

On Friday, October 11, 2013, Global Green USA’s 9th annual Gorgeous and Green Gala - The Green Gatsby - was held at the LEED-certified Bently Reserve and celebrated designer eco-fashion, sustainable technologies and eco-conscious initiatives. The sold-out event raised over $350,000from the evening’s ticket sales and live auction which willbenefit Global Green USA and its ongoing efforts to help the places, people and planet in need. The event showcased Global Green's unique approach to Green Schools that integrates catalytic projects, transformative policy and cutting-edge research.

Pictures from Green Gatsby 2013

Past Gorgeous & Green Events

2012: Pictures of Gorgeous & Green 2012

2011: Green event details; the eco fashionsphotos, more photos, and even more photos!

Photos from past Gorgeous & Green events

Press release for 2011's Gorgeous & Green event

Press release from 2010's Gorgeous & Green event

Press release from 2008's Gorgeous & Green event

Press release from 2007's Gorgeous & Green event