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GLOBAL GREEN USA ANNOUNCES COMMITMENT AT CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO BRING SOLAR POWER TO COMMUNITIES DEVASTATED BY HURRICANE SANDY
IKEA US Funds First, Full-Scale "Solar For Sandy" Project In Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY Systems Will Provide Back-Up Electricity in Times of Emergency, Lower Everyday Energy Bills
CHICAGO (JUNE 13, 2013) Speaking to a global audience at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, Global Green USA today announced its Commitment to Action to implement its catalytic "Solar For Sandy"program, which will equip five or more community facilities serving low income residents in New York and New Jersey neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Sandy with grid-tied, back-up solar energy systems. Global Green's first, full-scale "Solar for Sandy" project installation will take place this Fall in Red Hook, NY, in collaboration with IKEA, the world's largest home furnishings retailer.
Global Green President and CEO Matt Petersen announced the project this afternoon onstage at CGI America. He was joined by President Bill Clinton and Tracey Kelly, who leads sustainability efforts at IKEA, the Red Hook installation's lead funder. IKEA's Red Hook, Brooklyn store and community was deeply impacted by the storm.
When Hurricane Sandy struck, many neighborhoods went without power for weeks and lacked up any back up energy capacity. While many Red Hook residents went without power for days, Global Green's new solar installation will help mitigate future power blackouts and provide expanded emergency services to the location selected. The new system will not only enable lighting, mobile phone charging, and other basic services, but will also be designed to provide critical services such as refrigeration for medicine and basic heating or cooling. Furthermore, the solar system will produce energy every day, and lower energy bills, allowing savings to go to critical services for the local neighborhood.
""Global Green's "Solar for Sandy" initiative will serve as a catalytic model for the resilient, and green rebuilding of low-lying, coastal neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Sandy,"" stated Petersen. "Through smarter, more sustainable energy systems, we can improve vulnerable infrastructure and reduce ongoing energy costs, as well as demonstrate how we create green jobs as we respond to the realities of sea level rise and climate change."
"When we learned of Global Green's Solar for Sandy project in Red Hook, we saw it as a natural fit for IKEA support. Our commitment to renewable energy has already resulted in solar array installations on 39 IKEA US locations. And since we have a store in the Red Hook, Brooklyn area, we saw first-hand the hardships that our neighbors had to endure after Hurricane Sandy. The Red Hook solar installation will provide renewable energy on an everyday basis, as well as provide essential energy needs during any future disasters,"stated Mike Ward, IKEA US president.
Located in flood zone A, the Red Hook community install is targeted for completion by October 29, 2013, the one year anniversary of the super-storm that devastated the area. Global Green USA has been working with Parsons The New School For Design to identify the partner site in Red Hook, and students will contribute design proposals for the facility and educational components. This follows a smaller-scale, pilot project from Global Green USA which is currently underway in Far Rockaway, Queens.
About Global Green USA:
Global Green USA helps the places, the people, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. After Hurricane Katrina, Global Green USA's Matt Petersen put forth a bold green rebuilding plan, the results of which were heralded by TIME Magazine as leading the way in the greening of New Orleans. Now, Global Green has turned to communities in NY and NJ devastated by Hurricane Sandy with a three- pronged plan. Global Green's initiatives also include greening of affordable housing, schools, and cities, as well as reducing waste in NY, energy use in California, and water use in New Orleans. For more information, see www.globalgreen.org, @globalgreen and like us on Facebook/globalgreenusa.
IKEA, the world's largest home furnishings retailer, was founded in 1943 in Sweden. Since that time, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design, quality and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 340 IKEA stores in 41 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, seeIKEA-USA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @DesignByIKEA, andhttp://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/.
About CGI America:
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made more than 200 commitments valued at $13.4 billion when fully funded and implemented. To learn more, visit cgiamerica.org.
For GGUSA: Tina Vennegaard, 310-581-2700 x117 [email protected]
Matt Higgins, 215-584-7883 | [email protected]
For IKEA: Mona Astra Liss, 610-834-0180 x5852 | [email protected]