January 2013 Newsletter

As we did after Hurricane Katrina, Global Green USA is helping communities devastated by Sandy to rebuild greener, more resilient neighborhoods and schools. Help support our efforts, including Solar for Sandy, today.

Take Action

With the inauguration coming up, we are urging President Obama to take action to fight climate change during his second term. Join us by signing our letter to the President.

Photo Corner

In the early hours over the holiday break, construction crews were out pouring the concrete foundation for our future Community Development and Climate Action Center in our Holy Cross Project in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans.

Message from CEO Matt Petersen

Green School Makeover Competition

With a fresh start to the new year, there is always optimism about the future -- and what better way to plan for a brighter future than to help our kids? We're inviting K-12 schools across the country to enter our second Green School Makeover Competition for a chance to win $75,000 in funding, along with Global Green USA's technical assistance in seeing the plans through to completion. I visited the winner of our first competition, the Texas School for the Deaf, when they unveiled their green upgrades last spring and I'm happy to report they are already saving energy, reducing water, paper and plastic waste with the changes. You, too, can make tremendous changes at your school.

New Year, New Neighborhoods to Green

Last year, our Green Urbanism Program worked with several communities across the country on projects to green their cities with a grant from the EPA for the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. Our work was so successful, we were asked to continue and we announced the six new communitiies we will help in 2013. . . In the meantime, as our plans to build a sustainable village in New Orleans continue, a family that moved into one of our Holy Cross Project homes was profiled in The Times Picayune.

Global Green Calendar

Our friends at EarthWE are hosting an event in Los Angeles Saturday to call on President Obama to lead on climate change. "A Green Term, Mr. President" will feature art, music, yoga, and more. . . Also, save the date for our annual Pre-Oscar Party on Wednesday, February 20! More details to be announced soon! 

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