October 2012 Newsletter

We still need to raise $100,000 to complete and outfit our Holy Cross Community Center in the Lower 9th Ward. Donate now to help ensure we continue to educate tens of thousands of school children, university students, professionals, elected officials, and tourists about the environment through our new center!

Take Action

Urge U.S. Senator Harry Reid to fight for continued funding for VISTAs and the AmeriCorps program, which is the domestic Peace Corps for citizens to serve communities in need (including Global Green in New Orleans, Habitat for Humanity in LA, and more). . . Help your community become more sustainable! Make sure your local or tribal government knows about Global Green's technical assistance grants we have -- thanks to funding from EPA -- to help green eight U.S. communities. Apply now (deadline is November 2).

Green Room Interviews

Our interviews with more of our Citizen Entrepreneur winners -- and Global Green staff members!

Message from CEO Matt Petersen

Community Action in New Orleans

After a lot of elbow grease and extraordinary efforts, we finally broke ground on our Community Development and Climate Action Center in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans. When I visited last week, the site was busy with bulldozers, pile drivers, and other tell-tale signs of construction. This signifies the next step in our building of a sustainable village in one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. Just over six years ago, this was an empty 1.3 acre site (home to an orphanage over 100 years ago) in the Holy Cross neighborhood. Soon it will be an 8000+ square foot facility that will educate the public through our visitor's center and offer other important services for the neighborhood. It is part of the vision I put forth for Global Green just after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 -- to adopt a neighborhood, among other important goals, and ensure the green rebuilding of New Orleans. Now, with four of the five homes sold and occupied (the fifth one remains open to visitors until the community center is completed), and the community center under construction, we are well on our way, but we still need your help. Read on...

Behind the Scenes: Global Green News

Bike sharing in the City of Santa Monica got a boost with a $500,000 grant that Global Green helped make possible.... We advised the City of Goleta on the green building ordinance they recently passed.... We conducted another pilot to test recyclable boxes and testified about advancing recycling efforts in Washington, D.C.... Two greenhouse gas-reducing bills we supported were signed by California Governor Brown and low-income communities will benefit as a result..... We sold the fourth green, solar-powered home in our Holy Cross Project in New Orleans.... We gathered leading scientists in Vieques, Puerto Rico, to help protect the health of citizens affected by sea-dumped munitions there.

On the Scene: Global Green Events

We are excited to announce honorees for our Sustainable Design Awards on December 3 in NYC: Eve Ensler (pictured at left) for the design of V-World, a sustainable farm to heal women on the Congo by healing the earth, and to celebrate the partnership with Global Green to green the City of Joy; the Rudin Family for the design and redevelopment of One Thirty West 12 Street, a residential prewar building in NY; and Greif for the design of the WaterWear backpack, used to help people throughout the world access clean water. Plus, get tickets for our Gorgeous & Green Gala in San Francisco and stay updated on all of our goings-on with our calendar of events.