Thought-leaders, celebrity guests and corporate supporters - including eco-entrepreneur Benjamin Bronfman, Ron Bergamini of Action Environmental and Stanford professor Mark Z. Jacobson - join forces to help accelerate Global Green USA’s work in core areas of sustainability and post-disaster resiliency

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.

Environmental mavericks - including top thought-leaders, corporate partners and celebrity guests such as Chelsea Clinton, Benjamin Bronfman and Mark Ruffalo - took to the green carpet to honor the best sustainable initiatives from the past year, and celebrate Global Green USA’s mission to develop healthy, resilient communities across the country. 

"We’re thrilled with the broad support we received in New York, especially for our catalytic Solar for Sandy initiative designed to help affected communities in New York and New Jersey rebuild resiliently," said policy director Mary Luevano of Global Green USA. "We plan to continue that work well into 2014 to help key community centers be better prepared in the event of future weather-induced emergencies." 

Global Green USA Chairman Robert Bucklin also thanked the evening’s honorees for, "imagining and implementing designs to help our environmental, economic, and human recovery." Bucklin then announced the evening’s honorees which included Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, Ron Bergamini of the Action Environmental Group, eco-entrepreneur Benjamin Zachary Bronfman of Global Thermostat and Algae Systems and Stanford professor Mark Z. Jacobson- co-founder with Mark Ruffalo of The Solutions Project. 

Clinton accepted the Organizational Design Award for the Clinton Foundation’s work to fight climate changeUpon receiving the award, Clinton stated that she, "...often thinks things don’t happen, change doesn’t occur not because of a lack of interest or even will but rather because of a failure of imagination. Thank you Global Green for working with us to help imagine and then build a different future, for New York, for our country, for our world." 

In addition, Bergamini accepted the Coalition for Resource Recovery Pioneer Award on behalf of Action Environmental Group. Bronfman received theInvestment Design Award for his innovative investment strategies to fight climate change through Global Thermostat, a new technology for capturing carbon from the atmosphere and Algae Systems, a company that recycles wastewater from cities and CO2 from the atmosphere to create fuel, fertilizer and pure water. Jacobson was awarded the Policy Design Award for his work with The Solutions Project, accelerating the transition to 100% renewable energy. The award was co-presented by Mark Ruffalo and Wendy Schmidt, President of the Schmidt Family Foundation and The 11th Hour Project. 

Other notable guests included Mark Ruffalo; Sam Champion; Stephanie Abrams; Judith Light; Ken Daly, National Grid; Leilani Munter eco racecar driver, Matt Petersen, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles and newly announced Global Green Board Member, Earthbound Farm CEO Charles Sweat.

The awards were hosted by National Geographic’s Jason Silva and Global Green USA Board Member, Christiana Wyly. Silva inspired those in attendance to take action, "At this moment in history we have the imagination, the knowledge and the resources to design and create an even better world!" 

The benefit featured exclusive musical performances by multiplatinum lead singer of Skunk Anansie, SKIN. An additional highlight of the awards was Guest Auctioneer, CK Swett. Swett is one of the most celebrated auctioneers in the country - having raised over $10 million for more than 100 organizations - and did not disappoint at the event. 

Featured sponsors included: Amala, Inc, Bamboo Studio, Ecobags, Kontokosta Winery, McCormick Distilling Company, Pegasus Capital, Pureology, Samsung, Sprint, Rabobank and Turtle Island. 

About Global Green USA: 

Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the places, the people, 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 New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey -- that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. Global Green USA is the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, which was founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For more information, visit and follow us at @globalgreen.

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