Earth Friendly Products is supporting Global Green's efforts to protect human health, improve quality of life, and create a healthier environment for all. The company and its CEO, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, are committed to demonstrating leadership in product sustainability through biodegradable cleaning products and renewable energy-powered manufacturing. By donating to charitable organizations like Global Green, Earth Friendly Products is paving the way for business-driven sustainability and proving its commitment to increasing the human and environmental health of our nation’s communities.
Through a generous 5-year grant, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funded Global Green to implement our Sustainable Neighborhood Assessments (SNAs) in 29 cities across the U.S. from 2012 to 2016. As part of these assessments, our team identifies sustainability opportunities and challenges to produce policy recommendations for an individual community that are compiled in a final report used to improve neighborhood sustainability and liveability. EPA’s support of our SNAs has aided Global Green’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change on disadvantaged and climate-stricken communities and create models of sustainable neighborhood design that improves the health and quality of life for vulnerable communities across the country.
Following Global Green's commitment at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative to create five community resilience hubs in Superstorm Sandy-devastated neighborhoods, Ikea signed on to support the construction of our first "Solar for Sandy" rehabilitation project: The Red Hook Recreation Center in Brooklyn, New York. This Neighborhood Resilience Hub serves as a valuable resource to the surrounding community by providing solar power with battery backup to community members, reducing monthly utility bills and providing emergency heat, power, and light during a crisis. Thanks to Ikea’s donation, the recreation center will provide residents with a safe, centrally located hub with the technical resources required to power critical necessities during future natural disasters or power-outages.
Through a generous 3 year grant from 2016 to 2018, the JPB Foundation is funding Global Green’s Los Angeles Sustainable Placemaking Initiative. As part of this initiative, our team is bringing sustainability expertise into four L.A neighborhoods (Little Tokyo, Crenshaw Corridor, Boyle Heights, and East-Hollywood Promise Zone) in order to increase the beneficial community and environmental impacts from sustainable community-led neighborhood revitalization projects. During Year 1, the foundation’s support has enabled our team to make strides toward creating a network of sustainable neighborhoods in Los Angeles that can serve as a model for placemaking projects in other communities. Through neighborhood assessments, stakeholder engagement, and place-based technical assistance, we are helping to improve the liveability and environmental health of these four Los Angeles communities.
Loyola Marymount University (LMU) participated in Global Green’s 2016 Multi-Family Food Scrap Program. As part of the project, Global Green conducted door-to-door outreach on food waste reduction and recovery for residents of two on-campus student apartment buildings. This project helped educate LMU students about the food scrap collection program taking place on their campus and tools for food waste reduction, and was an exciting first step in the ongoing partnership between LMU and Global Green.
Since 2015, Marisla Foundation has been supporting our Los Angeles Sustainable, Equitable and Resilient Neighborhoods Initiative. Through this project, Marisla Foundation is aiding the integration of sustainability, social equity and resilience into the revitalization efforts of four Los Angeles communities (Little Tokyo, Crenshaw Corridor, Boyle Heights, and East-Hollywood Promise Zone). In addition to creating models of sustainable neighborhoods, the goals of the project include: Increased equity and resilience, energy and water savings, and improved resident health.
Since 2016, Black Fuel Trading Company, a responsibly-sourced coffee and apparel brand, has been supporting Global Green’s sustainability initiatives through monthly donations. Black Fuel is dedicated to performing beyond the direct value of consumer sales. By donating to organizations like Global Green, Black Fuel is paving the way for business-related sustainability while staying commitment towards improving the environmental health of our nation’s communities.
Since 2015, National Grid has been supporting Global Green’s "Solar for Sandy" initiative. Through this program, Global Green is creating climate-resilient, disaster preparedness hubs in communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Thanks to generous funding from National Grid, 4 community hubs will provide emergency light, heat, and power indefinitely during a crisis utilizing solar with battery backup. During the year, these upgrades will reduce monthly utility bills and provide educational opportunities for community members and local school groups.
Global Green and UC Davis are working on an exciting “Sustainable and Resilient Communities Initiative.” In support of the shared goals of UC Davis’s Energy Efficiency Institute and Global Green, the proposed project will provide real-world applications of the university's research and prototypes and establish an innovative model of neighborhood sustainability. The partnership is currently in the early development stages. Stay tuned for further project announcements and updates.
Through generous funding from the Summit Foundation , Global Green is providing strategic guidance and technical assistance to the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office to support the city’s effort in obtaining STAR communities certification. In accordance with the L.A’s goal in its first-ever Sustainability Plan, the national STAR certification will provide the city with a framework for tracking sustainability progress in eight vital target areas, including sustainability, education, workforce development, arts and culture and biodiversity. The foundation’s support is helping our team fully engage in assisting the City of Los Angeles to become the largest city to achieve Star Certification to date.
Through two charitable grants made in 2016 and 2017, the Walmart Foundation has generously supported Global Green's Food Scrap Reduction and Recycling project. In support of California’s AB 341 goal of 75% waste diversion by 2020, our project team worked with city government, nonprofit and waste-hauler partners to implement or improve waste diversion programs in 31 Northern and Southern California buildings in 2016. Through door-to-door outreach and food scrap reduction education and workshops, Global Green is empowering residents and property managers to channel their food waste into valuable assets: compost. The Walmart Foundation’s support has helped the project reach a successful diversion rate of nearly 84,401 lbs of food waste from landfills annually.