Global Green USA marked the 4th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by continuing to rebuild the city green. Currently, it runs three projects in New Orleans: the Holy Cross Project, Green School and Build it Back Green.
The Holy Cross Project
The Holy Cross Project is a sustainable village in the Lower Ninth Ward that is being built with the support of The Home Depot Foundation. More than 5,000 visitors have already toured the first model green home and learned about affordable green building. Recently, two additional homes were completed.
The project will not only provide green homes and services for the community, but it has already provided invaluable training in green building techniques to local architects, contractors and builders.
Thanks to the Bush Clinton Katrina Foundation, Global Green has helped thousands of students and families benefit from green schools, which demonstrate the latest developments in water and energy conservation. Global Green has completed energy saving retrofits on four Green Seed Schools with estimated savings of $22,000 per year.
Global Green is also helping build new green schools. Construction on a new high school and an elementary school is in progress. Each school will have solar panels, a wetland habitat and rainwater cisterns. In addition, 10 new “Green” schools, of LEED certified standard, are being built in New Orleans.
Build It Back Green
Launched in the fall of 2008, the Build it Back Green (BIBG) initiative works at the community level to inform local homeowners that simple energy efficiency upgrades can lead to significant cost savings and substantial air quality improvements.
Global Green staff visit local events and festivals to answer questions about green products, weatherization techniques, energy output and green jobs. Staff also visit homes to provide customized energy efficiency upgrade recommendations. The program also offers educational materials on state and federal incentives for green building.