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Global Green USA Announces Winner of Green Home Competition

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Winning Design Utilizes Green Building to Save Money and Reduce Carbon

Pollution; Green Principles Could Cut New Orleans' Electricity Costs by More than 50%

NEW ORLEANS, LA, August 31, 2006 - Global Green USA President Matt Petersen and design jury chairman Brad Pitt announced the winners of the Sustainable Design Competition for New Orleans today.  

"The winning design integrated the newest sustainable technologies while drawing upon the wisdom of the past," said Matt Petersen, President of Global Green USA.  "The impressive innovations show how to rebuild a healthier New Orleans. These homes, once built, will help improve the lives of families by lowering energy costs and improving the health of the residents."

If 50,000 homes were rebuilt according to the energy cost reduction goals in the competition, residents would save $38 million to $56 million EVERY year. Each sustainably designed home would also reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 11 tons per household  per year, the equivalent of taking 100,000 cars off the road.

Pam Dashiell, President of the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association served as one of the design jury members and described the role of the community process throughout the competition saying, "these green building designs breathe new life into our communities; the amount of community input was incredible." 

Global Green facilitated more than a dozen meetings to solicit community feedback over the three months of the competition.

The GREEN.O.LA Design will be built in the Holy Cross Neighborhood of the 9th Ward and Global Green is currently exploring funding partners and appropriate developers to begin construction later this year.  Thanks to a generous $100,000 contribution towards the purchase of the land in Holy Cross from Trizec Properties Inc, Global Green will be able to begin the process of acquiring the land and ultimately building the development which will include a 12 unit multi-family housing building, six single family homes and a community center.

The jury also selected two designs to receive Certificates of Excellence. The NOLA Shotgun Loft designed by Schwartz Architects received the Certificate for Excellence for Sustainability and Breathe designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple received the Certificate for Excellence for Architectural Distinction.

Brad Pitt co-sponsored the competition by helping to finance the cash prizes for the finalists and winning designs and also helping to raise the initial build funds.  Pitt was joined by competition sponsors including: CEO of Sole Technology Pierre Andre Senizergues, Suzanne Freiwald, Sean Cummings, a New Orleanian, and an anonymous donor.  Global Green USA continues to solicit financial support for the building of the winning project. The final designs of all finalists are currently viewable at

At the event Global Green announced that the public will be able to view the winning designs and register to attend the Ground Breaking Ceremony in New Orleans at The public can learn more about the green building design principles they can adopt to save money and reduce their impact on global warming.

The Sustainable Design Competition for New Orleans - Advancing the Sustainable Rebuilding of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast - combined Global Green USA's commitment to green affordable housing, sustainable cities, and climate solutions that work for communities, with Brad Pitt's passion for intelligent architecture. The idea for the competition developed from a conversation between Brad Pitt and Global Green President, Matt Petersen, at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City in September 2005. The competition is a central component of Global Green's sustainable rebuilding initiative for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, which began 10 days after the landfall of Hurricane Katrina.  This contest is an opportunity to give back to New Orleans, the birthplace of great culture, music, food, and architecture.

Global Green's Resource Center and work in New Orleans is supported by the Home Depot Foundation, Jerry and Ann Moss, donations from Global Green staff and by dozens of other individuals.  The Resource Center provides green building information for homeowners, residents, builders and architects and represents Global Green's ongoing commitment to help New Orleans rebuild a sustainable city. Global Green would like to acknowledge the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects for their tremendous help in supporting the jury process and contributing invaluable technical support.

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