April 21, 2017
Everything we do at Global Green to create greener homes, schools, and cities benefits the lives of People living, working, and learning in the communities--the Places--they call home. Our work improves the health and wellness of current and future generations by greening our current surroundings and protecting and preserving our environment and the Planet as a whole.
We need your support to educate and empower local residents to improve the sustainability of their neighborhoods, to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change through green urbanism strategies, and to bring models of city and neighborhood sustainability to communities across the United States that are most vulnerable to climate change.
For over 20 years, Global Green has been a leader in advancing sustainability in neighborhoods and cities with the implementation of green urbanism techniques. Through our Sustainable Neighborhood Assessments, we have assisted 29 communities across the U.S. with creating neighborhood plans that are sustainable and reflective of local priorities in an effort to improve quality of life, empower local leaders to effect policy change, and mitigate the adverse effects of climate change on current and future generations. In collaboration with a diverse set of government, nonprofit and waste-hauler partners, we are also bringing free food scrap recycling and food waste reduction education to residents of 27 apartment dwellings in California cities in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles County, resulting in 41,191 lbs of food waste diverted from landfill annually! And to date, Global Green has greened over 2,500 units of LEED-certified affordable housing, bringing healthy and environmentally friendly housing to 5,500 underserved individuals, families, and formerly homeless veterans. These green housing units have helped residents save money on their utility bills through improved efficiency and reduced the amount of carbon emissions associated with these buildings.
In an effort to improve climate resilience and mitigate the impacts of climate change, we help underserved and climate-affected communities like Katrina-devastated New Orleans, Louisiana and and Superstorm Sandy-devastated New York adapt to and prepare for the negative impacts of climate change. Our Climate Action Center, located in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, will be the first of its kind to bring climate change education and models of resiliency to the community level. Currently in the second phase of construction for building completion and occupancy, the Center will serve the Greater New Orleans region and will be a place to build awareness, share resources, and catalyze innovation, all with the goal of improving community resilience. Through our Water Wise NOLA program, we foster environmental literacy among entire communities through workshops and demonstrations to teach homeowners about rain gardens and other do-it-yourself projects that help reduce local flooding, protect water quality in the area, and improve overall resilience. In response to Superstorm Sandy, Global Green launched our Solar for Sandy initiative to increase resilience against future storms in the area through the creation of community resilience hubs with grid-tied solar power and off-grid battery backup. Global Green installed the first-ever solar with battery backup system in New York City at the Red Hook Recreation Center with the support of Ikea, and National Grid has generously supported four more installations in Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. The emergency power stored by the battery backup will provide emergency light, communications, and heat during a crisis, as well as energy savings and environmental improvements year-round.