Katie Totman via Crowdrise
January 25, 2011
BENEFITING: HISTORIC GREEN
EVENT DATE: Mar 16, 2011
Historic Green began in the fall of 2007, when several leaders of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Emerging Green Builders group decided that more needed to be done on the part of the building industry to help New Orleans communities rebuild after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. An alliance was immediately created with the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, who had adopted guidelines to seek carbon neutrality by 2020 and climate neutrality by 2030. With more than 85 percent of this area’s existing homes listed on the National Historic Registry, the need to address this neighborhood in an environmentally responsible manner was real and immediate.
Historic Green has since hosted three consecutive annual “Spring Greening” events in Holy Cross. Spring Greening is a two-week event in which volunteers with special interest in historic preservation and sustainable design from around the country collaborate with community members on projects that foster green homes, green spaces, and green community. As one of the most devastated parts of New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Holy Cross and the Lower 9th Ward is being rebuilt and restored by many hands; Historic Green provides the help of volunteers in the preservation, design and construction trades.
Historic Green has blossomed into a thriving nonprofit 501c3 organization, galvanizing hundreds of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial and in-kind contributions to rebuild the Holy Cross neighborhood. Strategically, the organization stands ready to work with under-resourced communities nationwide.
All people are empowered to revitalize and sustain their communities, creating bright futures and celebrated pasts!
To assist and lead in the transformation and restoration of under-resourced communities through education and service focusing on heritage conservation and sustainable design.
Please check out www.historicgreen.org for more information.