Global Green USA provides planning, technical, and funding assistance for sustainability-focused pilot projects in Louisiana communities. They also lead outreach and education activities.
Global Green USA is the American affiliate of Green Cross International, whose mission is to respond to the combined challenges of security, poverty, and environmental degradation to ensure a sustainable and secure future. Under this framework and for nearly 20 years, Global Green USA has been a national leader in advocating for smart solutions to global warming, including green building for affordable housing, schools, cities, and communities; saving money; improving health; and creating green jobs.
Global Green USA partners with federal and local governments, the private sector, individuals, and professionals, among others, to carry out its different initiatives. Global Green is further supported by donations from individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofit partners.
Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, Global Green opened the New Orleans Regional Council, which is committed to the sustainable rebuilding of New Orleans and demonstrating green building as a solution to global warming at a broader national scale. Within this context, Global Green USA designed and constructed net-zero energy affordable buildings (five single-family homes, a 18-unit apartment building, and a community center) in the Holy Cross neighborhood of the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans. Through the NOLA Wise Program, Global Green is also helping New Orleans homeowners reduce their energy use and make their homes healthier and more comfortable by providing a home energy assessment and providing access to incentives and loans to deal with the costs of retrofitting. Additionally, within the framework of the Louisiana Wetland Action Program (LWAP), Global Green provides wetland owners with detailed information on programs, grants, and other financial incentives to support wetlands conservation and connect landowners to the appropriate program that could ultimately lead to the restoration of their wetlands.
Global Green USA has several initiatives across the country. As part of the Green Urbanism Program, Global Green works with local governments and other entities helping them create innovative and replicable policies, programs, and procedures so that sustainable practices become standard in the planning, design, construction, and operation of the built environment. Specific projects include the green building programs of the Cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and West Hollywood; the Local Government Green Building Program Guide; the West Hollywood Environmental Task Force Summary Report; and several Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) neighborhood development certified projects, such as The Holy Cross Project, Cornfields Arroyo Seco Specific Plan, and Miraflores. Global Green USA works with local businesses to consider efficiency, sustainability, and profitability. For instance, the Coalition for Resource Recovery helps businesses in New York City increase profits by transforming waste into assets. It identifies and promotes effective waste diversion technologies by conducting pilot programs with different types of wastes, such as food packaging, wholesale packaging, food waste, carpet, beverage containers, and plastic bags.
Global Green is engaged in a range of endeavors encouraging the development of green affordable housing. Examples include developing and advocating for the inclusion of green building criteria in affordable housing funding mechanisms in California, New York, and Texas. They are also participating as a national partner and technical assistance provider in the Enterprise Community Partners’ Green Communities Initiative. Global Green is author of the Making Affordable Housing Truly Affordable report, which analyzes the tax credit allocation policy for all fifty states and identifies existing green building requirements in affordable housing projects. Lastly, they are providing assistance to Habitat for Humanity on the Operation Home Delivery Program, which is rebuilding over 3,000 homes in the hurricane-devastated Gulf Coast Region.