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In Initiatives 08.28.2012
A snapshot of Mark's Matterhorn expedition

14 Tips for Climbing (and Moving) Mountains

Last week, I did something I had only previously dreamed of doing: I climbed the notorious Matterhorn and parts of Mont Blanc. The experience was life-changing and was made even more meaningful by the more than $22,000 I was able to raise for USGBC’s Project Haiti. Following the trip, I sent an email to all the generous donors and well-wishers who helped make this trip successful, as a reflection on everything I learned from the experience. Here are the life lessons I shared with them and...

In Initiatives 06.1.2012

Creating Green, Affordable Neighborhoods: Get Funded, Get Educated, Get Started

The benefits of green building and smarter neighborhood planning and design should be available to everyone, regardless of household income level. We know that green communities foster good health through walkable streets, transit connectivity and proximity to resources. Green building and infrastructure reduce carbon emissions and conserve energy and resources. Collectively, these green neighborhood features drive community costs down and create cohesive, active settings. Shouldn’t everyone...

In Initiatives 01.27.2012

From Devastation to Development: How Cincinnati is Working to Change the Haiti...

There are certain times and events throughout history that can be described with one word or phrase and require no further explanation. These words instantly evoke a deep sense of meaning, knowledge and even emotion. Words and phrases like: Challenger space shuttle, 9/11 and Columbine all bring to mind catastrophic events that have unfolded right before our eyes. Another word that stirs the emotions of many is Haiti. As you know, two years ago this month, Haiti was ravaged by a magnitude 7.0...

In Initiatives 01.9.2012

The Best Way to Celebrate a Wedding

I am incredibly blessed. Among other things, I met my soul mate and I’m about to get married. My mom says it is about time. My fiancée Bethany also feels very lucky… she gets to marry me, after all. Bethany is a public health statistician with Partners in Health and volunteers at a local soup kitchen every week. I’m an energy manager and green building educator and a member of USGBC’s Board of Directors. One way we’ve chosen to celebrate our upcoming marriage is to support Project Haiti. We...

In Initiatives 08.21.2012
Mark with his son, Josh, on a recent climbing expedition

Taking Project Haiti Fundraising to New Heights

Mark MacCracken, Immediate Past Chair of USGBC's Board of Directors and CEO of CALMAC Manufacturing Corporation, is embarking on an adventure that’s taken him and his 25-year-old son, Josh, to the Swiss Alps; where they are climbing the Matterhorn, one of the highest peaks in the region, and clearly the most recognizable. Each foot they climb is raising money to build USGBC’s LEED Platinum Project Haiti Orphanage & Children’s Center being designed by HOK Architects. Marisa Long: What made...

In Initiatives 05.24.2012

USGBC and Bank of America Announce Call for Applications for 2012 Affordable Green...

Program provides funding and resources to ten LEED for Neighborhood Development projects Washington, DC – (May 24, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced the opening of the 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program. The program, made possible by a $500,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, awards $25,000 cash and educational resources to developers of affordable housing who are committed to...

In Initiatives 01.12.2012

Where Were You? Haiti After the Earthquake

I’ll always remember where I was when I found out about the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. That evening, I was attending an event at the Newseum in Washington, DC, where Brian Williams of NBC News was the guest of honor. As the event was beginning, Mr. Williams stepped on stage and announced to the crowd that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake had just shaken Port au Prince. The reports were just starting to come in, but fatalities were expected to be in the thousands. His...

In Initiatives 11.30.2011

An Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program Recipient is Reimagined in San Francisco

San Francisco's largest public housing site, Sunnydale, is on its way to becoming a thriving, green and vibrant mixed-income community. Recently, its master plan received conditional approval at the LEED Gold level, one of three major checkpoints on the path to certification as a LEED for Neighborhood Development project. Re-envisioned and aptly renamed Sunnydale HOPE SF, the 50 acre project, which was originally built in 1941, will be transformed into a neighborhood of choice complete with...

In Initiatives 06.6.2012
FEJ school children being taught how to properly  brush their teeth and learning

Q & A with Gina Duncan, Executive Director of Fondation Enfant Jesus

Fondation Enfant Jesus (FEJ) is the non-profit organization that will own and run USGBC’s Project Haiti Orphanage & Children’s Center. Project Haiti is being rebuilt in the earthquake-stricken Port-au-Prince’s Delmas 41 neighborhood and its impact will go far beyond the walls of the building. The LEED Platinum facility will educate the Haitian people on how to rebuild back better and will provide a safe place for those who need it most. FEJ is dedicated to creating a nurturing and loving...

In Initiatives 02.15.2012
USGBC's Marisa Long in Haiti

Who’s Benefitting from Project Haiti?

As part of the USGBC community, you’ve been introduced to Project Haiti over the past year. You’ve heard us talk about rebuilding this orphanage and children’s center in Port-au-Prince that was destroyed in the earthquake that devastated the region just over two years ago. You know that Project Haiti is set to achieve LEED Platinum and the impact that will have – from creating jobs and teaching local Haitians how to “build back better” to providing a resilient model for rebuilding that all...

In Initiatives 01.11.2012

Two Years Later: Rebuilding a Resilient Future for Haiti

Two years ago this week, Haiti was hit by the catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 315,000 people. Today, the work to rebuild this poorest country in the Western Hemisphere has barely gotten started. According to the U.S. Department of State, the U.N. has called this earthquake the largest urban disaster in modern history, affecting 3 million people, displacing 1.5 million and creating 10 million cubic meters of rubble. Two years later, while some significant steps have been made –...

In Initiatives 10.31.2011

HOK & USGBC Working Together to Build LEED Children's Center in Haiti

USGBC's close collaborators in Project Haiti, global architectural firm HOK, have published a series of blog entries on their efforts to design the first LEED Platinum orphanage and children's center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Their pro-bono design efforts have been met with great enthusiasm, but also unique challenges. Read more about the design process for Project Haiti on HOKlife.com. HOK Volunteers Helping USGBC Rebuild Orphanage in Haiti The challenge goes far beyond a small site requiring...

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