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Vote for Volunteer IMPACT! Cool Roofs & Healthy Products

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Voting is now open for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, a prestigious award that recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project that contributes to USGBC’s vision of green buildings for all within a generation. This article highlights one of the nominees.


Paint the Town White

What happens when 250 volunteers apply white paint to over 60,000 square feet of black roofs? Carbon emissions are reduced by 13 tons, not to mention fun is had by all! Cool Roofs in Pittsburgh is an exciting collaboration between the Mayor’s Office of Service & Civic Engagement, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and the Department of Public Works. Coating the city’s roofs with this reflective white paint reduced greenhouse gas emissions, cut electricity costs, and saved tax-payer dollars!



Health Product Declaration Collaborative

The Health Product Declaration Collaborative, established in 2011 as a volunteer organization, is a customer-led initiative working in partnership with manufacturers to measurably improve the building industry’s health performance through transparency. The Collaborative’s founding members joined around a simple, bold commitment: create a product content disclosure standard to enable consumers to make informed decision about products based upon health hazard information and relieve manufacturers’ burden to comply with multiple reporting formats. Today, consumers who collectively are responsible for over $45 billion of construction projects annually have adopted the Health Product Declaration.

 Check out their project here. 

If you think these awesome volunteer efforts are worthy of the 2013 Malcolm Lewis Impact! Award, like them on Facebook by Nov. 19.


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    Colin White made 10 contributions in the last 6 months

Colin White

Community Volunteer Specialist U.S. Green Building Council

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