USGBC Project Haiti to be Called William Jefferson Clinton Children's Center, Aiming for LEED Platinum
New York City — (Sept. 25, 2013) — Today, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) President, CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi announced that their Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action, a LEED-registered orphanage and children’s facility that USGBC will construct in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will be officially named the William Jefferson Clinton Children's Center.
The facility, aiming for LEED Platinum, has been named in honor of President Clinton in recognition of CGI’s longstanding work to engage and empower the global community to find innovative solutions to the world’s most pervasive problems, as well as his efforts following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti to foster its reconstruction as a stronger nation.
“In 2011 at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, USGBC and its partners made a commitment to creating a symbol of hope for Haiti’s thousands of orphans and forge a model of green, sustainable, resilient building practices upon which to rebuild a nation,” said Fedrizzi. “Today, as we progress toward a project groundbreaking, we are honored to name the project for the individual who helped spark the conscience of the world toward a powerful humanitarian response, including using green resilient rebuilding practices to help protect its citizens going forward.”
“Through their CGI commitment, the U.S. Green Building Council and their partners are helping to rebuild Haiti to be stronger than ever before. This remarkable project will give many Haitian children a better chance to live their best life story, and I am deeply honored by this dedication,” said President Bill Clinton.
In making the announcement, Fedrizzi was joined on stage by Gina and Lucien Duncan, Executive Director and General Director, respectively, of Fondation Enfant Jesus (FEJ), a non-denominational, non-governmental, apolitical charitable organization that operates three successful children’s facilities in Haiti, including one destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake. The William Jefferson Clinton Children's Center will be constructed to replace the FEJ facility with a culturally relevant model of sustainable and resilient construction that will be replicable throughout the nation.
The Center was designed pro bono by an all-volunteer team at HOK, USGBC’s official design partner, which integrated biomimicry to create a locally attuned and responsive building solution through which FEJ can meet the health and emotional needs of orphaned children and provide a safe and legal pathway to adoption. Upon completion, the William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center will house a health clinic, administrative offices for FEJ and a training center to educate local women on family planning, in addition to housing for 25-30 orphans at a time.
“Additionally,” said Fedrizzi, “we've revisited the project plans through the lens of USGBC’s growing human health commitment. To that end, we are partnering with Delos and its WELL Building Standard to make sure this most vulnerable population in Haiti has access to the most current thinking and technology for enabling the healthiest, most comfortable indoor environment.”
The facility is representative of USGBC members’ commitment to sustainable rebuilding throughout Haiti, which is currently home to five LEED-registered projects. Construction of the William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center will provide an invaluable opportunity for USGBC to learn about implementation of LEED in a challenging construction environment. USGBC will work with local construction firms to teach principles of resilient green design and construction that can be applied to building projects throughout the nation, which currently has few standards or guidance toward mass reconstruction.
The project also represents a deepening of USGBC’s ongoing relationship with FEJ, which continues to operate its two other facilities in Haiti, in Kenscoff and Lamardelle, providing education and health services for orphans in a nation still in crisis.
For more information on the William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center, please visit www.usgbc.org/projecthaiti.
The U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
The Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 400 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.5 billion.
CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.