WASHINGTON — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), home of the LEED green building rating systems, on Jan. 18 announced its commitment to help rebuild in Haiti after the country was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, according to The Olympian. Specific details are not yet available but the USGBC is encouraging those that can help to do so through the Clinton Foundation Haiti Relief Fund.
The USGBC has experience with rebuilding communities after natural disasters, and was involved in rebuilding efforts after a massive F5 tornado destroyed the entire town of Greensburg, KS; as well as green rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, LA, after Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaks wreaked havoc on the city.
In the spring of 2009, USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi was part of a United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti that included President Bill Clinton. Fedrizzi's knowledge of the country will be valuable as the focus switches from recovering from the earthquake to rebuilding the nation.
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