The Issue: Reducing Utility Costs and Carbon Emissions
Home energy retrofits can greatly reduce homeowners' utility costs, energy use, and carbon emissions. Simple solutions and upgrades, such as installing a programmable thermostat, buying an efficient air conditioner, or installing low-flow showerheads, make going green easy.
The Campaign: Energy-Retrofit Workshops
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then Global Green USA can host two NOLA Wise community workshops regarding the new city recycling program and how residents can reduce their utility costs through home retrofits. NOLA Wise—a partnership among the City of New Orleans, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings program, and Global Green USA—serves to help New Orleans homeowners increase the energy efficiency of their homes. The organization's energy workshops include informational materials and energy starter gifts such as LED bulbs, dual-flush toilet kits, and faucet aerators, as well as refreshments. Each additional $200 raised will fund another NOLA Wise workshop for New Orleans residents.
To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.
Global Green USA
Global Green USA, the American affiliate of Green Cross International, works to foster a global shift toward a more sustainable future by advocating for green building projects and jobs in addition to other climate solutions. Through its community-based projects, such as NOLA Wise, Global Green helps implement environmental policy, educate hundreds of millions of people annually, and leverage billions of dollars for environmental initiatives. Currently, one of the organization's main initiatives is helping public agencies and developers of public housing create sustainable neighborhoods with LEED standards, hoping to rebuild the damaged areas of New Orleans with the environment in mind.