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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 05/23/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION185.8MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
19,447 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 144.0 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
15,071 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $19,877 DOLLARS SAVED
$2,080,778 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 312,086 MILES NOT DRIVEN
32,670,154 YTD

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9/23/2015

10 Years After Katrina: Rebuilding Sustainably

POSTED UNDER Energy & Conservation

Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans ten years ago, destroying entire neighborhoods and displacing thousands. In the wake of such a devastating storm – a storm that could be attributed to global warming – rebuilding began shortly after.

Construction stories post-Katrina cover the good, the bad and the ugly, but one major green development stood out: Make It Right. Founded by Brad Pitt in 2007, Make It Right works to make well-designed, safe, sustainable homes that are also affordable – no small feat. The first round of homes was completed in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, one of the neighborhoods hit worst by Katrina. More than 5,363 homes were destroyed during the storm.

Through Make It Right alone, more than 100 LEED platinum-certified homes were built in this area. This project has proven you can build homes that are safe, healthy and sustainable for the same price as a conventional home – something that few believed before.

These homes are designed to include:

  • Cross-Ventilation
  • Rainwater Collection
  • Solar Panels
  • Low VOC Paints and Furnishings
  • Native Landscaping
  • Pervious Concrete

Not only are the homes eco-friendly, they’re also built to withstand any potential future storms like Katrina, and are raised to prevent flood damage. Since these homes are affordable income housing, the sustainable enhancements also help ease the cost of living, like reduced energy bills, and aid healthier living standards.

Homes aren’t the only green renovation that New Orleans saw. The Superdome was used as a shelter during the storm, housing thousands. It was also heavily damaged by Katrina, in need of serious repairs. After a $336 million renovation, the arena now includes a new LED lighting system and a new aluminum skin that improved the building’s insulation.

Make It Right has continued to expand its work across the country to areas in need. It’s also become a global resource for mixing affordable and sustainable housing. But there’s still work to be done. Inspired by the work of Make It Right? See what you can do to get involved.