Shortly after a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the organization would help rebuild the nation with sustainability in mind. Prior to the earthquake, members from the USGBC had visited Haiti as part of a special group that including former President Bill Clinton. The organization already had a plan in place to help increase sustainable building in the nation while providing for Haitians’ basic housing needs. However, the earthquake has changed these plans to an extent.
While the organization is still committed to green building in the nation, it is now coming from the perspective of rebuilding. With millions of tons of rubble littering the city, the immediate need is removal. The USGBC is asking for interested parties to donate machinery that can help begin to clear this rubble.
“Beyond funds for food and water, simply clearing away the rubble is a huge undertaking that must begin immediately. President Clinton has asked that we put out a call to our community for donations of machinery to help clear a path and building materials that can be used to make the most basic of structures for food distribution, hospitals and sanitary facilities.” Source: USGBC
To donate the materials and equipment needed to begin this huge rubble removal project, please call Clinton Foundation Deputy Director Ami Desai at (212) 348-5684. The USGBC is working directly with the Clinton Foundation on rebuilding efforts in Haiti.