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8 eco-superheroes that might surprise you

By: Matt Hickman on Jan. 7, 2011, 11:30 a.m.
Brad Pitt in hardhat poses in front of poster

Photo: Associated Press

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Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt spent the 1990s primarily known as a good-looking actor. In 2007, Pitt added champion of sustainable architecture to his resume when he co-founded the Make It Right Foundation, a remarkable nonprofit that aims to build 150 affordable, eco-friendly homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, an area virtually wiped off the map by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Although the 150 mark has yet to be reached, the Make it Right community has emerged as “the largest, greenest neighborhood of single-family homes in America,” according to the U.S. Green Building Council.