The U.S. Green Building Council, home of the LEED green building rating systems, has announced its commitment to help rebuild Haiti after the country was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. 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. The USGBC was involved in rebuilding efforts after a massive F5 tornado destroyed the entire town of Greensburg, Kansas as well as green rebuilding efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaks wreaked havoc on the city.
The green building organization is already familiar with the unique challenges that they will face when undertaking such a massive effort in the impoverished island nation. 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.
Rebuilding plans are already underway and as more details about the USGBC’s involvement in Haiti are released, I will be sure to provide updated information.