The devastation from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 inspired Global Green USA President and CEO Matt Petersen to take any action he could to assist those that lost everything. Since then, his organization has helped rebuild countless homes, green New Orleans schools and “adopt a neighborhood” while creating incredibly energy-efficient low-income housing. But Global Green USA’s efforts aren’t just in New Orleans, as the organization’s name suggests. Petersen says his mission is to help people in need while helping the environment. Currently, Global Green USA is in the process of selecting the winner of its “green school makeover” competition. The selected school will win more than $100,000 to help improve energy efficiency and lessen its footprint. “[The winner] will become a model of how we retrofit our schools,” Petersen says. “We need to see this happen across this country. Every school can be better for the environment.”

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