Global Green USA celebrated their 3rd Annual San Francisco Benefit Party on Tuesday, December 18, 2007. Held at San Francisco’s LEED certified Bently Reserve, the event focused on green design solutions to combat climate change and other environmental issues. Proceeds from this fabulous eco friendly event benefited Global Green’s projects, including their Green Schools Initiative and the Holy Cross project, the first sustainable low-income housing community in New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward.
“Whether it is parts of San Francisco or New Orleans, our American cities are at increasing risk from climate change. These cities are leading the way in fighting global warming through sustainable design, green building and other climate action,” said Matt Petersen, President and CEO of Global Green USA. “The question is, will we let rising sea levels and increasing weather severity destroy our cities and neighborhoods, or will we act in time?”
The event, entitled “Gorgeous and Green”, included a VIP dinner catered by one of San Francisco’s premiere chefs, Joseph Humprey. Jason Lewis, Josie Maran, Jason Behr, and Mayor Gavin Newsom enjoyed a live performance in the intimate setting of the VIP Patron Dinner before the main event.
Gorgeous and Green, though a lovely title, had more of an impact as a theory than anything else. The entire party was a living and breathing example of how sustainability has never been more fresh and sexy from décor, to the eco-friendly fashion show to the food. It was a wonderful chance to show San Francisco and the rest of the word how convenient sustainability can be and with the help of San Francisco’s top PR firm, Cross Marketing, they really did an effortless job spreading the word with both local and national headlines.
Global Green chose Sillapere for the second year as head of event design. Sillapere is a green focused international design lab with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles that has been recognized by many as the leader for innovative green design concepts. Nicole Sillapere, the company’s creative leader, used a wide variety of eco savvy design techniques for Global Green’s event, proving that green can truly be powerful and sustainability can truly leave an impression.
The eco-chic fashion show was the highlight for the Gorgeous and Green crowd. Models stomped down the runway in innovative designs by Pierre Andre Senizergues, Bahar Shahpar, Kelly B., Lara Miller, Margaret O’Leary, Del Forte Denim, William Good, Cari Borja, Linda Loudermilk and Eco Citizen, an eco-chic boutique in San Francisco showing CIEL, Turk+Taylor, and Sara Shepherd. Their modern fabrics and beautiful designs were the perfect opening to the evening, showing the world that eco-friendly has never been more glamorous.
In a city synonymous with “love child”, it would make sense that a party of this caliber would be held in San Francisco where charities hold more precedence than celebrities and giving seems to be the word of the day. All proceeds Gorgeous and Green will allow Global Green USA to continue and expand important work, such as: California Green Schools Initiative and The Green Rebuilding of New Orleans.
Funds for the California Green Schools Initiative will help keep in place the $100 million in incentives for green schools. Global Green single handedly secured and created additional incentives and requirements in the ‘08 school bond measure, advanced our “Climate Solutions for Communities” initiative in the AB 32 implementation (empowering affordable housing, schools, etc. to be part of solving global warming and strengthen our inner cities), AND prepared for our Carbon Neutral Buildings bill we introduced in the state legislature.
The Green Rebuilding of New Orleans will allow for green, high performance schools. Global Green has already completed 2 of the 5 green seed energy efficient schools, and begun work on 2 additional showcase schools. It will also allow Global Green to complete their Holy Cross project, the first sustainable low-income housing community in the Lower 9th Ward. In addition, proceeds will help Global Green pioneer the use of river turbines on the Mississippi River, and launch the “Sustainable Design and Climate Action center” to not only help rebuild New Orleans but to ‘draw a line in the sand’ with global warming – the Crescent City will be the first victim to sea level rise in the US if we don’t cut GHGs significantly.
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