Monday, June 16, 2008

Why I love Brad Pitt

Ask any woman in the world: Brad Pitt is *hot*. I’ve been a fan since his big screen debut in “Thelma & Louise”. Then a few years back, I read an article in House & Garden magazine about his interests in gardening and green architecture – now that’s my kind of man!

Fast-forward to today: Brad Pitt has become quite the international advocate of green building. Not only is he building his own off-the-grid home in California, but he’s lending his star quality to green projects around the world.

He’s hosting a PBS series called Design: E2 (the economies of being environmentally conscious). Watch the trailer here:

In New Orleans, he’s working with several organizations to rebuild homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. As a Global Green design jury chairman, he’s helping organize a competition for architects, urban planners, and ecologists to propose solutions for re-designing New Orleans neighborhoods.

He founded Make It Right, a green rebuilding effort in the Lower 9th Ward of NOLA. Under the umbrella of MIR, The Pink Project is a vehicle for raising awareness and money for the cause. Individuals can contribute to specific portions of a house, gather a group to sponsor bigger chunks or even a whole house, or simply make a general cash donation. The Home Depot Foundation is contributing at least $7 million to MIR, and getting into the act with new eco-friendly product labeling at their stores. You Idol fans out there may recall that this project was also featured on American Idol Gives Back.

Now he’s working with Zabeel Properties and L.A.-based architecture firm GRAFT to design a five-star green resort in Dubai.

To be sure, there are other celebrities out there doing good things for the green movement: Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore ... But I confess, Brad is my favorite!

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