US Green Building Council offers to help rebuild Haiti

Devastated Haiti could be rebuilt in more environmentally friendly way after the US Green Building Council pledged to support the work.

The council said it was 'uniquely positioned' to help in the rebuilding of the homes, schools, hospitals and infrastructure demolished in the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

The small Caribbean island was hit with a huge earthquake last week, which has destroyed its infrastructure and left many people without food, water or shelter.

Details of what the council would offer are still being decided as the rescue operation and clear up continues following the disaster which could have claimed up to 200,000 lives.

Its chief executive officer, Rick Fedrizzi, travelled to Haiti last spring with UN Special Envoy to Haiti President Bill Clinton and a small UN working group, and they have today (January 18) begun developing plans that will jumpstart the rebuilding effort.

He said: "We've also offered to work with our members to develop solutions informed by our work in New Orleans and Greensburg in the wake of the natural disasters that devastated those communities."

Mr Fedrizzi also asked people to support the Clinton Foundation Haiti Relief Fund, which has been established to help channel assistance efforts.

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Luke Walsh




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