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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Habitat for Humanity Green

So many things about today's post make me proud on a personal level. I invite you to share my personal pride and vote today.

Green America is a fabulous organization. I was gifted a membership from my dear blog friend over at Consciously Frugal last fall and I must say it was one of the coolest gifts I've ever received. Green America sponsors the 2010 Green Grants Contest and my local Habitat for Humanity group is in the top 10 finalists. The grant nominees have demonstrated both social justice and environmental responsibility in their projects. From the nomination page:


Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County, OH builds simple, decent, affordable and energy-efficient homes in partnership with needy families. Our mission is to work with people of all faiths and all walks of life to help these families realize their dream of home ownership.

To give true meaning to these words, we will embark on a unique building project called "The House of Abraham"* - a project designed to demonstrate that religious, ethnic and racial differences are less important than the common humanity that unites us. The House of Abraham will be a new energy-efficient home sponsored entirely by Christian, Jewish, Muslim - and possibly other - faith communities in our area. No such project has been attempted in Mahoning County before!


The home will be Energy Star rated and will feature the following "green" technologies: CFL bulbs, low-flow toilets and showerheads, a programmable thermostat, advanced framing, DOW blue foam insulation, green attic and wall insulation, and high-efficiency furnaces. In addition, CREE, Inc. has agreed to provide high-efficiency LED downlights for the kitchen. Finally, this home will become the first Habitat house in Mahoning County to recycle and reuse building materials salvaged from vacant or abandoned structures through deconstruction.
It is our hope that The House of Abraham will serve as an enduring example of how different constituencies can work together toward common goals such as social justice and community improvement while being good stewards of our environment. The support from receiving this grant will make it possible for a low-income family to own a new home that is energy-efficient, beautiful, affordable, and built by the loving hands of hundreds of volunteers.



I am so tickled about the premise of the House of Abraham for several personal reasons. Religious unity and tolerance hand in hand with love of our planet and our neighbor is exactly the sort of mission that makes this world a better place. I would be honored if you'd go cast a vote for our local Habitat.

…your name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made you, (Genesis 17:5)

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