Hollywood’s stars will be showing up in Chevy Volts to raise funds for Global Green’s “Solar for Sandy” initiative at their annual Pre-Oscar Party on Wednesday night, February 20th at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. “Solar for Sandy” is Global Green’s plan to rebuild the communities, homes and schools destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Their solution addresses future storms with solar system generators and sustainable energy. The East Coast’s current needs are huge but Global Green President Matt Petersen is ready to help with green solar solutions.
“We’ve (Global Green) pooled our experience, especially after working in the Gulf Coast and on Hurricane Katrina. We’re supporting the communities affected by Hurricane Sandy with help to rebuild. Our Solar for Sandy initiative will install small back up generator solar systems in non profit community centers and staging areas in response to future disasters,” Petersen said. “Lowering their electricity costs is just part of the benefit when creating a model for policymakers to show this is a good investment. Particularly as we adapt to the realities of climate change,” Petersen explained. “Each solar system unit produces roughly 25 kilowatts and can store energy in special system batteries, (akin to car batteries.) In the future, before bad weather, communities could begin storing energy in these batteries in anticipation of a storm using generators that would not be knocked out along with the grid.”
Petersen is referring to the fact that although many East Coast communities had backup electricity generators in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the generators were powered by the grid. When the grid went down, so did the generators. Hence, the logic behind Global Green’s Solar for Sandy.
Citizen Entrepreneur Contest to identify Hurricane Sandy’s Green Heroes
As part of the evening’s agenda, Global Green is holding a citizen entrepreneur contest for those in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Any entrepreneur trying to rebuild their community integrating green methods and technology will be eligible to enter the contest. For the citizen entrepreneur who wins, Global Green will either seed their project with a micro-grant in the amount of $5000.00 or if in business, Global Green will offer technical assistance to get them to the next level.
According to Petersen, “Whether they’re improving their child’s school, cleaning up parks and playgrounds, or whatever they’ve chosen to do to make their community more green and healthy in the aftermath of Sandy, we’re giving $5000.00 to help them succeed.
For Petersen the goal is clear.
“Ultimately we want Congress and the government to integrate solar backup systems into the grid both to serve these communities in the future, as well as to address lowering the production of greenhouse gases,” Petersen said.
According to Petersen, solar backup systems have already been set up successfully by his group in the Congo. There, the solar generators are their primary source of energy, as the actual grid only supplies electricity sporadically.
“As we see more storm surges, it’s going to continue to affect infrastructure,” Petersen said. “The solar backup generators are part of a long term solution.”
“Humanity seems to learn more through disaster than through scientific indicators and facts,” Petersen continued. “So we are forced to look for the silver linings and see the disaster as an opportunity for solutions. Solar is a critical part of these solutions.”
Petersen’s conviction and commitment to Global Green is what makes the Hollywood green community join in and support their humanitarian / smart energy efforts.
2013 event celebrity host committee members are Helen Hunt, Sophia Bush, Michelle Branch, Dylan McDermott, Bill Maher, Walton Goggins, Moby, D.W. Moffett, Julie Delpy, Judith Light and Lucy Walker. Co-chairs are Alice Bamford, Diane Meyer Simon, Sarah Meyer Simon and Christiana Wyly.
Each of these Global Green co- chairs and committee members has served Global Green, above and beyond the norm. Most have been down in the trenches in places like Haiti, Costa Rica, New Orleans and the Gulf to help rebuild devastated communities using clean green energy and sustainable building practices endorsed by Global Green. Committee member “Politically Incorrect” talk show host Bill Maher has emceed this event several times and is very active for Global Green. In fact, nearly all the chairs and committee hosts have attended the event every year since Petersen and Sebastian Copeland co-founded the Global Green Pre-Oscar party in 2003.
Event sponsors are also long time Global Green supporters. Chevy Volt, the featured automotive sponsor, is chauffeuring celebrities and VIPS for their third year and showcasing their Chevy Spark EV, recently unveiled at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.
Global Greens’ Oscar Pre-Party’s featured retail sponsor is not only the world’s second largest sustainable fashion retailer but the planet’s largest user of organic cotton, H & M. Additional Pre-Oscar Party sponsors include 360 Vodka, Cade Estate Winery, CoolHaus, Ehlers Estate and Pureology.
Now let’s visualize this year’s event. Upon arrival, the cool tunes of DJ Shy (KIIS FM,) will be spinning in the Volt Lounge. Attendees and guests will be surrounded by ecofriendly décor and landscape design by Durie Design in collaboration with floral designer Celadon & Celery.
Headliner: Willie Nelson and Sons
The evening will start with a VIP cocktail reception at 6:30 pm, followed by an entertaining, inspirational and eco-cool patron dinner and program featuring music by Warner Bros. recording artist LP followed by KCRW’s DJ Garth Trinidad. This year’s Pre-Oscar Party headliner will be environmental activist and seven-time Grammy Award winning country singer Willie Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah.
Celebrities and activists confirmed include Emmy Rossum (Shameless), Ed O'Neill (Modern Family), Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story: Asylum), Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), Adrian Grenier (Entourage), Richie Sambora (Musical Artist/Bon Jovi), Ed Begley Jr. (Easy To Assemble), Moby (Musical Artist), Navid Negahban (Homeland), Michelle Branch (Recording Artist), Catt Sadler (E! News Host), Angela Lindvall (Model/Actress), Shanola Hampton (Shameless), Walton Goggins (Justified), LP (Recording Artist) and DJ Garth Trinidad (KCRW).
Exclusively for Examiner Readers from Global Green
Doing all they can to support awareness of the Solar for Sandy initiative, Global Green is offering two (2) free tickets for the Willie Nelson performance to be chosen by random selection from one of the first 50 people to Facebook about this event, Facebook share or retweet this Examiner article OR information about Citizen Sandy. (See http://globalgreen.org/citizensandy)
Also, with code PreOscar75, a 50% discount off the regular ticket price of $150.00 is available to readers. A limited number of VIP dinner tickets are still available for $1250.00 For more information go to: http://preoscar2013.eventbrite.com/
About Global Green USA
For more than a decade, Global Green has collaborated with the Hollywood community to raise global awareness of Smart Climate. In light of Hurricane Sandy, Global Green USA is stepping up to help the East Coast resiliently rebuild through solar systems initiatives and by greening schools and neighborhoods.
Global Green USA is also calling upon individuals in devastated communities to submit their green rebuilding ideas for their next Citizen Entrepreneur Challenge: Citizen Sandy for which they will provide seed funding and technical expertise to the winning project and finalists. Global Green is the only national environmental group headquartered in Southern California and has offices in New Orleans, New York City and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.globalgreen.org