Shaw said it will join the Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans this weekend to mark the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Shaw has been a partner of Make It Right since founder Brad Pitt established the organization in December 2007 to build 150 affordable, sustainable homes for residents of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward affected by the hurricane.
The August 28th anniversary event will commemorate the process of bringing families home to the Lower 9th Ward, one of the areas most devastated by Hurricane Katrina. In keeping with the foundation’s Cradle to Cradle design philosophy, Shaw has provided carpet featuring fully recyclable, Cradle to Cradle Silver certified Anso® nylon fiber for the first 50 homes, and is committed to providing carpet for all of the planned 150 homes.
As one of the earliest supporters of the Make It Right Foundation, Shaw’s contributions have played a vital role in the process of building affordable green homes for Lower 9th Ward residents, according to Make It Right Director of Development & Government Relations Steve Ragan. “Shaw and Make It Right share a fundamental commitment to Cradle to Cradle design and to sustainable construction. Shaw’s fully recyclable, environmentally responsible flooring products are a natural fit for the Make It Right homes.”
“We are proud to work with Make It Right to help make a difference in the lives of some of the many residents of New Orleans affected by Hurricane Katrina,” said David Wilkerson, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs for Shaw’s residential division. “In addition to providing new, affordable homes for residents of the Lower 9th Ward, Make It Right also demonstrates the social, environmental and economic benefits of sustainable housing in a model that could potentially be replicated around the world.”
The Make It Right Cradle to Cradle design philosophy and its commitment to making green housing affordable is also in keeping with Shaw’s own commitment to Sustainability through Innovation – the Shaw Green Edge, Wilkerson noted. “Whether it’s pushing the boundaries of what affordable housing design, or creating flooring products that can be recycled back into themselves time and time again, we believe innovation is the true key to sustainability,” he said.
The 5th Anniversary Celebration will feature of “A Night of Treme,” a benefit show featuring the artists and music from the highly-acclaimed HBO series Treme. House of Blues in New Orleans will host the concert on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Saturday, August 28th, and Make It Right will also a host a Community Celebration Event that same day.
Brad Pitt, Make It Right’s founder, hopes that this project will be a catalyst for recovery and redevelopment throughout the Lower 9th Ward and across the City of New Orleans. Make It Right is committed to building sustainable and affordable homes, incorporating high-quality design and construction while preserving the spirit of the community’s culture. Make It Right provides a potential model for other communities of its kind throughout the nation.
Shaw will provide the company’s stylish, recyclable Type 6 Anso nylon, for all 150 Make It Right homes. All Shaw carpets made of Type 6 nylon can be recycled back into new carpet repeatedly in a Cradle to Cradle, or Carpet to Carpet™, model at the company’s Evergreen Nylon Recycling Facility in Augusta, Ga.
For more information on the Make It Right Foundation, please visit www.MakeItRightnola.org. For more information on Shaw’s sustainability efforts, visit www.shawfloors.com/recycle.
(This article was found on TalkFloor.com)