Actor Brad Pitt, along with actress partner Angelina Jolie, is known for his humanitarian efforts. From the ONE Campaign against AIDS and poverty in third world countries to relief efforts in Darfur, Pitt has been a commanding force among celebrity activists.
Last Thursday, Pitt was recognized for his efforts to rebuild New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina at the Clinton Global Initiative. Through his Make It Right Foundation, he used his knowledge and love of architecture to build sustainable, affordable housing in the city.
During the annual event, organized by former President Clinton, Pitt spoke of his initiative’s efforts, including the goal of building 150 new homes by next year.
Thirteen homes have been completed for homeless families so far.
He is working closely with Global Green USA, as well as thirteen other firms, to fulfill this goal. Many of the businesses are donating their work, and Pitt himself has donated $5 million to the project.
Philanthropist Steve Bing has contributed the same amount.
The eco-friendly homes, which feature solar panels, are expected to eventually have no utility costs.
“Our criteria from the beginning were at odds, to say the least. We demanded that these homes be sustainable, that they have aesthetic qualities … that they be storm resilient and take safety in mind of the families who live there and that they would be affordable,” says Pitt.
He also says that the foundation has exceeded his own expectations.
Pitt has also worked for global health issues and earthquake relief. Along with Jolie, he has created the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which has benefited humanitarian groups such as Doctors Without Borders, Global Action for Children, the Daniel Pearl Foundation and a U.N. refugee agency.