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Facebook Game Promotes Green Housing for Needy Families

Nissan and Habitat for Humanity team up to raise awareness and funding for low-income green housing projects
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Who said charity can't be fun?

In an effort to raise awareness and encourage support for green housing for needy families, Habitat for Humanity and Nissan have partnered to create a Facebook game that allows you to interact with and direct Habitat for Humanity volunteers on the jobsite.

Participants can type in a command and see how the volunteers respond, with points awarded for the most creative (and applicable) entrances. And don’t worry – when the volunteers smash windows or break pipes at your behest, you won’t be setting back any actual humanitarian work.

The top 100 scorers get a personalized video from Nissan at the build site featuring volunteers pounding a nail into the structure in the name of each winner, as well as a Nissan t-shirt.

Nissan has partnered with Habitat for Humanity since 2006, taking part in the rebuilding of the Gulf states after Hurricane Katrina. Nissan-sponsored Habitat homes are equipped with many "green living" features, including low-flowing plumbing fixtures, programmable thermostats, energy-efficient fluorescent lighting, high-performance windows and ENERGY STAR® appliances.

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So far, Nissan has donated $7.5 million in grant money and donations to the organization, built 50 homes, donated 104 Nissan vehicles to help building efforts, and over 5,000 Nissan employees have volunteered. With this new Facebook app, however, the company hopes to use the power of social media to stem the tide of indifference and get a new generation involved in green, affordable building. Click here to give it a whirl!

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