On the two-year anniversary of the earthquake that ravaged the region, the USGBC and architecture firm HOK announced plans to build a LEED Platinum orphanage facility in the Haitian capital of Port au Prince.
Project Haiti, as the initiative is called, will incorporate renewable energy sources, water harvesting, and other sustainable elements, designed to require minimal maintenance and offer excess power back to the surrounding neighborhood. The group has reached half of its funding goal of $1 million, and is still accepting donations.
A statement by the project reads:
“There are hundreds of thousands of orphans living in Haiti. Project Haiti will tell many of these children for the first time in their lives they are valued, they deserve to breathe clean air, they have the right to live in comfort and they are cared about - just like any other child, in any other place in the world. It will provide for the immediate health and emotional needs of orphans and offer a pathway to adoption.”
More details about the project are available at Arch Daily.