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Pitt honoured for New Orleans efforts

The Fight Club star set up his Make It Right foundation in 2007, which created 13 homes in the 9th Ward, which was devastated by the hurricane four years ago, killing 1,500 people and causing more than $80 billion worth of damage.

Each property has been made with eco-friendly features such as green roofs to dramatically cut heating and cooling costs.

Pitt was handed a plaque from the U.S. Green Building Council on Thursday (24Sep09) at former U.S President Bill Clinton’s eco-awareness summit, the Clinton Global Initiative.

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The council said the actor’s foundation had created the “largest and greenest single-family community in the world”.

Speaking at the event, Pitt said, “Make It Right has exceeded my expectations. 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.

“If we had not been so blissfully naive to the potential, we would not be experiencing what we are seeing today and that is the unquantifiable joy of families returning home to the 9th Ward and returning home to something that was better than before. What the team has done here is not so exceptional. All we did was put the right people together and answer the problems as they came along and that is why we’re here today.”

Pitt is aiming to have 150 green properties developed in New Orleans by 2010.

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