Global Green CEO and President Matt Petersen and New Orleans Director Beth Galante are guiding a group of young Hollywood actors, including One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols, to Grand Isle in New Orleans this week.

On Monday, June 21st, they are touring the oil spill by boat at the Bridgeside Marina. They will have lunch at the Barataria Restaurant before attempting to clean up one of the beaches. Later in the afternoon they will help a group called the Bucket Brigade with some mapping of the spill. They will also meet with fisherman and community leaders.

On Tuesday, they will return to New Orleans and will meet with city officials and tour the Global Green Holy Cross Project in the Ninth Ward built according to top energy saving standards, and meet with Global Green staff and supporters for an assessment of actions and activities.

Many TV and film industry performers and producers have been spending more time in Louisiana due to the favorable tax benefits that have incentivized film shoots and production. Many have bought homes here, or return frequently. They have become concerned about the fate of the region. These young actors here on Monday and Tuesday have ties to Louisiana, have been discussing the spill, and plan to report back to their colleagues and fans on the impact of the spill with an eye to how they might support those here in Louisiana who have hosted them so warmly during the actors’ time here.

Global Green USA is committed to helping New Orleanians rebuild a sustainable city by providing green building information for homeowners, residents, builders and architects in New Orleans, mirroring Global Green’s national and regional initiatives of “fostering a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future.” 


Green USA is a national environmental organization that merges innovative research, cutting-edge community-based projects and targeted advocacy to create a sustainable future. Global Green USA has helped green nearly $20 billion in affordable housing, school, college and municipal building construction through technical assistance, partnerships, advocacy, and education. The organization has written, and implemented green building, energy efficiency, and solar power guidelines in addition to legislation and incentives at the local, state, and federal level. It has also pioneered partnerships with countless non-profits and government agencies. Please visit for more information.

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