February 6, 2013

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Website Wins Two IMA Best in Class Awards

Website Places First in Nonprofit and Natural Environment/Green Categories

Washington, DC (February 5, 2013) – The Interactive Media Awards™ (IMA) this week recognized the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) website, and its developer, Visceral, with two Best in Class awards. GHHI placed first out of 239 entries in the “Nonprofit” category, and first out of 49 entries in “Natural Environment/Green” category.

The Best in Class award recognizes the highest standards of excellence in website design and development and honors individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement. According to IMA, the website had to achieve high marks in each of its judging criteria, which is an achievement only a fraction of sites in the competition earn each year.

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™ (GHHI), begun in 2009 as a program of the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, works nationally  in collaboration with local and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and philanthropic partners to align, braid, and coordinate funding and programs to create green, healthy, and safe homes in low-income communities. 

The GHHI website serves as a resource for families, philanthropy, federal agencies, community organizations, and others interested in helping to break the link between unhealthy homes and unhealthy children.

 "We are thrilled that the GHHI website and Visceral were awarded these very significant honors by IMA,” said Ruth Ann Norton, executive director of GHHI.  “Will Sullivan, Allegro Poggio, and the team at Visceral helped us create a site that truly represents our mission, vision and values. The GHHI website supports the work being done by GHHI sites across the country to improve health, economic and social outcomes for children and families. We look forward to making ghhi.org even more robust as we continue to add content and new features over the coming months.”

“We are excited IMA has recognized GHHI’s efforts to help people living in the communities they serve to live healthier, safer lives by identifying and fixing home health hazards,” said Will Sullivan, Visceral’s Chief Strategist. “These awards validate the creative partnership between GHHI and Visceral, and are the result of a tremendous strategic and creative effort from our joint project team.”

For the latest on GHHI’s impact on the health and safety of the families that we serve, please visit www.ghhi.org.

About the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™ (GHHI) works in collaboration with local and federal agencies, and philanthropic partners to align, braid, and coordinate funding and programs to create green, healthy, and safe homes in low-income communities nationwide.

Directed by the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (Coalition), with support from the U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Energy and national and local foundations GHHI replaces stand-alone programs with a comprehensive strategy to improve health, economic and social outcomes through an integrated housing intervention framework. GHHI has set a goal to create 100,000 green, healthy and safe homes in America’s low income neighborhoods by the year 2015.   In 2011 and 2012, the US Conference of Mayors adopted resolutions endorsing the adoption of the Green & Healthy Homes program for America’s Cities.

About Visceral

Visceral is a digital communications agency. We are strategists and storytellers who focus on working with mission-focused clients to plan, design and build online tools. Through our work, we help create solutions that make the world a better place tomorrow than it is today.

 Website: www.thisisvisceral.com. Twitter: @thisisvisceral

media inquiries

For more information about the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, and for press and communications matters, please contact:

Kaletha Henry, Senior Communications Associate

khenry@ghhi.org (443)-842-5712

To arrange an interview with our President & CEO Ruth Ann Norton, members of the media should contact:

Julie Villar, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

jvillar@ghhi.org (443)-842-5713