June 7, 2012

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Highlighted at 2012 Clinton Global Initiative America

GHHI selected to present CGI Commitment to Action as part of Housing Recovery Workgroup

BALTIMORE, MD, June 7, 2012—The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™ (GHHI), a national program of the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (Coalition), today gained significant national recognition at the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) annual conference in Chicago where it was featured as an innovative solution to address the nation’s housing crisis. The GHHI ‘Commitment to Action’ was presented to the members of the CGI America Housing Recovery Working Group, charged with propelling cross-sector approaches to respond to the complex challenges surrounding distressed residential properties.

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative is a social innovation that yields a high rate of return by braiding energy and health-based housing investments in low income communities nationwide. Using housing as a platform for health, GHHI replaces stand-alone programs with a comprehensive strategy to improve health, economic and social outcomes through an integrated housing intervention framework. 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.

“We are honored to have been selected by CGI America to showcase the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Commitment to Action and to have been appointed to the Housing Recovery Working Group at this year’s conference,” said Ruth Ann Norton, executive director of the GHHI. “Results from the implementation of the GHHI platform in 17 initial sites show significant savings in healthcare costs and energy consumption, as well as improved neighborhood stabilization, increased wealth retention for homeowners, and access to green jobs training and employment for local residents,” continued Norton. “We are grateful for CGI America’s and President Clinton’s commitment to catalyzing the discussions that help us find the innovative solutions, like GHHI, that will help improve the quality of life for millions of Americans.”

The GHHI Commitment to Action pledges to create 25,000 green and healthy homes and more than 1,500 green jobs over the next three years through the implementation of the GHHI platform in 25 cities nationwide, adding to the 17 communities in which it is already engaged.

Addressing housing-related health challenges has significant economic implications. American taxpayers lose hundreds of millions of dollars every year in medical bills, skyrocketing energy costs and lost wages due to inefficient and unhealthy housing conditions. Total annual costs for unhealthy housing related childhood environmental diseases are estimated to be $54.9 billion: $43.4 billion for lead poisoning, $2.0 billion for asthma, $3 billion for childhood cancer, and $9.2 billion for neurobehavioral disorders. In addition, 13 million preventable home injuries cause $222 billion in medical costs annually that disproportionally impact the elderly.

“GHHI is forging a cost-effective approach to creating safer, greener and healthier homes in the communities of greatest need and providing new opportunities for residents of those communities to build the skills they need to be part of the green economy”, says Ruth Ann Norton, executive director of the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, “Through this coordinated partnership and government innovation, we have the ability to have tremendous micro impact and equally tremendous macro influence”.

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About the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™ (GHHI) is a national program of the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning. 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. 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.

About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion. CGI’s Annual Meeting is held each September in New York City. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

About CGI America

President Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) to address economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting in June 2011, CGI America participants have made more than 100 commitments valued at $11.8 billion. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will improve the lives of three million people, create or fill more than 150,000 jobs, and invest and loan $354 million to small and medium enterprises in the United States. The 2012 CGI America meeting will take place June 7-8 in Chicago. To learn more, visit www.cgiamerica.org.

media inquiries

For more information about the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative or to arrange an interview with our President & CEO Ruth Ann Norton, members of the media should contact:

ghhi@berlinrosen.com