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Brad Pitt’s nonprofit helps build sustainable housing, community center

84th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon - Inside

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Actors George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill attend the 84th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

It really is quite astounding the myriad ways the Academy Awards and Hollywood in general put their collective green foot forward as the big night approaches. It’s a recurring theme, as this week Global Green held their eco-positive Pre-Oscar bash, where actress Emmy Rossum wore a dress made partly out of pineapple. Across town, a slew of A-list stars hit up a Vanity Fair party, which also hosted Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge, as reported by the L.A. Times. It was the third annual event where Firth (wife of actor Colin) calls out fashion houses to create sustainable gowns for Oscar night.

Far removed from the glitz of Hollywood parties, Best Actor nominee Brad Pitt’s nonprofit organization Make It Right is dealing with environmental issues in a more hands-on fashion. FOX News in Kansas City (Pitt is from Missouri) reports this week that Make It Right is donating $2.3 million towards converting an old school that has sat dormant for more than ten years into a community center with housing, a gym and medical services.

Make It Right was also in the news recently for teaming up with the Santa Monica-based prefab-home manufacturer LivingHomes to create the C6, LivingHome’s first attempt at a prefab structure that’s both sustainable and affordable.

The collaboration between LivingHomes and Make It Right began when they came together to make plans for building 150 LEED Platinum level homes in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans post-Katrina.

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