Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on May 19, 2008
Forget the cinematic tale of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, here’s the real-life account of Mr. Edward Norton’s recent trip to the nation’s capital. The actor, director and producer (not to mention Yale graduate) testified earlier this week before the United States House of Representatives select committee on energy independence and global warming.
Norton, an Enterprise Community Partners Board trustee, environmental activist and proponent of affordable housing, asked Congress to make a commitment towards green building for low-income families. “Green and affordable must be one and the same and we need a national commitment,” said Norton. “Low-income people and communities suffer disproportionately from housing challenges, energy costs and the effects of climate change. We can make progress on all these issues, create green jobs and lock-in long-term environmental benefits by making green affordable homes a national priority.”
Norton’s was asked to testify in the wake of the immense success of Enterprise Green Communities. The green affordable housing initiative has raised “more than $570 million invested to support 250 developments with more than 11,000 green affordable units complete or underway”, according to Multi-Housing News. The actor’s grandfather, James Rouse, is the Co-founder of Enterprise. “Most of the marginally higher costs for going green are attributable to measures that generate financial savings, such as energy- and water-efficiency features,” Norton said. “In other words, they pay for themselves.”
It seems that both of Fight Club’s Tyler Durdens (apologies for the spoiler, but there’s absolutely no excuse for not having seen this Fincher masterpiece by now) share a passion for green building. More importantly, Pitt and Norton are prepared to act on it (and not just by recycling fat into soap).
(via Multi-Housing News)