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Energy Globe Award

With more than 178 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award United States 2017

Submitted by: Global Paint for Charity, Inc.
Project: Global Paint for Charity

Global Paint for Charity is a NGO that recycles paint to change lives and beautify the underserved communities around the world.

Initial situation
Many people cannot afford to paint their houses due to poverty or natural disasters. It is estimated that 80 % of the world´s school face a dreary reality or unpainted walls, and more than 70 million families have never had access to a painted house. If paint is not disposed in the right way it can lead to serious environmental problems.

Solution
Global Paint for Charity selects paint leftovers to distribute it to people who need it. It has mobilized over 200 companies across 25 states in the U.S. and 5 countries to donate their non-consumable paint for humble cause. This is an efficient way to get rid of unwanted or unsold products while taking advantage of a tax-deductible status.

Innovation
As many as 5000 to 6000 gallons paint have been shipped at a time to 18 countries in West Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, and war-torn areas of the Middle East and beyond. GPC believes it is their mission to keep these hazardous materials out of their landfills and make this valuable resource available in areas where paint is scarce.

We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Energy Globe Awards and its aim to strengthen society’s awareness of the necessity for ecological change, by honouring outstanding best practice projects in environmental sustainability from all parts of the world. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is the official Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO) of the Republic of Austria and as a country we are proud of our success in green technologies. Our support of the Energy Globe Awards continues this tradition.

Jury-Rating
Unbelievable how many houses are not painted! This meaningful use of unneeded or unwanted paint beautifies many places and contributes to people´s happiness. The tax-deductible status reinforces future investment positively and it motivates the donors to proceed with their generosity and thus guarantees the future of this project.



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