BRAD PITT BREAKS GROUND ON GREEN HOUSING PROJECT - by
Brad Pitt may be halfway around the world with his family in Prague, but on Thursday, ground was
broken on his green-housing project in New Orleans.
Pitt, 43, tells PEOPLE: "The greatest victory for me will be when the first people move into one of
these green homes – when they can put their key into that lock, sit down at the table, have dinner
with their families and live their lives. That's what we're getting closer to with this announcement
Last year, Pitt co-sponsored a competition with Global Green USA to find an affordable, Earth-friendly
plan for building housing and community centers in neighborhoods ravaged the previous year by
In August, he announced the winners of his Sustainable Design Competition for New Orleans: New York
City architects Andrew Kotchen and Matthew Berman of the firm Workshop/APD.
"Communities need to be rebuilt here and we hope this project points the way to how it can be done
using smart sustainable design," Pitt tells PEOPLE.
The actor and Angelina Jolie (who is in the Czech Republic filming Wanted) also announced Thursday
that they have donated $1 million to humanitarian groups assisting more than 4 million people affected
by the crisis in Darfur.
The gift, from their Jolie-Pitt Foundation, will go to three groups playing key roles in the Sudan
and neighboring Chad: the United Nations Refugee Agency, the International Rescue Committee and SOS
Children's Villages, according to a statement.
Jolie has met with refugees from Darfur three times. After her recent visit to the Oure-Cassoni camp,
she said she was struck by the sense of hope she encountered.