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Habitat for Humanity’s CEO talks sustainability at historic ServiceNation Summit


Jonathan Reckford discusses sustainable building, joins Senators Obama and McCain, Governor Schwarzenegger, Mayor Bloomberg and others to promote expansion of national service

New York (September 11, 2008)—As part of the historic ServiceNation Summit that kicks off a national campaign to expand national service opportunities throughout the country, Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, brings Habitat’s message of the need for affordable housing, environmental stewardship and sustainability.

In a panel discussion sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation, Reckford will outline how sustainable building increases the affordability of homes for the families Habitat for Humanity serves and will give examples of how, through their work with Habitat affiliates across the United States, Habitat AmeriCorps members help sustain the planet and protect natural resources.

“For the past three years, AmeriCorps members in North Carolina have provided training, testing and certification services to Habitat affiliates—resulting in hundreds of Habitat homes built to certified Energy Star standards,” says Reckford. “And members at several affiliates across the country have helped to plan and implement ‘deconstruction’ programs to salvage good, usable building materials and reduce the environmental impact on our landfills.”

Habitat for Humanity is among the many member organizations of the ServiceNation Organizing Committee that support ServiceNation’s national campaign to usher in a new era of service and civic engagement throughout America.

“AmeriCorps members are a tremendous asset to Habitat for Humanity—last year alone more than 500 members built with us,” added Reckford. “An expansion of national service can only enhance Habitat’s capacity to serve more families, as we strive to align ourselves ever more closely with responsible and sustainable building practices.”

Senators John McCain and Barack Obama will also participate in the ServiceNation Summit and share their views on the role of citizenship and service during a Presidential Candidates’ Forum.

The Summit joins more than 500 distinguished leaders from U.S. business, government and leading nonprofit institutions to celebrate the ideal and power of service and to lay out a bold policy blueprint for addressing the nation’s greatest social challenges through expanded opportunities for voluntary community and national service. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will welcome Summit attendees on September 12, following the candidates’ forum on September 11. The Summit will conclude with a keynote address by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who earlier this year became the first governor to create a cabinet post dedicated to service and volunteerism.

ServiceNation currently includes 118 organizations that collectively reach some 100 million Americans and works to mobilize a grassroots movement to expand voluntary community and national service opportunities as well as promote voluntary service as a core national ideal. Visit www.servicenation.org.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built nearly 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.