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Published:December 17th, 2011 12:07 EST
Global Green USA Dazzles San Francisco with their 7th Annual Gorgeous and Green Gala

Global Green USA Dazzles San Francisco with their 7th Annual Gorgeous and Green Gala

By Mimi Amaral

On the 6th of December, 2011, the Gorgeous and Green Gala succeeded in generating over $250,000 for Global Green USA Green Schools Program.  From the Moulin Rouge décor and fashion show to the award winning chefs and V.I.P. guests this was not an event to miss. 

Matt Petersen and Jim PetersMatt Petersen, President and CEO of Global Green, expressed his appreciation about working with Jim Peters, Manager Ford/Lincoln Communications, to launch the Green Schools Mobile App. However, Global Green`s effort does not start and stop at creating green schools.

Nadien Weiler

Over the years their initiative encompassed creating healthy-green affordable housing, green jobs, finding local solutions to climate change, creating the "Rebuild It Green Initiative," certifying projects in LEED (LEED-ND) for Neighborhood Design and much more.  To get involved and learn more about becoming green conscious go to:

Michelle BranchJim Peters also showed great enthusiasm about sponsoring the Green Schools Mobil App.  Together Jim Peters and Matt Petersen saw the opportunity to help create healthier classrooms while lowering energy bills and made it a reality. The free App. is currently available on iTunes and can be found by searching "ORC Mobile." The App. will provide a step-by-step evaluation process to measure day-lighting, temperature, indoor-air-quality, acoustics and energy quality for classrooms. 

Fashion Show

During the Gorgeous and Green evening event the winner of the Global Green USA Green School makeover competition was announced by Pureology: the winner was the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin, Texas. The Austin based school was awarded the ultimate Green School Makeover valued at $65,000 for renovations, plus an additional $65,000 for technical assistance.  Furthermore, four runner-up schools were awarded $2,500 for sustainability upgrades.

Fashion Show During the evening Nadine Weil, co-chair of Global Green, illuminated the event as hostess by wearing an eco-couture gown, designed by Oliver Tolentino, which was made of pineapple fiber. Nadine stated that, "Our goal is to demonstrate that going green can be glamorous and can enhance life to the fullest. From fuel-efficient hybrid cars to sustainably-made dresses and local organic cuisine, there is an eco-fabulous choice for every aspect of life that benefits people and the planet."

ChefsMany heart-felt statements were expressed throughout the evening such as the one by Michelle Branch.  Her sentiments began with the birth of her daughter.  She expressed, "The moment I held my daughter I thought: What kind of world will my daughter grow up in?" From that moment Michelle began the green-change by overhauling her house, planting a full garden in her yard and purchasing a few chickens to provide eggs and compost.  To follow Michelle Branch who is a globally conscious advocate, talented performer, wife and mother go to her website at:

After Branch`s performance guests were served dinner by local celebrity chefs Bill Corbett, Michael Mina and Joseph Humphrey, which was followed by a Hollywood style eco-fabulous fashion show.  The fashion show featured many unique and elegant designs showing that one does not have to sacrifice to be environmentally conscious. 

Among the designs were: A blue organic knit strapless cotton evening gown by Karen Coldwell Design, vibrant-colored gowns made up of sustainable pineapple fabric by Oliver Tolentino, and majestic designs by Mina+Olya.  Among the V.I.P. guests who attended were: Michelle Branch, CSI Miami`s Omar Miller and Gavin and Jennifer Newsom.  The evening events were embodied into a memory and provided by: Drew Altizer Photography.

Special acknowledgment to the founder of Cross Marketing, Claudia Ross, for her efforts and professionalism; and additional thanks to gift bag sponsors: Lux & Eco, Make Love Not Trash, 29 Cosmetics, Earthlust, Popchips, Fearless Chocolate, Bambootility, Green Ocean, Smock Paper, Vampour Organic Beauty and Envirosax; And Green Drinks: Numi Tea, Rutz Cellars, 360 Vodka and Mateveza Organic Ale.