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17 May 2013

Saint-Gobain and Youthbuild Philadelphia embark on linchpin green home renovation project in Nicetown

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May 17, 2013 Category: Oasis Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Students from YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School that will transform the dilapidated homes into models of affordable and sustainable urban
living were announced at the pep-rally style event held to announce the kickoff of the green home renovation projects in Nicetown.

Valley Forge, PA – Last week, Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, in partnership with YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School,
kicked off the sustainable renovation of two eyesore properties located at 2006 and 2007 Wingohocking Street in Philadelphia’s Nicetown neighborhood. Over
the next 10 months, approximately 120 YouthBuild Philadelphia students and the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation will transform the dilapidated homes
into models of affordable and sustainable urban living.


PHOTO: John Crowe, (starting from left) President & CEO, Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed; Dorothy Stoneman,CEO and Founder of YouthBuild USA; Simran
Sidhu, Executive Director, YouthBuild Philadelphia; Zakariyya Abdur-Rahman, President/CEO, Nicetown CDC; and Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor, City of

Beyond that, these two Wayne Junction-area homes will link together adjacent economic developments and have an enduring, positive impact on Nicetown,
Germantown and the rest of North Philadelphia. The start of this linchpin project was recognized in a ceremonial ground-breaking, followed by a hands-on
volunteer kick-off in which business executives, local dignitaries and neighbors all worked alongside YouthBuild students.

This will be the second project completed by YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School and Saint-Gobain under the three-year national partnership between the
Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation and YouthBuild USA in support of the youth development program’s national green building and job training program.

The Green Initiative program provides former out-of-school youth the opportunity to build energy-efficient homes in their neighborhoods while earning their
GEDs or high school diplomas.

PHOTO: Two students knocked down the front door of 2006 Wingohocking Street to signify the start of the second sustainable rehab project that will be
completed by YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School and Saint-Gobain.

About the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation

The Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation is committed to putting the power of its people and its products into the communities in which its employees live
and work. The Foundation believes Saint-Gobain can do well by doing good – and supporting non-profits that share a commitment to community development,
energy conservation and environmental stewardship is central to that belief.

Programs such as YouthBuild that engage youth and communities in green building and renovation align closely with Saint-Gobain’s mission to help
professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, cost-efficient and durable buildings.

Through the Foundation’s support, Saint-Gobain is helping educate future generations about sustainable building and environmental preservation through its
own example. For more information about Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation’s partnership with YouthBuild USA, please visit

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