As you may have already read or heard, Brad Pitt and Global Green have teamed up to build a green affordable housing development for residents of New Orleans' Ninth Ward. We aren't usually too interested in following celebrities and their various green pet projects (or new Prius purchases); however, for a number of reasons, this particular bit of news is especially inspiring to us. There is a lot of talk about how green building and green materials are not readily available to those with limited incomes -- so the development of affordable green housing is wonderful to see. The Daily Green has a fantastic article up about the rebirth of New Orleans and how, post-Katrina, it has become a real hub for innovative building ideas (some green, some simply practical). How about building homes on Styrofoam foundations so that they float? And offering residents homes that are healthier and more energy-efficient than the ones that they lost during the flooding? Certainly, there is so much more work to be done in New Orleans. But it is heartening to see, two years later, a bit of (green) progress being made. Read all about the wave of innovation hitting New Orleans in this LA Times article.