Projects

Planting Seeds “Cocina Abierta”

In December of 2012 Green Cities Fund sponsored a visit to Havana by a delegation of organic food experts and chefs trained at Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse Restaurant. The purpose of the trip, whose planning took almost a year, was … Continue reading

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Palma Soriano – A Clean Water Plan

Over a decade ago river restoration experts from the University of California at Berkeley began developing a clean water plan with the Palma Soriano community. Located near Santiago de Cuba in Eastern Cuba, it is a community of 80,000 rich … Continue reading

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NHA SAN ARTISTS COLLECTIVE

Established as an independent collective in 1998 by artists in Hanoi whose skill, innovation and creative spirit have established new artistic boundaries in a society moving from a tragic past to a challenging future, Nha San has nurtured artists whose … Continue reading

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OMEGA GLOBAL INITIATIVE (OGI)

The floating OMEGA system produces green energy, clean water, and healthy food while preparing coastal cities for sea-level rise—OGI makes it happen. The Vision:  With guidance from OGI, coastal cities expand production of energy, water, and food beyond the limits … Continue reading

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Vietnam Green Building Council

The Vietnam Green Building Council (www.vgbc.org.vn) was organized by Green Cities Fund founders in 2006 and is a member of the World Green Building Council.  Working with local architects and engineers, it has developed a Lotus rating system specific to … Continue reading

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Cuban Economy Project

Green Cities Fund has been at the forefront of economic innovation in Cuba, providing educational information on socially responsible enterprise as an adjunct to the state-controlled economy. Here is an article on the subject: http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/cuban_remix Here is a report by the … Continue reading

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The Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

In 1966 co-founder Tom Miller and renowned plastic surgeon Arthur J. Barsky established the Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Vietnam to  treat war-injured children. Almost 50 years later the greatly expanded Center flourishes as a national center for … Continue reading

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Eco Cuba Network

Eco Cuba Network, a 20 year old collaboration between US and Cuban environmentalists, promotes environmental interchange with Cuba, and works within both countries to implement the ideas generated by the Network. Our goals are two-fold: to create a program of … Continue reading

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Send A Piana To Havana

In 1993 Berkeley California piano tuner Ben Treuhaft was introduced by Green Cities Fund founder TT Nhu to the director of Cuba’s extraordinary National Music School, where talented youth from all over the country come to study in an open … Continue reading

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La Pena Cultural Center

Green Cities Fund co-founder Tom Miller assisted in the establishment of La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, California over 40 years ago.  The Center was founded by Chileans after the destruction of democracy and the death of Salvador Allende in … Continue reading

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Political Cartoons

Green Cities Fund has sponsored a number of educational political cartoons with noted cartoonist Khalil Bendib and others.  Among the most popular was “Play Ball” showing President Obama on the mound pitching to Fidel.  In 2012 It was presented to … Continue reading

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Cuban Humanitarian Programs

The above photo shows Cuban gay rights advocate Mariella Castro and her husband accepting Berkeley cartoonist Khalil Bendib’s “Play Ball” cartoon from Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, State Senator Loni Hancock and Green Cities co-founder Tran Tuong Nhu at a December, … Continue reading

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Cuba Music, Art and Cultural Programs

Cuba’s love of music, art and culture is renowned, and to encourage exchanges in this area Green Cities Fund has accomplished several outstanding successes. Green Cities Fund arranged for the Oscar nominated documentary and Sundance Film Festival winning documentary film … Continue reading

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Aid to Haiti: “FONDAM” – The Dallas Monnin Foundation

The Monnin family has played an integral part in Haitian culture since 1947.  Through Galerie Monnin, Haiti’s most prominent gallery, the family has introduced Haitian artists to the international art market with great success.  In 2002, the family established The … Continue reading

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Chi-Em Microfinance

Chi-Em is a small microfinance project serving ethnic minorities living in the mountains surrounding Dien Bien Phu, the remote valley in the northwest corner of Vietnam where, in 1954, the Vietnamese defeated the French colonial government. It was founded by Nathalie … Continue reading

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New Sun Road

After serving as founding director of the Vietnam Green Building Council’s founding director, Jalel Sager, obtained his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley’s Energy Resource Group.  He then established with colleagues New Sun Road, which focuses on renewable … Continue reading

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