Senizergues helps rebuild New Orleans


Pierre Andre Senizergues in New Orleans to Select Winner of Architectural Design Competition for Green Rebuilding Efforts

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and action sports entrepreneur, Pierre Andre Senizergues, is in New Orleans actively involved in the rebuilding efforts alongside Global Green USA. Senizergues, a former world champion skateboarder and CEO/founder of Sole Technology Inc., parent company to etnies, eS, Emerica, Altamont and ThirtyTwo, is on the panel of judges for The Sustainable Design Competition for New Orleans, an architectural design competition launched by Global Green USA and Chairman Brad Pitt in April of this year.

Known for his dedicated passion to protect the environment and promote sustainable living, Senizergues joins other committee members who will select a winning affordable and eco-sensitive housing design this week, choosing from a group of six finalists (the concepts were unveiled on NBC’s Today Show in July). The panel of judges met on August 30 to decide the winning architect that will be fully funded to rebuild a block in the Holy Cross neighborhood in the lower 9th Ward in New Orleans that was severely destroyed and affected by Hurricane Katrina last year. The winner was announced today during a press conference. For information on the winner, Workshop/APD, please visit

“The winning design integrated the newest sustainable technologies while drawing upon the wisdom of the past, said Matt Peterson, President of Global Green USA. “The impressive innovations show how to rebuild a healthier New Orleans. These homes, once built, will help improve the lives of families by lowering energy costs and improving the health of the residents.

Along with passion for the environment and giving back, Sole Technology donated 10,000 pairs of shoes and clothing to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts last year. In addition, they are donating another 5,000 articles of clothing and shoes to New Orleans Mission, an active service provider helping the homeless and the community, in honor of the anniversary and continued relief efforts.

Senizergues himself also made a significant donation to The Sustainable Design Competition to encourage and support the importance of green building for New Orleans and overall sustainability in architectural design. Senizergues is a long-standing advocate of building green and incorporating eco-sensitive design, including the Sole Technology 75,000 square foot headquarters in Lake Forest, CA and the New York City showroom for the etnies brand.

“As a human being, I feel a strong need to act when a catastrophe hits, says Pierre Andre Senizergues, CEO/founder of Sole Technology. “I also feel it is important to follow up with any effort to make sure that your contribution is creating momentum to continue generating hope for a community. It is an honor to participate in this project as well as tangibly provide product to help those who are struggling to rebuild their lives and their neighborhoods. Giving back should not be a one time action, but a lifetime mission.