Leviton Partners with Make It Right to Build Homes for Communities in Need

Partnership helps provide sustainable homes to those in need in New Orleans and Kansas City

Nov 11, 2013, 10:30 ET from Leviton

MELVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leviton today announced a partnership with Make It Right in an effort to build healthy and sustainable homes and buildings for residents in areas of need, including New Orleans and Kansas City. Through product donations and financial contributions, Leviton aims to advance Make It Right's vision of "people around the world living in healthy communities and affordable, high-quality, environmentally sustainable homes."

"Building this relationship with Make It Right is a perfect fit for Leviton, as it aligns with our brand purpose of helping families and supporting communities with energy efficient solutions," said Daryoush Larizadeh, Leviton's Chief Operating Officer. "Through our partnership, Leviton will be able to see communities grow while providing a deeper understanding of how our products help to make buildings safe, efficient and sustainable."

As part of its partnership with Make it Right, Leviton is donating a variety of its smart solutions, including Universal Dimmers, occupancy sensors and GFCI and AFCI receptacles among others, which will help homeowners achieve savings in energy and enhance safety. To further expand the partnership, Leviton's Mr. Larizadeh will serve on the Make It Right board of advisors, providing strategic guidance and input from years of industry experience.

Most recently, Leviton joined Make it Right's efforts in Kansas City, supporting the redevelopment of the historic Bancroft School which provides affordable housing for 150 residents and community resources featuring an auditorium, gymnasium, technology lab, job training center, medical clinic and community gardens. Access to these resources will be available to all residents of the neighborhood, resulting in a healthier, safer community. On November 9, Make It Right celebrated the completion of the redevelopment with a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome the first residents.

Make It Right was founded in 2007 by Brad Pitt after he visited New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward two years after Hurricane Katrina and witnessed the lack of rebuilding progress. Through innovative partnerships and community-led design sessions, Make It Right is working in neighborhoods across the country and educating others to change the way buildings are designed and built.

About Leviton
Leviton is the smart choice, providing the most comprehensive range of solutions to meet the needs of today's residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Leveraging more than a century of experience, Leviton helps customers create sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, and lighting energy management systems. From switches and receptacles, to daylight harvesting controls, networking systems, and equipment for charging electric vehicles, Leviton solutions help customers achieve savings in energy, time and cost, all while enhancing safety. For more information, visit www.leviton.com, http://www.facebook.com/leviton, http://twitter.com/leviton or http://www.youtube.com/Levitonmfg.

About Make It Right
Founded by Brad Pitt, Make It Right builds healthy homes, buildings and communities for people in need. All Make It Right projects are LEED Platinum certified and Cradle to Cradle-inspired – meeting the highest standards of green building. In addition to continuing its work rebuilding New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, Make It Right is also building homes and a community complex in Kansas City, Missouri and completed a 56-unit apartment building for disabled veterans in Newark, New Jersey in 2012. For additional information, visit: http://makeitright.org.

SOURCE Leviton