Brad Sinks Cash Into Green Basketball Court


May 19 2009, Published 5:54 a.m. ET

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Brad Pitt has racked up yet more environmentally friendly Brownie points.

The actor and his brother, Doug, have just donated more than half a million dollars to make a ecologically sound arena in their hometown even more ecologically friendlier.

The O'Reilly Family Event Center in Springfield, Missouri, was already aiming for a "Silver award" for Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design (LEED).

But the building planners are going to use the cash to go after a Gold LEED award, according to the Springfield News Leader.

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The money is going to mainly be used for a basketball court, which -- in thanks for the donation -- will now be named after their grandfather William A. Pitt.

Brad's a huge environmental architecture enthusiast: he's already working on the eco homes in New Orleans, and helping design a green hotel in Dubai.

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