Long Way Home is an organization that constructs homes, schools, and other buildings using trash and reusable materials in Guatemala. The organization, founded by Matt Paneitz, has also created an academy with the goal of teaching these green-building techniques to others. What makes Long Way Home unique is that they understand that putting knowledge and expertise in the hands of those they help is often a missing element in similar building initiatives. They realize that what happens after they leave is just as important as what they do while they’re there. Their work combines environmental and social conscience to create beautiful buildings and strengthen communities.