Are you looking for a strategy to include your company or community group in “greening up” your neighbourhood? There are many wonderful methods for small groups of individuals to make a difference; all it takes is a few hours of your time, a commitment to the environment, and a few warm bodies to assist with event coordination and promotion.
Here are ten fantastic methods to rally a group and take on the task of helping your city go — and remain — green:
A vacant lot has to be cleaned up. Request assistance from your local coalition in converting it into a small park with plantings and playground equipment. Many of these properties are put up for tax sale auctions once a year in large cities, so keep a watch on your local IRS website; you might be able to raise funds for ownership!
Adopt a community! First and foremost, you’ll want to hold a major clean-up day event, so be prepared with food and rewards. Every few weeks, take a half-Friday with your team to clean up the area. Your city may even have a programme where you can receive a sign that says your organisation is responsible for keeping the neighbourhood clean!
Plant trees and flowers in the common parts of your neighbourhood, such as median strips and grassy areas along the curb. If you’re digging, make sure you phone Miss Utility first to avoid hitting a gas or water line.
Organize an event for electronic recycling. Request that attendees bring old cell phones, computers, and other equipment. Reward all of your contributors with a free barbecue, green-friendly retailer discounts, or take-home sweets.
Organize a recycling effort for newspapers and magazines. Let’s face it, most of us who work in offices simply ignore our trade journals when they arrive in the mail. Why not collect these magazines by going from office to office? Donate them to schools or libraries, or dispose of them at a recycling facility.
In your community, hold a “best yard” contest with multiple categories. Pay special attention to yards that are environmentally friendly, Green Project Funding such as those with gardens that attract bees and butterflies and those that use eco-friendly features like rain barrels.
Gather a group and plant wildflowers in unusual locations. Fill in small areas of dirt on public lands with flower-seed bombs, such as a work out patch next to an urban convenience store.
Do you live in a city where there are a lot of renovations going on? It’s a fantastic time to build ties with contractors and ask for donations of reusable debris. Those enormous 55 gallon paint pucks may be repurposed as trash cans in community centres and parks by re-decorating them. The wood would be a fantastic donation to local community theatres, gardens, and other organisations that help people build things!Organize workshops in your town and invite utility providers to participate. Invite experts to come out and explain how they can save water, electricity, and money by making easy changes.
Adopting a park is a great way to give back to the community. Invite volunteers to assist keep the park tidy twice a month in exchange for complimentary drinks and pizza. Volunteer to start a recycling programme if the park doesn’t already have one!