Welcome to the October issue of Project EverGreen Update. The organization is creating news on a variety of fronts and we’d like to share it all with you, our biggest supporters!
Please click on the headlines below to read more about our latest news and events. Thank you for your support!
Following the consideration of seven potential projects, the GreenCare for Communities partners and executive team in Fort Myers, Fla., have selected the Imaginarium Science Center, www.imaginariumfortmyers.com, as the location’s first Project EverGreen renovation project.
The Imaginarium provides hands-on exhibits, programs and activities for over 1 million guests each year including families, tour groups, school classes and visitors to the area.
In the next few months, the Imaginarium intends to collaborate with Project EverGreen and other community partners to begin work on a native plant exhibit in which visitors to the facility can learn about responsible growth, native plants, and the nutrition and irrigation necessary to sustain native species.
A shining example of adaptive reuse, the museum inhabits the historic 1950s water treatment plant site. The Imaginarium is a city landmark and a cultural resource for children and families, providing hands-on fun for everyone.
The Fort Myers program already held its first community event on July 13, 2011 with a kickoff celebration at the Lee Building Industry Association’s Annual Mixer and Table Top Event.
Cyndee Woolley, a local public relations professional and representative for Project EverGreen, will be leading the charge in the greater Fort Myers area. She helped to exhibit at the event and provided Project EverGreen water bottles as giveaway items to the event’s more than 200 attendees. Visit www.projectevergreen.com/ftmyers to find out all that is going on in the first year at our fourth GreenCare for Communities location.
Project EverGreen has a lot going on in the social media realm, so make sure you check us out and stay up to date on all of our latest news and efforts across the country. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProjectEverGreen and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ProjectEvrGreen.
We’ve received tremendous support from our friends at TruGreen this year. In the spring, TruGreen announced that it would donate $1 to Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops program for every new Facebook fan gained between April 1 and July 31 at their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TruGreen. We are pleased to announce that we received $2,653 from the effort!
GreenCare for Troops matches military families with a loved one serving overseas with a local landscape contractor or volunteer to provide free lawn care services while the family member is deployed.
Whether you’re a large contractor or simply an active citizen wanting to keep your community green and beautiful, Project EverGreen has a variety of ways to get you involved. Don’t pass up the chance to be a part of our community of volunteers and contributors.
You can donate right now to our organization at www.projectevergreen.com/how-to-help.
Would you rather give back by rolling up your sleeves? Volunteer to provide lawn care services to a military family in your area with a deployed member serving overseas. Find out more at www.projectevergreen.com/gcft.
Currently, our GreenCare for Communities programs are set up in four locations: Akron, Ohio; Milwaukee, Wis.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Fort Myers, Fla. Because funding limitations prevent us from implementing GreenCare for Communities in every city in the United States, we have designed a “Playbook” for local green industry organizations to engage their community in a public education campaign on their own.
With this Playbook, we’ll show you how to start a GreenCare for Communities program in your area from scratch. You can find the playbook at www.projectevergreen.com/playbook.
Headquartered in New Prague, Minn., Project EverGreen is a national non-profit organization representing green industry service (end-user) providers, associations, suppliers/distributors, media companies and other organizations. Project EverGreen’s mission is “To preserve and enhance green space in our communities for today and future generations.”
In late 2004, Project EverGreen launched a national media campaign to inform U.S. consumers about the positive effects of well-maintained green spaces, including lawns and landscapes, sports turf, golf courses and parks. Please go to www.projectevergreen.com for more information.