Welcome to the February 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 links below to read more about our latest news and events. Thank you for your support!
Project EverGreen Canada played a critical role in reviving a high-profile city park in Toronto in December 2011.
After five weeks of playing host to Occupy Toronto protesters, the lawn at Toronto’s St. James Park had suffered severe damage. In fact, it was basically trampled to death.
The 7-acre site was brought back to life in just two days, thanks to project muscle and coordination from Project EverGreen Canada, in addition to the Nursery Sod Growers Association of Ontario and Landscape Ontario. More than 13,000 rolls of sod and 24 dump trucks of soil — all donated — were used to beautify the urban park. In all, over $60,000 in labor was donated to the project. More than 150 volunteers helped place the new sod.
Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops program, which pairs local volunteers and landscape contractors willing to provide free services with military families that have a loved one currently deployed overseas, is a finalist for a major distinction from the White House.
GreenCare for Troops is one of 20 finalists in the White House’s “Joining Forces Community Challenge,” which seeks to recognize organizations and citizens showing a commitment to U.S. service members. Our 8-minute video, along with the other 19 finalist submissions, describes what our program is about and how it helps our country’s bravest while they are away from home serving our country.
The public is invited to vote for which program is the most deserving of the White House’s recognition here:
Voting closes February 23, and users are allowed one vote every 24 hours, so vote often. We need your help to push GreenCare for Troops to the top!
All of us at Project EverGreen would greatly appreciate you taking 90 seconds out of your day to visit the link above, sign up as a user and vote for GreenCare for Troops.
Thanks for your support!
Project EverGreen’s “Art of Green Spaces” poster contest is back for its second year and intending to build upon the popularity of their inaugural contest in 2011 that had more than 1,300 entries from students residing in 30 states. Project EverGreen is partnering the contest again with Birds & Blooms Magazine, a Reader’s Digest publication.
The contest asks students in kindergarten through 12th grade to create a poster that exemplifies their artistic skills while describing what “green spaces” mean to them.
Submitted posters should be created on 11” x 17” paper. Any art supplies may be used to create the artwork, and all entries must include the following information with the submission (or they may not be considered for judging): full name of student, grade, school address (city, state, zip code), phone number and e-mail address. There is no cost to enter.
A panel of art teachers chosen by Project EverGreen will determine the winning posters for four age levels: kindergarten through 1st grade; 3rd grade through 6th grade; 7th grade through 9th grade; and 10th grade through 12th grade. First-, second- and third-place artists in each age group will receive Amazon gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25 respectively.
Submissions should be mailed to:
120 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 156
New Prague, MN 56071
Submissions will be accepted through March 31. Judging will take place in April, and winners will be notified in May.
For the full list of contest rules along with last year’s winning entries, visit http://www.projectevergreen.com/aogs.
Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops program has 25,000 reasons to thank Cub Cadet, a global leader in premium-quality outdoor power equipment.
This fall, Cub Cadet agreed to donate $1 to GreenCare for Troops for every new fan who “liked” the Cub Cadet Facebook page. They have already reached their goal of $25,000.
Since its inception in 2006, Cub Cadet has helped GreenCare for Troops serve more than 10,000 military families as the initiative’s sole underwriter.
Cub Cadet Facebook fans were also able to win a special GreenCare for Troops Dirt Shirt. Created by the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs host, Mike Rowe, the Dirt Shirt lists Rowe’s top 10 reasons to support the GreenCare for Troops initiative. For example, “#10: Coming home to an overgrown jungle is just not cool.” New winners were announced weekly throughout the campaign.
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.