What is the most pleasant part of your community? Perhaps it is a park, a tree-lined street, or a lake that everyone enjoys because of its natural beauty. Whether large or small, every town has someplace special that is worth enhancing and protecting for years to come. Now is a great time to plan a simple environmental project to pay tribute to the beauty you find in your own hometown.
There are many types of environmental projects you can take on that don't take a lot of time but can still have great impact on your community. Here are some project suggestions.
- Adopt a park -- Help a group of young people adopt a neighborhood park. Enhance an existing park by planting wildflowers or building a butterfly garden. Ask your city parks department for information about local park beautification opportunities.
- Curb clutter -- Look no further than your own street or nearby highway to enhance your community's beauty. Many cities have adopt-a-street or -highway programs where citizens can help curb clutter by picking up litter at regular intervals.
- Conserving local wildlife -- Contact your local zoo or state park to learn more about conserving wildlife and protecting animals that are indigenous to the area.
- Protecting waterways -- Become involved in water conservation efforts for streams, wetlands and waterways in your area. Check with a local division of water resources to see how to get involved.
- School beautification -- Partner with a gardening club to plant and care for flowerbeds at a local school.
- Recycling computers -- Encourage local businesses to recycle computers and other used electronic equipment by donating them to a nonprofit organization rather than throwing them away. Ask your city's waste management division about starting or expanding a recycling program for offices.
- Neighborhood clean-up -- Volunteer with your neighborhood association to organize a neighborhood clean-up effort. Ask your city councilman to arrange for free trash pick up in support of the drive.
Don't overlook the importance of asking for support from local businesses for supplies or funding to ensure your project's success. Companies who focus their charitable giving on local communities, have provided schools with financial support for grassroots environmental projects. In fact, this spring every Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB distributed a $500 grant to a local school for an environmental project. The donations totaled $1.8 million and supported more than 3,500 environmental projects like recycling programs, clean-up efforts, nature trail projects, tree-planting programs and water initiatives.
If you've never taken on an environmental project before, don't be concerned -- it's simple to do. Pick your project, secure your resources and roll up your sleeves! Doing something, no matter how small, is better than doing nothing at all.
Courtesy of ARA Content