From the Board room to class room, as recipient of the ‘Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic’ award, I urge all to green-scape America’s landscape. Specifically, as a challenge for National Green Week, inspire 'seeds of greatness' which impact a “waste not, and want not eco logical commitment.
National Green Week, a campaign which occurs during the first week in February every year in the United States, is a celebration of ‘green’ intended to teach school children about the three "R"s of the environment: recycling, reusing, and reducing waste. “By participating in National Green Week,” says my eco colleague Victoria Waters, President and Founder of the Green Education Foundation, “students learn simple decisions such as the selection of waste-free snacks and drinks can combat monumental environmental problems.”
As an opportunity for community Board rooms to connect with school rooms, this year National Green Week kicks off February 4-8; but you can choose any week from Feb. 4 through April 30 to participate. So, I encourage schools and groups alike to take this opportunity to spend time with students discussing sustainability topics and exploring ways they can make a difference. Suggested ‘green’ activities are available through the Green Education Foundation web site.
While initially, I defined ‘green’ advocacy as a result of 3 Ps – place, plant and planting strategy; and then, due to economic downturn, added ‘purchase’, buy-local. After witnessing devastation created by storms such as Sandy, I’ve presently placed emphasis on the ‘people factor’. So, during National Green Week, I encourage all to focus on enabling ‘seeds of greatness’: activities which sustain eco-healthy urban suburban communities enable people to CARE – have a perspective of conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency.”
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Side Bar – Tips for Planting Seeds of Greatness
Hitch hike onto seasonal cycles.
Conduct a site analysis.
Develop a master landscape plan.
Create bio-diverse landscapes (blend of native and non-native plants).
Be water wise.
Create layered tree/shrub shelter.
Enable ‘critter’ and ‘people’ habitats.
Create an eco-chic landscape, a space that reflects a naturalist ‘waste not and want not’ perspective.