Check out the five local organizations in the running:
Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE) promotes stewardship of our natural resources and practical solutions to a sustainable lifestyle in order to protect water, air, and open spaces. Our grassroots programs support local residents in overcoming barriers to going green. The Community Green Grant will support our energy efficiency education program which benefits low-income families living in affordable-housing apartments. Our trained Arlington Energy Master volunteers help families improve the energy efficiency and comfort in their homes, also saving money on their utility bills. We would use the grant to provide advanced technical tools and improved communication materials for our volunteers.
Rooted in a struggling corner of Washington, DC, Common Good City Farm (CGCF) is a small, grassroots, activist organization committed to cultivating a stronger, healthier, and more sustainable community. Our urban farm provides direct nutritional support to at-risk children, parents, and seniors while provoking them to think more deeply and broadly about the intersection of food and sustainability. As the District’s urban farming leader, CGCF will offer residents a comprehensive package of backyard/courtyard vegetable garden development, educational outreach, and enrichment workshops. Residents will transform their yards into a vibrant garden space, where they can plant, raise, and harvest their own fruits, vegetables and herbs.
DC Greens connects communities to healthy food in the nation’s capital. We support school garden programs, manage the DC Farm to School Network, and run farmers’ markets food access programs in the District. This project will harness the energy of college students across D.C. and put them to work supporting teachers in school gardens across all eight wards of the city. In addition to matching students with teachers for a semester-long, garden-based experience, DC Greens will also provide monthly trainings to the cohort of interns, ensuring that they are equipped with the necessary skills to maximally support the school gardens.
Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is a non-profit, grassroots conservation organization whose goal is to maintain the water quality and scenic beauty of the Rappahannock River and its tributaries. We believe community education is an essential tool for promoting environmental awareness and protection. As a result, we lead a variety of public education programs which focus on understanding and protecting the river's unique natural, scenic and historic resources. The funds will be utilized to provide outdoor environmental education programs for Richmond County Public Schools. Funds will be spent for materials, travel expense and staff time to plan and implement these programs.
Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School is Washington D.C.’s first “green” public charter school. Our mission is to foster high levels of academic achievement among a diverse group of students by preparing them to be successful and compassionate global stewards of their communities. Our 230 students in Pre-K through 1st grade are ready to kick off the growing season with the construction of raised garden beds around the school. With support from staff, families, volunteers, and equipment funded by the Ford Community Green Grant, our school community will achieve its vision for a sustainable school garden & nutrition program.