Five Easy Edible Plants For Florida Permaculture Gardens

Searching for easy and productive edible plants? Florida’s tropical climate makes it a perfect place to grow food all year round, but finding those successful plants to thrive in your permaculture garden can be tough. Here to solve your problems are five productive and low-maintenance edible plants to start your permaculture garden off on the… Continue reading Five Easy Edible Plants For Florida Permaculture Gardens

IDEAS For Us Guinea: Sustainable Development Progress

One of the greatest and most impactful ways in which IDEAS For Us (IDEAS) is moving towards environmental sustainability is through the work of our international branches. IDEAS is not just a movement for Orlando – it’s a global calling with a global impact in locations all over Africa and more. Today, the spotlight focuses… Continue reading IDEAS For Us Guinea: Sustainable Development Progress

Environmental Action on the University of Central Florida Campus: IDEAS For Us UCF

Mission: nowhere does the word have more meaning than when applied to IDEAS For Us (IDEAS), the nonprofit grassroots organization working to change the way we treat our environment. According to the IDEAS website, “Our mission is to develop ideas, fund action, and scale solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges” (1). This message… Continue reading Environmental Action on the University of Central Florida Campus: IDEAS For Us UCF

EcoSPEARS Technology and the Fight for Clean Water

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In today’s world of climate damage, one of the most pressing issues we have to deal with is water pollution.  Clean water and sanitation numbers sixth on the list of the United Nations’ 17 goals for sustainable development (1). One in three people worldwide are unable to access safe drinking water, and unfortunately, water pollutants… Continue reading EcoSPEARS Technology and the Fight for Clean Water

The Florida Deforestation Crisis

Deforestation. The word comes up all the time in conversations about climate change and environmental impact , but how much do most of us really know about deforestation and its true effect? National Geographic defines deforestation as “the purposeful clearing of forested land” (1). Countless forests have been cut down to make room for civilization… Continue reading The Florida Deforestation Crisis

The Case for Renewable Energy

Renewable energy has become a byword in the vocabulary of environmental activism, but the topic isn’t a simple one and there’s a lot to know – from the hard science to the politics that dominate the energy scene. That’s why IDEAS For Us and the Orlando Zero Hour chapter collaborated on a panel specifically to… Continue reading The Case for Renewable Energy

Making the Most of Pandemic Sustainability

The coronavirus pandemic has brought anxiety and uncertainty to so many parts of our lives, but IDEAS For Us (IDEAS)  continues its work to involve the community in sustainability action throughout everything. IDEAS Executive Director Clayton Louis Ferrara, Chief Operations Officer Lee Perry,  Chief Administrative Officer Caroline Chomanics, and Chief Communications Officer Ernest Calderon came… Continue reading Making the Most of Pandemic Sustainability

5 Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Halloween

If you’re like me, you practically live for Halloween, from autumn-orange yard decor and carved pumpkins everywhere to especially the heaps of candy. It’s finally the season when placing random decorations around the house is not only acceptable, but expected, and we’re all about celebrating. But Halloween is also the beginning of troubled times for… Continue reading 5 Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Halloween

Permaculture: Closing the Loop

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It’s probably safe to say that most of us live similar lives in a lot of ways: we go to the grocery store to purchase stacks of packaged foods; we water our lawns; we drop cardboard boxes and bags of leaves on the pavement for the trash pickup every week. Nobody even stops to think… Continue reading Permaculture: Closing the Loop

Vertical Gardens: Sustainability in Uganda

As urbanization accelerates, the environment deteriorates. Farmland vanishes into urban developments. It’s only natural that food production would suffer as viable farmland is absorbed into cities and towns, but how does this impact the people who live in those communities, who rely on the food produced by the farmlands that no longer exist? (1) Imagine… Continue reading Vertical Gardens: Sustainability in Uganda