Projects include Shrone Restoration, Pollinator Garden Planting, and more.
Objective: Install pollinator friendly gardens throughout the City of Orlando to help promote nectar reservoirs all year for birds and insects in need of habitats and food.
Objective: Bring together experts in the Solar industry to conduct workshops supporting clean energy awareness as well as workforce development.
Objective: Partner with experts conducting research in urban wetland restoration projects to combat nutrient run off challenges by planting native plants.
Objective: Expand the garden at Quest Inc. into a native food forest with healthy pollinator gardens, retention ponds, and local food sources for the community.
Objective: Create a space for environmental education free to the community, spreading awareness on environmental issues and engaging individuals in finding local solutions to global problems.
IDEAS For Us was founded in Orlando at the University of Central Florida (UCF) by Chris Castro and a group of classmates in 2008. After taking a class by famed environmental sociologist, Penelope Canan, students decided to commit to making UCF a greener and more sustainable campus. Soon, IDEAS For Us would evolve into a branch-based college club focused on action projects, rather than advocacy.
In 2011, Clayton Louis Ferrara joined Chris Castro and the decision was made to evolve the organization into an official 501c3 non-profit environmental NGO with a board of directors. Over the next decade, IDEAS For Us – Orlando has become the flagship branch of IDEAS For Us, creating over 40 different types of eco-action projects, the flagship IDEAS Hive Program, and the urban agriculture enterprise, Fleet Farming.
Here’s how you can get involved with IDEAS in Orlando:
IDEAS For Us – Orlando is led by a team of dedicated organizers who meet and plan climate action projects twice a week. Since this is the flagship branch, it is overseen by the Branch Manager: Kristin Anderson.