IDEAS For Us - Branches

Tampa Bay Branch

About This Branch

IDEAS For Us originally expanded into St. Petersburg, Florida in October of 2018. As one of our newest branches, we are excited to grow our presence in the city by organizing an IDEAS Hive meeting each month.

 

We are proud to have the backing of Florida For Good.

Environmental Challenges

  • Toxic algae blooms due to heavy nutrient run off
  • Loss of habitats and deforestation
  • Waste water flooding due to population increases and lack of infrastructure
  • Lack of clean energy within public utilities
  • Decrease in native species from urbanization and development

Get
Involved

Each month, the IDEAS For Us – Tampa Bay branch hosts eco-action projects such as tree plantings, waste clean ups, garden builds, native landscaping projets & more! Learn more by visiting the Facebook Page.

Branch
Leaders

IDEAS For Us – Tampa Bay is lead by Caroline Chomanics,  an environmental advocate dedicating her life to climate action living in the St. Pete area. 

 

To contact them, please reach out to contact@ideasforus.org.

Projects To Be Funded

Project 1: Waterway Cleanup

Objective: Combat the pollution of plastics and styrofoam along the critically polluted shorelines along the bayous and beaches of St. Petersburg.

 

 

Goal 1A: Collect as much trash as possible in the expanse of 1 mile of a polluted area.

 

Goal 1B: Mobilize volunteers to create an educational event around the shoreline restoration projects.

Project 3: Native Tree Planting

Objective: An increase in local urban populations in Tampa Bay has led to heightened levels of CO2 being expelled into the atmosphere and polluting the sea air. By increasing the native tree canopy, you can sequester thousands of tons of carbon in an urban city.

 

 

Goal 1A: Plant 200 trees within the city limits of St. Petersburg each year.

 

Goal 1B: Educate the local residents looking forward to participating in the local environmental movement while fighting air quality challenges.

 

Previous Project Highlights 2018-2019

Bayou Clean Up: In December 2018, Hive volunteers in St.Pete worked together to clean the shore of Big Bayou at Grandview Park thanks to our sponsor St.Pete For Good. We collected 136.4 lbs of trash and recyclables from this sensitive mangrove habitat!

 

 

The Big IDEAS Garden Installation: IDEAS For Us is excited to create an edible garden with the Urban Regeneration Station! The garden is in the shape of a light bulb to honor “bright ideas” for growing local food and creating regenerative environments.

 

 

Energy Action Project: In February, we welcomed Dana Whipple from Green House Solar and Air to come speak on the topic of how solar energy works and opportunities to engage in the solar energy movement in St.Pete. We learned about all of the solar panels in local parks and schools, and created our own version on eco-homes. Join us next month for a month all about sea turtles!

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