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IDEAS For Us (IDEAS) is an Orlando-based 501(c)(3) grassroots non-profit organization and accredited NGO of the United Nations. IDEAS creates global environmental solutions through local action.

Harvest Festival Brought To You By IDEAS For US

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 5, 2022) – IDEAS For Us (IDEAS) began in 2008 as a group of innovative UCF students who wanted to advance sustainability on university campuses and communities around the world. Since then, it has grown into a global non-profit focused on real action, not just advocacy, to solve environmental challenges. IDEAS For Us has been working within the Parramore, West Orlando community for years now, through its Fleet Farming urban agriculture program. Fleet Farming promotes food sovereignty and food security through community and school gardens. Through a partnership with Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation and City of

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spooky animals

Spooky Animals in Florida

With Halloween around the corner, you’re probably seeing some pretty spooky decorations. These trinkets and trimmings often feature animals found in your own backyard. Bats, spiders, snakes— maybe you’ve wondered how these animals came to be known as harrowing Halloween mascots. IDEAS For Us is here to show some appreciation to the spooky animals right here in Florida! Bats! Bats were famously given a creepy reputation when Bram Stoker’s Dracula depicted vampires shapeshifting into bats. Their nocturnal and predatory habits, as well as their shady appearance with sharp claws and wings that close around them like cloaks, can easily explain

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Coping with climate anxiety

Coping With Climate Anxiety

Environmental activists and scientists alike often experience bouts of overwhelming climate anxiety. These feelings can be both paralyzing and difficult to deal with. Luckily, the field of psychology which examines climate anxiety is growing, giving it greater legitimacy and introducing new tools for coping. Books like Sarah Jacquette Ray’s A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety offer a framework for understanding and examining the complex emotions that environmental justice work brings up.  Who is Sarah Jacquette Ray? Sarah Jacuette Ray is an author and professor of environmental studies at Humboldt University. Her book, A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety, is a

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farm to table

Farm to Table Dinner by Fleet Farming

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 19, 2022) – Fleet Farming began in 2014, created by the community during a sustainability think / do event called The IDEAS Hive. Since then, Fleet Farming has had international pressincluding a National Geographic Documentary focusing on Fleet Farming as a solution to the local food crisis. Now, the urban agriculture nonprofit is taking on more lawns to advance the lawns-to-farmsagricultural movement in Central Florida. The current U.S. food system is full of inefficiencies, many of which stem from fossil fuel use during food production and transportation. Consequently, the typical American meal travels an average of 1,500

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Paper Is Better Than Plastic: 3 Reasons Why

Does anyone else remember being taught in elementary school that plastic is more environmentally friendly than paper? More specifically, the idea was that plastic is infinitely renewed through recycling, and, opposingly, that trees are a nonrenewable resource. While this might sound like a valid concept, it’s far from the truth. Instead, many qualities of paper make it surprisingly sustainable. To dispel the myth that plastic is superior, we’re going to look at three sustainability reasons why paper is better than plastic. 1. Paper is the most recyclable product Across the globe, recycling rates of paper consistently outrank those of plastic. Presently, in the

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The Fight for Florida's Springs

The Fight for Florida’s Springs

On Feb. 23rd 2021, the fight for Florida’s springs took a turn. The Suwannee River Water Management District board voted in favor of renewing a permit allowing Seven Springs Water Co. to continue pumping water from Florida springs. Seven Springs, which owns Ginnie Springs and the surrounding land, pumps this water to the High Springs bottled water facility bought by Nestle in 2019. This vote comes after decades of hotly debated corporate involvement in Florida’s natural springs. Unfortunately, it is just the most recent development in a tortured saga. Since 1998, Seven Springs has sold its water use permit to

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IDEAS For Us (IDEAS) is an Orlando-based 501(c)(3) grassroots non-profit organization and accredited NGO of the United Nations. IDEAS creates global environmental solutions through local action.