Our Mission

Igniting Action Where Sustainability is Needed Most

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. Our mission is to develop, fund and scale solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. Our vision is to contribute to a future where humanity thrives in harmony with nature and in peace with one another.

IDEAS is the official parent-nonprofit of multiple programs: 

The IDEAS HiveThe IDEAS Solutions FundFleet Farming

The Hive is a “Think/Do-Tank” that enables members of a particular community to come together to create real change in a city or college campus. This event aligns with one of the United Nation’s SDGs every month, features an expert presentation on the subject, and follows with an environmental action project. An example is the #LastStraw movement that invites you to take the pledge to reduce daily plastic waste.

The Solutions Fund and its micro-granting platform that allows for a wide variety of organizations and individuals to engage in small environmental projects around the world. It is designed to fund pilot projects that advance the United Nation’s SDGs around the world. Click above to see past projects and find out how you can apply. Donate today to support environmental action projects.

Fleet Farming is an urban agriculture enterprise created and operated by IDEAS For Us that takes unconventional lawn spaces in urban areas and coverts them into abundant micro-farms. Through its educational and community events, Fleet Farming empowers all generations to grow food and connect with their community. Currently exclusive to the Orlando, FL area. Click the image above to view the full website.

Our Focus

Our Focus is to Develop, Fund, & Scale Environmental Solutions Within the 5 Pillars of Sustainability: Energy, Water, Food, Waste, and Ecology.

IDEAS For Us (IDEAS) is active in both developed and developing nations. Every project and program we launch shares the collective aim to help people, heal the planet, and grow prosperity at the community level through the education, engagement, and empowerment of those we serve. Since 2008, we have taken action in 30 counties and engaged thousands of volunteers worldwide.

Our projects aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) created by the United Nations to advance sustainability worldwide.

All IDEAS For Us projects are graded using the 17 United Nations Global Goals.

Click to learn more about the United Nations SDGs.

Our Staff

Clayton Louis Ferrara

Executive Director

Lee Perry

Chief Operations Officer

Caroline Chomanics

Chief Administrative Officer & Fleet Farming Program Manager

Ernest Calderon

Chief Communications Officer

Sharon Hammond

The IDEAS Hive Director

Our Board of Directors

Chris Castro

Founder and President | Director of Sustainability, City of Orlando

Josephine Balzac

Vice President | Professor, Rollins College

Justin Vandenbroeck

Secretary | Vice President of Development Company Renergetica USA Corporation

Resham Shirsat

Board Member | Director of Education for Sustainability, Valencia College

Patrick O. Odoyo

Board Member | Director of Social Innovation, Rollins College

Steve Goldman

Board Member | Inventor, Philanthropist

Kyle Johnson

Board Member | Director of Sustainability, Lighthouse Central Florida

John R. Seydel

Board Member | Director of Sustainability, City of Atlanta

Kylan McNemar

Treasurer | Accountant, BKHM

Daniel Schreiber J.D.

General Council

Our Advisory Board

Dan Abelow

Katherine Bordelon

David Brim

Manley Fuller

JIm Hobart

Jamie Joyce

Ginger Kane

Bob Kovacevich

Sean Law

Rupert Meghnot

Jared Meyers

Samantha Ruiz

Ron Stocknopf Ben-Zeev

Michelle Thatcher

Ishaan Vadhera

Kari Williams

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