IDEAS For Us (IDEAS) began when a group of passionate university students made the choice to stop talking about environmental issues and begin the very difficult work of solving them. Founded in June of 2008 at the University of Central Florida (UCF), IDEAS began as a student-led organization called I.D.E.A.S. – an acronym that stood for Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions. With a major focus on action, I.D.E.A.S soon gained recognition by fellow students for their tenacity and dedication to solving environmental issues on campus.
In time, on and off-campus media recognized the student group for their impact and the concept organically spread around the United States. In 2011, IDEAS For Us officially became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and their work received the Champions of Change award from President Barack Obama. In 2012, IDEAS began the lengthy process of becoming an official NGO of the United Nations and from 2013 – 2016 they held consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In 2016, that status was upgraded and IDEAS now holds special consultative status and is a recognized observer organization of UNFCCC.
IDEAS For Us (IDEAS) is a 501(c)(3) grassroots environmental non-profit organization and accredited NGO of the United Nations. IDEAS creates global environmental solutions through local action related to energy, water, food, waste, and ecology.
Our mission is to develop ideas, fund action, and also scale solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Our vision is to contribute to a future where humanity thrives in harmony with nature and also in peace with one another.
Our focus is to develop, fund, & also scale environmental solutions within the 5 Pillars of Sustainability: energy, water, food, waste, and ecology. IDEAS is active in both developed and developing nations. Every project and program we launch shares the 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 countries and engaged thousands of volunteers worldwide. Our projects aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) created by the United Nations to advance sustainability worldwide.
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