Our Mission

Advancing Environmental Action Worldwide

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 ideas, fund action, and 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 in peace with one another.

IDEAS is the official parent-nonprofit of multiple programs: 

The IDEAS Hive, The IDEAS Solutions FundFleet Farming

The IDEAS 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. Each month, this event aligns with one of our Five Focus Areas of Sustainability and the United Nation’s SDGs, features an expert presentation on the subject, and develops an environmental action project.

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 converts them into abundant micro-farms. This initiative was scaled from a single action project into a full program. 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 here 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.

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Our Staff

Clayton Louis Ferrara

Executive Director

Caroline Chomanics

Chief Operations Officer & Fleet Farming Program Manager

Ernest Calderon

Chief Communications Officer

Kristin Anderson

Chief Branch Officer

Kaisy Prieto

UCF Branch Manager

Our Board of Directors

Chris Castro

Founder and President | Director of Sustainability, City of Orlando

Lee Perry

Vice President | Chief Aide to Commissioner Nicole Wilson

Patrick O. Odoyo

Board Member | Director of Social Innovation, Rollins College

Steve Goldman

Board Member | Inventor, Philanthropist

John R. Seydel

Board Member | Director of Sustainability, City of Atlanta

Kylan McNemar

Treasurer | Accountant, BKHM

Jeff Benavides

Board Member | Sustainability Principal at L E Rigby Innovations

Reginald Burroughs III

Board Member | Founder, Black Bee Honey | External Affairs Manager, City of Orlando

Karen Z. Consalo, J.D., LL.M., Esquire

Board Member | Partner, The Consalo Law Firm, P.A.

Joel A. Montilla, Esq.

General Counsel | Managing Attorney/Founder, The Montilla Law Firm, P.A.

Our Advisory Board

Dan Abelow

Katherine Bordelon

David Brim

Gregory Eisenberg

Manley Fuller

Christian Green

JIm Hobart

Kyle Johnson

Ginger Kane

Jared Meyers

Samantha Ruiz

Daniel Schreiber J.D.

Jennifer Felder Smith

Ron Stocknopf Ben-Zeev

Jen Szaro

Michelle Thatcher

Ishaan Vadhera

Kari Williams

Hannah Featherstone Wooten