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.



Clayton Louis Ferrara

Chief Executive Officer

Caroline Chomanics

Chief Operations Officer & Fleet Farming Program Director

Kristin Anderson

Chief Branch Officer

Alex Luna

Director of Ecosystem Services

Kellie Antonowicz

Environmental Educator

Dawson Amico

Fleet Farming Farm Manager



Vegetable Sales Coordinator

Jonathan Ortiz

Landscape Manager

Sam Somers

Landscape Manager & Plant Nursery Manager


Daniel Mastaki

IDEAS For Us Democratic Republic of Congo

Emmanuel Marfo

IDEAS For Us Ghana

Francois Kamano

IDEAS For Us Guinea

Aaria Harania

IDEAS For Us Kenya

Stephen B. Lavalah

IDEAS For Us Liberia

Pradish Poudel & Tika Ram " Santosh" Poudel

IDEAS For Us Nepal

Alina Blaga-Smith

IDEAS For Us Romania

Richard Hus B, Kenneth Bahati, & Askhal Kamali

IDEAS For Us Rwanda

Kaitlyn Swanberg

IDEAS For Us Tampa Bay

Simone Daniels

IDEAS For Us Orlando

Sabrina Dinz


Masereka Adidass,

Matovu Paul, &Sinamakosa Isaac

IDEAS For Us Uganda


Stephen B. Lavalah

(Liberia, 2013)
Executive Director Y.E.S.

Evodius Rutta

(Tanzania, 2014)
Executive Director of T.A.Y.E.N.

Tika Ram "Santosh" Poudel

(Nepal, 2015)
CEO / Founder at Waste Service Pvt. Ltd

Marcos Woortmann

(Brazil, 2016)
City Administrator of Lago Norte, Brasilia, Brazil

John Bosco Gakumba

(Rwanda, 2016) National Project Coordinator at Nile Basin Discourse Forum in Rwanda

Huong Dang

(Vietnam, 2017)

Alina Blaga-Smith

(Romania, 2017) WunderKraft Bucharest

Dipesh Gurung

(Nepal, 2017) 
DZI Foundation

Francois Kamano

(Guinea, 2018)

irex fellow

Joaquin Chila-Frontanilla

(Bolivia, 2022)
Emerging Environmental Project Manager, Educator, and Youth Leader at Aguatuya Foundation


Chris Castro

Founder | Chief of Staff, Office of State & Community Energy Programs, U.S. Department of Energy

Jeff Benavides

President | Former Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer, Orange County Florida Government

Lee Perry

Vice President | Senior Aide to Commissioner Nicole Wilson

Patrick O. Odoyo

Board Member | Former Director of Social Innovation, Rollins College

Reginald Burroughs III

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

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Kylan McNemar

Treasurer | Accountant, BKHM

Joel A. Montilla, Esq.

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

John R. Seydel

Board Member | Director of Sustainability, City of Atlanta

Steve Goldman

Board Member | Inventor of disk caching and RAID | Philanthropist


Dan Abelow

Ernest Calderon

Justin Farrow

Jason Flitton

Dave Green

Christian Green

Ben Hemmings

Jim Hobart

Kyle Johnson

Ginger Kane

Bob Kovacevich

Stephen Lavalah

Rupert Meghnot

Daniel Schreiber J.D.

Trina Ryan

Jen Szaro

Ishaan Vadhera

Kari Williams

Hannah Featherstone Wooten

AY Young

Scott Richards

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