Environmental Solutions Archive

Changing The World Through Local Action

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, The IDEAS Solutions Fund has funded action in 30 counties and engaged thousands of volunteers worldwide.

Pollinator Garden Installations

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 10,000 Trees Distributed
  • 200 Volunteers Mobilized
  • one acre can sequester about 2.5 tons of carbon annually

Shoreline Restorations

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 10,000 Trees Distributed
  • 200 Volunteers Mobilized
  • one acre can sequester about 2.5 tons of carbon annually

Oyster Mat Construction Workshops

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 10,000 Trees Distributed
  • 200 Volunteers Mobilized
  • one acre can sequester about 2.5 tons of carbon annually

Plastic Water Bottle Waste Display

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 10,000 Trees Distributed
  • 200 Volunteers Mobilized
  • one acre can sequester about 2.5 tons of carbon annually

Reusable Sanitary Menstrual Pads For Girls in School in Malawi

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 160 Women Recipients
  • 800 Menstrual Pads
  • 25% decrease in school absences

 

Solar Lanterns for School Children in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 250 Lanterns Distributed
  • 500 Students Involved
  • 30% decrease in school absences

 

 

Planting 10,000 Trees Across Togo

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 10,000 Trees Distributed
  • 200 Volunteers Mobilized
  • one acre can sequester about 2.5 tons of carbon annually

Constructing a High School in Boude, Togo

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 200+ students provided with a High School Education
  • 100+ volunteers engaged
  • Work for young students diverted from  local charcoal manufacturing

Computer Training for Women and Girls in Iraq

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 200+ Women and young girls trained
  • Long term education for community
  • Increase in training programs throughout the community

School Farm to Sustainably Feed Children in Uganda 2017

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  •  ~150 Primary Students Fed Daily
  • ~2,000 kgs of grain produced
  •  1,000 community members engaged and increasing school attendance and performance

Women’s Integrated Piggery Project in Uganda 2017

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 30 women trained in pig rearing
  • Sustainable source of food and income generated
  • Sustainable agriculture implemented

Improving Sickle Cell Disease Awareness in Uganda 2017

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • ~5,000 people engaged
  •  Affected students re-entered school
  • Decrease in social stigma

Ceramic Water Filter Installation in Uganda 2017

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • -24 teachers engaged in WASH training year.
  • ~ 1,000 students with access to clean water
  • 180 filters distributed

Overcoming Food Insecurity with a Sustainable Urban Agriculture Program in Uganda 2017

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 50 households provided with a sustainable source of food 
  • 125+ students engaged in workshops
  • Increase in local food production

Humane Chicken Rearing and Soil Amendment Vocational Training Program

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 250+ eggs produced daily
  • 200+ students and community members trained
  • 2 full time employees

Vertical Micro-gardening Pilot in Uganda 2015 & Expansion 2017

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 2 VMG units installed at the IDEAS Innovation Home in Mengo, Kampala
  • 32 urban households with VMG units
  • 4 school gardens established
  • 200+ students trained per year 

 

Reforestation of Kasese District through the Establishment of a Tree Nursery in Uganda 2015

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 25,000+ seedlings planted
  • 25 team members were engaged to implement this program.
  • Deforestation and food insecurity are both being ara and Kisinga Sub-County

Enhancing Aquaculture Development on Lake Edward in Uganda 2015

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • Access to food and nutrition improved for 1,000+ local community members
  • 230 locals engaged  
  • Sustainable fishing system established

First Rural Makerspace to Teach Programming, Digital Literacy, and Upcycling in Nigeria 2017

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 100+ school kids taught digital literacy and basic Arduino programming
  • 5 schools served through educationally supplemental Trash to Toys program
  • 50% of the school kids will be girls through gender parity commitment

Break the Razor Addressing Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria 2017

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 40 women educated and engaged in programming
  • 30 girls educated and engaged in programming
  • 10 men were educated and engaged in programming

Rehabilitation of a Shallow Well in Caws Qurun in Somalia 2015

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 609 people with access to clean water
  • Community based water management commit
  • Increased availability of water resilience for locals

Construction of Latrines for IDPs in Somalia 2017

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 300+ now with latrine access
  • 2 people engaged in project management
  • Decrease in open defecation

Fostering Sustainable Food Production in Liberia 2015

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 5 acres of land farmed organically
  • 100+ students provided with sustainable source of food and nutrition
  • 10 communities collaboratively engaged

Cookstove Insert to Reduce Wood Consumption and Respiratory Illness in Ghana 2017

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 100 households received insert for free
  • 300 locals engaged
  • Decrease in Wood Stove Pollution

Orphanage Fruit Orchard in Ghana 2017

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 78 students fed 3 meals per day – 0.5 acre of land organically farmed
  • 100 fruit and medicinal trees planted
  • 2 persons employed for 6 months

Bike Share Program in Connecticut, USA 2012

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 30 Bikes utilized
  • 200+ Participants in pilot program
  • Launch of an enterprise

Wetland Clean-Up In Lake Costa, Florida

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 25 volunteers
  • 180 lbs of waste diverted
  • 20% of the waste was recycled

Tailgating Clean Up Pennsylvania State University, 2013

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 250 lbs of recyclables and waste diverted from landfill
  • 50 volunteers participated
  • New campus recycling bins installed

Party in the Dark, University of Central Florida 2018

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • An average of 30 kWh not consumed
  • 30 students engaged
  • 173 kWh of energy saved

Climate Change Discussion in Liberia 2015

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 15 women and students engaged in conversation
  • 2 hour discussion
  • Increase of community climate awareness

Aquaponics Installation in Orlando Florida 2013

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 1 large aquaponic system installed
  • 20 tanks growing produce
  • 250 lbs harvested

Fruit Gleaning Program Winter Park  Florida 2016

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 200 volunteers participated
  • 300 lbs of fruit harvested
  • 15 trees gleaned seasonally

United Nations Conference New York City 2012

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 10 students participate each year
  • 2 conferences with 10 tickets available each
  • Increase of United Nations curriculum throughout IDEAS programming

Upcycling Art Show at the University of Central Florida 2013

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 50 Students participated
  • 3 top winners
  • 100 lbs of waste diverted and upcycled

UCF Dumpster Dive and Recycling Workshop

Focus Area:


Metrics:

  • 100 lbs of waste sorted
  • 80 lbs recycled and diverted from landfills
  • 60 students engaged

Biking Sewing Machine in College Park Florida

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 25 garments created
  • 30 kWh created by bike
  • 30 students participated

Reverse Graffiti in Downtown Orlando, Florida

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 8 murals created from pressure washer
  • 35 Students engaged
  • Viewed by an average of 100 pedestrians / day

DYI Student Solar Co-op Seminole County, Florida 

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 10 panels installed
  • 2 batteries installed
  • 25 students participated

1,000 Trees Planted in Jacksonville, FL

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 1,000 trees planted
  • ~150 volunteers mobilized
  • An average of 250 tons of CO2 sequestered each year

Tote Bag Recall in Audubon Park, Florida

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 160 plastic bags replaced with reusable tote bags
  • 20 shoppers engaged
  • 250 Tote bags distributed to volunteers

1,000 Trees Planted in Congo

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 1,000 trees planted
  • ~150 volunteers mobilized
  • An average of 250 tons of CO2 sequestered each year

1,000 Trees Planted in Downtown Orlando, Florida

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 1,000 trees planted
  • ~150 volunteers mobilized
  • An average of 250 tons of CO2 sequestered each year

Tree Nursery Installation in Uganda

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 160 residents participate in the nursery programming
  • 800 trees grown each season
  • 3 acres of trees planted

Tree Planting at Fern Creek Elementary School Florida

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 30 elementary students participated
  • 5 college students coordinated event
  • 15 trees planted on campus

Adopt a Pond Program in Central Florida 

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 6 ponds adopted
  • 30 volunteers participate annually
  • 25% decrease in school absences

Beach Clean-Up in  Miami Beach

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 75 lbs of waste collected
  • 30 students engaged
  • 20% recycled materials

Oyster Mat Workshop at the University of Central Florida

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 100 oyster mats created
  • 28 students volunteered
  • descrease in soil erosion

University of Miami Solar Installation

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 52 panels installed
  • 5,200 kWh of energy produced
  • Increase in renewable energy awareness

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