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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.

Shoreline Restoration at UCF with Green Latinos

Focus Area

Metrics:

  • 25 volunteers mobilized
  • 4000 shoreline plants installed
  • 3 shorelines restored
  • 5 organizations participated

Fruit Tree Planting at Quest Inc.

Focus Area

Metrics:

  • 15 fruit trees planted
  • 10 volunteers mobilized
  • 9 garden beds seeded

Audubon Park Pollinator Garden Installation with FNPS and Sierra Club

Focus Area

Metrics:

  • 24 volunteers mobilized
  • 60 pollinator plants installed
  • 15 planters filled

Shoreline Restoration with Stocking Savvy

Focus Area

Metrics:

  • 11 volunteers mobilized
  • 1 shoreline restored
  • 200 shoreline plants installed

Sustainable Agriculture Program in Nyangezi DRC

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 1 village fed
  • 2 vegetable plots
  • 4 pig pens
  • 16 guinea pigs raised

One Tree Planted International Projects

Focus Area

Metrics:

  • 1000 trees in Uganda
  • 750 trees in Liberia
  • 165 trees in Nepal
  • 10 locations restored
  • 128 volunteers mobilized

Solar Powered Water Access in Kiburara

Focus Area

Metrics:

  • 2 Solar Powered Water Pumps
  • 6000 Residents with Clean Water
  • 30 volunteers mobilized

Hygiene and Education Equipment for Rural Rwanda

Focus Area

Metrics:

  • 25 families provided with soap and hand sanitizer
  • 30+ children provided with school supplies
  • 20 people signed up for environmental action

Garden Installation with Eagle Scouts at Quest Inc.

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 12 garden beds installed
  • 6 Eagle Scouts mobilized
  • 1 community fed fresh food

Eyes on EU Web Series in Romania

Focus Area

Metrics:

  • 6 episodes on environmental and cultural awareness
  • Thousands of viewers called to action
  • Team of 15 mobilized telling the story

UCF Beach Clean Up

Focus Area:


Metrics:

  • 28 pounds of trash collected
  • 22 young volunteers mobilized
  • 4 UCF Clubs represented

Oyster Dome Installation in St. Pete

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 50 oyster domes installed
  • 25 volunteers mobilized
  • 1 location restored

Fruit Tree Planting in Bucharest, Romania

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 11 fruit trees planted
  • 100 jams distributed
  • 20 volunteers mobilized

Community Clean Up in Ghana

Focus Area:


Metrics:

  • 34 women mobilized
  • 22 bags of waste collected
  • 1 community cleaned

Environmental Awareness Forum in Liberia

Focus Area

Metrics:

  • 125 people educated on ecological issues locally
  • In partnership with Youth Exploring Solutions Liberia
  • 5 eco action events planned by the community

UCF Compost Tabling with O-Town Compost

Focus Area:


Metrics:

  • 227 pounds of food waste diverted
  • 9 weeks of tabling
  • 20 students educated at the workshop

Beach Clean Up in Monrovia, Liberia

Focus Area:


Metrics:

  • 67 sacs of trash removed
  • 127 student volunteers mobilized
  • 2 miles of shoreline cleaned

Community Garden Installation in Gasiza, Rwanda

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 50 families fed
  • 450 provided with nutritious food
  • 1000+ vegetables growing

Lake George Community Clean Up, DRC

Focus Area:


Metrics:

  • 21 student volunteers mobilized
  • 15 meters of shoreline cleaned
  • 27 large sacs of waste removed

Reforestation with St. Paul College, DRC

Focus Area

Metrics:

  • 3000 trees planted
  • 1100 students educated on sustainability
  • 100 student volunteers mobilized

UCF Beach Clean-Ups

Focus Area:


Metrics:

  • 50lb + collected
  • Thousands of microplastics recovered
  • 80+ students involved
  • 3+ student organizations represented
  • 100 silicone straws distributed

Lake Monroe Clean Up

Focus Area:


Metrics:

  • 30 bags of trash collected
  • 11 bags of recycling 
  • 35 volunteers
  • 5 organizations represented

Pollinator Bomb Workshop

Focus Area

Metrics:

  • 70 pollinator bombs made
  • 34 student volunteers
  • Hundreds of native plants distributed

Sierra Club Leadership Workshop 

Focus Area

Metrics:

  • 5 event series 
  • 45 students educated and empowered
  • Hard discussions on inequality worked through
  • Plans made to extinguish environmental injustice

Mangrove Planting

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 8 volunteers
  • 30+ mangrove beds weeded
  • 50 mangroves planted

Leave No Trace Hike

Focus Area

Metrics:

  • Partnership With Outdoor Adventure
  • Discussion on conscientious traveling
  • Education on personal wellbeing
  • 20 students empowered

Pollinator Garden Install

Focus Area

Metrics:

  • Partnership with LEAD Scholars
  • 20 pollinator plants and herbs planted
  • 40+ students educated on the value of pollinators

Water Crisis Explained

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 20 students educated
  • Discussion on water conservation held
  • Plans made to reduce water waste at UCF

Reusable Menstrual Pad Project

Focus Area:

 

Metrics:

  • More than 10+ Volunteers Mobilized
  • 100 Female Students Educated
  • Created more than 200+ Reusable Menstrual Pads

Solar Panel Installation Training & Workshop

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 4 Solar lanterns installed to commemorate the Pulse Mural in Orlando Florida
  • 15 Solar Students Educated
  • 3 Companies Partnered to Developed Curriculum

Hope For Homelessness Kit Workshop

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 10+ Volunteers Cam Together to Create Sustainable Kits for the Homeless.
  • 150 bags developed and distributed
  • Sourced reusable products for individuals living on the streets of Orlando.

Fridays For Future Climate March

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • More than 70 Biodegradable Oyster Mats Constructed to help create oyster habitats which filter thousands of gallons of water per year.
  • 30+ Volunteers Mobilized
  • Helped UCF reach their goal of 300 mats for 4 oyster beds

Orlando Pollinator Garden  

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • Planted more than 30 pollinator plants needed to create habitats for urban birds and insects.
  • Over 15 local residents engaged
  • Partnered with Florida Native Plant Society for educational video

Wekiva Shoreline Restoration

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • Planted over 500+ Native aquatic plants needed to mitigate run off pollution.
  • Removed more than 100 lbs of invasive Hydrilla species
  • Partnered with Enviraquatics to support hands on activities for 30+ volunteers

UCF Oyster Mat Construction 

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • More than 70 Biodegradable Oyster Mats Constructed to help create oyster habitats which filter thousands of gallons of water per year.
  • 30+ Volunteers Mobilized
  • Helped UCF reach their goal of 300 mats for 4 oyster beds

Plastic Water Bottle Wave 

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 1,500 water bottles diverted from landfill into recycling
  • Constructed by 10 volunteers and and interested with 50 students
  • Served as a billboard of waste advocacy on UCF’s campus

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

One Tree Planted Tree Planting in Nepal

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 165 trees planted
  • 16 volunteers mobilized
  • 8 locations restored

COVID-19 Prevention and Education in Rwanda

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • Educated over 3000 community members on proper hand washing techniques and the importance of social distancing and wearing mask.

Break Free from Plastic Clean Up Event

Focus Area:


Metrics:

  • 213 youth volunteers educated and mobilized
  • 1 mile of shoreline cleaned
  • 98 bags of trash collected

Nepal Health Corps COVID-19 Relief

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 17 medically trained volunteers
  • 800 masks made
  • 400 sanitizers provided
  • 400 doctors provided with sanitation kits

Reproductive Rights Campaign- Liberia

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 127 young people educated on sexual education, gender based violence, STD prevention, and contraceptive use
  • 140 attendees and volunteers fed dinner

Agriculture Education for Women in Guinea

Focus Area:

Metrics:

  • 80 women educated on gardening
  • 3 villages equipped with knowledge on growing food

UCF Adopt a Road

Focus Area:


Metrics:

  • 1 road adopted
  • Monthly clean up projects
  • 20 volunteers mobilized

Community Tree Planting, Clean up, and Shoreline and Road Restoration

Focus Area:


Metrics:

  • 67 Volunteers Mobilized
  • 50 Trees Planted
  • 1 Road Restored

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