The Green Ideas Challenge 2016

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Ends on:Friday, July 1, 2016 - 11:59pm

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THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE GREEN IDEAS CHALLENGE!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING WINNING IDEAS: 

  • Hands-on Wetland Experience and Action Day for Alexandria Students
  • Kick the Habit: Jug and Water-Bottle Filling Stations for City Fields
  • Butterfly-Pollinator Garden for Jefferson-Houston Pre K-8 School
  • Free After School Tinker Time: Reuse Art Experiences for Alexandria's Youth


ABOUT THE GREEN IDEAS CHALLENGE:

Starting on Wednesday, June 1, ACTion Alexandria, an initiative of ACT for Alexandria, wants to hear your ideas for making Alexandria a greener, more sustainable place to live, work and visit! A total of $5,000, generously provided by The Dominion Foundation, will be awarded. Submitted ideas will be reviewed by a panel of judges, and the winning ideas will be awarded up to $2,000 each to be put into action! 

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WHAT: Your ideas for making Alexandria greener

WHEN: Submit your ideas from Wednesday, June 1 to Sunday, June 26. Then tell your friends to support your idea from Monday, June 27 to Friday, July 1. (The number of supports an idea receives is only one of the factors considered by the judging panel, and decisions will not be made solely based on supports.) 

WHERE: Click on the Add Idea button below to submit your idea! 

HOW: Submit your idea to be reviewed by a panel of judges. Winning ideas will receive up to $2,000 each to be put into action. 

WHY: Together, we can make Alexandria an even better place to live, work and visit! 

Click here to view past green ideas. 

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The best ideas will:

  • Take $2,000 or less to implement
  • Be implemented in Alexandria and be community or neighborhood focused
  • Not require City resources to implement
  • Be submitted by a nonprofit organization or include a nonprofit partner
  • Special consideration will be given to ideas that target and/or incorporate youth

Please submit a two to three paragraph description of your idea, including the following:

  • A description of the project, including location and resources needed
  • The estimated cost of the project
  • How long the project will take to be implemented
  • Who the beneficiaries of the project will be

 

Questions? Call 703-739-7778 or email Kerrin Horning at kerrin.horning@actforalexandria.org. 

THANK YOU!

(Special thanks to Margaret Wohler, past green ideas award winner, for the above photos.)

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Ideas

Ana Humphrey
6/26/2016

The Watershed Warriors are a student-led organization currently operating out of T.C. Williams High School that works to improve our environment by providing hands-on science education to local elementary school students. Even though many ACPS students live within a mile of wetlands, many of...

86 Supports
Kurt Moser
6/25/2016

Water is essential in life and in sports. Any athlete can attest to the importance of staying hydrated, especially on a sunny afternoon game field. Athletes need water close at hand, and in recent years, the custom of hauling along a case of bottled water--for the team, for the coaches, for the...

43 Supports
Lori Quill
6/17/2016

Butterfly-Pollinator Garden for Jefferson-Houston Pre K – 8 School The Jefferson-Houston PTA is creating a Butterfly – Pollinator Garden. This spring, the 7th Grade Science classes began the design of the Butterfly-Pollinator Garden by identifying plants to be included in the design of the...

36 Supports
Kelley Organek
6/27/2016

How can 200 children utilize waste materials to create, innovate and learn by doing? From September 2016 to June 2017, UpCycle Creative Reuse Center will provide 10 monthly, Free After School Tinker Time sessions at the Durant Arts Center. UpCycle Creative Reuse Center is an Alexandria-...

26 Supports
Margaret Wohler
6/1/2016

How can teachers better integrate art and nature observation into daily instruction? Through Nature Journaling! I am a 20+ year naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park and have been teaching art and science to all ages, outdoors, in a variety of settings. I would like to implement teacher training...

13 Supports
Eliza Harrell
6/9/2016

For one month every year, our Learn & PlayGroup families (children 0-5 and their caregivers) spend time together learning about “Community Helpers” – all the people in our community who make it a safe, healthy and fun place to live.  Our Green Idea is to...

9 Supports
Stephanie Hanson
6/24/2016

Potomac Crescent Waldorf School proposes bringing the first biodynamic school garden to Alexandria!  Biodynamic (BD) gardening was one of the first organic agriculture movements, developing in the 1920s by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner.  Steiner also founded Waldorf education....

8 Supports
Pat Miller
6/27/2016

Recruit Alexandria residents (could be youth or an adult) that walk their dog or walk a lot in our great City.  Give out trash scoopers to each to take with them when they walk their dog or out for an afternoon stroll.  Each trash scooper would be hand painted by artists -- more...

1 Support
Margaret Wohler
6/1/2016

How can teachers better integrate art and nature observation into daily instruction? Through Nature Journaling! I am a 20+ year naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park and have been teaching art and science to all ages, outdoors, in a variety of settings. I would like to implement teacher training...

13 Supports
Eliza Harrell
6/9/2016

For one month every year, our Learn & PlayGroup families (children 0-5 and their caregivers) spend time together learning about “Community Helpers” – all the people in our community who make it a safe, healthy and fun place to live.  Our Green Idea is to...

9 Supports
Lori Quill
6/17/2016

Butterfly-Pollinator Garden for Jefferson-Houston Pre K – 8 School The Jefferson-Houston PTA is creating a Butterfly – Pollinator Garden. This spring, the 7th Grade Science classes began the design of the Butterfly-Pollinator Garden by identifying plants to be included in the design of the...

36 Supports
Stephanie Hanson
6/24/2016

Potomac Crescent Waldorf School proposes bringing the first biodynamic school garden to Alexandria!  Biodynamic (BD) gardening was one of the first organic agriculture movements, developing in the 1920s by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner.  Steiner also founded Waldorf education....

8 Supports
Kurt Moser
6/25/2016

Water is essential in life and in sports. Any athlete can attest to the importance of staying hydrated, especially on a sunny afternoon game field. Athletes need water close at hand, and in recent years, the custom of hauling along a case of bottled water--for the team, for the coaches, for the...

43 Supports
Ana Humphrey
6/26/2016

The Watershed Warriors are a student-led organization currently operating out of T.C. Williams High School that works to improve our environment by providing hands-on science education to local elementary school students. Even though many ACPS students live within a mile of wetlands, many of...

86 Supports
Pat Miller
6/27/2016

Recruit Alexandria residents (could be youth or an adult) that walk their dog or walk a lot in our great City.  Give out trash scoopers to each to take with them when they walk their dog or out for an afternoon stroll.  Each trash scooper would be hand painted by artists -- more...

1 Support
Kelley Organek
6/27/2016

How can 200 children utilize waste materials to create, innovate and learn by doing? From September 2016 to June 2017, UpCycle Creative Reuse Center will provide 10 monthly, Free After School Tinker Time sessions at the Durant Arts Center. UpCycle Creative Reuse Center is an Alexandria-...

26 Supports