Where are they now? Report Out from the 2014 Green Ideas Challenge Winners

Last June, ACTion Alexandria announced the winners of the Green Ideas Challenge, a competition to find the best ideas for making Alexandria greener and cleaner. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from The Dominion Foundation, ACTion was able to fund four projects benefiting Alexandria. Six months into the projects, ACTion went back to check in with the 2014 grantees. 

Here are some of the highlights: 

Four Mile Run Community Fall Tree Planting, Community Member: Kevin B. 

With $1,000 of initial funding from the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisan Market matched by a $1,000 grant from ACTion Alexandria, the community launched the Four Mile Run Park Master Plan and Four Mile Run Restoration Project to revive the park. Almost two dozen trees were planted in early November and volunteers came together for a community mulching. Additional funds from individuals through the website Citizinvestor as well as from Alexandria's Living Landscape Fund helped to supplement the project. In the spring, volunteers will start to water the new trees.

Thank you to Friends of Four Mile Run Park and all of the volunteers for restoring a beautiful natural area in Alexandria that all can enjoy.  

(Newly planted trees)

Art and Nature Series, Community Member: Margaret W. 

With the group, Friends of Huntley Meadows Park, Margaret W. teaches art and nature classes to encourage young students to learn about the outdoors through drawing and journaling. The $1,000 grant from ACTion purchased field art kits and art supplies to provide drawing and natural history instruction to 83 children so far with more winter programing yet to come. Margaret says, "Journaling enhances observational skills, patience, scientific understanding and empathy with natural ecosystems." 

Congratulations to Margaret and Friends of Huntley Meadows Park on a successful program, and thank you for providing this valuable service for children in Alexandria. 

(A young student practices nature journaling)

School Wetland Garden Intiative, Community Member: Ana H.  

Local student, Ana H. transformed her award-winning science experiment into a service-learning project for elementary students across Alexandria. After studying wetland plants and local waterways, Ana formed partnerships with Maury Elementary School and Alexandria Seaport Foundation to work with Alexandria City Public School 5th graders to grow wetland plants to be transplanted into local waterways. Funding from ACTion will be used to implement the first project starting in March with Maury Elementary Students. Ana is working with other local schools to expand the program further.  

Amazing work Ana, and good luck with the first plantings! 

Recycling Bin at Ben Brenman Park, Community Member: Debbi K. 

After noticing cans and bottles overflowing from trash bins while watching her son's baseball games, Debbi K. decided to take action. Through Green Ideas Challenge funding, Debbi helped arrange for a recycling bin to be placed in Ben Brenman Park starting in spring 2015. 

Thank you Debbi and the Alexandria Little League! 

(Green Ideas Challenge 2014 award winners)

The 2015 Green Ideas Challenge will start on Monday, March 2!


Dominion Foundation


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