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To make a donation by mail, please make your check payable to “Bluegrass Greensource” and send it to: 835 National Avenue, Lexington, KY 40502.
To make a donation by phone or if you need additional assistance, please call Chris Porter at (859) 266-1572.
Thank you in advance for your support. To learn more about how your dollars can improve your community, go to our website at: www.bgGreensource.org.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization, your donation is tax-deductible.
Last year our Environmental Educators taught in 4,352 classrooms. Our Outreach Specialists worked with community members to install 37 rain gardens, build 231 rain barrels, and invest $69,478 dollars into green infrastructure that helps protect sensitive watersheds in the Bluegrass. Cumulatively, our staff engaged with Central Kentucky residents on such diverse topics as waste reduction, water quality, energy efficiency, septic maintenance, gardening, and wildlife identification and habitat conservation.
In the current year, we hope to expand our education and outreach efforts. We are seeking funding for two new and exciting education programs -- one, the Jr. Nature Explorers Club, encourages preschool children and their teachers to incorporate the outdoors into their day-to-day learning; the other is a pilot project that combines Environmental Education with English as a Second Language in an effort to increase the English language capacity and skills of ESL learners, while also helping to build their environmental literacy. We are also excited to increase our efforts around urban forestry, as we develop a best practices guide for urban tree plantings and care.
1. Support environmental education for K-12 grade programs in the schools, tailored to meet the needs of the students and teachers and that are aligned with national science standards and STEM initiatives. Curriculum can be easily replicated and includes both indoor and outdoor interactive activities. For $10,000 we could provide comprehensive programming for a school for a year, or for $2,000 we could educate an entire grade level. $500 is what it costs us to conduct one activity in one classroom for one day.
2. Fund community outreach and workshops, including rain barrel and rain garden workshops/tours. These popular workshops have been successful in bringing the community together for the benefit of the environment. $15,000 would allow this program to continue to grow and expand.
3. Volunteers and supplies are needed for our litter clean ups, home winter weatherizing and storm drain stenciling programs, and our zero-waste program for community events.
Our staff completed waste analyses that helped area businesses recycle almost 1500 tons, helped a school system save over $50,000 in reduced waste hauling costs by increasing recycling and provided resources and assistance to community groups for litter removal along roads and streams, removing more than 150,000 bags of trash.
In the past year we have provided over 200 environmental trainings, workshops and community events throughout Central Kentucky. We have assisted with home energy audits, partnered with community organizations to stencil storm drains and provided community-based workshops on how to construct and use rain barrels. We have even assisted community groups in promoting litter and waste free events.
Our grant programs enabled removal of invasive plants to open public hiking trails, installed reusable water bottle filling stations in public buildings saving tens of thousands of plastic water bottles from the landfill. We funded the development of a fallen animal composting pad to use for education and demonstration purposes, cleaned up lakes by filling 19 commercial dumpsters with litter and established recycling and litter reduction programs at several marinas.
We continue to expand our outreach in homes, encouraging small changes that make a big improvement, not only to our local environment, but also to our wallets and our health. Bluegrass Greensource enjoys many strong partnerships, particularly with Lexington Fayette Urban County Government and Kentucky American Water, encouraging Central Kentucky to work together for a more sustainable future.
Solid waste comes in many forms: litter, illegal dumps, abandoned and overflowing landfills, etc. Whatever its form, it is unsightly, unhealthy and a major cost for local governments. Reducing and recycling waste and litter in our 20 county area has been a major goal for Bluegrass Greensource since our formation 15 years ago. We have learned a lot in those years and now approach the problem in much the same way we do other issues. We ask people to reduce and recycle the waste they produce and instead of reprimanding them and then telling them what they should do, we work with them hand in hand to solve specific problems that may make it difficult for them to change behaviors.
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