‘Speak Up Wekiva’ Unites Environmental Leaders in Central Florida

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On February 16th, IDEAS leaders in Central Florida united with Senator Bob Graham, Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine, the Florida Conservation Coalition, Friends of the Wekiva River, League of Women Voters of Florida, Sierra Club and other environmental orgs to rally at Wekiwa Springs State Park to raise awareness about the need to restore the impaired Wekiva River, the troubled springs that feed it, and all of Florida’s treasured waterways.

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“Water is the lifeblood of Florida,” said Senator Bob Graham (above), a longtime environmental advocate who founded the bipartisan FCC with other conservationists in 2011. “It ties our state together, provides untold recreational opportunities and draws millions of visitors each year to our state, supporting jobs and economic growth. The pollution and usage issues affecting every facet of our water supply are serious and immediate, and we must address them in order to protect our heritage and preserve our quality of life.”

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IDEAS participated in the Tabling Expo at the event to educate others about the Wekiva River Basin and collect signed petitions to reduce fertilizers and TMDL’s for Florida lawns throughout the State. At the end of March 2013, organizations will also be coming back together for the ‘Act Up Wekiva’ event to continue the momentum of raising our voices, and taking action to save one of Florida’s treasurers!

IDEAS supports Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California
100% renewable energy is rapidly becoming the new normal energy mix.  Are you ready to be part of the biggest energy evolution of our time? Come and see how international cities like San Francisco and Munich, as well as businesses and communities around the world are setting, achieving, and benefiting from 100% renewable energy targets.  Hear from top global experts about cutting edge technical, policy, and financial solutions, on the ground experiences, and the added value of transitioning to 100% clean energy. It’s not a pipe dream, it’s reality. Millions around the world are stepping into and benefiting from a new 100% renewable energy reality.
IDEAS is a proud supporter of the ‘Pathways to 100% Renewable Conference‘ and the transition to a clean energy future. Join us and learn how to get it done!

‘The Hive’ forms and pollinates ‘Act Up Wekiva’

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ORLANDO, FL – On Wednesday, February 6th, a multi-generational, interdisciplinary group of students, professors, NGOs, community leaders and interested citizens came together for the first annual “The Hive Orlando“, a new monthly Think Tank initiative for Community Action led by IDEAS For Us, at the famous collaborative workplace, Urban ReThink.

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Photos taken by The Hive participants, Ricardo Williams and Vic Hurlburt

The event included an social icebreaker about ‘The Great Transition‘; facilitated in-depth discussion of Global challenges within the Pillars of Energy, Water, Food, Waste and Ecology; and coordinated interactive break-out sessions discussing Local solutions, while organizing focused tactics to take ACTION in the community the following month in March 2013.

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Ecology became the Pillar of choice by an overwhelming majority of responses and interest, formulating the development of an ‘Ecological Restoration initiative’ at the Wekiva River Basin for the 1st action event.  Various groups broke out and discussed stakeholders, event activities, logistics, marketing and other critical parts of developing a community-based activity.

On the 3rd weekend of March 2013, we will teaming up with our local partners, Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC), Friends of Wekiva River (FOWR) and others to host a community event aimed at taking action to preserve Wekiva. Some action ideas including a guided nature hike, trash clean-up, and invasive species removal; adding value to the upcoming Speak Up Wekiva rally happening on February 16th, 2013! CLICK the flyer below for more info on the event.

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For those interested in joining us for the Wekiva Action project in March, please email: Clay@ideasforus.org

‘The Hive’ launches to Pollinate your IDEAS

'The Hive' logo and flyer design by: Stephanie Wrong

‘The Hive’ logo and flyer design by: Stephanie Wrong

‘IDEAS For Us’ is very excited to be launching a brand new initiative in Central Florida called “The HIVE: A Speakeasy for Innovation”

Each month, IDEAS will team up with our partners at Urban ReThink to host a Think/Do Tank aimed at bringing local chapters, students, professionals, community leaders and interested citizens together to develop community actions plans aimed at advancing sustainability throughout Central Florida.

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On February 6th at 7:00pm EST, we will be hosting the inaugural event at UR in Orlando, Florida, discussing and inviting everyone in join in to pollinate your IDEAS!

Please SHARE and Find out more info HERE.

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IDEAS-Uganda Ignites Their Community!

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In December 2012, the IDEAS-Uganda team coordinated a Community Sports Gala Competition and Youth Environmental Awareness event in Bewra, Uganda, Africa.

This attracted over seven hundred (700) youths in and out of school from the five constituencies of Kasese district, which comprised of six teams for the one day galla. The galla was attended by IDEAS-UGANDA Management team represented by Mr. Adidas Masereka, Mr. Isaac Sinamakosa and Mainuka Paddy, media personnel and the District youths councilor, Hon Baluku Geoffrey Lubangula.

Throughout the sporting events, IDEAS-Uganda set up “Innovation Think Tanks” to discuss various challenges being faced in the Kaseme district of Uganda, including Waste management, Recycling and Ecosystem restorations.  In addition, youth gathered to share solutions and establish commitments to sustainable action in 2013.

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MAJOR OUTPUTS OF THE ACTIVITY:
• Popularizing IDEAS-UGANDA in the district through the big number of youths (700+) that turned up and an FM radio presenter.

• Winning support of the District woman member of Parliament and the district youths councilor who promised to immediately schedule a partnership meeting between IDEAS-UGANDA and the King of the Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu(Obr), Bishops of Catholics and Anglicans in the district and Kasese district local government leaders about strategies of enhancing IDEAS work in the district.

• The youths leaders appreciated the work of IDEAS-UGANDA and requested IDEAS to link them to youths groups in other districts of Uganda and the world at large for a strengthened campaign.

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IDEAS-Uganada

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White House says ‘Happy Holidays’ to IDEAS

White House says 'Happy Holidays' to IDEAS

For the 2nd year, the U.S. White House and Obama family sends the IDEAS movement a holiday card, showing their appreciation for our efforts in advancing a culture of sustainability on our campuses and in our communities.

Happy Holidays from IDEAS For Us!

IDEAS Reaches New Milestone of Over 10,000 Fans!

DECEMBER 10, 2012 — IDEAS has recently hit a new milestone in our social media presence and achieved our ultimate goal for 2012 of gaining over 10,000 fans on the main Facebook page!!

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Binghamton Chapter Attracts Attention to the Movement

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BINGHAMTON, NY – This semester, IDEAS for Binghamton is running three initiatives which will engage, empower, and educate youth in the Northeast. By raising awareness for these initiatives and creating a high demand for environmental change on the University, the chapter was able to attract the University’s newspaper, the Binghamton Pipe Dream, to write articles about all of them throughout the semester. This is a milestone for the sustainability movement at the university, and a sign that the movement is gaining ground.

The first article was written about CYCLE, which aims to create a semi-closed loop food system on campus. The second article was written about the Take Back the Tap campaign, aimed to end the sale of bottled water at the University. The last article was written about the BU Bike Advocacy program, which will create a bike sharing program on campus and a safe biking path through the surrounding community.

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To read the articles, check out the links below.

Keep a look out for more updates from the Binghamton team in the coming months!

Jacob Robison
Northern Region Director, IDEAS For Us

250+ Students at Coral Reef High School commit to Sustainability

In preparation for the new years, the Coral Reef High School chapter of IDEAS in Miami, Florida — created a school-wide awareness campaign to encourage students to pledge for sustainability. Students used recycled paper to create a Giant tree, with limbs representing various different topics, such as Green Buildings, Healthy Foods, and Recycling. Over 250 students wrote their name on a individual leaf and pledged to help bring a culture of sustainability to Coral Reef, filling the tree with commitments to action!

   

Over the next 2 months, students will begin working together in groups to conceptualize ideas, create action plans and work on implementing various projects to Green the school, from establishing Recycling Bins throughout the court-yard, to obtaining an official ENERGY STAR certification!

Follow Coral Reef on their Facebook Page and stay tuned for more updates of the projects as they unfold in 2013!

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Youth participate in ‘Global Discussion on Climate Change’ in preparation the UN Cop18

As the 2012 UN Conference on Climate Change (COP18) approaches fast, IDEAS For UN decided to host an International youth discussion on the critical topic of  Climate Change, sharing stories of our local impacts, challenges facing our communities, and youth-led climate solutions to achieve a better future for all.

On Saturday, November 17th, a total of 17 youth from 7 countries — Including Pakistan, Netherlands, USA, Costa Rica, Ghana, Nepal and more! — came together for this important Virtual meeting; discussing Carbon abatement alternatives, Business incentives to reduce carbon footprint; and the Climate Justice movement helping those being disproportionately affected, such as countries throughout Africa.

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Over the next few weeks, leaders will be developing a Policy Paper for Youth representatives at the COP18 event in Doha, Qatar.  The goal will be to share our experience, our vision, and our voice to others on behalf of the IDEAS movement.

For those interested in viewing the discussion, please visit our link HERE.

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