Project Ideas

 

Service projects come in many different shapes and sizes and vary in the amount of time they require. There are some projects that may only involve a few people sprucing up a small park for only a couple of hours, while there are others that involve a large number of people doing something on the citywide scale. Some projects are sponsored by single organizations, while others may involve wide-ranging partnerships of suppliers, contractors, and state associations. Whatever the project, each is connected to our industry and unites us around a common goal.

 

Examples of project ideas:

  • Create a pollinator garden and education students and the public about the importance of protecting bees and other pollinators.
  • Clean, enhance, and/or beautify a local landmark (church, schools).
  • Clean up parks, build park amenities, mulch trees, build paths, etc. on a national, state, county, and/or local level.
  • Restore watersheds by cleaning up streams, or improve stormwater systems at a local school or church by building a rain garden.
  • Restore or build a new dog park.
  • Reinforce river banks and bulkheads against potential damage from hurricanes or other catastrophic weather conditions.
  • Plant trees in parks or neighborhoods with minimal canopy coverage.
  • Enhance a local monument, battlefield, or park by making it more accessible to the physically challenged — add ramps or boardwalks across meadows.
  • Illuminate an entrance way, pathway, or point of interest in a public viewing area, such as a public library, children's home, retirement community, a park, a prominent small bridge, covered bridge, lookout point, water feature, community building, playground entrance and/or pathway, courtyard areas at rehabilitation centers, vocational centers, food banks, blood banks, or volunteer offices.
  • Build a sports field at parks or recreation centers.
  • Build community gardens.
  • Build raised gardens for the physically challenged.
  • Help preserve a hiking trail.
  • Use LED accent lighting to tout energy efficiency and being environmentally friendly — 75 percent less energy versus traditional outdoor low voltage lighting to illuminate a cherished local landmark or Old Glory, or a statue, monument, or outdoor art sculpture.
  • Participate in the GreenCare for Troops Program. Visit projectevergreen.com for more information.
  • Educate the community by dispersing information (via flyers, brochures, or door-to-door) about insects and diseases that are destroying native plants, invasive weed mitigation, how to use native plants to save water, xeriscaping, rainwater collection, pesticides, etc.