your chapter has been thinking about ways that you could
work on global warming, the most pressing environmental
challenge of our time, you may be inspired by what these
chapters and Audubon offices have done. Activities such
as these are eligible for funding through the Audubon
Ohio chapter grants, for which applications are coming
out in January.
The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society is promoting
a Low Carbon Diet through educational workshops. The
twist? They're working with local high school students
and the students are the ones who are going out into
the community and giving the workshops, which empowers
the teens at the same time that it helps spread the
word about reducing our greenhouse gas pollution. Last
year, the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society sponsored
a forum on biofuels production , looking into questions
of long-term sustainability of this technology.
The East Lake Washington Audubon Society in Washington
organized a global warming advocacy workshop with their
collaborative grant money.
The Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center
in Missouri organized an energy use education program
. The Audubon center will be hosting educational workshops
all year on ways to save energy and will also host a
larger community festival on energy efficiency.
The Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm in Ohio has created
a program called "Plan-it Green" through which
they will be encouraging local businesses to use sustainable
practices and become more energy efficient. This program
will conduct free energy audits for small, local businesses
and give them advice on how they can lower their energy
use and reduce their carbon footprint.
The Collier County Audubon Society in Florida worked
together with the Collier County government to help
the county government reduce the amount of greenhouse
gases they produce. They are performing a full audit
of the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions for the
county. The results of the audit will be presented to
the county government together with a list of suggested
steps for the county to take to reduce its greenhouse
The Broward County Audubon Society organized the "Friends
of the Everglades" Walk/Bike-a-thon. This year,
as part of the Walk/bike-a-thon, volunteers from the
Broward County Audubon Society will lead a bird walk
to educate the public about the causes of declining
bird populations, including global warming.
Want advice on how to organize a chapter project to
help combat global warming? Contact Bridget
McDaniel or Marnie
Urso for more ideas projects and more information
about global warming activities that can be supported
by your Audubon chapter grant.