december, 2020

03decAll Day28febLoudoun County “Greening Your Neighborhood” programDo you live in an HOA or Condo Association in Loudoun County, VA? Do you want to help make your community more ecologically sustainable?

Event Details

Do you live in an HOA or Condo Association in Loudoun County, VA? Do you want to help make your community more ecologically sustainable? If you answered yes to both questions, the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) invites you to join our free Greening Your Neighborhood program. This is the ultimate “Think globally, act locally” program!

What is the goal of the program?
We’ll kick off the Greening Your Neighborhood program this fall (November 2020). And by June 2022, you will have partnered with your Board to successfully completed an ecologically-focused project in your community. Your goals might include improving local stream water quality, decreasing flooding, providing needed wildlife habitat, or making the community more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Your project could take many forms: creating a pollinator garden, installing a rain garden, securing community funding for invasive plant removal, creating an official Conservation Committee, or any other results-oriented goal you might have!

What will I learn in the program?
We’ll provide you with the information, skills, and support you need to envision and implement an ecologically sustainable project in your community. We’ll cover working with your Board and involving residents to ensure the best chance of long-term success.

What does the program entail?
Participants in the program will commit to all of the following program events:

  • 30 min. online orientation session – pick which works best for your schedule
    •  Goal: Get a quick overview of the program, discuss goals and commitments, and ask any questions you might have.
    • Choose from either: (1) Wed Nov. 18, 2020 @ 12pm  (2) Sat Nov. 21, 2020 @ 9:30am or (3) Mon Nov.  23, 2020 @ 7pm
  • Thurs, Dec. 3, 2020 – 5pm – 9pm: Half-day workshop (online)
    • Goal: Begin creating an action plan for your community project
  • December 2020 – January 2021: Self-guided green infrastructure projects tour
    • Goal: See projects in their winter season and learn about the process taken to implement them
  • Sat, March 13, 2021 – 9am – 1pm: Half-day workshop (online)
    • Goal: Present your progress and challenges in implementing your action plans; strategize and trouble-shoot solutions for overcoming obstacles
  • Sat, May 15, 2021 – 9am – 1pm: Tour of green infrastructure projects in and around Loudoun County (groups will be kept small and socially distanced; car required)
    • Goal: See projects in the spring season and discuss project on-site in a small group setting
  • By June 2022: You will have implemented a conservation project within your community in partnership with your Board
    • We’ll be working with you throughout the time between now and June 2022 to help you make your project a success!

Throughout the program, you’ll get emails with advice and success stories for inspiration to moving forward. You’ll also participate in short surveys every other month to gauge and share your progress. ANS will also select five communities to receive additional, more personalized support.

Want to learn more, but not yet ready to register?

If you’re not yet ready to register (which you can do below), join us for an informal info session and Q&A about how this program can help you. Invite friends and neighbors to join you! Additional info sessions can be added, as needed.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28th @ 10am – 10:30am (past event)
  • Thursday, Nov. 5th @ 7pm – 7:30pm  | (past event)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11th @ 7pm – 7:30pm  |  RSVP now
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17th @ 12pm – 12:30pm  |  RSVP now

Time

December 3 (Thursday) - February 28 (Sunday)