Washington DC 2015 Community Award Winners

1st Place: Washington Youth

Washington Youth Garden (WYG) uses the garden cycle as a tool to enrich science learning, inspire environmental stewardship and cultivate healthy food choices in DC youth. Founded in 1971, the Washington Youth Garden provides a unique, year-round environmental science and food education program for D.C. youth and their families. Using the garden as a living classroom, the Washington Youth Garden teaches participants to explore their relationships with food and the natural world. Read more here: www.washingtonyouthgarden.org

Congratulations to our Washington DC Finalists!

Mundo Verde Public Charter School - Mundo Verde is a bilingual and sustainable Expeditionary Learning School preparing students to be compassionate global stewards to make positive change in their communities. Mundo Verde would use the Community Award to promote access to fresh fruits and vegetables amongst our lowest income families in three ways: (1) The Award will subsidize a CSA fruit and vegetable share for 10 of our lowest income families. The CSA will be delivered to the school on a weekly basis for pick-up. (2) The Award will also fund two cooking classes for CSA families that will reinforce using the produce in cultural recipes. (3) Award funds will be used to provide "coupons" to low-income families for purchasing produce from the Mundo Verde School Garden Farmer's Market. Read more here: www.mundoverdepcs.org

Groundswell - Groundswell educates DC area residents about their energy options and helps families & organizations switch their homes & buildings to clean energy at an affordable rate. With this award, Groundswell will expand affordable access to clean energy in the DC area and help 1,400 local residents and organizations take consumer actions to live more sustainably. Groundswell will educate 5,200 households and community organizations about clean energy and green living and host two enrollment cycles to help 1,400 people switch their homes and buildings to wind power. Through this project, we will purchase nearly 50 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity for the region and abate 34,000 metric tons of carbon, which is equivalent to taking 7,100 cars off the road or 4,600 homes off the grid Read more here: www.groundswell.org

Luke's Wings - Wounded Warrior Transportation Assistance Program. Luke's Wings provides free flights for family members to visit service members wounded in battle during their recovery when the government will not sponsor it. Luke's Wings would like to provide an additional 420 flights in one year and more broadly, break our organizational goal of providing 1,000 flights in any given year. We partner with Delta Airlines, a globally recognized company for its mission and commitment to operate in a sustainable manner. In 2007, Delta became the first airline to launch a carbon offset program. In 2012, Delta was the first major U.S. carrier to receive verification of their 2005-2011 GHG emissions under The Climate Registry. We are thrilled that Delta Airlines is our corporate partner. Read more here: www.lukeswings.org

Southeast Children's Fund - Southeast Children's Fund operates two infant and toddler centers combining technology and hands-on experience with toddlers to learn how to grow and prepare fresh fruits & vegetables. Using iPads and books, toddlers, 18 months – 3 years old, will learn how to create a garden, plant fruits and vegetables, take care of the garden and use the fruits and vegetables they grow to create side dishes and snacks to eat. They will read developmentally appropriate books to support what they learn, using their iPads. The children and the teachers will draw pictures and create a mural to document what they learned. Read more here: www.sechildrensfund.org