Green Break 2016 Recap!

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This group put in a valiant effort on 50K tree day! On Feb. 27, 2016, university groups, high school students, corporate teams, and more came together to plant 378 trees during the statewide effort to plant 50,000. The 378 trees HON volunteers planted will offset an estimated 1,631.1 tons of carbon over time.

What better way to spend spring break than helping out in the great outdoors?

Over the course of the last month, Hands On Nashville had the opportunity to work with hundreds of volunteers from across the country to complete 13 meaningful projects supporting our environment. Now that’s what we like to call a “Green Break!”

Collectively, these fantastic collegiate, faith-based, and high school groups completed home energy savings projects in 6 Nashville homes, planted 500 trees, cleared 7,000 pounds of trash from local waterways, and supported 1.9 acres of local ecosystems with invasive plant removal.

Here’s a look back at just a few of the green ups and cleanups!

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During their three-day trip, these Michigan Wolverines cleared 2,000 pounds of trash and debris from 300 ft. of local waterways, completed home energy savings improvements for a Nashville homeowner, and planted 125 trees.
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During their three-day trip, these Michigan Wolverines cleared 2,000 pounds of trash and debris from 300 ft. of local waterways, completed home energy savings improvements for a Nashville homeowner, and planted 125 trees.
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During their three-day trip, these Michigan Wolverines cleared 2,000 pounds of trash and debris from 300 ft. of local waterways, completed home energy savings improvements for a Nashville homeowner, and planted 125 trees.

 

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On March 7, this energized group of 37 students from Minnesota State University at Mankato cleaned up 3,000 pounds of trash and debris along 500 feet of waterway.
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Eight volunteers from Toledo Campus Ministry traveled from Ohio to complete a series of service projects. During their stay, they completed two home energy savings projects on March 8 and 10. Home energy savings projects not only make homes warmer in the winter, they also help homeowners save an average of $461 a year on their utility costs.
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This group of 11 volunteers from Slippery Rock University made the trip from Pennsylvania to do great work in Middle Tennessee. As part of their efforts, they alone cleared 0.83 acres of invasive plants from Percy Priest Lake!
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Eight volunteers from Toledo Campus Ministry traveled from Ohio to complete a series of service projects. During their stay, they completed two home energy savings projects on March 8 and 10. Home energy savings projects not only make homes warmer in the winter, they also help homeowners save an average of $461 a year on their utility costs.

Green Break By the Numbers!

  • 230 total volunteers
  • 13 projects
  • 6 Home Energy Savings Projects completed
  • 503 trees planted
  • 7,000 pounds of trash removed from local waterways
  • 1.91 acres cleared of invasive plants

Special thanks to each group of volunteers for your energy and efforts to restore and support Nashville’s environmental landscape, and to Hands On Nashville’s Environmental Restoration AmeriCorps member, Ashlee Shultz,  and Home Energy Savings AmeriCorps Member, Meghan Scholl, for leading the way.

We’re looking forward to Green Break 2017!

Want to get involved? Sign up to help out at an environmental restoration project.

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