DC Department of Energy & Environment Awards RiverSmart Schools Grant to IDEA
December 15, 2016--IDEA will grow even greener in 2017, thanks to a recent RiverSmart Schools grant from the DC Department of Energy and Environment. Funding from the grant will enable IDEA to transform the asphalt parking lot and alley into an eco-friendly area, including green space where we can plant more kitchen gardens and fruit trees.
DC Students Construction Trade Foundation partners have agreed to demolish the asphalt at no cost to IDEA, and we will replace some of the surface with permeable tiles that prevent stormwater run-off that damages the Anacostia River.
Casey Trees, which has collaborated before with IDEA's Green Club, has agreed to donate and help plant trees in the new green space.
Benefits of the grant will multiply for the school and community, as the new projects will improve the school environment, involve students in designing and building the new space, decrease the amount of IDEA's water bill so that money can be used for student projects, and ultimately help protect the Anacostia Watershed. Click here to learn more about the RiverSmart Schools initiative.