Sunshine Landscaping has teamed up with the Green Team!
GreenCare for Troops is a nationwide outreach program coordinated by Project EverGreen that connects local green industry professionals with men and women serving our country in the armed forces away from home.
GreenCare is in the process of helping more than 2,200 volunteers provide free lawn and landscape services for more than 8,000 military families nationwide.
This is simply a program about helping America’s military families and sustaining a non-profit organization like Project EverGreen so consumers everywhere understand the environmental, lifestyle and economic benefits of managed green spaces.
Sunshine Landscaping feels not only is it the “right” thing to do, but is also our responsiblity in helping not only our local community but, our service man and woman that proudly serve our country, each and every day!
Going Green, Staying Green
What does it all mean?
Sometimes people as well as organizations, make a choice to go green in very large ways, by replacing a number of systems or behaviors with ones that will either be helpful, or at least not harmful, to the planet. Are you one of those people…or business owners that could be….should be thinking about that?To go GREEN can refer to many different ways you and your family can choose more environmentally friendly behaviors over those that are less environmentally friendly. Going green can mean small steps, that you and your family can gradually replace a few things you do on a regular basis, with other things you can do that won’t cause such debt or harm to the environment.
It’s fairly easy to attempt to go green in some capacity or another. In your own household, for example, there are plenty of ways of going GREEN and staying GREEN. Here are a few suggestions:
- Replacing basic light bulbs with fluorescent ones can be a great place to start because they save energy and reduce omissions into the environment
- Recyle! Recyle! Recycle! Recycling anything you can. Cans, paper, bottles etc.
- Planting certain drought resistant plants, requiring less water
- Start a compost pile in your yard some where…that would be a huge benefit to the environment, by keeping organic material out of the waste stream.
- Try using less heat or air conditioning, by adding a layer of clothing or reducing clothing.
- Try Carpooling or invest in hybrid vehicles.
These are just a few things we can suggest to you and your family on how to begin a GREEN program in your home or business. There are a lot more things you can find that will also help you to be green, we are just suggesting a few that we think are essential to at least begin a GREEN campaign in your life, today.
Learning More About GreenCare for Troops
We are also a member of Project Evergreen, whose mission is to raise awareness of the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of landscapes, while promoting the significance of those who preserve and enhance green spaces at home, work and play.
Project EverGreen is committed to informing the American public about the positive effects of well-maintained green spaces, including lawns and landscapes, sports turf, golf courses and parks. We want to inspire you to get involved and get passionate about green spaces!
GreenCare for Troops is a nationwide outreach program initiated by Project EverGreen that connects participating landscape maintenance professionals and citizen volunteers with families of the men and women away from home serving our country in the Armed Forces. Lawn and Landscape maintenance becomes a definite hardship when a military family’s primary breadwinner is on active duty away from home. GreenCare for Troops seeks to ease this burden by helping affected families with the important task of caring for their yard and landscape. Landscape professionals, and citizen volunteers donate their services to the military families for one year or deployment time.
Based in New Prague, Minnesota Project EverGreen is a national non-profit organization representing the green industry service providers, associations, suppliers, distributors, and individuals. The link between the families and the volunteers is done at the Project EverGreen headquarters. If a volunteer is located in the area of a military family, the military family is contacted by telephone or email with the volunteer’s information. It is the military family’s responsibility (due to confidentiality of the family’s information) to contact the volunteer. Due to the number of military families and volunteers participating and our skeleton staff, a participating military family will hear from GCFT only when we have a volunteer to assist them.
Receiving free lawn care service depends on the volunteers in areas of need; this service is not guaranteed in all areas, but we make every effort to accommodate as many families as we possibly can. If we do not have volunteers in areas every effort is made to recruit by phone.
To date, we have more than 9,100 military families and more than 2,400 volunteers throughout the United States registered with our program. Due to the overwhelming response of military families throughout the United States they are in need of more volunteers. PLEASE think about reaching out to Green Care for Troops! Find out how you too can help our troops locally.
To participate as a family in need of lawn care, or to volunteer to ease this burden for a military family, please complete and submit a simple on-line registration form which can be found on our website www.projectevergreen.com/gcft
Environmental & Social Responsibility
Today, one of first things we are often asked about is how we can all be more efficient and environmentally responsible. Landscaping is no exception. All around the country, the average homeowner to corporate property managers, are seeking landscape solutions that are cost-effective, sustainable, low-impact, and attractive for both residential and professional environments.
A few tips we can suggests:
Use a rain rainwater collection system – By positioning a rain barrel under the roof’s downspout, rainwater can be collected and stored. The water can then be dispensed through a hose connected to the bottom of the barrel. Using rainwater reduces the amount of usable water you need, which decreases demand for treated water, saves money, and helps the environment by reducing stormwater runoff. And rainwater is healthier for plants than tap water.
Landscape for passive heating and cooling – Planting appropriate trees along the south side of your home will provide shade and reduce air conditioning usage. In the winter, they’ll allow the sun’s rays to warm buildings saving costs on heating oil and gas. Which will also save on the environment.
Reduce water use – Water only where and when needed. Improve your soil for optimum water holding capacity. Use low-water demanding or native plants and consider reducing lawn size. Apply organic mulches or recycled mulch made of rubber substance.
Start a compost pile – Building a compost pile is a safe and easy way to reduce landfill waste and create natural fertilizer. Compost piles contain organic materials such as vegetable scraps, grass clippings, and leaves that naturally decompose into useable soil/ fertilizer. Using the soil/fertilizer produced from the compost pile recycles nutrients back into the earth, reducing the need for store-bought fertilizers and helping the environment.
Use native plant species – A native plant is one that had existed, developed and occurred naturally for many years in our area. These can be trees, flowers, grasses or any other plants. Often these plants require less care, pesticides, water and are more disease resistant than plants from other parts of the country or world. Native plants have adjusted to living in unusual environments or under very harsh climates or exceptional soil conditions.
Install a rain garden – A rain garden is a landscaped, shallow depression that allows rain and water runoff to be collected and seep naturally into the ground. This helps recharge our groundwater supply and prevents water pollution from stormwater runoff. Rain gardens are an important way to make our cities and neighborhoods more attractive places to live while enhancing ecological health.
Increase bio-diversity – Providing a wide range of native plants is the first step in creating a diverse natural habitat for wildlife. A bio-diverse ecosystem reduces the need for pesticides and creates a healthy wildlife habitat essential to outdoor living and a better quality of life for everyone.
Call a Landscaping Professional – Call Sunshine Landscaping and talk to us about how we can help you become green! You will be glad you did.