Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

GREEN OUR PLANET

Creator's Of America's Largest School Garden Program

Las Vegas, NV

Mission

Green Our Planet's mission is to educate the public about the most pressing environmental issues facing the planet today. Our overall goal is to help conserve, protect, and improve the environment through funding green projects and through education, which includes STEAM, nutrition and conservation education in PreK-12 schools.

Ruling Year

2013

President

Mr. Kim MacQuarrie

Secretary-Treasurer

Ms. Ciara Byrne

Main Address

The Innevation Center 6795 Edmond Street

Las Vegas, NV 89118 USA

Keywords

Environmental education, conservation, environment, school gardens

EIN

38-3883213

 Number

2618608303

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Programs + Results

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Education: Nevada has the lowest ACT test scores in the nation (Quality Counts 2016)

Health: Nevada students have high obesity and diabetes rates, and rank 45/50 in overall childhood health (Kids Count 2017)

Many Nevada students live in food deserts, with little or no access to fresh foods (USDA 2011)

Environment: 94% of Nevadans live in an urban area, limiting children's contact with nature (US Census Bureau 2010)

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Outdoor Garden Classroom Program

Hydroponics Program

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Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our goal is to improve student test scores in STEAM subjects, improve student nutrition, and teach students about conservation using outdoor learning gardens and indoor hydronics systems as natural laboratories that can be installed and maintained in public and private schools.

We continue to refine and expand our school garden and hydroponics programs and are currently building a new school garden every week. We also continue to seek out and partner with other complementary organizations to help further our mission.

We continue to harness the energy of and expand our board of directors, increase our reach and revenue via strategic sponsorships and partnerships, and continue to seek and hire the most talented individuals for our staff as possible

Green Our Planet collaborated with the University of Nevada's Health Department i 2015 to help create and conduct the first survey in So Nevada of the impact of school gardens on teachers and students. The results of that survey can be seen here:

https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/educators-perceptions-associated-with-school-garden-programs-inclark-county-nevada-practices-resources-benefits-and-barriers-2155-9600-1000465.php?aid=67967

Green Our Planet continues to work with UNLV to formulate more intensive, long-term impact studies related to the effects of gardens on student nutrition, test scores, and attitudes towards the environment.

Since launching its Outdoor Garden Classroom Program in March, 2013, Green Our Planet has raised more than $4 million and has used much of that to fund and build more than 130 Outdoor Garden Classrooms in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. Green Our Planet has also spearheaded the creation of Nevada's first PreK-5 STEM curriculum to be used in school gardens, which was written to NV State and Next Gen standards.

Here are some other achievements:

CHEF-TO-SCHOOL PROGRAM:
Green Our Planet has created the largest Chef-to-School Program in the Unites States, with professional chefs from over 60 different restaurants volunteering to provide cooking demonstrations for students using vegetables from their school gardens.

FARMERS MARKETS/“FARMPRENEUR PROGRAM":
Green Our Planet launched the first farmers market at an elementary school in Nevada at John S. Park ES in November 2013. In the fall of 2014, Green Our Planet created the “Farmpreneur Program," which teaches fifth grade students how to create and run their own farmers markets. Since the program's launch, more than 80 CCSD schools have run their own farmers markets at their schools. During the 2016-2017 school year, Green Our Planet helped schools organize 165, student-run farmers markets.

FIRST SCHOOL GARDEN CONFERENCE:
Green Our Planet hosted Las Vegas' first school garden conference on March 20, 2014. Now in its fifth year, the conference attracts more than 300 teachers and principals who share best practices from across the CCSD.

FIRST GREEN SCHOOLS SUMMIT:
In October 2015, Green Our Planet partnered with the USGBC and the Desert Research Institute to create the first Nevada Green Schools Summit in order to share best practices for furthering the green school movement.

CORPORATE PARTNERS FOR SCHOOLS:
Green Our Planet has partnered schools with over 50 corporations and foundations to help fund the school gardens and for the long term benefit of the schools. Among those are Control Power Concepts, NV Energy, KJS Family Foundation, JBA Consulting Engineers, the Cosmopolitan, Wynn Resorts, Sands Corporation, the Consumer Electronics Association, Pardee Homes, Norgren Engineering, Santa Fe Casino, Mentors Foundation, CVS, Diamond Resorts, Walmart, Zappos, Lowes, Downtown Project, Innevation, Jamba Juice, Honey Salt Restaurant, Logistical Solutions, and Whole Foods.

TEACHER TRAINING:
In partnership with the Regenerative Education Cooperative (REC), Whole Foods and the KJS Foundation, Green Our Planet helped fund and organize teacher training workshops that to date have trained more than 700 CCSD teachers in how to teach STEAM standards in an Outdoor Garden Classroom.

WATER CONSERVATION AT SCHOOLS:
In a joint partnership with the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Green Our Planet has helped schools remove water intensive lawns and replace them with vegetable gardens, thus saving the Clark County School District more than 20 million gallons of water each year.

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Financials

GREEN OUR PLANET

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes

Organizational Demographics

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