Carlin Anderson, president and founder of the Herndon Environmental Network (HEN), was a finalist in Cox Communications' "Cox Conserves Heroes" contest last year, which recognized people who have worked hard to better their communities. As a finalist, Cox made a $2,500 donation to HEN.
"The Herndon Environmental Network board of directors felt that we could have the greatest impact on our community by using the $2,500 donation to offer small grants for projects in the Herndon area," Anderson said.
So, recently, HEN put out a call for local grant applications. This week, they announced the following five recipients.
- The Town of Herndon will receive $1,000 for a new recycling initiative in the town's parks.
- The Herndon recreation pool will receive $537 to install recycling and compost stations, as well as a rain barrel.
- Clearview Elementary School in outer Herndon will receive $432 for a new recycling initiative.
- The Dranesville School-Aged Child Care Center will receive $178 for a vermiculture program, a form of composting with earthworms.
- Dranesville Elementary in the county area of Herndon will receive $140 for new tools and seeds for the school's garden.
"We are so pleased to be able to assist five different groups with projects to make our community a more environmentally-friendly place," Anderson said upon announcing the recipients.
All five projects are expected to be completed this year.
The Herndon Environmental Network is a nonprofit organization founded in 2011 by Anderson and a group of Herndon-area residents concerned about environmental issues. The group’s mission is "to establish a presence in the community and improve the environment through education, projects and activities in and around the Herndon area.
HEN received the 2013 Fairfax County Environmental Excellence Award in the organization category.
Learn more at http://herndonenvironment.org/.
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