Welcome to the third post in the series celebrating creative individuals doing what they can to be good stewards of the environment. 

Some of these heroes stretch a little beyond the boundaries that one may call ‘hometown,’  but a little geographical yoga can be good for the soul.

a sign in Heifer International Museum (click to enlarge)

The Wolf River Conservancy is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the Wolf River and watershed.  They lead canoe trips, guided hikes, and educational events for the area.

Project Green Fork certifies restaurants based on six criteria: use of sustainable products, recycling, kitchen composting, using non-toxic cleaning products, reducing water/energy consumption, and preventing pollution. To date, 41 Memphis restaurants are on board.

Heifer International makes my heart glad in so many different ways.  Their headquarters building in Little Rock has won the highest “green” building award possible from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).  Heifer took an old railroad switching yard littered with industrial waste, cleaned it up and recycled and reused the old masonry to build their headquarters in Little Rock.  The building’s narrow, curving design features a glass exterior to allow natural sunlinght to permeate the building. Their roof is designed to collect and recycle rainwater. The result is 52% less energy used than in similar sized conventional office buildings. (Yes, ok, this one isn’t exactly my hometown, but it’s close enough and their impact is far-reaching).

The City of Bartlett gets a lot right.  They have gorgeous parks, lots of bike lanes, and recycling centers.

The University of Memphis has several ongoing initiatives that help educate the community by….

providing tips on how students can conserve energy in their dorms,

offering “green” internships,

and panel discussions on sustainability


Please share: Who are your hometown heroes?