Community

Experienced people offering world-class community involvement.

Executive Involvement

  • Billy Hall is a board member for The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, board member and co-founder of South Fork Conservancy, and is vice president of Olmstead Linear Park Association.
  • Shahrokh Rouhani is on the advisory board of Grants to Green.

Educational Involvement

  • Columbia, MD office involved in First Robotics Competition for Robo-Lions of Liberty High School (Eldersburg, Maryland)
  • Employees volunteer to socialize and provide respite for Smokey Mountain Service Dogs
  • Madison, WI office presenting/mentoring students at Somerset Middle School and Somerset High School in Wisconsin to interest kids in engineering and encourage enrollment in Project Lead the Way (encourage engineering type courses for high school)

Community Outreach

  • Laboratory Education

    -- Host students and interested community members. The visits are designed to be interactive providing hands on experience and demonstration of studies routinely conducted at the laboratory. Our scientists take the time to talk with visitors about careers in the environmental field as well as answer questions posed by students and teachers. Our scientists are also involved with curriculum development modules designed to interest high school students in considering a career in restoration or remediation sciences.

  • Native Wildlife Garden at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

    -- We cooperated on a Metropolitan Water District (MWD) community grant with Los Angeles Audubon, Friends of Baldwin Hills, and the California Native Plant Society, Los Angeles and Santa Monica Chapters to plant a native wildlife garden in Los Angeles at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. We trained local youth to check plant health and monitor wildlife use of the developing plant community. We continue to manage the native garden and conduct volunteer days where students and the community help to plant additional native plants, weed and mulch the site, and learn about the benefits of restoring natural habitat in an area surrounded by urbanization.

  • Baldwin Hills Outdoor Resources Enrichment Program

    -- We and Los Angeles Audubon, with a grant from the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, have established a native habitat restoration ecology and natural resource enrichment program at the new Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook that will support the Native Plant Garden planned for the visitor center. The program is a hands-on module for high school students in native habitat restoration ecology and natural resources management.

    The Enrichment program emphasizes plant identification, Native American uses of plants, native plant seed collection and propagation, weed control, soil science, the foundation of native plants for bird habitat and wildlife habitat management, water quality, and watershed management.

    Students actively participate in the comprehensive process to transform the former development tract at the current Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook into a functioning native ecosystem. Key to the program has been the upgrading and re-invigorating the existing greenhouse located at the site where the students will grow the plants that will be used to enhance the native plant garden and to contribute native plants for local volunteer planting events in the park. The greenhouse will become the hub for future volunteer programs as well as the Enrichment program.

  • Restoration Tours

    – Our Habitat Restoration Ecologists lead ecological tours sponsored by the Transportation Corridor Agencies every spring. This is a unique opportunity for the public to see native habitat areas that were preserved or restored in association with the construction of Orange County’s public toll roads. The spring 2008 tours included a burn recovery hike at Siphon Reservoir, wildflower and bird watching at Upper Chiquita Canyon; wildlife undercrossing hike at Upper Laurel Canyon; and a restoration and bird watching tour at the Bonita Creek wetlands. For more information about the annual Native Habitat Tour Series, call TCA at 949-754-3405 or watch for the announcements on the TCA’s website: www.thetollroads.com

Sponsorships

  • Employee graduate Fellows of California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (www.agleaders.org).
  • Warnell School of Forestry (University of Georgia) 

Charity Donations

  • SaveChild Haiti Relief
  • Yele Haiti
  • Prince of Wales
  • UNC Donate
  • GALLOWA – MAT 
  • YMCA Sponsor Corp Donate – Scholarship 
  • GEF Math Counts 
  • EarthShare
  • GreenLaw
  • Hilside Aim for Hope
  • Red Cross
  • Georgia Urban Forest Council
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Our own Daphne D. Williams ran in Marathon DeSables for Girls on the Run.
  • Vidas de Esperanza

Pro Bono Work