In partnership with his sister, Shedonna Alexander, rap artist Ceelo Green has launched a new environmental charity called The GreenHouse Foundation
The organization will focus on educating and inspiring impoverished youth to become responsible environmental stewards and shape the futures of local communities and initiatives. Greenhouse's first projects will be to assist schools with building campus gardens and the introduction of "green education" into their everyday curriculum.
"Through the Green Garden Education Program, the GreenHouse Foundation is supporting schools with the tools, curriculum, and resources necessary to create and maintain an outdoor 'teaching garden,'" Green said.
"With the garden as the primary focus, children will learn the fundamentals of gardening along with the health and environmental benefits of growing their own produce. Children will also learn how to start and manage their own school farmers market. The hands of our children will help feed those in need, like the homeless or elderly who live in 'grocery deserts' with no access to fresh produce."
Future projects include “The School Waste Diversion Initiative”, which will provide schools with waste receptacles to divert non-biodegradable waste from local landfills and create a local competition among the schools. The charity also has ambitious plans to adopt land around Atlanta to develop organic community gardens maintained by volunteers.
Very cool - and these are all very practical and effective initiatives that will have an immediate impact on not only children, but also communities struggling to find access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Well done, Ceelo and Shedonna!