Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. ”
In June 2008, a group of passionate university students made the choice to stop talking about environmental issues and begin the very difficult work of solving them. They did this by identifying a set of very practical goals with positive implications for their local environment.
Despite having their requests to form as an official club denied twice, this group of determined undergraduate students held meetings and planned action projects in secret, calling themselves Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions.
Their first initiatives involved the maintenance of a campus lake, and programs that encouraged the adoption of recycled paper for print labs in various campus departments, including the Student Government Association. Through their collective action and results-oriented approach, they were able to appeal to other university students, many of whom had some pretty amazing IDEAS of their own.
From 2009 – 2012 IDEAS saw significant growth in the amount of chapters, members and attention they were receiving. Eventually, it became necessary for IDEAS to establish themselves as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in the United States. Fast forward to 2013 — IDEAS is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and an officially accredited Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by the United Nations with chapters and officers managing a growing IDEAS Movement around the World.
IDEAS’ activities and initiatives focus on the 5 Pillars of Sustainability: Energy, Water, Food Waste and Ecology. Within each Pillar, they work to develop and implement action-based initiatives that include:
1) Research (R&D)
3) Environmental Awareness
For more information, visit their website at: http://www.ideasforus.org.