IDEAS For Us is a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental solutions incubator that activates communities to engage in eco-action projects around its five areas of sustainability: Energy, Water, Food, Waste, and Ecology. Its mission is to develop, fund, and scale solutions that solve the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Its vision is to contribute to a future where humanity thrives in harmony with nature and in peace with one another.
IDEAS For Us (IDEAS) began when a group of passionate university students made the choice to stop talking about environmental issues and begin the very difficult work of solving them. Founded in June of 2008 at the University of Central Florida (UCF), IDEAS began as a student-led organization called I.D.E.A.S. – an acronym that stood for Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions. With a major focus on action, I.D.E.A.S soon gained recognition by fellow students for their tenacity and dedication to solving environmental issues on campus.
In time, on and off-campus media recognized the student group for their impact and the concept organically spread around the United States. In 2011, IDEAS For Us officially became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and their work received the Champions of Change award from President Barack Obama. In 2012, IDEAS began the lengthy process of becoming an official NGO of the United Nations and from 2013 – 2016 they held consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In 2016, that status was upgraded and IDEAS now holds special consultative status and is a recognized observer organization of UNFCCC.
IDEAS is active in both developed and developing nations. Every project and program it launches shares the aim to help people, heal the planet, and grow prosperity at the community level through the education, engagement, and empowerment of those it serves. IDEAS seeks to "Educate, Engage, and Empower" youth and all ages on environmental issues. The organization seeks to provide means for groups of individuals to make a positive change in their environmental community.
Since 2008, the organization has taken action in 30 countries and engaged thousands of volunteers worldwide. Its projects align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) created by the United Nations to advance sustainability worldwide.
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