Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Inspiring environmental awareness on campus and in the community has earned a UCF student organization a prestigious state award.
Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions, or I.D.E.A.S., was selected as the Conservation Organization of the Year for 2011 by the Florida Wildlife Federation, a nonprofit organization that promotes preservation in Florida.
I.D.E.A.S. won for its dedicated efforts on behalf of Florida’s fish and wildlife and their native habitats. I.D.E.A.S. and other state conservationists were honored at the Federation’s annual Conservation Awards Banquet last weekend. Conservation award winners were selected from nominations made to FWF’s board of directors.
I.D.E.A.S., founded by UCF alumni Chris Castro and Hank Harding while they were students, aims to inspire and promote sustainability by providing students and community members with opportunities to get involved in environmental and service-learning projects. The organization’s outreach has included activities such as bike rallies, invasive plant removal and cleanups of lakes, roads and beaches.