There are many ways in which we can come together to clean up and beautify our beloved community.
Clear illegal dump sites
Illegal dumping is when a person or company intentionally disposes or allows the disposal of solid waste at a site or location that is not permitted as a landfill. Illegal dumping much of the time is a crime of opportunity. Do your part and dispose properly of your trash or waste. If you see illegal dumping in your community, report it here.
Start with your own yard! Improve the aesthetic appearance of your front yard by changing its contours, adding ornamental features, or planting trees and shrubs. Landscape gardening increases the value of your property. If you have a lush green creative garden, your property value will be much higher than your neighbors’. If you think of selling your home in the future, you can get a good price on it—thanks to your well-maintained garden. Landscape gardening is also a good way of exercising regularly!
Start a community garden
There are many benefits to starting a community garden. Community gardens provide access to nutritionally rich foods that may otherwise be unavailable to low-income families and individuals. In addition, exposure to green space reduces stress and increases a sense of wellness and belonging. Community gardens also provide much needed green space in lower-income neighborhoods which typically have access to less green space than do other parts of the community. Click here if you are interested in starting a community garden.
Hold a Tree Planting event in your community! Planting a tree can have tremendous influences on communities. Tree planting improves our environment, can enhance our quality of life, and improve our health. No matter your reason for planting trees, know that by planting trees at home, work or in your neighborhood, you are investing in your community and forging a green legacy for future generations to enjoy. Click here to learn how to host your own tree planting event.
Graffiti abatement projects
Houston treats graffiti vandalism as a crime. Graffiti not only is unattractive, it lowers property values and encourages other crimes. You should report any illegal graffiti that you see in your neighborhood. Graffiti removal in the Houston area is handled by several government and private entities, and each has specific jurisdictions and/or responsibilitiesThe city’s Graffiti Abatement Program helps residential and commercial property owners comply with the law by offering no-cost graffiti removal services. Click here to report graffiti in your neighborhood.
Farmers Markets are an important source of fresh, nutritious food for urban residents and a key asset of many vital and active communities within the city. Many neighborhoods in District K have few, if any, food retail outlets that sell fresh produce. Farmers’ markets have potential to reach consumers in “food deserts” and improve their nutrition. Farmers’ markets have low start-up costs and flexible models, which enable them to be responsive to the needs of a community. Click here for an application to start your own Farmers Market.
We all know recycling is good for the environment, but many don’t realize the ways recycling can positively impact their own community. Recycling has many benefits including, but not limited to: Reducing the size of landfills, conserving natural resources, saving money, saving energy, reducing greenhouse has emissions and bringing different groups within the community together. Take advantage of the resources available and recycle! Find out how and where to recycle in your community.