Little Gnome Facts

Did you know that Project Front Yard has picked up 17,291 bags of litter in Acadiana?

Little Gnome Facts about Project Front Yard

For the past five years now, Project Front Yard has worked diligently in our community to improve our city-scape. From litter control and recycling initiatives, to waterway and park preservation – our volunteers have made remarkable progress and we want to share our success with you!

Nine billion tons of litter ends up in our oceans ever year. Much of it is street litter that enters storm drains and other waterways.

Did you know plastic bags take 1000 years to decompose? Americans use 100 billion plastic bags every year, and only 1 to 3% of those bags are recycled.

Over 1/3 of the litter cleaned up in the past year came from fast food containers, followed by paper and aluminum.

In one year, trash in the Vermilion River included 1629 barrels of trash, 168 tires, and 245 large items.

Fix It Café – A pop-up meeting which introduces owners of objects that need repair with people who have the skills to fix it. This keeps a wide variety of items out of our landfills.

During Mardi Gras 2017, the Krewe of Rio parade of 650 float-riders collected 6400 pounds of cardboard, 400 pounds of plastic bags and 5300 pounds of plastic beads. This reduced litter cleanup crews and dumpster fees.

Did you know that instead of throwing your plastic bags in your trash bin, you could bring them to your local grocery store? Many grocery stores have take-back programs so you can properly recycle your plastic bags.

Everything that goes down our storm drains ends up in coulees, bayous and rivers.

Debris such as six-pack rings, plastic bags and Styrofoam cups causes harm to our aquatic life.

Community beautification should be high on your agenda as a neighborhood or community organization.  Simple projects range from planting colorful flowers or shrubs to painting planters, benches, sign posts — or whatever is beginning to look a bit tired.

Adding more green spaces to urban areas helps reduce nearby criminal activity.

Cities with more green retention space prevents storm water from overwhelming their sewers.

Did you know that one large tree can provide a days supply of oxygen for up to four people?

Trees lower surface and air temperatures by providing shade. Shaded surfaces may be 20–45°F cooler than the peak temperatures of un-shaded materials.

Trees cool the city by up to 10°F by shading our homes and streets and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.

Environmental Education

We’re excited to see schools and teachers embrace environmental education in grades K-5! In fact, the state legislature signed into law, Louisiana Act 72 in 2016 to require that kids receive education about litter and its devastating effects on our environment.

In collaboration with Keep Louisiana Beautiful, we helped create Yardley’s pal, Rocksey the Raccoon and her toolkit with lesson plans, activity sheets, and student standards. It’s a curriculum that focuses on litter, pollution, recycling, and good stewardship for our environment.

You can download Rocksey’s Toolkit right here!

2019 PFY ECOSTEAM Summer Camp

Lafayette Consolidated Government Parks and Recreation Department and Project Front Yard (PFY) are partnering to create an environmentally-focused, phenomena, inquiry, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) based camp that engages and inspires youth to take an active, hands-on approach to making Lafayette a better, safer, and  cleaner place to live called “Camp ECOSTEAM”.

Camp ECOSTEAM will be a six week long summer program that provides engaging and exploration based activities for kids to learn about organisms, habitats, wetlands, gardens, and other environmental ecosystems. This summer camp will be a supplement to Project Front Yard’s environmental education curriculum “Rocksey’s Toolbox”, which focuses on litter, pollution, recycling, and environmental stewardship.

You can download the ECOSTEAM Summer Camp Curriculum right here!

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