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Recapping our First Annual Run Toward Sustainability

On Saturday, as we finished our First Annual Run Toward Sustainability, the heavens smiled on us for the second time this month (i.e. Butterfly Release) by holding off the rain and bringing out the sunshine.

Participants received a bit of an education as they trekked the 5K plus (for some) through the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, with education stations, built by UGA Dept. of Sustainability and placed along the way to promote ways to live more sustainably.  At the finish line, runners received a Klean Kanteen water bottle in a Bag The Bag grocery tote to remind them to carry the message forward as they reduce the amount of plastic used on a daily basis.  Winners of the run received Tread for Good sandals, garden memberships, and bags of locally grown produce from the UGArden.

We were honored by each and every one of our sponsors, who generously came forward to support the run.  We had an amazing turnout of 150 participants (in spite of threatening thunderstorms), who greeted each other with hugs, encouraged one another along the way, and celebrated together as they crossed the finish line.

Some of you may have noticed that Small Dreams Foundation has adopted a new tagline, inspired by the example that Brittney set for us in her life.  We hope that the run inspired all of you to:

Live Sustainably. Support Locally. Love Deeply. 

In the words of Rose Kennedy, “Time does not heal all wounds.”

But love … that is what sustains us, and gives us the strength to go on. From the bottom of our hearts, to the very generous hearts of all of you, thanks for sustaining, supporting, and loving us deeply.

Sponsors

  • 22Squared
  • Aromas
  • Brick Store Pub
  • Expert Technical Solutions
  • Fresh Bikes
  • GOCOM Media
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Kevin & Kimberly Caille
  • Leon’s Full Service
  • New Uniform Design
  • Pitts Media
  • The Salinas Family
  • Sigma Nu Fraternity
  • The Square Pub
  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia
  • Sweet Grass Dairy
  • Terrapin
  • Tread for Good
  • UGA Department of Sustainability

Contributors

  • ACC Recycling
  • ACC Water Conservancy
  • Bag the Bag
  • Fresh Market
  • Kleen Kanteen
  • Let US Compost

Join us for a day of volunteering at Olmstead Linear Park on April 6th

Small Dreams Foundation is excited to offer Atlanta’s Olmstead Linear Park (http://www.atlantaolmstedpark.org/deepdene.htm) a day of volunteering to help clean up a section of the park known as Deepdene Park on April 6 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Deepdene Park is widely used by Atlanta residents and is the favorite place on the planet for one Small Dreams’ best 4-legged friends, Willow “Baby Jesus” Watts.  The park is essentially maintained by one individual and could use the help of volunteers to help keep it beautiful for the communities of Atlanta and Decatur to enjoy.

Come help us give back to the community and provide maintenance for this beautiful park. We are seeking 15-20 volunteers for this event. Please contact Brian Watts if you are interested at smalldreamsfoundation@gmail.com.

Small Dreams Butterfly Release with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

The Small Dreams Foundation is partnering with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) at Scottish Rite for a Butterfly Release on April 28, 2013 in the Strong4Life Teaching Garden at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  The Strong4Life Teaching Garden is an organic garden built by Farmer D Organics as a place where patients and their families can go to relax and learn about nutrition, the environment, and gardening. All proceeds from the release will go directly toward the Children’s Child Life Garden Activity Fund established in memory of Brittney Watts.

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Strong4Life Teaching Garden and Frog Pond

Click here for information on how to register for this special event.

Five Green New Year’s Resolutions for your “ResoLIST”

Happy New Year from the Small Dreams Foundation! On January 1st, 2011, Brittney wrote a blog post about her New Year’s Resolutions which she coined as her “ResoLIST” (see her post here). This year, we remember Brittney through a few “ResoLIST” ideas for a more sustainable and healthy 2013:

  1. Start Recycling – Come on folks, it’s 2013. Every town and city offers a recycling program.
  2. Get Around Greener – Drive less, walk more, bike more, use public transportation more, carpool more.
  3. Eat and Shop Local – Support local restaurants (especially those that feature local ingredients), coffee shops, farmers markets, and CSAs (find yours here).
  4. Dispose of Less – Invest in reusable alternatives for plastic water bottles, grocery bags, plastic utensils, paper coffee cups, paper towels, etc.
  5. Meatless Mondays – Consuming fewer animal products significantly decreases your carbon footprint.

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Go Green this Holiday Season

Looking for some ways to have a green holiday season? Check out these easy ideas to deck the halls and help the Earth.

  • Buy recycled paper!  According to Earth911, as much as half of the 85 million tons of paper products Americans use every year goes toward wrapping, packaging, and decorating items.  Check their website great gift giving ideas that are earth friendly.  Greenfield Paper also creates eco-friendly recycled paper as well as paper made from seeds and hemp.
  • Recycle your tree. It’s easy to just throw your tree to the curb in January, but check with your local home improvement store or nursery for locations to recycle your tree.  Many can grind your tree into mulch that can be used in a garden.
  • Need a gift idea? Consider making a donation to a local charity or organization that supports sustainability practices in your town.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

UGA names first-ever recipients for Study Abroad Scholarships in Sustainability

On November 16, 2013, the Office of Sustainability awarded the first-ever scholarships for Study Abroad in Sustainability to two undergraduate students at the University of Georgia.  The awards are made possible by the Brittney Fox Watts Memorial Endowment established by the Small Dreams Foundation.

The Brittney Fox Watts Endowment for Study Abroad in Sustainability provides support to students who share passions for travel, experiencing different cultures, and embracing sustainable practices to address the health and well-being of individuals and communities around the globe. A $500 enhancement is provided to select UGA undergraduate and graduate students attending a UGA sponsored Education Abroad or exchange program focused on sustainability.

Joanna (Joni) Troxel, a senior from Snellville, GA majoring in Early Childhood Education in the UGA College of Education, will receive five hundred dollars toward a “winter-mester” study abroad program with UGA Discover Abroad.  The program will explore human and environment relations in Australia and New Zealand from a sustainable development perspective, and Troxel hopes to apply this experience to her own classroom one day.  “Ever since my first day of Kindergarten, I have wanted to be an elementary school teacher,” said Joni Troxel.  “I would like to spread my knowledge and enthusiasm for living a sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle with my future students.”

Chadwick (Chad) Landon, a junior Biological Science / Pre-med major from Roswell, GA, will receive five hundred dollars toward a “may-mester” study abroad experience at UGA Costa Rica.  The program will focus on avian biology, taking full advantage of Costa Rica’s relatively small geographical area with many diverse but distinct ecosystems, allowing students to encounter many of the 860 migrant and native species of birds that Costa Rica has to offer.  “I feel confident that this trip will enhance my cultural experience through travel and allow me to gain knowledge in sustainable resources”, said Landon, who hopes the experience will allow him “to better understand how to relate to and help people in a clinical setting.”

Save the Date! Small Dreams Foundation Spring 2013 Fundraiser Run | May 18, 2013

The Small Dreams Foundation Spring Fundraising Run will be held on Saturday, May 18 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens, GA. Please save the date and check back for registration and event details!

Small Dreams Foundation Officially Launches | October 7, 2012

On October 7, 2012, a small group of friends and family of Brittney Fox Watts gathered at Empire State South in Atlanta to celebrate the official launch of the Small Dreams Foundation. Kevin Kirsch, Director of the UGA Office of Sustainability, and Mary McCormack, Director of UGA Gift & Estate Planning, joined the Small Dreams Foundation board to share details of the Foundation’s first partnership, the UGA Study Abroad Scholarship for Sustainability.

2012 Knee Knacker Trail Run

On Friday, July 14th, Dustin and Terri Watts completed a grueling, 30 mile race in the mountains of North Vancouver to raise money to help kick-start the Small Dreams Foundation.

Dustin and Terri Watts are going international in an effort to raise money for Small Dreams Foundation!
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AiMA Scholarship Fund Named In Memory of Brittney Fox Watts

The Board of the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association voted unanimously to name its student scholarship fund in memory of interactive marketer Brittney Fox Watts, who died in July, 2011, the victim of a tragic downtown Atlanta shooting spree.

A 2007 graduate of UGA with a degree in advertising and sociology, Watts was a digital planning supervisor for 22squared at the time of her death. According to her Linkedin profile, she joined the company in 2008 as a digital media planner. Before moving to 22squared, she was an interactive media planner for Fitzgerald & Co. in Atlanta. The 26-year-old Watts, a Decatur native, was actively involved in the digital community.
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