About the Green Neighborhoods Program
The Green Neighborhoods program engages community groups in projects that protect and enhance the land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources around them. The benefits of the program are numerous, including the creation of a sense of community within your group; enhancement of natural areas for neighborhood residents and wildlife; and the conservation and protection of valuable local resources. Click here for a list of Green Neighborhoods program members.
A Backyard Approach to Environmental Stewardship
Green Neighborhoods members make a commitment to complete at least one environmental improvement project each year and report their results. Projects are selected from five environmental tracks: wildlife; water; outreach and education; resource management; and community awareness. All projects are designed to be fun and engaging, with a range from beginner to more advanced. Currently Green Neighborhoods members are planting gardens for wildlife, cleaning up streams, and recycling.
After joining the program, Green Neighborhoods members receive educational resources and guidance from Audubon International staff to help them complete their projects. Each completed project is recognized by Audubon International with an Audubon Project Award.
The Environmental Stewardship Award is given to neighborhoods that complete three or more projects within one year. Green Neighborhoods members that establish a Neighborhood Audubon Committee and complete the Neighborhood Assessment and Environmental Plan, in addition to completing at least one project in each of the five environmental tracks, are eligible for a Neighborhood for Nature Award, the highest Audubon International honor for existing neighborhoods.Annual program membership fees are $250 (USD).