Woman's Club Conservation Department
Conservation Department really took off in 1987 with several
major programs. A recycling of newspapers and aluminum
cans within TTWC was so successful that it led to a City
recycling program long before the State of Florida enacted laws
requiring the public to recycle. In 1989 TTWC applied for
a $6,000 grant in the name of the City of Temple Terrace from the
State of Florida's Clean Air Commission. The Commission
made the grant but stipulated that matching funds must be
obtained. Since the City was unable to match these funds,
an appeal to the Hillsborough County EPC provided the additional
$6,000 to the City to be used for Recycling Receptacles for
every residence in Temple
This has saved the City money in dumping charges and reduced
some need for extra landfills. Today the City boasts proudly
that 94% of the community participates in curbside pickup of
newspapers, aluminum cans, glass bottles and plastic containers.
This total grant money of $12,00 was also used for seven 800
pound roadside trash containers which was a part of the ‘Keep
American Beautiful - Waste in Place’ project. This project
involved the cleaning up of public areas and along the banks of
Citizens were recruited to meet on special days to perform this
community service. Volunteers came out by the hundreds. Tee
shirts purchased with some of the grant money were given to the
volunteers. One year while cleaning the public lands
around the river, volunteers recovered 98 tons of pipe, cement
and other illegally dumped items. This is now an annual event. TTWC
won first place and $500 in the 1989 contest sponsored by AWARE
(Alerting Women about Resources and Energy) and the Florida
Power Corporation for this program.
Hundreds of letters have been written to Congressmen and
corporations seeking support for environmental programs.
School children have benefited from programs through
instructors, books and speakers concerning conservation and
environmental issues. Essay and poster contests were sponsored
by TTWC on ‘Save the Manatee and Endangered Species’
and ‘Hazardous Waste from Homes’. An essay contest ‘Living
with Chemicals: Benefits vs. Risks’ was introduced in
seventeen schools, twenty five entries were received and the
Club presented monetary awards. Two ninth-grade teacher's
expenses were paid for by TTWC to hold classes in the
schools on ‘Living with Chemicals’. TTWC
purchased two CEPUP (Chemical Education for Public
Understanding) programs to be placed in two Junior High School
science centers and also paid $750 for a certified instructor to
conduct a workshop for ninth grade science in
County. The City of Temple Terrace is a certified Wildlife Sanctuary.
Birdhouses were constructed at MacDonald’s Training
and some were made by TTWC members
and their families and hung in the local parks. Twelve framed
environmental posters were donated to be hung in City Hall.
Earth Day and Arbor Day have been observed with special events.
Four thousand pine tree seedlings were distributed to school
children to plant. Tree sales were held and some trees were
donated to schools for City landscaping. The Solid Waste
reduction program was introduced in the schools and to the
public through newspaper articles. For this work TTWC
took 2nd place and a $300 award from Proctor and Gamble. Space
Arc is a program from kindergarten through twelfth grades
sponsored by the Rochester Museum of Science Center, NASBA, Ford
Aerospace, US International Space Arc and World Space
Foundation. This program allowed students to record messages
that were launched into the earth’s orbit in 1992. Forty
school administrators were provided with information regarding
this program by TTWC.
The Global Assembly of Women met in 1991
Four hundred women from different countries were invited to
attend, including TTWC members. The success story
covering the many program promoted to improve the environment
was considered so outstanding that it was translated into German
and French languages for distribution in those countries.
‘Offalot’ was an energy conservation program financed from
excessive oil monies through the Governor of Florida's Energy
Office in Tallahassee.
Kits explaining the importance of energy saving ideas in the
home were furnished and distributed by TTWC women to
schools in Hillsborough
Time and again TTWC has been recognized for awards for
work performed by this department. The City Council of
Temple Terrace recognized TTWC members for ‘Outstanding
Service to the Community - in the area of Conservation and
Environmental Awareness’. The 1995 J.C. Penny Golden Rule
contest awarded $1000 to TTWC members for their
contributions to the community and it was designated to be used
at the Riverhills
for community playground equipment.
Here are some of our current projects:
Riverhills Park and the Riverhills Project: (for more information, see our flyer)
We consistently encourage all members of the community to reclycle. As a club we collect aluminum pop-tops for Shriners Hospital and used printer cartridges for Lewis Elementary and magazines for Florida Hospital.
We have joined with the TT Garden Club in the establishment of a "Bee Friendly" garden.
We helped Riverhills Elementary School establish an Eco-Friendly garden for student participation and education.
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