Step Three: Find a Location and Secure Permission

Where will your project best serve the community? Take a walk around the school property or have a class discussion on the most optimal location. Review the merits of each space and come to a group consensus on the best location.

 Questions to keep in mind:

  • How accessible and safe is the area?
  • Does the site receive adequate sunlight and have a nearby water source?
  • Are there plans for the site that would negate your efforts, such as future construction work?
Green Ambassador Challenge Images

Artists and community members reclaimed an abandoned lot in Trenton, New Jersey and transformed it into the Gandhi Garden, a community garden.

Once you have chosen the site, draft a proposal to present to administrators. This should include a statement of purpose, estimated budget, and a list of community members eager to support. Your plan will evolve as you continue, but administrators need to see an outline and clear direction. Your teacher can approach administrators, facility workers, or property owners with the proposal on the students’ behalf. Choose a student leader to describe the project’s plans and goals. 

Dig in Deeper: Photograph the potential spaces for your project, along with green spaces in the area that inspire you.