Net Impact DFW s+me! 2011 - Elizabeth Dry -Follow the Green Brick Road


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Elizabeth Dry, founder of Promise of Peace Community Garden, speaks at Net Impact DFW's sustainability + me! about Following the Green Brick Road, and she is using a community garden to help children in her community.
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Net Impact DFW s+me! 2011 - Elizabeth Dry -Follow the Green Brick Road

  1. 1. Follow the Green Brick Road November 5, 2011 Elizabeth J. Dry Were on this road together, and what we don t see can hurt us! In Texas, about three of every 10 students from the freshmanclass of 2006-07 left school prior to graduating - that is 3 out if10 dropping out! Texas had the 4th highest teen pregnancy rate in the countryin 2005 More than a third of adults earning less than $15,000 per yearare obese, compared with roughly a quarter of adults earning$50,000 or more per year. In Dallas, according to statistics from the U.S. Health andHuman Resources Department, 36% of Dallas children and teensare overweight or at risk for it. 1
  2. 2. What are the Implications?We must use our BRAINS to create simple solutions.We must use COURAGE to turn over the stones andask the questions in our communities and schools.We must have the HEART to keep going and knowthat the future depends on the education of ourchildren and their families. Where It All Began 7446 East Grand 2
  3. 3. Should I go this way, -or that way? Making It Happen 3
  4. 4. CONNECTYou never now who youmight meet on the green brick road! INSPIRE!-or who you might reach! 4
  5. 5. TRANSFORM! All we need is right in our own backyard! What is Sustainability?Sustainability is the capacity to endure. For humans, sustainability is the long- term maintenance of well being, which has environmental, economic, andsocial dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship, the responsible management of resource use. 5
  6. 6. Based on the U.S. Census Bureaus American Community Survey, in 2007 Children living in poverty in Texas between the ages of 5- 17 numbered 4,649,991! One out of four children in Texas live inpoverty. In the Dallas Independent School District, the numbers are even more staggering – 80 percent of students are living in poverty. 6
  7. 7. What Can We Do? Step on to the public, private and charter school campuses to advocate sustainable practices and relationships. CREATE COMMON GROUND! Right Now, Promise of Peace isestablishing a model for doing just that! 7
  8. 8. Take the first step -Find that common ground and engage the diversity that you encounter- The journey can continue withgrassroots projects that support the greater good! Just like in the story; friends together on the same road, with the same goal. A best life for us all! 8