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Fifth Ward Enrichment Project and Great Plains Restoration Council: Empowering People in Houston

Nominated by Flora Moon

The Fifth Ward Enrichment Project (FWEP) and the Great Plains Restoration Council (GPRC) are collaborating in Houston to use the restoration of the coastal plain as a vehicle for change and empowerment. The heavily industrialized and over run coastal plains upon which Houston sits, provide a prime opportunity for FWEP to reinforce sustainable development concepts while gifting to the community a park and interpretive nature center, a green income opportunity (cultivating stock plants for restoration efforts across the plains) and restoration of brown fields located within one of Houston's poorest and neglected communities. GPRC uses the activities of plains restoration to provide healing modalities to the neglected populations of former convicts, recovering drug addicts and at-risk youth while restoring land back to its fundamental and natural state. Neglected communities partnering to develop sustainable solutions is truly world changing.

Image Credit: FWEP 2009 Summer Program

Flora Moon is a change management consultant with a particular interest in sustainable development issues.

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