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If you're looking for ways to contribute to environmental conservation efforts, your next move to USF apartments will open up a world of opportunities! You can always choose a LEED-certified community with on-site recycling, low energy lighting, and native landscaping, but there are still ways to contribute to the environment regardless of the community you choose. Apartments near USF are close to several organizations and groups that will help you find ways to support the green efforts in your new town. You can either become part of regular, scheduled efforts in your free time, or attend some of the annual or biannual special events throughout the year. You'll be able to find so many ways to keep Tampa beautiful while having a blast at the same time!
One of the best resources for environmental volunteer efforts near USF apartments is the “Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful” group. Since 1989, their mission has been to provide environmental education and volunteer opportunities that develop individual responsibility and environmental stewardship. They are an official affiliate of the national organization “Keep America Beautiful.” Some of the regular opportunities available with this group include community cleanups/beautification projects around the Tampa area. For example, you can participate in beach cleanups, restoration projects, community gardens and much more. If you're more interested in an annual event, you can sign up for the Great American Cleanup in April or Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup in September. In 2013, the volunteers removed over 60,500 pounds of trash from over 75 locations throughout the county. Thinking about becoming an ambassador or intern and contributing in an office environment instead? You can apply for the leadership role of a Site Captain and assist in organizing all these great events.
While this is an excellent volunteer group, there is much more available for you near USF apartments. Tampa Bay Estuary Program, for example, focuses their efforts on invasive plant eradication, habitat restoration, shoreline litter cleanups, and plant and wildlife surveys. This is a great chance to enjoy Tampa's beautiful nature and wildlife while contributing to the community. If you want to focus your efforts on wildlife, you can also join the Tampa Audubon Society and assist with bird counts, nesting surveys, and nest box construction near USF apartments. Similarly, the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary has opportunities for volunteers interested in rescuing and caring for injured seabirds and much more. Residents who love parks and the outdoors near USF apartments will want to join the Tampa Bay Conservancy; this organization always needs volunteers to maintain nature trails and participate in habitat restoration in nature parks and preserves.
With all these fantastic opportunities so close to home, you'll be able to get your fill of environmental conservation and greatly contribute to your new community. If you're also interested in finding a LEED-certified community with other green efforts, you can use the search function on our website to filter for all these community bonuses!