Green Force

What is Green Force?

Green Force is a seven week sustainability crash course open to the public. Green Force starts on  May 5th, 2020. Everyone is welcome to attend! Participants interested in becoming a Green Force volunteer commit to attending at least four of the seven sessions and volunteering at one of our events before certification. There will be six topics covered ranging from Waste Management to Sustainable Business Practices. Bluegrass Greensource staff will be leading the sessions. Some sessions will feature a workshop to better equip Green Force to lead our other volunteers. Sessions are 5:30-6:30 pm in the Bluegrass Greensource conference room, unless otherwise stated.
Green Force Volunteers will lead other volunteers in BGGS volunteer opportunities such as storm drain stenciling and litter pick-ups. They will also represent BGGS at tabling events and be our “first-responder” volunteers when a need arises. Become a part of us when you become a Green Force Volunteer.
Just want to learn about sustainability, and don’t have time to volunteer? Then Green Force is still for you! EVERYONE is welcome to learn!
Due to concerns about COVID 19, Green Force has been rescheduled for May. Thank you for your patience, and apologies for any inconvenience. We will keep this web page updated as we make new arrangements for this program. 

Updated 2020 Schedule

May 5th, 5:30-6:30——Sustainable Behavior Change–Learn how to influence sustainable behavior in your community.

May 12th, 5:30-6:30——Intro to BGGS–Have you ever had questions about what Bluegrass Greensource does? Or about the Green Force program? Come join us one of the two nights for an overview about BGGS and Green Force! Green Force Volunteers must attend one of the two introductions

May 19th, 5:30-6:30——Water Quality–During this session we will explore the importance of watersheds and the importance of keeping them clean!

May 26th, 5:30-6:30——Waste Management–Learn about the importance of recycling and composting! Do you have questions about recycling in Lexington? How about how to compost? Come learn all about it during this crash course!

June 2nd, 5:30-6:30——Intro to BGGS: REPEAT SESSION FOR VOLUNTEERS–Have you ever had questions about what Bluegrass Greensource does? Or about the Green Force program? Come join us one of the two nights for an overview about BGGS and Green Force! Green Force Volunteers must attend one of the two introductions

June 9th, 5:30-6:30——Energy Efficiency–Ever wonder how to practice better energy efficiency in your home? Join us for an energy efficiency crash course! We will go over everything from how to lower your heating bill to how to better insulate with caulk.

June 16th, 5:30-6:30——Green Business & GreenCheck–Have you ever wondered how businesses can become more sustainable? Or are you curious about The City of Lexington’s GreenCheck program? This is your chance!

FAQ’s

Can I come just to learn about a topic in sustainability I care about? Absolutely! We encourage anyone and everyone to take the crash course who’s interested in sustainability.

What are the requirements to become Green Force certified? Those who are interested in becoming a Green Force Volunteer must attend four sessions, including one of the “Intro to BGGS” sessions (3/24 and 4/14), in addition to volunteer with BGGS at least once between March 24th and May 16th.  Potential Green Force Volunteers must also fill out an application and be able to pass a background check.

How much is admission for the crash course? This is a free environment education opportunity.

What are some of the responsibilities of Green Force Volunteers? Green Force Volunteers will be our leading volunteers who guide novice volunteers in activities such as Main Street Clean Sweep, GreenFest, Litter Clean-Ups, Storm Drain Stenciling, Tabling, and Tree Planting. Green Force Volunteers will also be the “first responders” when we need volunteers for a project. For example, occasionally groups will ask for volunteer work to do with BGGS. Provided we have a project ready for them to do, a Green Force Volunteer will represent BGGS with the volunteer group and will guide them through the project. Or, if a volunteer opportunity is provided to us through a third party, the Green Force will be the first volunteers asked to represent BGGS at the opportunity.

Still have questions? Email us here!