Carolina Green Industry Network – Community Service Project
I have the pleasure of serving on the Board of the Carolina Green Industry Network which is a professional educational and networking group serving those working in the landscape industry. The membership includes companies from Charlotte and the surrounding region, including many from Union County.
Last week this group gave back to the community with a community service project that included a hands-on learning component for industry workers. In 2 ½ days we built a 22’ diameter circular paver courtyard surrounded by a seating wall at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School in Concord.
The courtyard will be used as an outdoor classroom area. Mr. Tim Taylor, principal of the school, put in some sweat equity with the group on Friday. He said, “This courtyard will be put to use immediately as we have 220 children who will begin a 3-week reading camp on Monday.”
The first half-day was dirt work in preparation for the project. On the first full day, we had 30 folks and on day two we had 20 folks. Temperatures were in the mid 90’s and it was hot work. Member businesses sent workers who ranged from the experienced to the novice. The novice workers learned from the experienced workers gaining new skills, and made new friends and business connections. All equipment, materials, and supplies were donated by member businesses.
The value of the project is approximately $25,000 and will be an asset to this school for many years to come. I am proud to be a part of this organization of professionals and recommend that if you need a landscaper that you check out their membership directory to find one on their website: carolinagreenindustrynetwork.com.