The Issue: Nonprofits Unable to Make Eco-friendly Upgrades
Nonprofits often operate in older buildings, forcing them to wastefully spend significant percentages of their budgets on water, waste, gas, and electricity. By undergoing environmentally friendly upgrades, they could simultaneously reduce their ecological footprints and save financial resources in the long term. However, many nonprofits do not have the information or resources necessary to retrofit their buildings, leading them to make piecemeal changes despite their desire to protect the environment.
The Campaign: Green Audit and Improve Existing Structures
If this Grassroots campaign raises $380, then Connect the Dots can conduct an environmental audit on one building at Gum Moon Transitional Housing, with all donations matched by Give Something Back. Each additional $10 will go toward funding for an environmental audit, materials, and equipment for another building.
By helping reduce the water usage in Gum Moon Transitional Housing’s buildings, Connect the Dots will transition them to green operations, allowing the organization to focus on its work preventing homelessness and empowering low-income residents. During the course of the audit, Connect the Dots will track usage trends and summarize its findings, allowing it to identify opportunities to conserve water. Auditors will then leverage and help retrofit free and low-cost water-conservation supplies, including high-efficiency toilets and low-flow showerheads. After the upgrade is complete, they will track the usage to ensure it declines over time.
All donations will be matched by Give Something Back. To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will also provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.
Connect the Dots
Connect the Dots helps nonprofits, shelters, and low-income housing properties reduce their environmental impact by retrofitting their buildings. It supplies conservation materials and tools, implements frameworks and support structures for future action, and tracks water and electricity usage to ensure organizations see the immediate results of their environmental efforts. The financial savings incurred can help these organizations allocate funds to fulfill their missions. Since its inception, Connect the Dots has greened 116 facilities with 36 organizations, saving 8.7 million gallons of water, 843 pounds of waste diverted from landfills, and 158,000 kWh of electricity.