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IGNITE! Mini-grant

Thank you for your votes - SBBG is the official IGNITE! Mini-grant Award Winner!

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August 9, 2013

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Thank you for your votes - SBBG is the official IGNITE! Mini-grant Award Winner!

This $2,000 grant will support the Garden's "Native Habitat Buffers as Models of Agricultural Sustainability" project. Habitat buffers improve agricultural productivity and sustainability by increasing pollination services, providing habitat for insect predators that reduce the need for pesticides, and reducing soil loss. This grant will help the Garden promote these practices by demonstrating their economic advantages and refining native plant mixes to provide the greatest benefits.

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The SBBG Proposal - Native Habitat Buffers as Models of Agricultural Sustainability

Native habitat buffers improve agricultural productivity and sustainability by increasing pollination services, providing habitat for insect predators that reduce the need for pesticides, and reducing soil loss. Despite these benefits, they are highly underutilized in southern California.  The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will promote these practices by demonstrating their economic advantages and refining native plant mixes to provide the greatest benefits. We will do this by collecting pilot data on three farms, as the beginning of a larger initiative to install and monitor more of these buffers, enlighten high school students, and spread the word to both growers and consumers.

Thank you for supporting the Garden!

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Learn more about the California Association of Museums (CAM) and the IGNITE Mini-Grant

The Green Museums Initiative's new IGNITE! Mini-Grant program will provide $2,000 in seed money to a progressive museum project. Applicants are encouraged to step back from day-to-day duties and think deeply about local and institutional environmental issues that can be addressed with a little creativity and commitment.

The funded project will:

  • embody principles of sustainability and resiliency
  • be environmentally sound and economically beneficial
  • address an environmental challenge and seek to provide a local solution
  • demonstrate systems thinking and approaches to problem solving that result in or proceed towards institutional change
  • be related to the greening of museum operations or programming, engaging the community, or adopting new approaches to institutional thinking and planning
  • challenge assumptions about what it means to be “green”
  • take no longer than 12 months to accomplish

This mini-grant is an extension of GMI’s belief that museums are catalysts for environmental sustainability.