Wells Fargo Green Teams focus on both community and office projects to help support our company’s environmental commitment. In Miami, our South Florida Green Team came up with a unique solution to supporting coastal restoration while also raising awareness of environmental issues at work.
The Miami Science Museum (now known as the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science), which received a Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant in 2012, needed help from volunteers for its fall project to collect mangrove seeds (called propaguls) that would be cultivated then replanted to help restore the coast line. Mangroves are a highly visible feature for tropical Florida and they serve an important ecological purpose by helping to protect coastal areas from erosion and storm surges, as well as create a healthy environment for fish, birds and reptiles.
Our Miami Green Team used the call for volunteers as a way to build awareness of their new 2013 Green Team and increase its membership.
In September, more than 45 team and family members gathered at Oleta State Park in North Miami Beach, to help collect mangrove seeds they would adopt to incubate at home. Because mangroves grow in coastal swamps, the team used kayaks to row through Biscayne Bay. Team members of the South Florida Green Team cared for several seedlings in the office.
In December, when the mangroves were ready for transfer to the swamps, the team organized a second volunteer event to plant more than 1,200 seedlings at a local park.
What’s more, the South Florida Green Team tripled its membership after using this unique volunteer event to generate interest in protecting the local environment through actions we can all take at work, at home and in the community.
Now that the team is up and running, it’s looking forward to future volunteer opportunities and office campaigns to keep the eco momentum moving in Miami.
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