FREDERICK, Maryland—The Hood College Enactus club was recently awarded a Unilever Bright Future Project Accelerator grant of $1,500 for its Frederick environmental action project.
Hood College Enactus partnered with Growing for a Healthy Future, a program out of the Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies, to advance the implementation of vegetable rain garden beds in Frederick’s food deserts. So far, Growing for a Healthy Future has helped install garden beds at the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs and is partnering with existing gardens at the Housing Authority of Frederick with plans to use produce to improve food security in Frederick.
Hood College Enactus is one of 25 Enactus clubs in the nation to be awarded the Unilever grant. Students applied for the grant with the purpose of reducing food waste, achieving sustainable agriculture, and increasing health and wellbeing in the Frederick community. Hood College Enactus plans to put the grant money toward developing an efficient produce distribution strategy, researching product marketability for a consumer-based garden, and promoting composting. In addition, Hood College Enactus will work with Unilever to promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on campus and in the Frederick community.
Enactus is an organization that promotes social entrepreneurial action among college students across the world. The mission of Enactus is for students to develop sustainable projects that leave positive impacts on their communities. The Unilever grant was established as a part of its sustainable living plan in order to mobilize Enactus students to tackle Unilever’s five pillars of nutrition: good for people, good for the planet; health and wellbeing; food fortification; nutritious cooking; and reducing waste.