The sun came out and so did hard-working volunteers in Washington, D.C., at a recent project to keep polluted stormwater out of local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. The June 11 event at Maury Elementary School on Capitol Hill was part of the FedEx EarthSmart Outreach Program, a partnership with NFWF that focuses on urban conservation actions.
DC Greenworks, which focuses on green infrastructure projects in the District, coordinated teams from FedEx and NFWF to create a new rain garden on the Maury campus. The garden will soak up rainwater to prevent or reduce run-off into the Chesapeake.
FedEx EarthSmart Outreach program funds urban conservation in 14 U.S. cities, engaging FedEx team members in restoration projects. It includes a strong employee volunteer component in the projects it supports. The Maury School effort was funded through NFWF’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund program with support from FedEx and leveraged with funding by EPA and other partners.