Shovel Some Dirt at the Groundbreaking

Shovels lined up against the Green & Main Pilot Project building

Colorful shovels lined up, ready for shoveling

We wanted to do something symbolic at our September 23rd Pilot Project groundbreaking ceremony that everyone could participate in. So here’s what we came up with…

All guests can use one of the shiny green shovels (courtesy of COSC) to add some dirt to an urn. All of the dirt collected will be used in our rainscape garden, which will help the building properly manage its stormwater.

We’ll also have special grass seed note cards on which you can write comments of sustainability inspiration, your name or what this project means to you. The note cards will then be planted on site as a symbol for the community of support Green & Main Pilot Project has received as we work to establish sustainable communities.

We look forward to seeing you at the groundbreaking! Thursday, September 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 800 19th Street in Des Moines.


– Sara Crouse is a writer and marketing strategist who lives in Des Moines, Iowa.


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