Go green with “Urban Ambassadors” to help Des Moines

Urban Ambassadors, a non-profit organization that clarifies personal sustainability goals in seven aspects of urban living (money, service, food, waste, commute, home and energy), believes that green is more than just a color; it’s a way of living. To Urban Ambassadors it’s important to take responsibility for actively shaping Des Moines’ future by mapping local resources that everyone in the metro can use to save money and our environment.

Andrea Otteman, a member of Urban Ambassadors’ board of directors, first learned about Urban Ambassadors when she volunteered at the Shoot Your Commute event. Otteman had recently moved to Des Moines and she was looking for a way to get involved with a “green” organization

“I love it [Urban Ambassadors],” said Otteman. “I just became involved and am really excited to see the organization grow in 2011. It is a great group of people who have a true passion for serving our community.”

Friends and members of Urban Ambassadors at "Shoot Your Commute."

Otteman recommends getting involved with Urban Ambassadors for the following reasons: to clarify areas in your life where you can save money and be more environmentally friendly, to connect with other like-minded residents, and to join community events that are educational, action-oriented and making a difference in the greater Des Moines area.

Membership is only $36 per year ($18 per student) but they also offer many free resources on their website, volunteer opportunities and events to attend.

If you want to learn more about this green non-profit, attend their Fall Membership Meeting – Thursday, November 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the new Windsor Heights Community Center (next to Colby Park.) At this meeting they will give a brief introduction as to who they are, provide a big picture look at the organization and brainstorm for 2011’s projects. Local food and drinks will be provided and if you become a member you get a free t-shirt.

Follow on Twitter: @UA_DesMoines
Become a fan on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Urban.Ambassadors

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