Newport News Green Foundation
The EDA/IDA continued its policy of supporting the mission of the Green Foundation, both through financial contributions and staff support. The mission of the Green Foundation is to promote the creation and preservation of green space throughout the City of Newport News through advocacy, acquisition and assistance to others in order to make Newport News a more visually attractive place to live, work and play. The Green Foundation has acquired 26.03 acres of land, consisting of 27 parcels, geographically located throughout the City, along the major commercial corridors.
In addition to preserving its own properties throughout the City, the Newport News Green Foundation manages two community green space programs—the Neighborhood Green Space Program and the School Green Space Program. The Neighborhood Green Space Program is a mini-grant program that enables residents to have direct input regarding the improvement of their neighborhood’s entryway and sign area. Residents provide matching funds or volunteer hours to complete sign restoration, installation and landscaping projects to beautify their neighborhood. The School Green Space Program seeks to establish collaborative community partnerships to revitalize outdoor areas on school property to create environmentally functional, educationally inspiring and aesthetically pleasing green spaces for students.