Unite 4 Nature™

Unite 4 Nature™

A National Movement with Local Roots:

Unite 4 Nature™ seeks an America that leads the world in creative land use practices that match our intentions of caring for the planet with the resources we already have available:

Local land owned by our schools, churches, employers and community organizations

Landscape and design professionals found in every community

Socially conscious activists seeking a project rather than a protest; and

Social impact capital from philanthropists, foundations and investors.

A GAME CHANGING opportunity:

According to the National Land Trust Alliance, over 60 million acres of land is under conservation in America. However, lands owned by public schools, churches, businesses and nonprofits have rarely been included in the larger national debate on conservation and green best practices, resulting in a systemic undervaluing of the impact of these lands on our quality of life and the well-being of our planet. Why?

In Rochester, NY, we have begun working with two schools (World of Inquiry and Edison Tech) and one church (Greece Baptist Church) to demonstrate what their lands might look like if reimagined as spaces for nature (See: These sites will become models for transforming more schools and churches locally and nationally.

We are seeking volunteers and project collaborators to learn what we are doing and build a network of people who want to grow the work.

Panorama Picture of Front Entrance, Current view.

Proposed Phase 1 Installation planned for Spring 2020. Artist's Rendering

Landscape design.

The bell shown is a historic piece made in 1847 by the Maneely Foundry in New York State. The design shown repositions the bell in the courtyard of the church and will have a new narrative explaining its history. All of the plantings will be low maintenance and native origins (as much as possible). There will be benches for enjoying nature in a sacred space.

Project Purpose

To demonstrate Creation Care by practicing our faith

To reassess how church land is valued as an asset for environmental change making

To gather a team of stakeholders that can design, build and sustain the project

To create a financial model that is sufficient to build and sustain the project

To serve as a model that can be scaled on land held by other churches

Project Scope

A comprehensive makeover of all available church land

Urban Forest Solar Playground

Aesthetic and Edible Gardens

Storm Water Management & Rain Water Harvesting

Nature Programming (Community Education)

Workforce Development

Contact: Roy Allen 602-327-6312


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