Kim MacQuarrie and Ciara Byrne, founders of Green Our Planet, were honored by Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman with the Compassionate Hero Award during the 2016 Compassionate Cities Award Ceremony. The award recognizes people whose kindness and service has made a positive impact in our community. In addition to the award, the winners received a $5,000 donation. MacQuarrie accepted the award and check at a ceremony in Las Vegas City Hall on Wed. Oct. 19th, 2016.
UNLV professor and philanthropist Gard Jameson nominated the duo for their work in creating the successful Outdoor Garden Classroom Program in Las Vegas. Over the past three and a half years, Green Our Planet has established one of the largest school garden programs in the nation. The organization has with their partner, Garden Farms helped fund and build 100 gardens at Las Vegas schools, impacting over 60,000 students and 3,000 teachers by providing a hands-on approach to teaching science, math and healthy nutrition to CCSD students.