Brendon Barclay educates youth and adults alike with a full understanding of how trees benefit our communities and our globe. He always felt an affinity for trees even before he understood this truth. As a husband and father of 3 boys who loves the outdoors, he thought it would be great to adopt an urban forest/nature preserve in Atlanta—a safe place for children to grow healthy and learn.
He learned about global heroine, Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Laureate who taught indigenous women in Kenya to plant trees to stop deforestation, famine, and erosion in their own communities. Thinking globally and acting locally; Brendon founded the Sustaining Urban Villages Outdoor Activity Center (SUV) in Atlanta: raising over $1.2 million of support for urban forest education and conservation. He has engaged 5,600+ volunteers in over 16,800 hours of volunteer service. Conservation service learning projects brought together 1000+ volunteers giving over 3000 hours in the support of energy and water quality conservation just last year alone. This was done by bringing awareness to the value of the urban forest/trees.
Brendon's work as an advocate in environmental education and conservation has extended beyond Metro Atlanta to the nation and the globe.As an AmeriCorps alumni his efforts were highlighted in "Be the Change" AmeriCorps Commercial. The Oprah Winfrey Network taped his program for a segment " P&G Future Friendly initiatives."Disney Parks' "Give a Day get a Disney Day" and Hands On Network partnered with Sustaining Urban Villages to develop an outdoor classroom early 2010 and spring of 2011. Hands on Atlanta and SUV partnered to join the first Global Youth Service Day.