Since our beginnings in 1999, we've been managed by a group of dedicated volunteer community leaders engaging with individual citizens to improve Norfolk's environment.


Our 2014 Mission

The Friends of Norfolk’s Environment will focus upon the Beautification and Greening component of the Keep Norfolk Beautiful mission. It will do this by developing a citizen-based effort to convert vacant lots, unplanted riparian buffers, medians, etc. into attractive urban spaces. These spaces will beautify neighborhoods while affording new recreational opportunities.  They will help add to the tree canopy in the City while reducing storm water runoff. The Friends will collaborate with the Tree Commission, the Norfolk Environmental Commission, the Block-by-Block Neighborhood Pride program, and local citizen-based and non-governmental organizations in developing this program and guiding individual projects. Learn More →

What is Means to Be A Friend

Your contribution provides the resources to continue and expand educational programming such as bringing sustainability education to our classrooms, teacher training, and Green Reader.  This increase the quality of live for Norfolk, Hampton Roads, and beyond. Learn More →

Our History

Established, in 1999, F.O.N.E. is a non-profit organization, headquartered at the Ernie Morgan Center in historic Lafayette Park, managed by a group of dedicated sustainable volunteer community leaders. F.O.N.E. engages with individual citizens, businesses and organizations to improve Norfolk's environment through environmental stewardship education and restoration.   

The organization collaborates with the Norfolk Environmental Commission (NEC) and Keep Norfolk Beautiful (KNB), to supplement City funding for the furtherance of various environmental education outreach and programs. 

Through monetary and in-kind contributions, F.O.N.E. supports the work of approximately 5,000 KNB volunteers annually, as they adopt streets and parks, organize recycling at events, execute litter cleanups and beautification projects throughout the city, and educate our young citizens on how they can make a difference for a cleaner and more beautiful community. 

Your contribution is greatly welcomed, as it will provide the continued resources necessary for KNB's environmental educational programs. F.O.N.E.'s continued presence helps to increase the quality of life for Norfolk, Hampton Roads and beyond. 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead, Change Maker