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Green Hope Project Mural Fundraiser- Movie Screening, Auction & Art Vendors
AUGUST 06, 2022
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Large Scale Lizard made of trash.

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In collaboration with

Franklin Mountain Investments, Paso del Norte Community Foundation & El Paso Environmental Services Department, Green Hope Project

is proud to bring the world-renowned environmental artist, Bordalo II, from Portugal to create a BIG TRASH ANIMAL mural to downtown El Paso.

Our hope is to bring awareness to the plight of endangered, threatened and species of greatest conservation need animals in our region and state.




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The Bordalo II Mural is Happening!

We thought the day would never come, but alas! Bordalo II and his team from Lisbon, Portugal will be coming to Texas to create a GIANT recycled art mural that focuses on a threatened or endangered animal from our region. This world-renowned environmental artist has been in talks with Green Hope Project about such a possibility for over 5 years now. One other time we came this close to his arrival, but then COVID hit and everything went dormant for over two years. We refused to give up on the idea of having this unique artwork, with such a powerful message, in our city!


Where Will the Mural Be?

It seems as if the stars are finally aligning. The perfect building, with its ideal location (across from the downtown Plaza) and its clean canvas, became available. We are thrilled to announce, thanks to Franklin Mountain Investments, that it will be on the ONE San Jacinto Plaza building (Chase Building), off of Mesa. This 64-foot tall mural will depict an animal that is in need of conservation by using recycled materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. The goal of his artwork is to shine a light on how over-consumerism and pollution affect other living things in this world. 

Free Community Workshops!

Bordalo II and his team are expected to be in El Paso for a week, creating this piece onsite, during August of this year. Thanks to the City of El Paso Museum & Cultural Affairs, GHP is able to host free community workshops, educating the public about what animals are in need of our attention, what we can do to help them and how to create a one-of-a-kind artwork using recycling materials. Be on the lookout for these programs! If you are interested in providing a venue/hosting a workshop, please complete this form.

This Is How You Can Help!

As a result of price increases across the board, we need your help to get the remainder of the money needed to have this installation! The lumber needed for the wall prep, the flights and tools required have all gone up in price! 


  • If you are interested in making a donation to Green Hope Project, please visit our donation page

  • If you would like to support us by making a purchase from our plant fundraiser, please contact us.

  • If you would like to learn more about the recognition tier levels, check out our sponsorship packet. We are very open to taking not just monetary donations, but in-kind donations, as well.

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Green Hope Project was pleasantly surprised to receive a donation of HUNDREDS of plants/saplings from Sierra Vista Growers! Some of the beauts that we got are literally small PALM trees and more!


To drive our message of recycling home even more, we took advantage of the citizen collection stations that the Environmental Services Department offers. Check out the end of this article to see what services they offer! What GHP has been taking advantage of lately are the glass bottles they have. You can drop off glass to donate or you can take ground glass home to use for crafts, yardwork, plant drainage, etc! The possibilities are endless!

*The proceeds from this plant fundraiser will go towards helping us to bring in the artist from Lisbon, Portugal, (Bordalo II), to create the recycled art mural depicting an endangered/threatened animal from our region. 


Plants will be on sale until we have none left! Take advantage of this unique gift! We have spent a long time selecting the bottles, cutting them (with some casualties), sanding the rims, and drilling a hole in the bottom to help with drainage. The bottom of the planter will have a layer of crushed glass and then a top layer of soil. Please buy them before we accidentally kill them!


Reserve your plants or schedule a peek today!


Can be done via CashApp, Zelle, credit card, or cash.


Plant Types 

For you to choose from: 

  • Chamaedorea Elegans (Bella Palm or Parlour Palm)

  • Areca Palm

  • Peperomia Caperata (Emerald Ripple)

  • Peperomia Axillaris

  • Peperomia Argyreia (Watermelon Peperomia)



Small bottles with plant $8 each or 3 for $20

Larger bottles with plants $12 each or 3 for $30

Plants without planter $2 each or 3 for $5 

So here are some cool things to know about the collection stations:

  • All services are FREE to residents that pay monthly solid waste fees.

  • They offer residents a place to drop off and pick up gently used items such as appliances, furniture, toys, bikes, etc. for free. The Country Store is located inside the Citizen Collection Station (CCS) at 3510 Confederate Dr, El Paso, TX.

  • They offer free paint to the public at all Citizen Collection Stations. The program is designed to redistribute old paint for use in neighborhoods as a means to protect our environment by keeping it out of landfills.

  • They offer free mulch on a year-round basis to the general public. Mulch may be used as a ground cover to protect the soil and inhibit weed growth.

  • They do glass recycling and grinding!

  • The Environmental Services Department (ESD) has recently added a new service at its four Citizen Collection Stations that will allow customers to pick up free reusable household products. 


Reusable Household Products:

  • Carpet Cleaner   

  • Oven Cleaner   

  • Fertilizer   

  • Pesticides/Herbicides   

  • Furniture Polish    

  • Wood Preservative   

  • Wood Stain   

  • Paint Thinner   

  • Car Wax   

  • Brake Fluid   

  • Antifreeze   

  • Adhesives (Glue, putty, caulk)

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Past Events

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Thank you to our sponsors:


Thank You

Thank you so much to everyone that tuned in for our first-ever virtual Environmental Summit and Trash to Treasure Awards Ceremony! Having you support events such as this gives us hope that our movement is growing. Be sure to check out the entire T2T gallery to see all the incredibly moving artwork that was created! Also, register for our newsletter, tag us on social media with any GHP-related posts, and register for any or all of our 48 environmental workshops to be entered into our giveaways all throughout April & May!

Green Hope Project POR VIDA!


Thank you to our Speakers:

Veronica Escobar - US Congresswoman

Michael Reynolds - Earthship Architect

Ellen Smyth - ESD Managing Director


​Continue enjoying the fun!!!! Sign up for one of our workshops. Once you register you will get an email with the meeting location or link. Check out what we have in store for our beloved El Paso!

  • Kid and family workshops, where science and art supplies will be provided to attendees!

  • Outdoor workshops at state parks!

  • Composting workshops!

  • Gardening workshops!

  • Solar cooking workshops!

  • Advocacy workshops!

If you or someone you know is interested in getting more information about attending our Environmental Summit, please sign up for our newsletter and follow our social media accounts!


Thank you to our sponsors, partners & donors!

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Nora E. Reyes - Artist

El Paso Community Foundation & West Texas Urban Forestry Council

A very special thank you to all of the Environmental Summit Action Committee members who helped make this possible. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! ​

Judy Ackerman from Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition

Meghan Curry from Insights

Sarah Elena Dillabough from Eco El Paso / Quantum Engineering Consultants / Frontera Land Alliance / Open Space Advisory Board / West Texas Urban Forestry Council

Kevin Floyd from El Paso Audubon, Centennial Museum, and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens

Maryflor Garcia from The Frontera Land Alliance

Elizabeth Preza from EPCC

Martha Koester& Lilly Adriano from Environmental Services Department

Gertrud Konings

April Lopez from El Paso Water

Ivan Nino from Court Administrator for the 388th Judicial District Court with Honorable Judge Gonzalez presiding.

Lydia Pagel from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Jennifer Ramos-Chavez from Insights

Janae Reneaud Field from The Frontera Land Alliance

Anne Stephan from National Park Service, Chamizal National Memorial

Jazmine Venegas from the office of Congresswoman Veronica Escobar

Cindy Williams retired librarian

Gary Williams


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In December the National Society of High School Scholars, an organization that was co-founded by Claes Nobel, of the Nobel Prize, awarded Green Hope Project a grant. We are so incredibly grateful to NSHSS for helping us to continue our art, education, and environmental efforts! We are honored to be one of the ten recipients of the Be More Fund, receiving $10,000! We will use these funds to begin building the first of 4 machines to repurpose plastic waste, gathering educators to begin writing art/environmentalism curriculum, and bring Bordalo II, a world-renowned muralist, to El Paso, Texas to create a trash mural in our city. 

We are thrilled to be a part of these NSHSS members and educators that impressed the judges with their initiatives that strive for world betterment. 

To see the complete list of the 10 winners of the $100,000 Be More Fund who competed for a $10,000 grant during the virtual Be More-A-Thon, click on the image below.

Check out our 2020 winner of the BE MORE FUND!



Be More Fund - NSHSS

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Photography Nature Walk

Our November 2020 Franklin Mountain Nature Walk was a huge success! So many people were interested in attending, that we have decided to do more such events in the future. Be sure to follow us on social media to get up-to-date information about event announcements. 


Here is a note from the judges, Liz DeMoultrie and Benny Pol.


We have basically taken all these pictures at some point in time, so we can relate to the photographers finding something interesting or beautiful enough to capture. There were clearly different levels of observation and appreciation of the beauty within this group of shots.


We chose the Cactus Wren photo by Claudia Cardenas as the winner. It's difficult to capture a bird this clearly, especially a busy body like a Cactus Wren collecting nesting materials.


Hopefully, the participants are going out and taking more photographs on their own. Nothing tells a story like an image!


Check out all the amazing photo submissions we received.

Photography by Benny Pol & Liz DeMoultrie