Global Girl Scouts Forever Green Project 2012-2013
GSSWT has teamed up with Alcoa Inc. for the Global Girl Scouts Forever Green Project 2012-2013.
Girls selected to participate will choose a Take Action project that will make a significant impact within GSSWT’s 21-county jurisdiction. These girls will have the rare opportunity to join together with 600 girls from 20 Girl Scout councils and 13 countries to implement this global impact project.
The full one-year journey will begin with Take Action projects to include recycling aluminum and using reusable bottles/bags, engaging in Earth Hour and promoting the use of Energy Star qualified light bulbs and planting rain gardens. Girls will also participate in a global twinning project with GSSWT’s selected partner country, MEXICO!
Girls will have the special privilege of video conferencing with an international Girl Guide group in Mexico and utilizing an exclusive smart classroom by integrating with all types of social media, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Skype and many more!
Girl Scouts Forever Green (GSFG) enables Girl Scouts, as a Movement, to track significant, collective, positive impact on our environment. The project, developed by girls, volunteers, alumnae, staff and collaborators for our 100th Anniversary honors Girl Scouts' founder—Juliette Gordon Low—who loved nature and the outdoors. When combined with the It's Your Planet—Love It! Leadership Journeys, GSFG engages girls to activate their communities in a global effort to protect our planet. Remember, you can still participate by tracking your projects and/or taking the Forever Green Pledge. Did you take the pledge and participate in a take action project during the 100th Anniversary? The 2012 Forever Green patch is still available for purchase in the Girl Scout Shop (limited supply -- don't delay!).
Capri Sun Pouch Brigade
Thank you to all the troops that participated in the Capri Sun Pouch Brigade. Together, we kept a whopping 35,785 pouches from ending up in a landfill. Everyone did a wonderful job! Congratulations to the troops who collected the most pouches during this contest:
First Place: Troop 44 sent in 9,436 pouches
Second Place: Troop 3005 sent in 2,150 pouches
Third Place: Troop 1159/605 sent in 2,060 pouches
The top three troops will be contacted soon regarding their prizes. No matter if you sent in one or 1,000, every pouch you helped recycle did good for the environment. If you participated in this project and took the Girl Scout Forever Green online pledge, you are eligible to purchase the 2012 Forever Green Patch.
Recycling is an important part of going “green”! Whether you are an avid recycler or are just starting, the following resources can help you learn more. Look at these sites for more information -- get your troop, neighborhood, school, county involved. Terracycle just started a new brigade ... old shoes! Your troop can get major points for sending in old shoes, look on the website for more information. If you are spring cleaning, think about recycling the stuff you are getting rid of (did you know that CPS energy will give you a rebate for recycling your old fridge or freezer? They will even pick it up -- look on their site for more info).
Find lots of resources here:
Think about having regular “lights out” meals with your family or friends. Use battery-powered lanterns or candles. Sit and share sandwiches and stories or play dominoes. We challenge you to find ways your families, troops, schools can save energy. Assign “turn off switches” as a chore. Come up with your own plan, and track your money savings by comparing electricity bills from last year. Get more ideas at these websites:
Planting time is just around the corner. Find the list of planting opportunities available for the counties in our council below. Plug your troop into one or more of them. Getting outside really is good for your body and soul. Always be sure to wear sun protection. There are several really GREAT projects here, so turn off the computer and get involved.
- Green Spaces Alliance takes care of all the community gardens in San Antonio; your troop can volunteer for a day, once a month or the entire year. Visit http://www.greensatx.org
Comal County -- Contact
(830-221-4367); there are many different opportunities, from planting to beautifying, at the parks in the New Braunfels area
Kendall County --
- Cibolo Nature Center is a 100-acre public park in Boerne that supports four different ecosystems. A great place to visit or volunteer or get involved with Master Gardeners or Naturalists to learn more about the world in which we live! Contact mary Gomillion (830-249-4616) or visit www.cibolo.org
Kerr County -- Petersen Hospital, in Kerrville, is an ideal place to volunteer. Great opportunities to benefit patients include helping with the vegetable garden, butterfly garden, flower garden (so that patient meal trays get fresh flowers!) and more. Contact Kelly Boggess (830-896-4200)
Kinney County -- The Montalvo House, located in Brackettville, needs help with landscaping, building, planting. Contact
Medina County -- Parks & Recreation projects in Castroville, contact Angelo Gonzalez (830-931-1639)
Anywhere -- Your troop may choose to do smaller individual gardens or pick a school or street corner to “beautify.” Or participate in a nature walk or local gardening class -- just get out and enjoy nature! The Arbor Day Society will send your troop 10 free trees with each membership, ready to plant, if you join. The fee is $10. Learn more at www.arborday.org. Next Arbor Day is Friday, April 26.
Here are some websites that may be helpful with your next project:
Finally, all members of the 100th Anniversary Forever Green Committee thank you for choosing to go GREEN. Whatever projects you participate in, consider making GREEN a part of the rest of your life.