Thursday, December 10, 2009

Girl Scouts Team Up With U.S. Green Building Council, Work Together to Green Our Nation’s Communities

Today, I am extremely pleased to announce a really cool partnership: Girl Scouts of the USA has joined forces with the U.S. Green Building Council to help girls take action on improving the environment and their communities by promoting green schools.

GSUSA will team with the USGBC to leverage local Girl Scouts Forever Green projects as part of USGBC’s National Green Schools Campaign. Specifically, girls will work with USGBC volunteers throughout its extensive chapter network to develop and use their leadership skills to significantly impact the environment by working in schools and throughout their communities to save energy, conserve water, increase green space, improve air quality and reduce waste.

“The environment—protecting it, preserving it, and understanding it—is a tremendously important issue to today’s girls. This new partnership is a great opportunity to combine their passion and energy with USGBC’s knowhow and organization to make a significant difference in the future environmental footprint of America’s schools,”
said Kathy Cloninger, CEO, GSUSA.

Green schools cost less to operate, freeing up resources to truly improve students’ education. Across the country, school districts large and small are realizing the benefits of green schools. Students, parents, teachers and community members are making the difference, by letting decision makers know they want their schools built, operated, and maintained green. The Green Schools Campaign provides a natural way for Girl Scouts to apply their environmental lessons in their own educational community.

USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC launched the National Green Schools Campaign in 2007, with the ambitious goal to provide a green school for every child in America within a generation. Through this campaign, USGBC supports federal, state and local initiatives that advance the green schools movement.

“Through our partnership with the Girl Scouts of the USA, we have the potential
to reach and inspire millions of girls – America’s future leaders – to impact
the way school buildings are designed, built and operated, enabling a healthier
and environmentally responsible built environment for future students and
said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC.

Tens of thousands of Girl Scouts throughout the country are engaged in environmentally friendly projects in their communities as part of the Forever Green initiative. Forever Green projects are part of a range of activities leading up the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts in 2012.
Let us know how Girl Scouts in your communities are helping to make positive impacts on the environment!