Thursday, December 8, 2011

Girl Scouts Forever Green a Source of Solutions

Storm Water Solutions reports that a major focus point of Girl Scouts Forever Green aims to capture, absorb storm water with rain gardens.

This week, Girl Scouts of the USA announced the launch of Girl Scouts Forever Green, its 100th year anniversary action project focused on waste reduction, energy conservation and rain gardens. Alcoa Foundation provided a two-year $1.5 million grant to expand the program globally to 20 countries. This grant will enable U.S. and international councils to work together and lead families, schools and communities in improving the environment and protecting natural resources.

In 2012, Girl Scouts will take action on three main projects: Reduce Waste, Earth Hour and Rain Gardens. Throughout the year Girl Scouts across the globe will also identify and lead service projects and events focused on the environmental priorities in their local communities.

The third project involves building rain gardens filled with native plants that capture and absorb storm water and serve as functional gardens. Rain gardens improve water quality by infiltrating and reducing water-born pollutants running into streams, rivers and other water supplies, and also increase green spaces and wildlife habitats.