Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Girl Scouts Forever Green Helps Eliminate More Than 1 Billion Pounds of Carbon Dioxide from Earth’s Atmosphere

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to announce the results of Girl Scouts Forever Green (GSFG), its signature 100th anniversary “Take Action” project targeting waste reduction, energy conservation, and rain gardens. Alcoa Foundation provided a two-year, $1.5 million grant to expand the program globally to 12 countries. This grant enabled U.S. and international councils to work together and lead their families, schools, and communities in improving the environment and protecting natural resources.

The Girl Scouts Forever Green 100th Anniversary “Take Action” project was created after Girl Scouts’ research found that an overwhelming number of girls deem protecting the environment a top priority.

Harnessing its members' passion for preserving natural resources and focusing on three main projects: Reduce Waste, Earth Hour, and Rain Gardens, Girl Scouts and Alcoa concluded the Girl Scouts Forever Green project after saving 639 million kilowatts of energy, conserving 226 million gallons of water, and eliminating 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide and 120 million pounds of waste in total.

The other environmental impacts include:
·         409,940 aluminum cans recycled
·         123,753 native plants/trees planted
·         2,462 wildlife fed and sheltered by rain gardens

"Although our girls might be famous for wearing the color green, it's clear that they are enthusiastic about ‘going green’ and working to preserve our natural resources," said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA. "As an organization committed to helping girls becomes leaders who make a difference in the world, we couldn't ignore their passion for the environment, and the generous contribution from Alcoa Foundation provided an outlet for girls to funnel their ecological energies."

Alcoa Foundation also sponsored nearly 700 Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 12 countries within the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to "twin" together on local and global environmental projects. All of the projects engaged at least 400 additional youth, and more than 200 Alcoa (NYSE:AA) employees across the world served as volunteers.

“The two-year Girl Scouts Forever Green collaboration led to measurable impacts and impressive environmental projects by girls across the world,” said Esra Ozer, President, Alcoa Foundation. “We are proud that more than 200 Alcoa employees donated their time and expertise to volunteer with the scouts, and that several troops were able to travel to other countries, visit Alcoa facilities, and learn first-hand about our own commitment to environmental sustainability.”

The 12 countries with girls who participated in the Together Greening project are Australia, Brazil, China, Guinea, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Suriname, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.