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Patch Requirements - Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

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									Community Action Project
           Toolkit




    Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

           2009 - 2010
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                                                                   Table of Contents
Community Action Project Overview ..................................................................................................................... 2

Patch Requirements................................................................................................................................................ 4

   1. Capstone E-Waste Recycling Event .............................................................................................................. 5

   2. School or Community Project ...................................................................................................................... 5

   3. Week Long Activities .................................................................................................................................... 6

   4. Girl Scout Leadership Journeys .................................................................................................................... 7

    5. Tour of GES………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………8

   6. Waste Management Skits ............................................................................................................................ 8

Questionnaires and Surveys ................................................................................................................................... 9

Resources .............................................................................................................................................................. 12

School Letter ......................................................................................................................................................... 13




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                                  Community Action Project Over
                                          2009-2010

Introduction: Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana has been chosen by GSUSA as one of 36 pilot councils to implement
the Girl Scouts Forever Green Project. Girl Scouts wil harness the power of the environmental movement by
engaging in a nationwide signature project focused on making an impact on the environment. Girl Scouts of
Kentuckiana will be collaborating with GES (Global Environmental Services, Located in Georgetown, KY) one of
only 34 companies worldwide stewards of BAN (Basel Action Network). GES is a 100% recycling company that
does not send waste to landfills or foreign countries. Girl Scouts will be at the forefront of environmental
sustainability, leading schools and communities in using resources wisely.

Who: Girl Scouts, Volunteers, Alumni and Community members

What: A patch program that will help girls Discover, Connect and Take Action. First girls will Discover
themselves and their values by seeking challenges in the world related to the environment. This means they
will learn and explore new skills and ideas, and set challenging goals for themselves. As girls assess local
environment issues and pursue a specific project, they will Connect – care about, inspire and team with others
locally and globally. And through their chosen projects, girls will Take Action to make the world a better place.
In the end, the girls will reflect on the positive values and the strong sense of self they developed through
their projects.

When: Plan with your troops: December and early January
      Projects to Take Place: January through mid-May
      Project Completion form (STEP 2): May 21st

Where: School, community, and home

How: Tool kit: The purpose of this booklet is to provide information and resources to help girls and
volunteers select specific projects they would like to implement. On page 4 you will find the requirements for
earning the patch. This booklet contains information on project ideas, how to integrate the Girl Scout
leadership journeys, an e-waste collection day scheduled for the spring, skits your troop can do on waste
management, information on GES tours, and a week of reducing, recycling and reusing.

QUESTIONS? Contact Linda Austin at laustin@kyanags.org or 502-636-0900 or 1-888-771-5170 ext. 22800 or
Karly Buckner at kbuckner@kyanags.org or 502-636-0900 or 1-888-771-5170 ext 23900.


   Check out our website at www.kyanags.org/about/forevergreen.aspx


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                                            Patch Requirements

Discuss the Forever Green projects with your troop during the months of December and early January so they
can decide which requirements they would like to complete. This booklet is design to fit all grade levels, we
encourage girls to pick an appropriate activity to fit their level of ability. Look at the pages listed in this toolkit
to get more information on each activity to earn the patch.
Requirements to earn the patch are as followed: Girl Scout Daises, Brownies and Juniors 2, Girl Scout Cadettes,
Seniors, and Ambassadors 3. For all troops number one is required.

More information on the cost of the patch and where to order will follow at a later date.

1.   Capstone E-waste recycling – Page 4
2.   School or Community Project – Page 5
3.   Week long project – Page 5
4.   Journeys – Page 7
5.   Tour of GES – Page 8
6.   Skits – Page 8

The activities are to be completed during the months of January through May, 2010. A requirement from
GSUSA pilot councils is for troops to fill out Step 1 form online so GSK can track activities troops are
completing in order to earn the patch. Before you start your activities you need to fill out the Step 1 form on
the GSUSA website http://www.girlscouts.org/forevergreen/. While at the website check out Step 2 form so
you understand what you will need to track in order to complete at the end of your activities. Step 2 will be
need to be filled out at the same website upon the completion of your patch requirements, by May 21st.
*These forms will need to be filled out by anyone 13 and older.




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                                1. Capstone E-Waste Recycling Event

On May 15, 2010 Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana will join forces with GES to address the issue of recycling
electronic waste or e-waste. We will be collecting inkjet cartridges, laser toner cartridges, cell phones, old
computers, keyboards, radios, fax machines, hard drives, modems, printers, copiers, DVD players, VCR players,
TV’s , monitors and more. This includes any electronic equipment, but not appliances. A good rule thumb is if
you can put water in it, it will not be accepted, such as refrigerators, irons, bread makers, etc. GES recycles
100% of its electronic waste and none of it is shipped overseas to third world countries. There is a $5 charge
on the recycling of TV’s and monitors with glass a front, (not flat screens). This charge is for the cost of
discharging a gas contained in these items.

The pickup locations will be will be announced at a later date through newsletters, Eblast, and service unit
meetings. Also, check GSK website http://www.kyanags.org/about/forevergreen.aspx for any
announcements.

If you have any questions call or email Linda Austin at laustin@kyanags.org or Karly Buckner at
kbuckner@kyanags.org or at 502-636-0900 or 1-77—888-771-5170.

                                    2. School or Community Project

The girls need to choose a project that addresses an environmental issue with waste management at their
school or in their community. Keep it simple – choose a project that can be completed in a 3 to 4 month
period but have a lasting impact. Look over some of the websites and the following ideas. Have the girls
choose a topic that they feel passionate about and that they think can be achieved in this timeframe.
Ask them these questions:
        Will your solution fix something for the future or is it only a one time project?
        Are there ways to make sure the solution lasts beyond your effort?
        Is this a project that can inspire all students and all ages at your school or in your community?
Project Ideas:
     Do an investigation of your school, what is done with left over aluminum, cardboard, paper, and
        organic waste (food)?
     Do an investigation of your school electronic equipment, what is done with old computers, monitors,
        and ink cartridges?
             o Is your school properly recycling these items? Can you help make an improvement? By doing
                 this project could you generate funds for your school? Will this project make an impact on your
                 school/community?
     Do you have any other ideas to improve your community like stopping junk mail, canceling catalogs,
        recycling candy wrappers or Capri sun pouches?
    After they have chosen their project you can talk to the school principal or community leader about what
    the girls want to accomplish. In this toolkit is a letter to the school principal to introduce your project.

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                                        3. Week Long Activities
Monday          Trash: Put together a no-trash kit for the day. Include a reusable drinking cup for hot and cold
                liquids, handkerchief, Tupperware, utensils, and reusable produce bag. Throughout the day
                use these items instead of items that you can throw away
Tuesday         Energy: Assess your current energy usage. Look at everything in your home to see what uses
                energy, make note of the items you don’t use every day that could be unplugged until used.
Wednesday       Transportation: Walk to school, ride your bike. Try not to use a car to any of your destinations
                today. If you need to go somewhere try to use public transportation. If you do have to travel
                make sure that you car is tuned up, the tires are aired up, and you are sharing rides with
                others going in the same direction.
Thursday        Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
                REDUCE
                     Use durable items rather than disposable items whenever possible.
                     Refuse store bags! When you buy one or two items at a store, carry them out in your
                         hands; or take a reusable bag with you to carry the items you buy. And don't forget to
                         take your old plastic and paper bags back to the grocery store for reuse or recycling.
                         Most grocery stores have convenient paper and plastic recycling bins located near the
                         entrance.
                REUSE
                     Take along washable cups or travel mugs instead of disposables; a lot of restaurants
                         and convenient stores will be glad to fill or refill your own mug.
                     Use washable table napkins instead of paper napkins -- cloth napkins are usually much
                         larger and more absorbent than paper products, and they can dress up your dinner
                         table too!
                RECYCLE
                Try not to throw anything away that can be recycled. Find places in your community that will
                recycle these items, and see how many you can collect to take to the recycling center.
                       Aluminum Cans                                        Paper
                       Cardboard                                            Plastic Bags
                       Electronic equipment                                 Plastic Bottles
                       Glass (particularly bottles and jars)                Food Cans
                       Magazines                                            Wood
                       Metal                                                Writing/Copy Paper
                       Newspaper                                            Yard Waste
Friday          Respect the Earth: Draw a poster that says “Respect the Earth! Capitalize the word Earth.”
                Hang it in your school and other locations like grocery stores, your parents work or other
                public places. Get permission!




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                                      4. Girl Scout Leadership Journeys

Linking the Girl Scouts Forever Green—Community Action Project to Journeys

Leadership journey series, It’s Your Planet—Love It!, released in July 2009, issues a call for
action to the environment, inviting Girl Scouts of every grade level to explore the natural
wonders of the world, become stewards of our fragile planet, and investigate the science
that keeps our Earth spinning. Books in the second exciting series include:

      Between Earth and Sky (for Daisies): Sunshine, fresh air, new places to see. When
       flower friends travel, they enjoy all of these. So come along for the trip. Meet new
       friends and old. You’ll taste, touch, and smell what fun travel can hold!
      WOW! Wonders of Water (for Brownies): Water does so much for you! Can you return the favor? On
       this Wonders of Water journey, you will love water, save water, and share water! That’s a really big
       WOW!
      GET MOVING! (for Juniors): Energy puts the sparkle in fireworks, the giddy up in a pony, and the
       oomph in the everyday. So get moving! Energize, investigate, innovate. Get all the energy in your life
       flowing in the wisest ways.
      Breathe (for Cadettes): Take a deep breath. How do you feel? What do you see? Hear? Smell? Get set
       to focus all your senses on air. This is one airy journey and it’s full of flair!
      Sow What? (for Seniors): So, what do you hope for from your food? Great taste? Pleasing smell? Good
       looks, too? As you dig into Sow What? and get down to the roots, you’ll crave a whole lot more. You’ll
       see how your food network can serve up what’s best for Earth—and best for you!
      Justice (for Ambassadors): We all know what it is. Why is it so hard to achieve? Maybe it needs a
       brand-new equation—your equation. On this journey, doing the math + some very sage ways = real
       hope for inspiring justice—for all of Earth and her inhabitants.

How Are Journeys Integrated with the Girl Scouts Forever Green—Community Action Project?
      Dig into the journey books! Troops should use the journeys as the core program content for the
                 Community Action Project. Community Action Project planning can be integrated into
                 journey activities. Tips for using the journeys are available on the
                 journeys page of the GSUSA Web site at
                 www.girlscouts.org/program/journeys.




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                                               5. Tour of GES

If your troop would be interested in touring the Global Environmental Services plant, contact Sharon Andrews
at 502-570-8545 or sales@gesrecycles.com. This is the company that GSK is partnering with for the Capstone
event. This tour will be a great opportunity for girls to see how a company does 100% recycling. GES is located
in Georgetown, KY.



                                    6. Waste Management Skits
Girl Scouts will need to work as a troop to develop one of the three ideas below. Write a skit,
rehearse, and perform for a group of 15 or more of your peers. Skits should be at least 5 to 10
minutes in length.

   1. Act out a trivia show such as “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” or “Family Feud”, and ask
      questions about waste management. Example: (1) How many automobiles are junked
      in the United States each year? (Answer - 7 million), and (2) Which NFL stadium is built
      on garbage (sanitary landfill)? (Answer - Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado). Come up with at least
      10 questions to ask, you may have discussion during your game show about the questions and
      answers. Please use at least one poster or visual aid during your skit.

   2. At your school, give a group of 15 or more students a medium-sized plastic bag. Ask them to attach it
      to their belt or book bag, and put into it every bit of waste they generate (except food waste) for a 24
      hour period. At the end of that period, weigh and examine it. Does it come from over packaging? Is
      there anything that the student didn't really need? What is the difference between needs and wants?
      When you reassemble to look at the waste, be prepared to answer questions and deliver a short skit.
      The skit should focus on how to make wise choices when we shop and why we should only purchase
                                  the things we need to decrease the amount of waste we create.

                               3. Give a glimpse into the future. Act out what our planet will be like if we
                                  continue to be wasteful. Give the group information about amounts,
                                  including volume and mass, of garbage generated by the average American
                                  each day. Use this amount to show how much land is needed to hold that
                                  amount, and then consider the environmental consequences of the large
                                  volume of waste generated in the United States. Please use at least one
                                  poster or visual aid during your skit.




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                                          Questionnaires and Surveys

In order to measure success the of your troops Forever Green activities you will need to go to
www.girlscout.org/forevergreen/ to fill out a Step 1 and step 2 questionnaire. These are mandatory.
Step 1 is an online questionnaire to be filled out by an adult or girl 13 or older at the beginning of their Forever
Green activities to allow GSK and GSUSA to track troop activities/projects. Make sure you check out the Step 2
questionnaire in order to know what information you need to track while completing your activities/projects.
When you have completed your project please return to the website to fill out the Step 2 questionnaire, which
should be completed by May 31st.

Website for Step 1 and 2: http://www.girlscouts.org/forevergreen/



                                Registration Questionnaire/Parental Permission form


GSUSA has created a Girl Scout Voices Forever Green Panel for girls who choose to participate in a two part
survey to share their opinions and experiences. Participation is completely voluntary. Responses are
completely confidential. Responses will not be tied to individuals, so no one will ever know how you
responded to the questions. To participate in this optional survey you need to watch council newsletters,
Eblast, service unit meetings and website for the website address. The parental permission form must be
filled out prior to any girl participating in the survey.

If you do not have access to a computer/internet you can go to your local Girl Scout Service Center, or
community library to access this information.

Pre-Survey (Survey 1): Once each parent/guardian has filled out the permission form online, the girls can then
fill out the appropriate grade level survey.*

Post-Survey (Survey 2): Two weeks before the end of the Girl Scout Forever Green-Community Action Project,
you will need to fill out the post survey. If you have participated in Survey 1, information will be emailed to
you about completing Survey 2.

  *Remember to check newsletter, Eblast, service unit meetings and websites for website address to participate in the surveys.




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                                                                   Resources
                                                         WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT IDEA
 Each one of us throws away approximately 4.6 pounds of waste per day! That means each week you throw away enough trash to equal more than
 60 boxes of Thin Mints. We need to make good decisions in our daily consumption patterns and teach others about reducing, reusing, and recycling,
 which are daily actions that make a big difference in how much waste we produce and how quickly we use the space in landfills. Composting helps
 clean up contaminated soil, prevent pollution, and create more space in landfills. Reusing consumer goods means that fewer new products need to
 be produced, thus saving energy. Helping to manage waste can also serve as a money earning activity for your project.
 Reduce

 Goals
         Reduced greenhouse gases
         Reduced purchase of food containers and reduced waste
 How?

                                     Project Examples                                                   Measure Your Project’s Impact
                                                                                             Reduced weight of weekly or monthly purchases of
Reduce quantities of disposable food and drink containers consumed.
                                                                                             food containers
                                                                                             Reduced weight of weekly junk mail and bathroom
Reduce waste of bathroom supplies (for example, install hand driers in bathrooms).
                                                                                             supplies
Print paper double-sided (for example, adjust printer default for automatic double-sided
                                                                                             Reduced weight of paper purchased per month
printing).
Educate and advocate for reduced consumption of goods.                                       Number of people educated about waste management
Decrease the amount of trash produced (for example, encourage others to recycle, reuse,
                                                                                             Decrease in weight of trash sent to landfill per week
and donate items and to buy items in minimal packaging).




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Reuse and Recycle

Goals

Decreased volume of waste and less impact on local resources and landfill space. More recycled aluminum cans, plastic, newspaper, paper, and
            electronics
How?

                                     Project Examples                                                       Measure Your Project’s Impact

Donate usable items—sporting goods, food, electronics, clothing, books, and furniture.
                                                                                              Weight of usable items donated
Form a waste exchange to trade unwanted consumer goods.
Start a compost program in your school, home, or community (check state regulations first).   Weight of items that are composted
Reuse paper                                                                                   Reduced weight of paper purchased
     Place trays or boxes for paper used on one side for others to reuse before recycling.
     Make notebooks by binding papers used on one side with cereal boxes.
Educate people about benefits of recycling.                                                   Number of people educated about recycling
Start/promote recycling programs and install recycling bins in visible and convenient
                                                                                              Weight of items that are recycled—paper, aluminum,
locations (for example, paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum cans, e-waste, Capri Sun
                                                                                              plastic, cell phones, e-waste, and other products
pouches, snack wrappers).

Increase use of reusable water bottles through educational efforts.                           Number of people educated about water bottle waste

Plan a Waste Reduction Week where events occur on themes days (for example, Monday is       Refer to metrics for each specific activity
Reduction Day, Tuesday is Compost Day, Wednesday is Zero Garbage Day, Thursday is
Conservation Day, Friday is Reuse or Exchange Day and tie to national environmental events.

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                                            Website Resources
http://gesrecycles.com: Our mission is to combine state of the art technology with a clear commitment towards
environmentally sustainable e-recycling.
www.stopjunkmail.org: Ways to reduce junk mail and remove your name from mailings. This Web site has
templates for letters that you can write to catalogs and credit card offers to reduce junk mail.
www.nationalgreenweek.org and www.eeweek.org: Information about two national environmental weeks aimed
at schools and communities and how to make them greener. Girl Scout projects can be featured on the Web sites.
There are also videos, facts, and resources about the environment and waste.
www.terracycle.net: Resource for upcycling Capri Sun pouches and other drink pouches as well as energy bar
wrappers. These unrecyclable products are made into new products such as purses and pencil cases. Candy
wrappers and snack wrappers can also be upcycled!
www.catalogcancelingchallenge.com: The Catalog Canceling Challenge is a youth effort to cancel unwanted sales
catalogs.
www.kab.org: Keep America Beautiful is an organization that combines environmental education with hands-on
stewardship. This Web site provides a network for action projects and gives project suggestions.
www.farmtoschool.org: Farm to Schools is a non-profit organization that brings healthy local foods into schools
and educates students about food, and how it travels from farm to fork. Learn about starting a farm to school
program in your own school.
www.epa.gov/kids: The Environmental Protection Agency provides a great resource about natural resources,
animals, and the environment. Certain information and Web site links (such as the links to virtual experiments) are
geared toward younger girls, while other information and links to scholarships and career ideas are appropriate for
older girls.
www.greenschoolsalliance.org/students/75ways.html: The Green School Alliance’s 75 Things You Can Do To Stop
Global Warming is a great list of suggestions for living more sustainably that can inspire project ideas.
www.gogreeninitiative.org: Go Green Schools is a network for schools to help promote stewardship in their
communities. There are also resources for schools such as recommended worms for composts. This Web site also
has an article titled, “Why Go Green” that explains the environmental, financial, and social benefits of living more
sustainably.
www.plt.org: Project Learning Tree is a Web site that helps students to learn “how to think, not what to think,
about the environment.” This Web site has many helpful resources and information about each of the focus areas.
There are also surveys about resource usage (such as water usage) so that girls can assess how much is being used
and how usage can be reduced.
www.eco-schoolsusa.org: Eco-Schools USA is part of the National Wildlife Federation and plans to launch its
program in September 2009. This program helps schools become more sustainable and green.
www.myfootprint.org: Individuals can calculate their carbon footprint by entering information such as number of
people in household, size of household, number of miles traveled annually, and types of energy sources used.
www.howgreenismytown.org: How Green is my Town? Provides information about climate change, sustainability,
and environmental health at the local level.
www.greeneducationfoundation.org: The Green Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that strives to
promote and enhance environmental education in schools. This foundation helps mobilize communities through
National Green Week, Green Thumb Challenge, I Play Green Campaign, and other programs and campaigns.


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                                                                                   Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana
                                                                                   PO Box 32335
                                                                                   2115 Lexington Road
                                                                                   Louisville, KY 40232-2335
                                                                                   P 502-636-0900 888-771-5170
                                                                                   www.kyanags.org

Dear Principal,
       Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is piloting a new program called Girl Scouts Forever Green
       Community Action Project. This project will empower Girl Scouts of all ages to design, plan and
       lead green action projects in schools and communities throughout the western half of
       Kentuckiana and 10 counties in Southern Indiana in 2010.
       Girl Scouting focuses on leadership development through girl-led cooperative learning
       experiences. To achieve this we are giving girls’ ideas of different projects they could
       implement in their schools and communities and letting them decide which ones they think are
       best for their locations.
       As part of their projects, girls are strongly encouraged to incorporate community involvement,
       especially from fellow students, school administrators and faculty. We hope that the troops in
       your school that choose to participate in this project will have your full support in their efforts
       to “green their school.”
       Thank you in advance for your willingness to consider this proposal. We appreciate the example
       you set for our girls and look forward to the support you can offer this program. Please don’t
       hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

       Sincerely,

       Linda Austin                                                 Karly Buckner
       Program Development Coordinator                              Program Specialist
       Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana                                   Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana
       502-636-0900 ext. 22800                                      502-636-0900 ext. 23900
       laustin@kyanags.org                                          kbuckner@kyangs.org




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