Heart of America Council Begins Greening Its Campsites

“We shall never achieve harmony with the land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations the important thing is not to achieve but to strive.” Thus wrote Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), the father of the land ethic, which describes an ethical, caring relationship between people and nature.…

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Baby Steps, Becoming Sustainable, and the Boy Scouts of America

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu famously said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. That wisdom certainly applies to sustainability. It’s all but impossible for an individual, a family, or a BSA council to fully embrace sustainability overnight. Instead, we start with baby steps—recycling aluminum cans, perhaps, or trading out incandescent…

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Sustainability: Good for the Planet, for Business, and for Scouting

At first glance, Knorr soup, Dove soap, Lipton tea, Hellman’s mayonnaise, and Dirt is Good laundry products seem to have little in common. But they share three important characteristics: They are part of Unilever’s Sustainable Living portfolio, they are the company’s biggest products, and they (along with Unilever’s other sustainable brands) delivered nearly half the…

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Touching the Elephant of Sustainability

A familiar parable from the Indian subcontinent describes a group of blind men examining an elephant. One man touches the elephant’s tail and thinks it’s like a rope. Another touches the elephant’s side and think it’s like a wall. The man who touches an ear imagines a huge hand fan. Feeling a leg convinces the…

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Practical Sustainability: Lead the Shift to a Sustainable Future (2016)

What is sustainability? When you break it down, sustainability goes hand in hand with being a good Scout. Reducing what we consume and recycling, repurposing, restoring, and repairing what we own all are parts of being thrifty, a key point of the Scout Law.

However, shifting to sustainable actions can seem overwhelming. That’s where the Sustainable Properties and LeaderSHIFT Forum comes in. No pie-in-the-sky ideals, just practical, uncomplicated, day-to-day tweaks. This hands-on, activity-based forum shows how simple it is to lead the evolution to sustainability in your life, the practices of your Council and/or on your property.

Can we really make a difference? Simply? Yes.

For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in conservation education and environmental stewardship. In fact, you might say we were green when green was just a color.

Click here to replay the LiveStream feed of this special event.

Download the PowerPoint slides here.

Council Sustainability Guide: PDF

GET INVOLVED: We want to hear from you. Whether you’ve scored major successes in sustainability or are just looking for ways to get started, plug into our growing network …

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PATH TO SUCCESS: The most powerful lesson is a good example. In this section of the website, you’ll find a growing library of success stories and best practices.

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OUR DNA: Sustainability is in the BSA’s DNA, although we haven’t always used that term. Robert Baden-Powell, who founded Scouting, said Scouts should leave behind…

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