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Save the Planet, Earn a Medal

At the end of a 10K race, most people are probably happy to hit the showers. But some people—those who’ve been bitten by the running bug—are just getting started. They consider 10 kilometers to be little more than a warmup for a half-marathon, a full marathon, or even an ultramarathon. The same thing is true…

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Moving From Wasteful to Zero Waste

Denise Coogan generates more trash at home each week than her entire office has generated in a dozen years. And her office isn’t some eco-friendly coffee shop or organic farm. Instead, it’s Subaru’s 3.8-million-square-foot assembly plant in Lafayette, Ind. The plant and its 3,700 workers produce 300,000 vehicles a year but virtually no waste. In…

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A New Certification Program Supports Organic Farmers in Training

Walk down the natural-foods aisle at your favorite supermarket, and you’ll see labels touting all sorts of promises: Fair Trade, sustainably grown, natural, free range, heart healthy, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, no artificial anything, Certified Organic, and Certified Transitional. Certified what? Certified Transitional is a new accreditation protocol dreamed up by Kashi to help farmers transition…

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Surprising Ways to Save—and Waste—Water

When it comes to water usage, Americans tend to slurp rather than sip. Like Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain,” we blithely splash around in puddles as if we have more water than we know what to do with. As a result, Americans use—and waste—far more water than most other countries. In fact, only…

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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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