In celebration of the Girls Scouts’ 100th Anniversary, Alcoa Foundation, in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA, has committed to promoting cross-cultural learning opportunities by educating girls on relevant global environmental issues and empowering them to take action.
One of the most powerful ways to do this is through Girl Scouts Forever Green, a global action project that engages girls in environmental impact projects both in their communities and across the world.
Alcoa Intalco Works partnered locally with Girl Scouts of Western Washington on April 20 to recycle electronics, collecting 15,000 pounds of obsolete and broken electronics, and is currently working to connect Girl Scouts with the Alcoa Women’s Network leaders to talk about career preparation for sustainable industries such as aluminum production and recycling.
“Alcoa Foundation’s partnership with Girl Scouts created an ideal opportunity for Alcoa Intalco Works to connect with a cornerstone youth-serving program in Washington,” said Barry Hullett, Alcoa Intalco Works Plant Manager. “The goals of Girl Scouts Forever Green are completely aligned with Alcoa’s sustainability focus and values, and we’re excited about the direct partnership here in the Pacific Northwest.”
The partnership has extended internationally, by connecting Girl Scouts in western Washington with girls who are part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in Suriname. 21 girls from four different counties in western Washington and girls in Suriname will work together to identify, lead and take action on environmental projects dealing with waste reduction, climate change mitigation, saving resources and rain garden creation. Alcoa Foundation provided a two-year $1.5 million grant to Girl Scouts to help make similar connections in cities and countries around the globe.
"We’re absolutely thrilled to partner with Alcoa so that we can cast an even wider net on the environmentally focused service projects we offer in communities across western Washington,” says Megan Ferland, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Washington. “We have always believed in connecting girls with nature, but we believe, even more, in helping them understand the ways in which their actions impact the world around them. Through our Forever Green initiative, we’re able to create specific events and programming around this key component to the already strong Girl Scout mission.”