Girl Scouts Annual Phonebook Recycling Project

Project Pet Litter

Would your troop like to help the environment, the community and put a little money in your troop bank account?  This year troops in the Joplin, Branson & Springfield areas can do just that by participating in Project Pet Litter.  All you have to do is collect old phone directories from August through September 30, 2012 and put them in designated collection bins  and Nestle Purina will pay your troop $25 for every ton of phonebooks you collect.  They will use the phone directories and turn them in to “Yesterday’s News” which is a pet litter made from recyclable materials.  This project has been taking place for over 10 years! Area businesses call the Girl Scout service center looking for troops to pick up their old phonebooks and we put them in touch with you! It’s an easy way to help encourage recycling and earn money for your troop.

To sign up or for more information, contact Stefanie McCall at 877-312-4764 ext. 1137 or smccall@girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

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Girl Scouts Annual Phonebook Recycling Project

Girls learn to use resources wisely

It’s nearly time for new phone books to land on front porches and in business lobbies. Local Girl
Scouts have a creative way for your old phone books to be re-used! Now through July 31, Girl
Scouts will be collecting old phone books for Nestle Purina’s Project PetLitter. “Yesterday’s
News” is pet litter made from recycled newspapers, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, and other
paper. “This is a great, hands-on way for girls to take action within their community and to
practice the ‘use resources wisely’ portion of the Girl Scout Law,” says Jennifer M. Orban, CEO
of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. Girl Scout troops also benefit by receiving proceeds
from Nestle Purina PetCare rewards for each book collected. Last year Girl Scouts collected
more than 64 tons of phonebooks and earned more than $1,600 in proceeds to use toward
leadership activities and service projects.

The drop-off locations in Springfield include all Dillon’s grocery stores and from 8:30 am – 4:30
pm at the Girl Scout Administrative Service Center at 210 S. Ingram Mill Road. Area businesses
with 40 or more phone books may also call Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland toll-free at 1-
877-312-4764 x1137 or email smcall@girlscoutsmoheartland.org to have a Girl Scout troop
assigned to pick up old phonebooks.

For more information, see the press release.

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Project PetLitter

Project PetLitter
May 1 – July 31, 2011

Project PetLitter is a program designed to help recycle old phonebooks and keep them out of landfills. Phone books are collected by Nestle Purina, who then recycles them by turning them into pet litter.

Girl Scout troops that participate will receive $25 from Nestle Purina for every ton of phonebooks they collect. Phonebooks will need to be deposited in designated bins, which will be available in Branson and Springfield. If enough troops in an area are interested, it might be possible to place a bin in your area.

To participate, complete a GSMH troop program registration form and a money earning project application and send it to a GSMH Service Center by May 30, 2011. You will then receive a detailed email about the project.

Questions? Please contact Stefanie McCall at the Springfield Service Center: 877-312-4764 x1137 or smccall@girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

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Earth Hour and GSMH Team Up to Honor the Planet

Earth Hour and Girls Scouts of the USA announced a collaboration to increase environmental education, awareness and action. This collaboration is part of the Earth Hour global campaign, launched today in Singapore, that marks the beginning of a new phase for Earth Hour to “go beyond the hour” – encouraging people to capture, share and inspire environmental conversation and action year-round.

Earth Hour is a global initiative that invites individuals, businesses, governments and communities to turn off their lights for one hour – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 – to show support for environmentally sustainable action. In the United States, Earth Hour is partnering with the Girl Scouts to bring the movement to life.

“Our organizations have a common purpose – to create a better environment for future generations,” said Earth Hour Co-Founder and Executive Director Andy Ridley. “Girl Scouts make a tangible difference in their communities. The support of such a respected organization helps us contribute to the environmental education of young people and spread this global movement across generations and geographies.”

Initially a single-city initiative in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, Earth Hour has become a global movement in which hundreds of millions of people from every continent join together to acknowledge the importance of protecting and improving the planet. Earth Hour 2010 was the world’s largest global climate change initiative, with millions of participants in more than 4,600 cities across nearly 130 countries and territories. Since its inception in 2007, Earth Hour’s iconic “lights out” event has seen some of the world’s most recognized landmarks switch off their lights, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Buckingham Palace in London, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Forbidden City in China.

This year, nearly 20 Girl Scout Councils from across the country will be organizing Earth Hour activities, and Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is one of them. “Our girls care deeply about the environment, and this partnership gives them a simple way to share this passion with their friends, families and communities,” said Kathy Cloninger, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA. “It’s important that we all do our part to protect the environment.”
Thousands of Girl Scouts across the country will be participating in community activities to support Earth Hour on March 26. In addition, many Girl Scouts are taking activities beyond the hour by installing ENERGY STAR®-qualified or other energy-efficient light bulbs in homes, schools and businesses during the month of March.

Share your Girl Scout activities in picture or video! http://earthhourblog.posterous.com/share-your-earth-hour-photos-and-videos

  • Earth Hour has also set up the following user name and password so that Girl Scouts can upload pictures, video, and audio files to the Earth Hour global media centre www.earthhour.org/media.aspx. Attached is the instruction guide.
Username: girlscoutsusa
Password: passw0rd (note the zero)

The link is now posted http://earthhourblog.posterous.com/share-your-earth-hour-photos-and-videos on the Earth Hour page of our GSFG Web site. (near the bottom,  third to last paragraph, last sentence reads:)

The Earth Hour collaboration is one part of the Girl Scouts’ broader commitment to environmental sustainability. Girl Scouts Forever Green (GSFG), the Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary Take Action Project, is a national effort of girls leading their families, schools and communities in improving the environment and protecting natural resources. The effort offers a meaningful leadership experience that makes a positive impact on the environment through three key projects: 1) using reusable water bottles and bags to reduce plastic waste; 2) planting and maintaining rain gardens at schools, homes and other sites; and 3) participation in Earth Hour events. Participants are also encouraged to take an online pledge stating their yearlong commitment to GSFG efforts. Beginning in July, all 112 Girl Scout councils and USA Girl Scouts Overseas will be invited to participate in Girl Scouts Forever Green.

“The Girl Scouts Forever Green project is a great example of how organizations can take Earth Hour beyond the hour and make a positive difference for the future of the planet,” Ridley added.

There currently are only 2 days until Earth Hour 2011, which asks the world to:

  • Switch off lights for Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26, and celebrate a commitment to the planet with the people of the world;
  • Sign up and share stories of actions that benefit the planet on www.earthhour.org; and
  • Sustain environmentally focused actions beyond the hour and share your act with the world at www.earthhour.org/beyondthehour.

For more information, visit www.earthhour.org or www.girlscouts.org/forevergreen.

About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a global initiative in partnership with WWF. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. By 2010, Earth Hour had created history as the largest voluntary action ever witnessed with participation across 128 countries and territories and every continent, including the world’s most recognized man-made marvels and natural wonders in a landmark environmental action.

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Girl Scouts Forever Green: Earth Hour

New York’s Auburnpub.com reports that On March 12, Girl Scouts of the USA will celebrate its 99th birthday. In preparation to celebrate the centennial, many activities and events are being planned both locally and nationally to celebrate our history. A nationwide take-action project entitled “Girl Scouts Forever Green” will allow Girl Scouts of all ages, volunteers and alumnae to participate in a meaningful leadership experience that makes a huge positive impact on the environment.

On Wednesday, Earth Hour and Girls Scouts of the USA announced a collaboration to increase environmental education, awareness and action. This collaboration is part of the Earth Hour global campaign, launched today in Singapore, that marks the beginning of a new phase for Earth Hour to “go beyond the hour” – encouraging people to capture, share and inspire environmental conversation and action year-round.

Earth Hour is a global initiative that invites individuals, businesses, governments and communities to turn off their lights for one hour – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 – to show support for environmentally sustainable action. In the United States, Earth Hour is partnering with the Girl Scouts to bring the movement to life.

In what ways are you contributing to make a positive impact on the environment?

(ht: GSUSA)

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Girl Scouts Forever Green

Girl Scouts Forever Green

Our 2011 Girl Scouts Forever Green Signature Project is “Power Down and Unplug.”  The purpose of this project is to encourage people to save energy and lower our carbon footprint. Girls can participate in one of four ways:

  • Encourage your school or community business to power down and unplug during the noon hour on Friday, March 11th.
  • Encourage your family to power down and unplug at home from 8 pm-9pm on March 11.
  • Have your family participate in “Earth Hour” by turning off their lights from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.
  • Replace the light bulbs in your home with Energy Star, energy efficient light bulbs.

Whatever option girls choose, we encourage them to go to www.girlscouts.org/gsforevergreen to share their results with the world and take the Girl Scouts Forever Green Pledge.

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