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November 14, 2007 > Girl Scouts Go Green

Girl Scouts Go Green

Local Girl Scout troops take part in one of the largest CFL giveaways in history

Submitted By Jamie Fishler

Three hundred and twenty five Girl Scout troops from Girl Scouts of Northern California (GSNC) are teaming up with The Climate Project and the Sierra Club to take action to end global warming. The Climate Project, a non-profit organization founded by Al Gore to increase public awareness of the climate crisis at a grassroots level, has selected Girl Scouts to be a part of one of the largest compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) giveaways in history. The Sierra Club will help Girl Scouts carry out this initiative.

Girl Scouts across Northern California will distribute at least 160,000 CFLs provided by California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in partnership with PG&E and Sierra Club. Girls Scouts will use leadership skills to encourage and educate their communities to use CFLs, which use less energy than regular incandescent bulbs. With the help of Girl Scouts this small change can eliminate hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide a year.

"This CFL giveaway will teach Girl Scouts about leadership and how small changes can have a global impact," said Marina Park, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern California. "We are delighted to take part in The Climate Project's nationwide effort and excited that Girl Scouts are helping to promote environmental concerns within their communities."

Girl Scouts will hand out CFLs to residents that reside within PG&E service areas. Local community members can receive their complimentary CFL at Girl Scout public booths, door-to-door deliveries, fall product sale events and other troop events. Girl Scouts in twenty Northern California counties will be participating in this environmental initiative. These counties include Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Oakland, Plumas, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama and Trinity.

The CPUC will inspect each registered residence to ensure that CFL recipients are actively implementing Girl Scouts' CFL campaign and awareness program.

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