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Girl Scout Light Bulb Challenge Saves Energy and Helps Environment

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Contact: Nancy Wood, 202-870-1193, nwood@gscnc.org
February 22, 2010

Girl Scout Light Bulb Challenge Saves Energy and Helps Environment

Local Girl Scouts race to replace traditional light bulbs

WASHINGTON-Girl Scouts have been "green" since 1912, and this year the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) challenged over 63,000 girl members ages 5-17,  to take a single important step towards greening their homes and communities. Every girl in every Girl Scout troop in the Council's region, which includes the District of Columbia and 25 counties in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, are encouraged to change at least one traditional incandescent light bulb to the more energy efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) or light emitting diodes (LED). Girl Scouts will track their activities on their website at www.gscnc.org/lightbulbchallenge.html.

"Going green isn't just a catchphrase for Girl Scouts, it is a part of the Girl Scout Promise to ‘use resources wisely,'" said Lidia Soto-Harmon, Deputy Executive Director for Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. "We are proud that Girl Scouts are taking the lead.  It is important for girls to see that change begins in their homes and communities. Collectively we hope to change 63,000 incandescent light bulbs."

The Council teamed up with Pepco in the District of Columbia, Prince George's and Montgomery County to ensure that families with limited incomes could participate in the light bulb challenge. Pepco is providing financial and technical assistance to help the Council purchase over 5,000 CFL light bulbs for Girl Scouts in these areas.

This is yet another way Pepco helps residential customers reduce energy consumption. Through Pepco's "Residential Lighting and Appliance Program," compact fluorescent lights are available at discounted rates in 34 stores in the District of Columbia. "Our nation's environmental challenges can be improved through partnerships with community stakeholders," said Vincent Orange, Vice President, Pepco Region. "We are honored to help Girl Scouts in the region become advocates for smart energy consumption. We believe their efforts to change more than 63,000 incandescent light bulbs in the Greater Washington region will make a significant impact."

If every local Girl Scout changes a single bulb, local homes could collectively save over $287,766 a year and $2.5 million dollars over the next 5 years. Additionally:

  • If every household in the U.S. replaced just one incandescent light bulb with a CFL, the pollution equivalent of one million cars would disappear.
  • On average, an incandescent bulb will consume 82 pounds of coal over its lifespan.

Girl Scouts can track the number of bulbs changed on the GSCNC website www.gscnc.org/lightbulbchallenge.html.  The Council will announce the results of the challenge at their 2010 GSCNC Eco-Expo on Sunday, April 18, 2010. The Light Bulb Challenge is part of the Girl Scouts Forever Green Community Action project, which encompasses girl led initiatives designed to protect the environment. To learn more about the Forever Green Community Action visit our website http://www.gscnc.org/.

About Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital

Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) is a non-profit organization with over 90,000 members, including 63,000 girls in 4,900 troops throughout the District of Columbia, eight counties in Maryland, ten counties in Virginia and seven counties in West Virginia. With the help of more than 27,000 dedicated volunteers, the generosity of corporations and foundations, and our popular Girl Scout cookie program, GSCNC helps girls from kindergarten to 12th grade become leaders through a wide range of fun and educational activities. GSCNC is headquartered in Washington DC, with offices in Frederick and Waldorf, Maryland; Lorton, Leesburg and Manassas, Virginia; and Martinsburg, West Virginia.  To get involved, visit our website at http://www.gscnc.org/.

 

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