JACKSONVILLE, Florida, February 24, 2010 – Trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded $132,000 to Girl Scouts of the USA, New York, New York, to pilot environmental projects in five Florida Girl Scout councils.
The grant was among 14 awards, valued at $1.9 million, made by the trustees during the February meeting. Four of those awards, valued at more than $530,000, went to support work in Florida.
In recent years, the Girl Scouts have developed Forever Green, a nationwide signature program designed to increase girls’ environmental literacy and awareness and give them the tools needed to become leaders of environmental projects in their schools and neighborhoods. In 2009, the Girl Scouts launched a pilot version of this program in 10 councils across the country with excellent results — girls designing projects, leading projects, and gaining experience in organization and team building.
In 2010, the pilot program expands to 36 councils. The grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund will enable participation by Gateway Council — Jacksonville, Gulf Coast Council – Sarasota, Florida Panhandle Council — Tallahassee, Citrus Council — Orlando and Tropical Council — Miami. (The grant also enables participation by the Chesapeake Bay Council in Wilmington, Delaware.)
Girls in these councils will be encouraged to develop environmental programs addressing issues of air quality, waste management, water conservation, energy conservation, and green spaces. Girl Scouts is working with the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Green Building Council to help develop the projects and metrics for assessment.
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund makes grants to more than 330 eligible organizations identified by Mrs. duPont in her will. The Fund has assets of more than $265 million and has awarded $291 million in grants since 1977.
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