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Rio Grande CouncilKeep it Green

keep it Green

The Rio Grande Council is keeping it green. In an effort to reduce costs and maintain the true meaning of keeping it green; we are taking steps to make practical choices that reduce our carbon foot print and reclaim materials while we improve our properties and grow the Scouting program. The following steps are being taken:

Council Office

  • Three years ago we stop the wastefully practice of watering our green areas with traditional water sprinklers. We reduces the waste of hundreds of gallons of potable water. We now only use very small amounts to water with a drip irrigation system.
  • We stopped using chemicals on our lawns. No fertilizer nor poisons are used on our green areas.
  • Drought resistant plants and native vegetation is now used in our ladscape.It actually looks much better and zero to no maintenance is now required.
  • Our plant beds are now covered with mulch to retain ground moisture and help our landscaping grow.
  • We installed electronic sensors in common areas of the office to turn off lights when no movement happens. The savings are very noticeable.
  • Our AC units are now on timers and this reduces major amounts of electricity.
  • Paper recycling occurs in all of the areas where paper is still printed.
  • As light bulbs are burning out we are adding LED bulbs in their place.
  • We have eliminated printed newsletters and now provide carbon friendly electronic communication.
  • At our store we encourage our costumers to use re-usable bags to reduce waste.

Laguna Station

  • All of our structure that we have installed in the last five years have been re-purposed.

  • All wood being used in construction of structures has been reclaimed from older existing structures or from other locations.

  • We allowing or native grasses to grow. This practice retains the fragile sand on the property and prevents erosion from removing the soil.

  • We have stopped using herbicides to kill weeds.

  • During activities we use our "green cups" to reduce water bottle and reduce packaged liquid waste

  • As light bulbs are burning out we are adding LED bulbs in their place.

Camp Charles Perry

  • All of our structure that are being re refurbished / rebuilt are using as much reclaimed or repurposed wood as possible.
  • All wood being used in construction of structures has been reclaimed from older existing structures or from other locations.

  • We are allowing our native grasses to grow. This practice retains the fragile soil on the property and prevents erosion from removing the soil.

  • During activities we use our "green cups" to reduce the use of dispose materials.

  • During resident camps we now use recycled and or bio-degradable spoons, knives,forks.and plates.

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