Sustainability is a consideration in both design and day-to-day actions. It means thinking about people, the environment, and systems, and how they’re all interdependent. It means not shortchanging tomorrow by just thinking about today.
For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in conservation. In the next 100 years, Scouting is taking the initiative to a new level—from stewardship to sustainability, and from “leave no trace” to leaving the world a better place.
So, what guides sustainable thinking at the BSA?
- Demonstrating practices consistent with BSA organizational values of thrift and resourcefulness by reducing the energy and water our activities require
- Practicing good stewardship of human communities by providing healthy and attractive workplaces for our employees and volunteers
- Practicing good stewardship of the natural communities in which the BSA operates by enhancing natural system function and biodiversity
- Expanding the principles of Leave No Trace camping by carefully considering how the BSA uses materials and reduces waste within its operations
- Respecting the generosity of donors through the design of facilities that reduce or eliminate long-term operating costs to the organization
- Demonstrating leadership in sustainability through measurements and verification of their efforts, communication of their practices, and continual improvement