Blog8 Pillars Of Sustainable Jamboree Planning

Posted on May 14, 2012 by

It’s hard enough to plan ahead for next month’s camping trip. So, how do you plan for the next 100 years of Scouting adventure?

That’s the challenge for all the bright minds that are designing and building the Summit Bechtel Reserve, permanent home of Scouting’s biggest event, the national jamboree.

It’s a pretty big puzzle, but they’re doing it by approaching every road, every building, every high-adventure activity — even every bathroom! — with pillars of sustainability in mind.

The jamboree is going to be more than green; it’s going to be deep green.

What Guides Sustainable Thinking at the Summit?

For just about anything at the jamboree, considering these pillars in planning and building will help ensure the Summit is an awesome experience for generations to come:

  1. Design for Scouts, not cars or trucks.
  2. Minimize impacts to areas that have already been disturbed.
  3. Generate on-site renewable energy.
  4. Recycle water, clean it passively, and return it to the watershed.
  5. Conserve energy and water.
  6. Choose materials that are healthy for people and the environment.
  7. Treat wastes as resources and find ways to use and recover them.
  8. Measure the progress by these pillars.

Check out some of the ways you’ll be able to see sustainability in action at the 2013 jamboree in our previous post.

How do you practice sustainability in your troop or crew? Let us know in the comments!