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4 Types Of Sustainability Thinking

With the opening of the Summit for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, you’ll see plenty of sustainable design in operation — and some of it won’t be so obvious.

The list of deep green innovations is long; how will you know them when you see them? Look for clues when you consider these different aspects of what it takes to put together a sustainable national jamboree:

  1. Energy — Renewable energy? Yes, indeed! We’re sporting solar-powered systems to assist with energy needs on site. They may be hard to spot, but look closely and you might just catch a glimpse!
  2. Resources — Where does all the water come from? What happens to it when it goes down the drain? The Summit is built to use less water, to reuse water as much as possible, and to filter and clean water as it goes back into the environment.
  3. Materials — The wood to build that building? Odds are it came from trees right on site. That reduces the impacts of hauling lumber in big trucks, and it helps stimulate the local economy. You won’t see plastic water bottles sold at the Summit, either. Reusable materials will help keep the jamboree from filling up the local landfill.
  4. Transportation — When you design traffic for foot and for bike, you reduce the noise and emissions at a jamboree — and you also make it safer!

Be sure to check out the other stories on sustainability at the Summit Bechtel Reserve right here on the blog.

What do you think Scouts and Venturers will be doing at the jamboree 100 years from now? Let us know in the comments.

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