There’s a green movement afoot — and it’s going to help ensure the Summit is around for as long as there are Scouts excited to go there.
Sustainability is a big part of the Summit experience, and Scouts who attend the 2013 National Jamboree will get to take part in it. While some of the sustainability designs will be front and center, there will be others that may be a little harder to spot. See if you notice these seven features when you get to the jamboree:
- Stream restoration — Miles of streams are being rehabilitated as part of the Summit development. This means they’ll not only look better, but they’ll make better habitat for wildlife.
- Wastewater treatment — Instead of pumping wastewater off as someone else’s problem, the Summit will treat it on site. The cleansed water will be used to irrigate surrounding forests.
- Graywater systems — Water runoff from the shower or sink can actually be used again! The Summit is reducing wastewater by channeling that water to flush toilets and urinals.
- Fringe wetlands — By building wetlands, we can help reduce storm runoff from roads and campsites. You’ll see wetlands bordering the lakes at the Summit serving this exact purpose.
- Transit Center — We’ll reduce the land impact of buses and other vehicles with central transit drop-off points for visitors. This improves safety, too!
- Human-power trails — Trail layout at the Summit is perfect for walking and biking. This encourages physical activity and cuts down on noise and emissions from vehicles.
- Recycling and compost — You’ll be able to reduce waste headed for the landfill by making use of bins for organic waste located at the headquarter of each basecamp and recycling materials like aluminum and plastic.
What do you think of all these sustainability innovations? Let us know in the comments.
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