Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Awarded by the United States Green Building Council
IRVINE, Calif. – On Monday, October 29, 2018, Girl Scouts of Orange
County (GSOC) was recognized for achieving LEED Silver Certification
for its Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center (GSLC) in Newport Beach,
awarded by the United States Green Building Council. Guests included
Newport Beach Councilwoman Diane Dixon, representatives of the U.S.
Green Building Council, and Robyn Vettraino – President of verde, a
sustainability services and green consulting group.
Local Girl Scout artists illustrated permanent educational signs highlighting the building’s environmentally efficient features. The Girl Scouts were on hand to share more about environmental practices that make the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center a “green” building. The celebration included opportunities to experience Girl Scouts of Orange County’s signature multimedia INSPIRE™ program and other experiences available to girls visiting the state-of-the-art Leadership Center, such as a mock overnight hosted by Girl Scout Troop 5465 from Aliso Viejo.
LEED Certification is a points-based system that promotes energy and environmentally efficient building techniques to ensure a better tomorrow. LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” and is administered through the U.S. Green Building Council. Core to its roots and integral to Girl Scouts’ more than 106 years of girl-led programming, Orange County’s nearly 20,000 Girl Scouts make the world a better place by using resources wisely and caring for the environment.
“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. "Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Girl Scouts of Orange County demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center.”
The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center was designed to achieve LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water, and materials, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies to benefit the local community for generations to come. The GSLC is Orange County’s hub for Girl Scout STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs. Visits to the GSLC provide Orange County Girl Scouts from all cultures and backgrounds extraordinary opportunities to practice leadership the Girl Scout way, like a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™, as they explore exciting 21st Century careers and learn how they can take action to make the world a better place.
Vikki Shepp, CEO of Girl Scouts of Orange County, said of the event, “We are honored that our building has achieved LEED Silver Certification. We are particularly proud of the OC Girl Scout artists who created artwork for the GSLC’s educational displays. This is a prime example of how Girl Scouts - a girl-led leadership experience - gives girls every opportunity to participate, innovate, and take on leadership roles – whether they’re creating artwork that promotes environmental education or competing on a Girl Scout robotics team.”
The event closed with guests making s’mores on the S’Mores Patio – a time-honored and delicious way to cap off a Girl Scout event – in front of a campfire, under the night sky.
To learn more about the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center, visit girlscoutsoc.org/gslc. To inquire about available GSLC sponsorship opportunities that will have a lasting impact on the future of Orange County’s Girl Scouts, please contact Vikki Shepp at email@example.com.
We are Girl Scouts of Orange County. We are 33,000 strong -- 20,000 girls and 13,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. With programs in every zip code in Orange County, Girl Scouts offers every girl opportunities to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsoc.org.