Girl Scout Helps Community Go Green - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/17/08

Girl Scout Helps Community Go Green

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Sarah Lambert tells NewsChannel 11 she's always felt connected to the environment, so when it came time to plan her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Lambert knew she wanted to do something 'green'.  Now, her plan is coming together much faster than she expected.

Lambert's vision is for a 'green' environmental center to be built in Crosbyton. She had a rough sketch and submitted her idea to Girl Scout leadership. Now, her 'green' idea has grown into much more.

"Everyone just came and it all fell into place and they were like we can do this in a year, and I'm like oh, wow," Sarah Lambert said.  Lambert dreamed children would come to the environmental center she created and learn how to make a difference. She says if we start teaching children green concepts now, they could change the world.

"Sarah is such a big dreamer," Summer Littlejohn said.  Littlejohn is the Outdoor Education Manager for the Girl Scouts of Texas-Oklahoma Plains.  She's also a leader at Camp Rio Blanco in Crosbyton, where Lambert's been going for the past ten years. So, when it came time to decide where to put her center, Lambert knew exactly where it should go.  "It's in nature; I mean that's the whole point to teach about the nature," Lambert said. 

"We need kids to dream big," Larry Williamson said.  When Williamson heard about Lambert's idea, he immediately wanted to help.  "We're donating our time and our equipment," Williamson said. 

Williamson is the Inventor and CEO of EarthCo Building Systems. They will build Lambert's 'green' environmental center using compressed earth blocks. "The blocks we'll be sitting in Sarah's wall will be about 18" wide, 13" tall, 10' long, and weigh almost a ton each," Williamson said. 

Now, Lambert's idea is coming together faster than she ever imagined.  "I feel very blessed," Lambert said.

Girl Scout leaders have big plans for the project.  "We really hope to teach the kids, not only at our camp and in Girl Scouting, but for the schools to come out there and possibly do some outdoor education workshops," Littlejohn said. 

What drives Lambert to take all this on. She says it's hard to explain, but it's easy to understand.  "To be part of something, to do something bigger than just me; I mean something that's more important," Lambert said. 

Crews hope to start building in the spring. They plan to use solar power and other 'green' techniques.  Lambert is even submitting letters for grants to help finish the project.  NewsChannel 11 will keep folks updated on this project.

If Sarah Lambert's name sounds familiar to you, she's no stranger to large projects.  Lambert started the "Symbol of Friendship" project in 2003. After months of efforts, her Girl Scout Troop sent 1,800 dolls to children in Iraq.

Hundreds of Girl Scouts from about 25 states worked toward the goal. By 2004, they had delivered 3,000 dolls to Iraqi children and won Colgate's Youth for America Contest. 

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