The Alcoa Foundation has given funding for WAGGGS and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to develop and deliver global environmental Take Action projects.
Under the Together Greening project, 20 GSUSA councils and 20 groups from 10 different WAGGGS Member Organizations (MO) partnered with each other to deliver combined "twinning" projects.
The MOs taking part include Australia, UK, Mexico, Brazil, Guinea, Suriname, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Iceland and Jamaica.
The twinning projects were delivered over two years by groups of 15 girls aged 11 to 17 and one adult leader from the MO, working with the same number of girls from a GSUSA council. Each project aimed to reach out to at least 400 people.
Together Greening has engaged with broader environment campaigns including WAGGGS' World Thinking Day theme “We can save our planet”, and GSUSA's Forever Green campaign.
Alcoa also developed an employee engagement programme in each country, working directly with MOs to deliver environment projects at a local level.
"Seed-grants" from Alcoa have helped MOs and councils to mobilise volunteers from – for example – community groups, schools or other local, national or global organisations. Seed-grants were also used as leverage to bring in additional funding for proposed activities.
Project aims and focus
The aims of Together Greening:
Projects have an environmental focus, decided upon by the girls, in conjunction with their Twinning Partners. Themes can fall under any of the following categories: