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The Vision is Green

2010 June 18

My name is Sarah Jo Lambert and for my Girl Scout Gold Award project I built an environmental center made entirely out of green materials for kids to learn how to take care of the environment and become strong leaders in the future. It is a 100% Carbon Neutral building materials, meaning that everything that was used to create the Lorax Lodge was reduced, reused, or recycled. It is 850 sq ft in capacity and the walls are made out of Earth Co. Megablock systems. This means that the walls are just compressed earth and weighed about 1 ton each. I also created a curriculum guide so if children didn’t get the opportunity to visit the Lorax Lodge then they could study about the environment in their schools. I translated the curriculum into Spanish as well so that it could be available to more people. I also created a Green Challenge that challenges Girl Scouts around the world to implement the same ideals into their communities and lives. I did all of this over a course of two years because I love the outdoors and being in the midst of wildlife. I wanted kids to be able to experience the same passion and love for this beautiful world that I feel everyday. I hope that children will develop this same passion and zeal and have it for the rest of their lives as they learn to become future leaders of the world.

This trip to Washington, D.C., was my first trip to our capitol city, and it blew my mind. I have never felt so much awe before in my life. From the architecture to the history, I think I fell in love. Not only was meeting the President of the United States an unbelievable honor, but it was so surreal it was hard to imagine that it all really happened. I also got to visit many other amazing places. I went to the Spy Museum, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, a night tour of all of the monuments, and last but definitely not least, the Library of Congress. I got lost with my mom and my new friends and I don’t think I ever would want to be lost in any other way.

This award was very important to me because I was allowed the honor of meeting extraordinary and talented teenagers. They were just as nerdy as I was, and just as passionate about the environment and of life. I believe that everyone who was a recipient of this award, including myself, will have bright futures that will consist of making the world a better place for today’s generation, as well as generations to come. With a future generation that will soon rule the world, I feel very encouraged that tomorrow will definitely be better than today. Not that today isn’t good, but things can only improve. Thank you so much for picking me as a recipient for Region 6, I have never been so honored before in my life.

About the author: Sarah Jo Lambert is a high school student from Lubbock, TX. She recently received a Presidents Environmental Youth Award for project The Vision is Green.

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31 Responses leave one →
  1. Ambrosia permalink
    June 18, 2010

    Congrats on your great achievement! You must be a very gifted young lady to organize such a massive project. As an adult, I dont think I have accomplished anything like that. When I was a girl scout, I spent a lot of time burning marshmellows over a fire. (Helping out at the retirement home, that kind of thing).

    I have no doubt that you will be very successful in your future goals. Having something like this on your resume will help get you far. Great job!

  2. armansyahardanis permalink
    June 18, 2010

    Actually, I am shy always writes my opinions in this blog everyday. But my hands different think by the others. I’m apologize….

    I am also boy scout when I were teenager. In twentieths, I thought Scouts in Bandung for several years, Boy and Girl Scout. There are different talent between them. I think, I hope I’m wrong, Girl Scout more intelligent than Boy Scout. (Note : Maggie also wrote here last week). So, my observation, in the future this planet will lead by the women, not gentlemen…….

  3. Eric McMillan permalink
    June 18, 2010

    Keep up the good work. Such is a great example.

  4. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    June 20, 2010

    A very terrific project. It shows that it is possible for building construction to be done in a way that is environmentally friendly without creating a large carbon footprint, using lots of petrolium based products, and using construction components that take a large water footprint in their manufacturing processes. This is great. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  5. Tampa Karate permalink
    June 21, 2010

    I applaud you! You are such a great innovator. Like here in Tampa, we go back to nature. All natural.

  6. Gary Binderim permalink
    June 21, 2010

    A stunning accomplishment. There may just be some hope for earth if the rest of us could start to equal your accomplishment. Have you decided where you are going to go to college?

  7. Lynne permalink
    June 21, 2010

    I am inspired by your words about our future! Thank you for what you are doing in the world.

  8. amy lindsay permalink
    June 21, 2010

    Wow this is a great inspiration, i congratulate you for your work

  9. Kaylee permalink
    June 23, 2010

    Just a few short years ago I was a girl scout in your shoes. I know how hard working for that Gold award can be. Good job on receiving this incredibly prestigious award and good luck on your future endeavors!

  10. Maureen permalink
    June 28, 2010

    Great job and I enjoyed your blog.

  11. Sarah Lambert permalink
    June 28, 2010

    Thank you so very much. I worked very hard and have very supporting people in my life. Everyone has a dream i just didn’t ever give up. AND!! I have spent a good majority of my time in Girl Scouting burning marshmallows and other things as well as carrolling in nursing homes. Thank you so much for the kind wishes.

  12. Sarah Lambert permalink
    June 28, 2010

    Scouting is truly an amazing oppurtunity for boys and girls alike. I’m glad you were involved in it as well. However, I think that the future of this planet will be led by men and women alike. No one can do it without the other.

  13. Sarah Lambert permalink
    June 28, 2010

    Thank you so much.

  14. Sarah Lambert permalink
    June 28, 2010

    Yes, it truly was amazing. It was the first building of its kind in West Texas. Thank you so much for the kind words.

  15. Sarah Lambert permalink
    June 28, 2010

    Thank you so much. I couldn’t have done it without people like you who have the same dream as I do. Thank you.

  16. Sarah Lambert permalink
    June 28, 2010

    Thank you so much. There is always hope for the earth as long as there are people who truly care. This will be my Senior year in high school so I need to apply to all the schools I’m interested in and I guess I will go from there. I want to study environmental journalism so I guess wherever the best fit is where I will be. Thank you again.

  17. Sarah Lambert permalink
    June 28, 2010

    Thank you so much. :)

  18. Sarah Lambert permalink
    June 28, 2010

    Thank you so much!

  19. Sarah Lambert permalink
    June 28, 2010

    Thank you so much. It was an outstanding honor to receive my Gold Award. Thank you again.

  20. Sarah Lambert permalink
    June 28, 2010

    thank you :)

  21. Kieran permalink
    September 15, 2010

    Meeting the Presidents sounds awsome. It’s great that you’re passionate about such an important thing. It’s individuals who create the good things on this planet (a lot of people have the misunderstanding that it’s organizations). You should be able do a lot of good if you continue to concentrate on your love of the environment. Kieran,

  22. sarapova permalink
    October 16, 2010

    Brilliant approach. Every one has to think for the environment and this is very useful technique to implement.

  23. Sala Senkayi permalink
    November 26, 2010

    Hi Sarah,
    I’m not sure my first attempt at sending this message worked. However, I am working on an Earthday webinar that I hope to have in April of next year (this is a side project that I’ve taken on at work). The webinar is to educate elementary kids. I came across your story and I think you would be perfect. This would only take 10-15min of your time and you would not have to travel to our location. Please let me know if you would or would not be able to participate. I’ll provide my contact information upon your response or you’ll be able to find my work contact information by googleing my name…Sala Senkayi.
    Thanks so much.

  24. Jason permalink
    January 27, 2011

    I have always had an interest in the protection of the environment. To read about someone so young and her contribution to saving the planet blows my mind. I am extremely proud of the young people in our nation and their efforts of teaching and promoting the protection of our planet to future generations. When I join the Air Force I will remember the work of the young people who have dedicated so much to saving the Earth and will serve my country in their honor. I do not personally know you Sarah but you will always have a special place in my heart. Thank You so much for all that you have done! I plan on visiting this “Lorax Lodge” someday. By the way that is one of my favorite books. Thanks Again!

  25. Pressurized Walls Manhattan permalink
    March 21, 2011

    I admire your initiative to creating a 100% eco-friendly lodge! You’re amazing!

  26. James permalink
    March 23, 2011

    Hi Sarah,

    I just heard of your great work in the Sierra magazine (March/April 2011). Excellent stuff! I would like to help any way I can. Can I please confirm that you have enough solar on it (PV and thermal water) and did you use daylighting (tubular skylights)? Great job and I love the name too! I concur with Jason and it’s a great and all important book for today and our collective future.

    Once this lodge has been in use for awhile, you can refine the model (if required) and spread it across the country…? :-)


  27. Amala Foundation permalink
    May 9, 2011

    Hi Sarah,
    My name is Linda, I’m the Youth Director of the Amala Foundation, a humanitarian service organization in Austin, Texas that works to unify communities in service and inspire youth to lead with a heart-centered global perspective. We recently learned about the beautiful work that you are doing. We are celebrating the powerful impact you are making in the world, and are inspired by your devotion to this cause. We work with youth around the world to create global peace initiatives. Every summer we hold a peace leadership conference called the Global Youth Peace Summit, and we think you’d be a great fit for this program. The Summit unites over 70 refugee, immigrant, American and international youth from over 25 + different countries for an eight day peace conference, devoted to heart-centered dialogue, authentic expression and exploration of self and world. The Summit is a sustainable peace movement that offers young people an opportunity to directly experience themselves and their world, through the eyes of equality, acceptance and compassion. The Summit challenges and inspires youth to honor differences, explore commonalities and create One Village united by values of: love, respect, honesty, community and service. With the recognition that sustainable peace begins within, the Summit is a vehicle for healing, personal growth and connection. Wanted to see if this might be something you’d be interested in being a part of. For more information, please check out our
    video and website
    Please feel free to contact me. Thank you for the incredible work you are doing in the world…and the WAY that you’re doing it.

    Youth Director, Amala Foundation

  28. Manhattan Pressurized Walls permalink
    January 20, 2012

    Amazing blog, I really like you’re title the Vision is Green. I am glad because you should prioritize our surroundings. Keep on sharing with us. I learned a lot form this great blog. Thank you

  29. JULIHANA OTHMAN permalink
    July 26, 2012

    Hi, Sarah…I really admire your achievements….I’m from Malaysia….I really want to share ur achievements with my students as a motivation for them to do amazing projects like yours.Could u please give me ur website address for ur project so that I could show it to my students…and can u please give me anymore idea that teenagers can do to save our environment or ideas for other MDG’s theme. I would appreaciate ur kindness…tq

  30. John Schultz permalink
    March 19, 2013

    Its great to see green projects becoming more prevalent in the scouts of both genders. While there are government incentives through programs like the energy efficiency tax credits; programs. Sarah and other scouts are demonstrating a grass roots movement toward environmentally friendly living, and the trend will pay off in the long run. Great work Sarah.

  31. Home Remedies For Herpes permalink
    March 21, 2013

    you are amazing ! i’m very relieved that there is still someone like you. the idea, the totally ‘green’ building, even the curriculum and the green challenge is great ! you really are a green superhero this day ! let’s save our planet !

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