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A Girl Scout Lunch at the Environmental Protection Agency

April 16, 2014

As you may have read in the latest issue of the VINE, Girl Scout, Sarah, an Ambassador Girl Scout of troop 1632 in Annapolis along with girls from Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital joined Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, for a lunch and discussion about the state of our environment.

Mrs. McCarthy spoke very candidly with the girls about many topics relating to our planet, including the need for more women in the sciences–especially environmental science–the future of our planet, and even the changes that young girls can make in the world today. The afternoon was filled with conversations between the high-ranking female officials at the EPA and girls from across our area about the “how’s” and “why’s” behind changing our planet.

Since the event, Gina McCarthy has posted a blog on the EPA’s website about her experience with the Girl Scouts and how impressed she was with their knowledge of and ambition to protect the environment. Read the blog post below!

One of my favorite parts of my job is having the opportunity to meet young people from across the country.

Administrator Gina McCarthy with the Girl Scouts of America

Girl Scouts from MD, VA, and DC at the EPA headquarters.

Recently, I met with 15 Girl Scouts from DC, Virginia, and Maryland at EPA headquarters to talk about environmental careers. The thing I noticed when I spoke with the Girl Scouts was how knowledgeable they were about what is going on with the environment in their communities. They were passionate about protecting the environment, as evidenced by the numerous environmental patches they wore proudly on their uniforms; they are the next generation of environmental leaders. The Girl Scouts asked great questions, from what action they can take on climate change to what types of careers EPA offers to geoengineers.It’s clear that we have amazing and dedicated troop leaders, environmental educators, teachers, and parents to thank. These role models share their love and care about the environment with these young people. Environmental education is essential to building long-term stewardship of our environment.

We all need clean air and water to live, and we all have a moral responsibility to future generations who will depend on our natural resources. That’s why environmental education is vital to the mission we have at the EPA. As we strive to protect human health and the environment, it is important for us to educate and connect people to the natural world around them, protecting this place we all call home.

Environmental education is a process that allows individuals to explore environmental issues, create unique learning experiences and developcritical thinking skills necessary to build stronger communities where people work together to address challenges. Our agency provides dependable scientific information and resources that educators can rely on to provide quality education.

This week, April 13th through the 19th is National Environmental Education Week.

Since 2005, the National Environmental Education Foundation has worked with EPA to reach hundreds of thousands of students and educators by creating educational materials and activities grounded in science that are tied to state and national learning standards.

I was inspired by the Girl Scouts and their passion for our environment. Let’s encourage young people across the nation to learn something new about local ecosystems and find out how they can take action in their communities to protect our natural resources. National Environmental Education Week is the perfect time to take that opportunity.

For more information about environmental education, For more information on National Environmental Education Week, how to connect with environmental educators in your area, or to sign up to get involved with local activities, visit:

Editor’s Note: The views expressed here are intended to explain EPA policy. They do not change anyone’s rights or obligations.

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Women’s History Month: Marie Curie

March 28, 2014

MarieCurie-01Not only did Marie Curie make great strides for women in the science world, but she made very important discoveries that affected all of man kind. Some of her achievements include:

  • Discovering the new elements polonium and radium.
  • Receiving a Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903 for isolating radium. She was the first female winner of the prize!
  • Being head of the physics laboratory in Sorbonne.
  • Earning a doctorate in science and a professorship at the Faculty of Sciences (She was the first woman to do this too!)
  • Receiving a second Nobel Prize, this time for for Chemistry. Making her the only person to date to have been recognized for her achievements in more than one field of science.

With her perseverence and work ethic, it is no wonder that Marie Curie was able to make such a difference in our world!

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Women’s History Month: Julia Morgan

March 21, 2014

Julia-MorganAccording to, Julia Morgan, who died in 1957, won a litany of firsts she used to establish a new precedent for greatness. A building technology expert that was professionally adopted by some of the most powerful post-Gilded age patrons imaginable, Morgan practiced for nearly 50 years and designed more than 700 buildings of almost every type, including houses, churches, hotels, commercial buildings, and museums. The first woman admitted to the prestigious architecture school at the Ecoles des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Morgan designed comfortably in a wide range of historic styles.

In 2013, 56 years after her death, Morgan was awarded another first. The American Institute of Architects has named her as the first female recipient of the AIA Gold Medal.

Read more about Julia’s life, work, and award at


Women’s History Month: Dr. Gloria Scott

March 14, 2014

Through out the month of March we have been celebrating Women who have accomplished great things in the STEM world. This week, we are honoring Dr. Gloria Scott who was a leader among women in science and higher education.

Dr. Gloria Dean Randle Scott was the eleventh president of Bennett College located in Greensboro, North Carolina and the first African American president of Girl Scouts of the USA. She received her B.A. degree and M.A. degree in zoology in 1959 and 1960, respectively, and her Ph.D. in higher education in 1965.

In 1961,  Dr. Scott’s career began as a research associate in genetics and embryology at Indiana University Institution for Psychiatric Research. During this time, she worked as a biology instructor at Marion College until 1965, making her the first African American instructor at a predominately white college in Indianapolis, Indiana at the time. Scott held the positions as Dean of Students and Deputy Director of Upward Bound at Knoxville College in 1965 and as the Special Assistant to the President and Educational Research Planning Director at North Carolina A&T University in 1967. She continued to make history by becoming the first African American National President of the Girl Scouts in 1975. In her youth, Scott joined the Junior Girl Scout Troop #155 at Jack Yates School and later noted that the segregated troop provided her with unique experiences and also helped develop her leadership skills.  Scott served as the President of the Negro Girl Scout Senior Planning Board in the 1950s.  During her last year as president of GSA in 1978, the trefoil was redesigned; the new symbol highlighted the diversity of the girl scouts with a silhouette of three girls–black, white, and brown.  Dr.Scott went on to serve  as the Institutional Research Planning Director at Texas Southern University for a year before becoming Vice President at Clark College in Atlanta in 1977.


For more information about Dr. Gloria Scott click here!

Condoleezza Rice, Sheryl Sandberg and Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez: Let’s Ban Bossy

March 8, 2014

Condoleezza Rice, Sheryl Sandberg and Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez: Let’s Ban Bossy

This powerful trio, who on the cover of Parade sport their “Ban Bossy” buttons, aim to change the conversation about girls and leadership. Ninth grader Sheryl Sandberg wasn’t shy about raising her voice. But the message she got from a faculty adviser didn’t praise that trait. “She’s too aggressive, too bossy,” the teacher said. “You don’t want to be bossy.”

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Be A Friend First: Brooklyn’s Story

February 26, 2014


Brooklyn is a fourth grader from Baltimore City who participated in the Girl Scout BFF (Be a Friend First) program in her elementary school.

Like many girls her age, Brooklyn has been bullied by her peers but she could never understand why it happened. Through BFF, Brooklyn was able to engage in the conversation about bullying with other girls her age. Over six weeks the girls practiced and developed skills for dealing with bullies in their school.

Since Brooklyn’s participation in the program, her mother firmly avows that it “has helped Brooklyn understand the why and the how of bullying,” and has given her the courage, confidence and character to stand up to bullies.

Recently, Brooklyn witnessed an incident in the hallway at school where a school mate was being picked on by peers. Because of her participation in GSCM’s BFF program, Brooklyn had the self-confidence to walk over to the bullies and stop them in the act. Afterward, Brooklyn reached out the girl who was being bullied and befriended her.

Way to be a friend first, Brooklyn! You rock and are a perfect example of what being a Girl Scout is all about!

Meet Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s New CEO, Violet Apple!

February 24, 2014

Ms. Apple will be starting with GSCM on Monday, March 31, 2014.

VIOLET M. APPLE Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Chief Executive Officer,
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

A strong advocate for children, Violet M. Apple has been dedicated to the development and extension of services to girls for over 25 years. Her past performance and outstanding service to the Girl Scouts are not just noteworthy achievements, but have been her life’s work. She embraces the philosophy that the important work we do today will touch the future through the girls we serve and we will have indeed been the makers of history.

Violet has a thorough understanding of the complexities of delivering a safe, contemporary Girl Scout program to more than 40,000 girl members and values the critical role volunteers play in the delivery of services. She has had extensive experience working to align volunteer policies and practices, and integrating strategic initiatives, plans and programs into fundable projects. She has partnered with major corporations and funders such as the United Way, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Raytheon and Comcast to build program support for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, the Gold Award and STEM initiatives for girls.

Since 2008, Violet served as Chief Membership Services Officer for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, where she significantly increased membership in underserved communities. In prior years, she served as the Interim and Chief Operating Officer for Girls Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and the former Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council.

Throughout her career, Violet has worked extensively with underserved populations and was instrumental in developing programs that are award winning and now considered best practices. Her commitment and work included building inclusion programs with a special focus on serving girls with disabilities; children affected by AIDS; girls on probation and who resided in residential treatment homes; and girls incarcerated in juvenile facilities. She achieved parity in Girl Scout membership among African American and Latina/Hispanic girl membership in Pennsylvania and continued this work in Massachusetts.

Professionally, throughout a five-year span, she has co-presented leadership training for non-profit agency staff; co-presented for the Gateway Institute Training for science teachers through the Museum of Science in Boston, and was a guest presenter for GSUSA on the topics of advocacy and working with state congressional representatives. In 2011, Violet was named one of ten Thought Partners for Girl Scouts of the USA.

Her contribution to her local community further confirms her commitment to young people and their development. She has served in leadership positions on numerous non-profit boards including: Family Services, Arbor Place Community Center, Crispus Attucks Community Center and United Disabilities Council of Lancaster, PA. In 2013, Violet was asked to serve on the Board Development Committee for Hostelling International-USA. Violet has assisted in providing board members with professional development, strategic planning and diversity awareness training. A tireless community contributor, Violet has participated in capital campaigns and chaired major community fundraising events.

She has been recognized with the Fulton Opera House “Women Who Care Award”, the YWCA Racial Justice Award and by the Girls Scouts with the Thanks Badge for achievements in the community in support of Girl Scouts programs.

Violet holds a Master of Management degree in Business Administration from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

She is committed to making a difference in young people’s lives.


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