BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Greater Alabama Council Boy Scouts of America have launched a campaign to promote green efforts to protect the environment.
The "2009 Green BSA - Leave No Trace" campaign was part of an Earth Day kickoff celebration in Liberty Park just off Interstate 459.
The man pushing the campaign, Dixon Brooke, said the Birmingham-based group is the first Boy Scouts council in the nation to start an organized internal "go green" effort and offer a badge or award honoring scouts and chapters that promote being good stewards of the environment.
The campaign will promote recycling at scouting properties and camps, the use of biodegradable products and partnerships with organizations and companies that support environmentally friendly initiatives.
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