August 5, 2008
Trane Leaders Teach Girls How to Perform a Building Energy Audit at Girl Scouts Leadership Institute
To: LIFESTYLES EDITORS
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Forty Girl Scouts from across the U.S. will discover more about energy, connect with the environment and take action to preserve precious resources during the Global Climate Change: Take a Stand! Leadership Institute.
The Institute is run by the Girl Scouts of the USA and will be held on Aug. 9 - 14 at the Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
The Girl Scouts of the USA asked Trane, a leading global provider of energy efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and services, to lead girls through an interactive exercise on how to make buildings more energy efficient and environmentally responsible.
Pam Greve, Tranes building automation solutions leader, and Mary Scarbrough, Tranes parts solutions leader, both of whom have served as Girl Scout troop leaders, will lead the girls through an energy audit of the Edith Macy Conference Center. They will also discuss how careers in engineering can be fun and have a positive impact on the world at large.
We have the perfect merger -- girls who want to make a difference in the world, and an untapped opportunity to reduce energy use in existing buildings like the schools and community buildings where Girl Scouts meet, said Greve. Up to 60 percent of all energy created is used in buildings. The first step is understanding how energy is being used -- whether its from lights, windows or air conditioning - - which is why were asking the girls to put on their engineering hats and go through an audit.
Girls are the single greatest untapped resource for engineering talent in this country, said Scarbrough. They make their decisions on whether or not they want to pursue math and science-related fields by the time theyre in middle school. We need to get to them early with options on how engineering can be fun and how it can truly make a difference on the economy and environment.
About Global Climate Change: Take a Stand! Leadership Institute
Forty Girl Scouts entering grades nine through 11 from across the United States have been selected to participate in this five day event for science-minded and environmentally-conscious girls interested in learning about the global topic of climate change and its implications on todays world. Girls will:
--Discover--themselves and their values through activities that explore the concerns of climate change and global warming debate around the world.
--Connect--with climate change experts, Girl Scouts staff and other girls from around the world to formulate and understand climate change and global warming solutions within our communities.
--Take Action--identify needs, feel empowered, and plan a back home action project to help educate their community about the topic of climate change and inspire sustainable change.
Greve has more than 20 years of engineering experience beginning as an aerospace engineer. She also served as a Girl Scout troop leader for 5 years. She has been with Trane for five years and is currently responsible for developing state-of-the-art hardware and software to manage heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems in commercial buildings. She was recognized nationally by Information Week as one of the top 100 CIOs for the most innovative users of technology, and shes actively engaged in encouraging girls of all ages to pursue careers in engineering.
Scarbrough focuses on parts sales and operations as well as processes and quality improvements within Trane sales offices. Shes worked with Trane since 1992 and has also been a financial controller and manager of the Trane Parts Centers in the New York- Vermont district. Shes currently studying at the Rochester Institute of Technology to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in business administration. She also has an accounting degree and has been a certified human resources professional. Scarbrough was a Girl Scout troop leader for four years.
About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girls Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.
Trane, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR), provides systems and services that enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings around the world. The business offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; dehumidifying and air cleaning products; aftermarket service and parts support; advanced building controls; and building and financing solutions including those that allow energy-efficient systems to pay for themselves through energy savings. Tranes systems and services have leading positions in premium commercial, residential, institutional and industrial markets; a reputation for reliability, high quality and product innovation; and a powerful distribution network. The business has more than 29,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.trane.comand www.americanstandardair.com.
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