Camp Jacobs in Mississippi is on the cutting edge of the green movement! The Jacobs staff continue working to "close the loop" by reducing resource use and landfill waste, and teaching campers and their families what they can do at home. The Jacobs staff uses training in ecology and Israeli permaculture techniques to change attitudes and behaviors at camps. They recently replaced paper napkins with linen "enviro naps" that are good for 500 washes and will save the camp hundreds of dollars on paper goods over time. They are reducing hot water use to cut energy costs and encouraging parents to send fewer packages to cut resource use at camp.
Campers are a major part of the action, learning about food issues while hanging out with chickens at camp. They are programming with recycled materials like cardboard boxes to learn about recycling and materials use, and this summer they'll see mud huts and other natural materials construction on camp.