Long Island high school senior Joan Olivero created an electronic cord recycling and e-waste information program called Cord Clutter Connection.

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she launched the program with a stand at her local Oyster Bay Farmers Market (which she managed all summer) and an informational website. Olivero was able to get the attention of Best Buy’s CEO Corie Barry and Director of Environmental Affairs Tim Dunn by reaching out to request support for her community project. Moved by her efforts, Best Buy, along with ERI, helped Olivero set up a Cord Clutter Connection’s corporate retail program, providing industry insight as well as providing donations of boxes, pallets and recycling services for the collected cords.

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While she is active in school events, clubs, crew and honor societies, Olivero explained that she has always placed a prioritization on her Girl Scouting. A Girl Scout since kindergarten, she has grown up learning what it means to be a scout, to give back to her community and to have an interest in helping solve the issues that are faced in society. This is where her passion for environmental science began. She has made it a personal mission to help protect the planet and educate people about the dangers of electronic waste.