Green Apple Day of Service, developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Center for Green Schools is an annual event that encourages K-12 students around the world to participate in a one-day project promoting sustainability in their classrooms or schools. Over 1,250 schools from 49 countries participated in the first Green Apple Day of Service in 2012. This special day of service promotes environmental stewardship among students and teachers and offers opportunities for the community to become involved with their local schools. This year, Green Apple Day of Service will take place on Saturday, September 28th you still have time to volunteer.
Schools and community volunteers from around the world will come together on this day and complete a project that bolsters their school’s sustainability goals while in turn supporting the global movement for healthy “green” schools and environmental responsibility. Click here for a map showing all of the places where projects will be taking place this year. Green Apple Day Projects include composting workshops, installation of rain gardens, planting of butterfly bushes, creating school recycling bins and educational posters, and many more great “green” ideas.
This year, a number of schools in our area are participating in the Green Apple Day of Service and there are plenty of volunteer opportunities for us to help. Join in, get involved and make a difference.
Green Apple Day of Service projects in Central Virginia on September 28th:
- C.C. Wells Elementary School in Chester, VA will be planting container gardens and installing bird houses.
- Volunteers at Mary Munford Elementary School in Richmond, VA will be participating in playground cleanup.
- Want to help build a garden shed out of recycled cans? Join students, teachers and volunteers at Varina High School in Henrico, VA.
- St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, VA will be rejuvenating the school community garden and developing a rainwater harvesting system.
- The Steward School in Henrico, VA will be planting in the Bryan Innovation Lab gardens.
The Green Apple Day of Service also acts as a kickoff for a local Green School Challenge, Connect the Dots, which was developed by the Central Virginia USGBC chapter, the James River Green Building Council (JRGBC). This program challenges schools to develop or expand on a green school project or program that promotes environmental stewardship, strengthens community outreach, encourages creativity and complements curriculum development. Volunteer mentors from the public and private sector, including architects, engineers, consulting groups, educators, contractors, manufacturers, and vendors work with schools to help develop, implement, and document their Green School Challenge project. The Challenge culminates in an award ceremony where the schools are recognized for their achievements. Click here for a list of past Connect the Dots project winners.
Want to know more and to get involved? Click on the Connect the Dots Green School Challenge.
Article by Gwenedd Murray, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C