By Celis Brisbin, Programs Manager
Educators and Community Partners!
Green Apple Day of Service 2015
One quarter of Americans pass through a school on a given school day. Here at the the USGBC MA we are committed to green buildings and the savings, health and financial benefits which come with green design. The Green Apple Day of Service, Sept. 26, 2015, will bring together thousands of students, teachers, parents and community leaders from around the globe to improve our school environments through service projects, education, community events and more. Our vast network of champions will demonstrate the strength and breadth of our movement, leaving a meaningful and lasting local impact on our world’s schools.
Where We Learn Matters
If your organization would like to join our group of sponsors in supporting the Day of Service, please find more information here and email [email protected].
Check out our Handy Guide for Host Sites – this is a cheat sheet of programs that you can easily organize and implement at your school to create a memorable and meaningful service project this fall.
Click here to register a project and apply for one of our mini grants.
TRANSFORMING OUR SCHOOLS
When you look at our educational spaces, you see outdated buildings in need of repairs, burdened with hidden unsafe toxics, dwindling budgets and outdated resources – in place of opportunity and progress. The Green Apple Day of Service enables volunteers to transform all learning environments into safe, engaging and comfortable facilities that enhance kids' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach.
The USGBC MA Chapter and the National Center for Green Schools is inviting communities to take action on campuses around the world for the fourth annual Green Apple Day of Service, September 26, 2015. On this day, we are encouraging K-12 and College/University students, teachers, and administrators to devise a school sustainability project, and work with community volunteers, to create positive environmental change. USGBC MA is also inviting professional members of the green building community to serve as volunteer mentors for each project. Mentors will provide planning support, and work with schools to prepare successful one day or a year long project through the Green YOUR School competition.
Projects and Process
Each participating school will identify a low or no cost project that fulfills an unmet environmental need, and submit an application. Schools may propose a wide variety of projects — from planting school gardens, collaborating on clean-ups, developing recycling programs, performing energy and/or water audits — or they may customize a project to meet local goals.
Schools identify a service project (see examples below):
- Electrical education and efficiency updates
- Waste reduction education
- Air pollution education
- Community gardening
- Community pick-up
- Environmental education campaigns
Tell us about your project, click here to register.
Download our project invitation letter that you can share with your colleagues here.
Schools: click here to register
Volunteers and Mentors: You can find a school in your area register them with the link above.
Sponsors: If your company is interested in becoming a Massachusetts Green Apple Day of Service Sponsor please make a donation HERE or contact the chapter office.