We all have a passion for education. Where we learn matters. The USGBC-Illinois Chapter and the National Center for Green Schools is inviting communities from around the world to take action on school campuses for the Third Annual Green Apple Day of Service in Fall 2014. Initiated by the National USGBC’s Center for Green Schools in 2012, over 100 Illinois schools have participated in the event and taken the initiative to better their learning environment. While local efforts have a different process than the national event, both share similar goals.
On the Day of Service, we are encouraging all students, teachers, and administrators to plan a school/university wide sustainability project, while utilizing local volunteers to create a positive environmental change. Professionals within the green building community will also be readily available to serve as volunteer mentors for each project. These mentors work with participating schools, providing consultation and support for a successful outcome. Schools have the option to host their project on the official date, September 27, or to hold the event on a different date before October 27, 2014.
PROJECTS & PROCESS
Each interested school/university will identify a low to no cost project that fulfills an unmet environmental need. Schools will then submit an application that details their potential idea. Past events have included planting school gardens, collaborating on clean-ups, or hosting e-waste recycling drives. Schools also have the option to create a custom project that caters more to their community’s specific needs. After a school submits an application, USGBC-Illinois will assist in optional mentor pairing and volunteer recruiting. View Project Suggestions.
While the immediate impact of these service projects may result in energy/water savings, cleaner air, or healthier learning environments; USGBC-Illinois hopes to create a better and more sustainable relationship between schools and their surrounding communities. Our goal is to create awareness on the importance of green schools and propel a movement of sustainable lifestyle within our youth and generations to come. Schools are invited to identify green projects, and share their success stories on the My Green Apple Website.