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Green Apple Day of Service

We’ve all heard the proverb that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But did you know that a Green Apple can keep healthy, sustainable educational spaces available in our communities?

The Green Apple initiative is spearheaded by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Powered by volunteers, these community-based efforts are aimed at transforming schools into healthy, safe, and productive learning environments that will “enhance a child’s ability to learn and a teacher’s ability to teach.” According to the Green Apple website, millions of Americans attend school where the air is filled with toxins and mold, classrooms are poorly lit and overcrowded, and resources are limited and outdated.

On 29 September 2012, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC will host the first annual Green Apple Day of Service to bring individuals and communities around the world together to provide healthier, more sustainable places to learn. The event features educational projects throughout the community that explore alternative energy sources, improve indoor environments, save water, encourage recycling and composting, and connect to the outdoors. Scheduled projects include learning to build raised flower beds and construct rain gardens, cleaning around school grounds to remove harmful and toxic materials, and planting indigenous trees.

As part of the Green Apple Day of Service, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Renton/Skyway Branch will learn to construct their own worm composting containers with help from the American Society of Civil Engineers Seattle Section’s Sustainability Committee. Committee members include employees from BergerABAM, HDR Inc., Jacobs Engineering, Langan, BASALITE, and students from the University of Washington. Supplies for the event have been donated by BergerABAM. Scheduled for 1 October 2012, the event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. If you are interested in participating or just want to learn about work composting, please send an e-mail to sustainability.seattle [at] gmail.com.

Together, we can impact the lives and futures of millions of children by providing safer learning environments. Click here to find a project in your community!