Sometimes, emails come across my desk that intrigue me and I want to share them with all of you. The most recent was about something called Green Apple Day which is a national program from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
From the email:
“Every day, one-quarter of the American population walks into outdated school buildings that are badly in need of repair and burdened with airborne toxins, dwindling budgets, and outdated resources. The school environment where kids learn matters, and for the first time ever, green building industry leaders are teaming up with tens of thousands of community volunteers to promote healthier, more efficient schools.”
Pretty awful problem, pretty great movement toward solution, right? So here are the details and how you can get involved. Even if your kids aren’t in schools, heck, even if you don’t have kids, this project is a fantastic way to get involved in helping the environment and your community. After all, as Whitney says, children are our future. Why not keep them safe at school?
September 29th will be the very first annual Green Apple Day of Service where students, teachers, parents, elected officials, green building leaders and many more will take action in their communities to promote healthy, sustainable schools. Some of the most popular project ideas will include:
- · Planting school gardens
- · Establishing recycling initiatives
- · Clean up your schoolyard
- · Collect used supplies like barely used notebooks, crayons, etc… for reuse
- · Decorate a recycling bin
So what are you going to do to make your community school a little greener this fall? Check out the Green Apple website or Center for Green Schools facebook page for ideas and local events to get involved with!
Cheers to cleaner, greener schools!