By Emily Riordan
The first-ever Green Apple Day of Service on September 29, 2012 was a tremendous day of action with projects in nearly 1,300 communities around the world. People connected to their schools in an entirely new way, and demonstrated the potential for international engagement in support of healthy, high performing schools.
The launch of Green Apple Day of Service went from idea to action in less than nine months, taking a massive effort and strong support from across the Center for Green Schools, USGBC and a variety of new and existing partnerships. In places as diverse as they are far apart – including all 50 states, and 49 countries on all seven continents – communities came together to learn about and implement strategies for improved air quality, composting, recycling, resource conservation and more. Event organizers participated in webcasts hosted by the Center, recruited an estimated 169,000 volunteers and raised more than $774,000 in donated funds, goods and services to make their Day of Service projects happen.
From the teachers in Hawaii who learned how to make changes in their classrooms, the high school students and volunteers in Detroit who installed an outdoor classroom where previously there wasn’t a safe place for students to gather, the USGBC staff members who sorted through waste bins in Washington, DC, and the school children planting trees in Colombia, Day of Service engaged and strengthened communities around the world and showed that where we learn matters.
To show you all the great work you did, we’ve put together this infographic. With the first Day of Service behind us, and the many lessons learned, we are poised for an even higher level of engagement this year. Thank you, and save the date for September 28th, 2013!
You can download the full Day of Service infographic here.