Taken on their own, acts such as registering a project on greenapple.org, donating supplies or spending a few hours at the school garden might seem small. But their collective impact over the years is profound: Since 2012, more than 800,000 volunteers have improved the learning environments of 7 million students through a Green Apple Day of Service. This sets an inspiring example for the next generation of sustainability leaders.
USGBC communities are united in their mission to improve school sustainability, but the spectrum of needs at schools across the country is wide-ranging. With this in mind, the Center for Green Schools strives to ensure that the resources and menu of activities we design are adaptable to different contexts.
Tim Cole engages students at Kemps Landing/Old Donation School in Virginia Beach on sustainable design principles.
We connect USGBC communities with flexible solutions to advance school sustainability, so that green building leaders and volunteers can achieve their local visions:
- In Virginia, Green Apple Day of Service has inspired Connect the Dots, a school mentorship program that brings the expertise of USGBC’s building industry professionals into local schools to help them achieve their sustainability goals over the course of the school year.
- In Northern California, Arc+Schools is the foundation for the Green Building Mentor Program, which challenges school and church buildings across the Bay Area to make incremental sustainability improvements informed by the data they collect through the Arc platform.
- The Minnesota community invites policymakers and school officials to celebrate and partake in planting outdoor learning spaces that teachers and students have created together during the annual Minnesota Schoolyard Gardens Planting Week.
Similar examples of local leadership in action are everywhere, and progress toward greener schools is made possible by the commitment of people like you. If you would like to help us achieve more healthy and sustainable schools for all students, we invite you to join your local green schools movement.