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Green Apple Day of Service

GADOS_WebBadge_2014_JoinUsWe 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 environmentaPhoto Green Apple Kids 2012l 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.

 

SUCCESS STORIES & RECOGNITION

USGBC-Illinois will recognize Day of Service program participants at the fall Celebration & Recognition event!  Check out the Illinois Success Stories & Awards and National Accomplishments! View More Photos!

 

How Can You Get Involved?

Now Recruiting  Activity Sign Up Deadline
SCHOOLS Plan a Day of Service Apply Here September 2014
VOLUNTEERS & MENTORS Spend a few hours helping out a local school
& earn service or continuing education hours
Apply Here September 2014
SPONSORS These great projects need your help.
View Sponsorship Benefits
Donate Today September 2014
Participant Resources
Timeline & Next Steps Responsibilities List Infographic #1 Planning Report Survey
Welcome Webinar Presentation Slides Planning Worksheet Infographic #2 Evaluation Report Survey
Volunteer Webinar Presentation Slides Participant Sign In Sheet 92 Ways to Green Your School
Project Suggestions Green Schools Investment Guide  State of Our Schools Report

Marketing Toolkit
Flyer: Program Overview Template: Email Letter Photo: Green Apple Close Up Day of Service Promo Kit
Flyer: Project Suggestions Template: Newsletter Blurb Photo: Green Apple Kids Direction Signs: (link coming soon!)
Flyer: Sponsorship Benefits Template: Call Script Digital Border: Green Apple Header Yard Sign (24″x18″): (link coming soon!)
Flyer: “We Joined the Challenge” National Accomplishments Digital Border: Green Apple Footer MyGreenApple Facebook Competition

 


QUESTIONS?

Contact Katie Kaluzny at [email protected] or 312-245-8300 x203.

 


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