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Green Apple Day of Service

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The USGBC-Illinois Chapter and the National Center for Green Schools is inviting communities to take action on campuses around the world for the third annual Green Apple Day of Service in fall 2014.  On the Day of Service, we are encouraging K-12 and College/University students, teachers, and administrators to plan a school sustainability project and work with community volunteers to create positive environmental change.  USGBC-Illinios is also inviting professional members of the green building community to serve as volunteer mentors for each project.  Mentors will provide planning support and work with schools to prepare successful events.  While the official date is September 27, schools may host a project any time before October 27, 2014.


Each participating school will identify a low or no cost project that fulfills an unmet environmental need, and submit an application.  Schools may propose a wide variety of projects- from planting school gardens, to collaborating on clean-ups, to hosting e-waste recycling drives- or they may customize a project to meet local goals. After the 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 that the Green Apple Day of Service will strengthen relationships between schools and the community.  We also hope to create a lasting awareness of the importance of green schools, and catalyze a movement that fosters an attitude among youth and future generations to appreciate and model sustainable practices.  


USGBC-Illinois will recognize Day of Service program winners at the fall Celebration & Recognition event, and we will recognize yearlong Challenge winners at the spring Healthy High Performing Schools Symposium.  Check out the Illinois Success Stories & Awards and the National Accomplishments!

Program Schedule

March, 2014 Applications Open 
April 18, 2014 Green Apple Open House & Challenge Awards – Healthy High Performing Schools Symposium
September 27, 2014 Green Apple Day of Service (date is flexible, September-October 2014)

Program Participants

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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 LEED Credential Maintenance hours
Apply Here September, 2014
SPONSORS These great projects need your help.
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The National USGBC’s Center for Green Schools initiated the Green Apple Day of Service in 2012.  They invited schools to identify green projects, and share their successes on the My Green Apple Website.  At the state level, the USGBC-Illinois Chapter decided to take this Day of Service one step further.  In addition to schools, we invited our chapter members- professionals from the green building industry- to serve as mentors for each school. We also encouraged some schools and mentors to join the Challenge program, and continue the project throughout the 2014-2015 school year.  While local effort has a different process than the national event, both share similar goals.  Applications for the Partner and Challenge programs are currently closed, but we encourage you to sign up next year!



- Flyer: Program Overview
Flyer: Project Suggestions

- Flyer: Sponsorship Benefits
- Template: Email Letter
- Template: Newsletter Blurb
- Call Script
- Photo: Green Apple Close Up
- Photo: Green Apple Kids
- Digital Border: Green Apple Header
- Digital Border: Green Apple Footer
- Banner (3′x2′): Green Apple Day of Service (link coming soon!)
- Yard Sign (24″x18″): Green Apple Day of Service (link coming soon!)
- Direction Signs: Green Apple Day of Service (link coming soon!)
2012 Success Stories & Awards
National 2012 Accomplishments


- Timeline & Next Steps
- Welcome Webinar Presentation Slides
- Volunteer Webinar Presentation Slides
Flyer: “We Joined the Challenge”
- Responsibilities List
Participant Sign In Sheet
- Planning Worksheet
- Register on (National Website)


- Planning Report Survey
- Evaluation Report Survey
- Monthly Report (Challenge Participants Only)


Additional Project Suggestions (from the Center for Green Schools)
92 Ways to Green Your School (long-term project suggestions)
- Green Schools Investment Guide 
- State of Our Schools Report
- Eco-Fundraiser Ideas (link coming soon!)
- Join the USGBC-Illinois Green Schools Committee
- Submit Green Apple photos to the MyGreenApple Facebook Competition
- Visit the EPA Eco Student Blog & share your story


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