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Green Apple Day of Service Success Stories

Congratulations to our participating Illinois Schools and mentors on a tremendously successful Green Apple Day of Service!  Last year, over 20 Illinois schools joined  2,000 communities around the world in taking meaningful steps towards changing their learning environments.  USGBC Chapter members volunteered alongside students, teachers and community members on a wide variety of projects from garden installations to energy education.  Click on the links below to view photo slideshows and success stories.  Return to Green Apple Day of Service 2016 homepage.


2015 Green Apple Day of Service Projects

Click here to see photos from the 2015 Green Apple projects across Illinois!

2013 Success Stories

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*2013 Award Winner*
Best Partner Collaboration!
Benito Juarez Community Academy

Mentors: Leopardo Companies and HOK

9/28/13 – Chicago, IL
Photos: Campus Clean Up, Garden, & Painting

The Frick Center 

*2013 Award Winner*
Event Most Likely to Continue!
Envision Unlimited
The Frick Center

Mentors: GSA and Wight & Company

 9/28/13 – Chicago, IL
Photos: Raised Bed Garden Expansion – Album 1
Raised Bed Garden Expansion – Album 2

 WoodlandWoodland Primary School
Mentor: Siemens
9/27/13 – Grayslake, IL
Photos: LEED Celebration
Story: Feature Video
Case Study

Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet School
Mentor: CM Silverstein

9/20/13 – Skokie, IL
Photos: “Where Does it Go?” Educational Game


*2013 Award Winner*
Event Most Likely to Continue!

J.R. Tibbott Elementary

Will County Green
Forest Preserve District of Will County

9/28/13 – Bolingbrook, IL
Photos: Garden, Education, & E-Waste Recycling


Young Women’s Leadership Charter School
Mentor: Environmental Design International

9/23/13 – Chicago, IL
Photos: Farmer’s Market


Hiram H. Belding Elementary
Mentor: EcoSolar Solutions Inc.

10/3/13 – Chicago, IL
“Let’s Be Sustainable” Education & Garden Day

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Jamieson Elementary
Mentor: SavATree Consulting Group

9/28/13 – Chicago, IL
Photos: School Garden


*2013 Award Winner*
Best Partner Collaboration!

Bogan Computer Technical High School

Mentors: Perkins Eastman
Hitchcock Design Group

10/4/13 – Chicago, IL
Photos: Green Learning Stations

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Hampshire Middle School
Mentor: Leopardo Companies

9/28/13 – Hampshire, IL
Garden Day

Calmeca*2013 Award Winner*
Most Creative Event!

Calmeca Academy of Fine Arts & Dual Languages
Mentor: Goby, LLC

10/5/13 – Chicago, IL
Clean Up, Bird Houses, Garden, & Education Day

Garden In a Glove 2*2013 Award Winner*
Most Creative Event!
River Trails School District 26
Mentor: FGM Architects
The Fruit Guys

10/4/13 – Mount Prospect, IL
Garden Day



2012 Success Stories 

Best Overall Event & Most Participants!
Paul Revere
Primary & Intermediate Schools
Mentor: Lakota Group9/29/12 – Blue Island, IL
Photos: Garden & Rain Barrels Part I
Garden & Rain Barrels Part II
Garden & Rain Barrels Part IIIStory: Metropolitan Planning Council Blog
Lakota Group Blog
Southtown Star Article
Bessie Rhodes Elementary School
Mentor: Everlights9/28/12 – Skokie, ILPhotos: Educational Poster Campaign
Story: Evanston Review Article
Event Most Likely to Continue!
Academy for Global Citizenship
Feature Event – Center for Green Schools9/29/12 – Chicago, IL
Photos: Greenhouse, Native Plantings, & Mural
Best Partner Collaboration!
John R. Tibbott Elementary School
Mentor: Wight & Company9/15 & 9/29/12 – Bolingbrook, IL
Photos: Edible Garden
Story: VVSD Article
John C. Burroughs Elementary School
Mentor: Climate Cycle10/5/12 – Chicago, IL
Photos: Paper Waste Reduction
Johnson Elementary School
Mentor: The Walsh Group9/29/12 – Aurora, IL
Photos: Courtyard Garden
Perspectives Leadership Academy
Mentor: Newgrange Development10/5/12 – Chicago, IL
Photos: Clean Up
University of Illinois
Mentor: Joseph Clair 9/29/12 – Urbana-Champaign
Photos: Environmental Symposium
Most Creative Event!Catherine Cook School9/29/12 – Chicago, IL
Photos: Dumpster Dive
Story: ABC News

Meadowdale Elementary School
Mentor: Leopardo9/29/12 – Carpentersville, IL
Photos: Garden & Compost Installation
Story: Leopardo Blog
AJ Katzenmaier Elementary School
Mentors: Leopardo & Siemens
9/29/12 – North Chicago, IL
Photos: Beautificaiton Project
Story: Leopardo Blog
Young Womens Leadership Charter School
Mentor: Environmental Design International
9/29/12 – Chicago, IL
Photos: Recycling Education Campaign
Story: EDI Blog
Geneva Community School District
Mentor: Andersson Architecture
9/29/12 – Geneva, IL
Photos: E-Waste Recycling Drive
Jamieson Elementary
Mentor: CBRE
9/29/12 – Chicago, IL
Photos: Garden Installation
Illinois Institute of Technology
Mentor: USGBC-Illinois Green Schools Committee
9/28/12 – Chicago, IL
Photos: Speaker Panel
Ravenswood Elementary
Mentor: CBRE9/29/12 – Chicago, IL
Photos: Garden Installation

St. Paul of the Cross

9/29/12 – Park Ridge, IL
Photos: Paper Drive

Tarkinton School of Excellence
Mentor: Truck Farm Chicago
9/29/12 – Chicago, IL
Photos: Educational Picnic
Waukegan High School
Mentor: US EPA
9/29/12 – Waukegan, IL
Photos: Environmental Education Fair 
Durand High School
Mentor: USGBC-Illinois Rockford Branch
All year – Durand, IL
Photos: Shoe Recyling Drive
Mark Sheridan Academy
Mentor: Green Home Experts9/26/12 – Chicago, IL
Photos: Garden Project


To learn more about the national USGBC’s Center for Green Schools Green Apple Day of Service, visit the Green Apple website.

To learn about the local effort or to get involved this year, visit the Illinois Green Apple Day of Service web page.

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