Hundreds of thousands of volunteers participated in 3,760 service projects at schools in all 50 states and in 42 countries around the world as part of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council’s third annual Green Apple Day of Service Sept. 27.
This year’s Day of Service featured a flagship event in Washington, D.C., where U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his family joined volunteers at Tubman Elementary School for gardening and painting and several sustainability-education activities for students and their families.
- In Chicago, volunteers convened at John M. Smyth Magnet and IB World School to build new garden boxes, weed gardens, and create a restorative space for students.
- In Atlanta, students at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School updated the community garden, participated in a schoolwide cleanup and recycling initiative, launched an environmental awareness program, and encouraged student-led “trash-to-treasure” recycling projects. The school also created a mural promoting environmental sustainability.
- In New Orleans, renovations took place at a 130-year-old house the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development is turning into an environmental education and visitor center.
- In Mexico, thousands of students at all five Mexico City and Guadalajara Instituto Thomas Jefferson campuses made personal commitments to sustainability, including recycling, habitat restoration, and water conservation.
For more information on the Green Apple Day of Service, go to mygreenapple.org.