USGBC AZ Awards $7,500 to Sixteen K-12 Green Apple Day of Service Projects
The Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Green Apple is a global movement to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future.
Over 40 Arizona schools will celebrate the third international Green Apple Day of Service
on Saturday, September 27
by building gardens, installing water harvesting and composting systems, planting native seeds, promoting solar energy, creating habitats for birds, bees and butterflies, implementing recycling programs, beautifying school grounds and doing more to make local schools healthier and more productive places for students to learn. Students, teachers, parents and community volunteers will all come together on a single day to help make these school projects a reality.
U.S. Green Building Council - Arizona awarded $7,500 in grants to sixteen Arizona K-12 schools for their 2014 Green Apple Day of Service projects in the belief that “Where we learn matters.” The grant winners included public, charter and online schools from eleven cities and towns and three counties. Funding was provided by the Arizona Chapter, Central Branch and Sonoran Branch of USGBC AZ with support from the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Green Sports Alliance.
The award-winning schools and their projects are:
Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center (Scottsdale): teach composting and rain water harvesting methods
Arete Prep Academy (Gilbert): build a garden, incorporating compost bins and rain barrels
Bioscience High School (Phoenix): transform an underutilized backyard into a community food garden
Compadre Academy (Tempe): provide materials and supplies for a new garden/outdoor classroom
Cortina Elementary School (Queen Creek): install a water bottle filler to reduce plastic water bottle consumption
Desert Vista High School (Phoenix): frock swap/donation drive and international solar project showcase
Mesa High School (Mesa): turn an unused weeded lot into habitat for Sonoran desert pollinator species
Streetlight USA (Glendale): provide green school supplies to supplement online learning courses
Western Sky Middle School (Goodyear): create an herb and vegetable garden
Bonillas Traditional Magnet (Tucson): create a monarch butterfly habitat
Cienega High School (Vail): increase campus recycling by re-purposing 55-gallon drums into recycle bins
Drachman Montessori Magnet (Tucson): develop their Bio_Sit+Grow outdoor classroom project
Presidio School (Tucson): build a greenhouse out of reclaimed materials
Sunnyside High School (Tucson): set up an aquaponics system where students can monitor the growth of crops and fish
Western Institute for Leadership Development (Tucson): create composting stations and plant native shade trees
McNeal Elementary School (McNeal): construct a rainwater harvesting system
For more information or to register your Green Apple Day of Service project go to www.mygreenapple.org.
You can also Find an Event in your area and sign up to volunteer - click here to see the list of participating Arizona schools!