Green Apple Day of Service kicks off this month! The Day of Service is an opportunity to join schools across the world in celebrating the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of global leaders. Since 2012, more than 790,000 volunteers in 73 countries have participated in events, affecting the learning environments of over 7 million students and teachers. With 1 in 8 people around the globe attending a school every day, there is more work to be done!
Every event is chance to give students hands-on experience with sustainability and to strengthen civic leadership, environmental literacy, and project management skills.
This year, participants make a commitment at the start of school and name their own project date for any time throughout the school year. To help with fundraising, Green Apple Day of Service is using the DonorsChoose.org platform to drive donations to schools, and the Center for Green Schools and its partners are providing thousands of dollars in match funding to projects that receive donations from their communities. Projects receive tailored guidance for their specific project date and project type, and they are eligible for prizes just by keeping up with planning and executing their project.
USGBC NJ held our Annual Children’s Environmental Education Day, a Green Apple Day event, on August 17, 2017. This year, we hosted groups of kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs from Trenton, Newark, and Asbury Park/Redbank. The kids toured the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and marshes, and Sandy Hook Beaches at Gateway National Recreation Area. The primary mission of the Howard Laboratory is to conduct research in ecology, leading to a better understanding of both coastal and estuarine organisms and the effects of human activities on nearshore marine populations. The NOAA Lab is one of the few national labs engaged in ocean acidifation research–tied to Carbon-pollution and warming–and engaged the kids in a lab experiment by NOAA scientists and fisheries biologists. The tour also included birding (and wading) in the NOAA coastal salt marsh. The day will include ample time for the kids to enjoy the beaches at Sandy Hook, close to the lab. See photos here.
You can learn more about Green Apple Day of Service and sign up at greenapple.org.
A goal of USGBC NJ is to expand our educational offerings to include students and youth from underserved households, as well as unemployed professionals—to obtain a LEED credential that will lead to greater employment opportunities, reduce the energy demand and the C-footprint.
Be part of the solution and become a USGBC NJ Member or Corporate Sponsor at https://usgbcnj.org.