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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Paint murals, work on worm composting and more - do it for the kids

Stop by schools in your hometown on Sept. 28, and you’ll find students, teachers, parents and community volunteers planting gardens, installing water harvesting systems, painting murals and doing more to make local schools healthy and productive places for students to learn. The local volunteer projects are part of the second annual Green Apple Day of Service, a global event.

Green Apple is a project of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. The Center for Green Schools is committed to placing 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. 

You can discover the details about which schools in your area are participating in Green Apple Day, their project plans and how you can participate by checking

Last year, Presidio Schools was one of two Tucson schools that participated in the first Green Apple Day of Service. The community came together for a block party to build a tortoise habitat and break ground on a garden. The students decorated pavers for the garden. This year Presidio is hosting workshops on water conservation, a competition for students to design a human-powered water pump for their rainwater harvesting system and other activities.

Children decorate pavers for their new school garden at Presidio School's 2012 Green Apple Day
Erin Foudy, Presidio’s director of campus conduct and the co-coordinator of Presidio’s Green Apple project, says that one of best things about last year’s block party was that it brought the school’s community and the community at large together to pitch in and do something good for the students at Presidio. She adds, “We’re really excited to do it again this year.”

This year, the Sonoran Branch of USGBC-Arizona has been instrumental in finding and assisting local schools that are participating in the Green Apple Day of Service. Tucson’s Green Apple Day of Service is sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, the Center for Green Schools, the City of Tucson and the Environmental Education Exchange. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.  For more information on USGBC, visit

So come out on Sept. 28 and volunteer to install those gardens, paint the murals, attend the workshops and help your local schools become more sustainable. You can find details about Green Apple projects being held in your area at
As the Center for Green Schools says, “Where we learn matters.”