What is the Green Apple Day Of Service?
USGBC and The Center For Green Schools created this annual event to engage people around the world and give them an opportunity to give back to their community. The goal is to educate children/students about sustainability in their very own backyard. They have a fantastic website (www.mygreenapple.org) which has tracked, organized and reported on the thousands of service projects that have been going on around the world on September 29, 2012.
Who was involved?
Our local Green Apple Service event was coordinated by The Emerging Professionals Committee of USGBC Central Pennsylvania. In just a couple of weeks, Sarah Knehr and Justin Kovaleski were able to secure over $1500 in donations for trees/mulch/tools and round up 30+ volunteers to help. People of all backgrounds came out to chip in… Professional engineers, occupational therapists, construction workers, parents, children and college students. It was great to see such a positive response to the event and really inspired me to do more projects like this on an ongoing basis. Penn State Harrisburg and their newly founded USGBC Student Group was there with numerous volunteers. Penn State Harrisburg also visited with Middletown Area Middle School students this week to teach them about green buildings and the environment.
What did we accomplish?
We accomplished many things today… We connected people… We improved City Island by planting 15 trees… We supported a struggling city in need (Harrisburg)… We educated students about giving back… and most of all We Had FUN! People really do enjoy rolling their sleeves up once in a while and getting dirty. It was great to see so many smiling faces and people really looking to help each other with this project. I even got to see a mom teach her two middle school age children how to plant a tree… quite remarkable!
How can you get involved and support future projects like this one?
Become a volunteer with your local chapter of the US Green Building Council… Our website in Central Pennsylvania is www.usgbc-centralpa.org. Our chapter covers 37 counties throughout Central Pa and includes large areas such as State College, Lancaster, Berks, York, Harrisburg, Carlisle and Chambersburg. We have many great committees doing good work and fun interactive events on a monthly basis. Check here for upcoming events!
Donate now… Non-profits like USGBC Central Pa need financial resources in order to continue to provide community service projects, educational programs and to advocate for sustainability to local and state government. Please consider donating today to ensure this organization can continue to support sustainability in your community for years to come.