- On Sept. 29, 2012, participants from all over the world will volunteer to make the schools and campuses in their communities healthier and more sustainable
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Green Schools [http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/] at the U.S. Green Building Council [http://www.usgbc.org/] officially announces the first ever Green Apple Day of Service [http://www.mygreenapple.org/], a global call to take real action in support of healthy, sustainable schools. On Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, the Green Apple Day of Service will engage students, teachers, parents, business leaders, elected officials and others in volunteer activities at schools and campuses in their communities.
"The Green Apple Day of Service is a perfect platform for empowering communities around the world to take real, measurable steps to improve learning environments," said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. "By committing a single day to all work together, we underscore that the health and wellbeing of the billions of people who walk into schools and colleges every day are a top priority."
More than 700 million children are enrolled in primary education worldwide according to the UNESCO 2011 Global Education Digest [http://www.uis.unesco.org/Education/Documents/ged-2011-en.pdf], and 25 percent of Americans go to schools and colleges every day. The Center is anticipating at least 2,500 service projects taking place with more than 20,000 volunteers around the world. The Center for Green Schools [http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/] was established to drive the transformation of all learning environments into safe, engaging and comfortable facilities that enhance a student's ability to learn and a teacher's ability to teach, and the Green Apple Day of Service is a tangible way we are working to further advance our mission of green schools for everyone within this generation.
To learn more about how you can get involved, sign up for service projects in your area, connect with other volunteers and share ideas around the Green Apple Day of Service, visit mygreenapple.org [http://www.mygreenapple.org/]. Follow the Center for Green Schools on Facebook [http://www.facebook.com/Centerforgreenschools] and Twitter (@mygreenschools [http://www.twitter.com/mygreenschools]) and join the conversation by using the #greenapple hashtag.
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