The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, September 27, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, read about last year's impact, find an event in your area, and register your 2014 project today!
In 2013, the volunteers with the USGBC South Florida Chapter gave great support and energy to this cause. We are proud of our Branches and our Emerging Professionals, whose volunteer captains championed events throughout South Florida, from the Keys up through the Treasure Coast.
Plans are coming together for our Chapter's 2014 Green Apple Day of Service projects. Is your office or community interesting in joining us? Let's have a chat -- contact Lee Cooke or Elena Gibson.
Other Green Schools Websites
Information is power. And green-building information is, seemingly, everywhere. Below you will find links to resources to help you learn more about the importance of greening our schools, new and existing. Many more can be found by searching such key words as high-performance green schools, healthy schools, LEED for Schools, energy-efficient schools, greening K12 curriculum, etc.
If you wish to add a resource website to this listing, send your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your submission will be vetted by the Chapter’s volunteer leadership.
The links provided below are shown for reference only. The USGBC South Florida Chapter is not responsible nor can be held liable for any linked content, claims or representations within the websites listed.
Of course, we start our Green Schools Resources List with the US Green Building Council. The USGBC provides a wealth of resources and education tied to this critically important subject. In addition the links provided elsewhere on this webpage, check out:
The Florida Green School Network is a solid resource, and the Green Education Foundation provides free green curriculum, signage, etc., and is a terrific network for educators.
The Environmental Protection Agency has several webpages devoted to elementary-aged children, their parents and teachers: Environmental Kids Club; Energy Star Kids
The US Department of Energy offers green energy K-12 lesson plans and activities that are downloadable here. Topics include Energy Basics, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Environment, Solar Energy and more.
Lastly, the US Department of Energy also has an EnergySmart Schools section of its excellent website. Also, check out: Alliance to Save Energy's Green Schools Program and the US Energy Information Administration -- Energy Kids.
Leaders in Sustainability Report
The Local Leaders in Sustainability: a special report from Sundance, outlines a national action plan that mayors and local leaders can use as a framework to develop and implement green schools initiatives. The report also provides a comprehensive review of the benefits of green schools; a summary of local, state and federal policy solutions; leadership profiles of green school advocates; and case studies from both large cities and small communities. Together, these resources serve as a roadmap on the journey to green schools.