About Green Apple

How it works:

Green Apple gives you everything you need to make the impact you want to make on your campus. Your work can begin any day of the year! Make your annual service day greener, establish a new tradition, or commit to a one-off project to make a big change. Choose your topic, plan your project, and share with us.

Browse our resources for ideas that schools can use to green their campuses and make visible, measure progress on one or more of the three pillars of green schools: environmental impact, health impact, and/or environmental and sustainability literacy.”

Why Green Apple?

With more than 700 million students worldwide and one-eighth of the world's population entering a K-12 school building each day, there's no questioning the enormity and urgency of the task before us.

How we educate and take care of our schools sends a tangible signal of a community's willingness to provide a strong education to all its students. Many of our schools simply send the wrong message: stuffy, poorly lit, overcrowded and sometimes toxic environments unfit for learning.

Poor air quality leads to more colds, flus and asthma attacks. Deficient ventilation makes it difficult to focus and stay alert; inadequate lighting can cause headaches and disrupt sleep cycles; and bad acoustics render kids unable to hear lessons.

When we educate a child, we choose the future we hope they create. We choose a sustainable future, and so we must educate students to prepare them to create it — in a place that inspires them.


Green apple Day of Service Infographic

Started in 2012, Green Apple Day of Service is an international movement of over a million volunteers in 80 countries celebrating the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of global leaders in sustainability.”

We are proud of the work our volunteers have done all over the globe for the advancement of green schools! Check out the Green Apple Day of Service by the numbers to see the breadth of this global movement:

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About the Center for Green Schools

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the organization behind Green Apple, was founded to ensure green schools for every child in this generation. At the Center, we believe that all students deserve the opportunity to attend sustainable schools that enhance their health and well-being, prepare them for green careers, and sustain a thriving planet. The Center’s core mission is to support and train those implementing sustainability within school systems to be the most effective change agents they can be, through professional development, peer networks, research, and advocacy.

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