NCR Members Participate in Green Apple Day of Service
The USGBC-NCR Chapter and its members participated in the first annual Green Apple Day of Service, a global movement to transform schools into places with healthier air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where children can be inspired to create a bright future.
On Friday, September 28th, USGBC-NCR partnered with Ernst & Young and Daniel A. Payne Elementary and spent the day transforming a neglected space into a garden at the school. Volunteers planted native plants, which are adapted to the local weather conditions and require less water and maintenance.
On Saturday, September 29th, the USGBC-NCR Chapter went back to Payne Elementary with chapter members to create an outdoor classroom. Volunteers built, sanded, and painted benches so teachers could conduct class outside. An overgrown planter was converted into a stage with pavers and sand for students to use.
The USGBC-NCR Emerging Professionals teamed up with DCBIA and 700 other volunteers to improve the Congress Heights Recreation Center in SE D.C. Volunteers created a garden, a mural, and installed many more improvements. Channel 7 News provided local coverage of the event.
Other chapter members participated in their own company Green Apple Day of Service projects. The Tower Companies created a 1,500 square foot rain garden and planted 23 trees at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring, MD.
- Additional projects were completed at:
- Flora Singer Elementary (Silver Spring, MD)
- Coolidge High School (Northeast DC)
- Collegiate Academy (DC)
- St. Ann Catholic School (Arlington, VA)
- Horace Mann Elementary (DC)
- Dunbar High School (DC)
- Francis Scott Key Elementary (Silver Spring, MD)
Thank you to all volunteers who participated! We look forward to continuing to engage our community to create healthy, sustainable schools.