Academy of Engineering and Green Technology Joins Thousands of Volunteers Globally for Green Apple Day of Service
On September 24, 2016, a sunny, crisp Saturday morning in Hartford CT, volunteers descended upon the Hartford Public High School campus and worked diligently from 8:00 am until noon cleaning up trash, planting bulbs, moving mulch on the school’s campus and all around the neighborhood. This event was part of Green Apple Day of Service, a global day of action that brings together advocates around the world and encourages them to improve their communities through service projects at local schools. Green Apple Day of Service, launched by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012, provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents, elected officials, organizations, companies and others to transform all schools into places that sustain the world we live in, enhance health and well-being, and prepare students for 21st century careers.
“Projects and programs like the Green Apple Day of Service are so much more than just a one day event, they are the result of a long standing and strong partnership between members of the business community like UTC, Pratt & Whitney, CBIA, LeGrand, and many other and the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology. Our students, staff, parents, community partners, and business partners work together on a daily basis to develop experiences that align to our theme, engage students in project-based learning and prepare our students for college and their career. We work together to help make our community and the world a better place. This event exemplifies what it means to be a part of the AEGT Family.” — Michael Maziarz, Principal, Academy of Engineering & Green Technology
“UTC Aerospace Systems is excited to return for our 6th year working with the students and teachers from the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology to help make their school one that fosters sustainability and builds on their creativity. It’s amazing to see all the students come out first thing on a Saturday morning excited to take on the challenges of the day – whether its learning about gardening techniques, picking up litter, or working to construct tables, benches, and even mobile composters – the students bring a positive energy to the whole event .” — Nicole Hade, UTC Aerospace Systems Sustainability and Communications Manager, EH&S.
“We are excited to give opportunities to our employees to work together and set a great example of service and sustainability for the community. Over the past few years we’ve had some amazing students from AEGT as interns over the summer and we feel it’s a privilege to give back to their school.” — Lisa Szewczul, VP EH&S Pratt & Whitney (and a longtime supporter of Green Apple Day and AEGT)
“We are thrilled to see the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology participate in the fifth annual Green Apple Day of Service. With thousands of communities participating in the Day of Service all over the world, volunteers have transformed local schools into spaces that enhance learning, that protect the environment, and support the health and wellness of their community,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founder of USGBC, “We extend our gratitude to the devoted volunteers who have spread the importance of maintaining safe, healthy, and sustainable environments for the millions of students who enter a school building every day.”
Since 2012, Green Apple Day of Service has mobilized more than 750,000 volunteers in 73 countries. Committed to healthy, safe and efficient learning places, these volunteers have impacted the learning environments of more than seven million students. The Academy of Engineering and Green Technology has participated in Green Apple Day of Service every year since its inception in 2011. In 2015 the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology received the prestigious Green Ribbon Award from the Department of Education in Washington DC.
The HPHS Birds of Prey Robotics team, sporting apples donated by UTC, flank their teacher, David Mangus, who has organized Green Apple Day at HPHS for 5 years.
Our community wants what is best for our children. Green Apple Day of Service presents an opportunity to address many of these issues and to transform our schools into healthy, vibrant places to learn, work and play while teaching valuable lessons about the environment and cultivating the next generation of global sustainability leaders.
For more information about Green Apple Day of Service, visit greenapple.org.
About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council
The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. For more information, visit centerforgreenschools.org or find us on Twitter and Facebook.
About the Green Apple Day of Service
Green Apple Day of Service is an annual event that brings volunteers from around the world together to host local service projects that make schools healthier and more sustainable. Taking place on the last Saturday in September of each year, Green Apple Day of Service is a moment for students, teachers, parents, elected officials, organizations companies and more to take action in their communities and demonstrate that where we learn matters. For more information and to start a Day of Service project, visit greenapple.org.