The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools are working closely with members of the Canadian green building industry to support the need for all schools to be healthy, safe and cost-efficient learning environments.
We recognize the efforts that many Canadian schools are making to educate students on the importance of sustainable living and conserving our natural environment. We would like to encourage schools to receive recognition for their efforts as part of the Green Apple Day of Service program.
Green Apple program
The Green Apple program is run by the Center for Green Schools and helps parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local projects and events.
There is an official Green Apple Day of Service each September, but a school can register an event for any day of the year. Green Apple events don’t need to be large or complicated. They can range from collecting rain water or cleaning out a dusty classroom, to planting a garden with students or to filling out a Healthy Air Checklist.
How to register your Green Apple event
Registering your Green Apple event/project is easy. Simply visit the registration page of the USGBC Green Apple Day website to fill in your submission and then let us at the CaGBC know. In return, we will recognize your school on the CaGBC website and send your school a certificate to proudly display in your front hall or classroom.
Project ideas and resources
Your events don’t have to be complicated or large. They can involve planting a vegetable garden, collecting rain or having an 'environmental coffee chat' for parents. Click here to view our Project ideas and resources page to get great ideas for your Green Apple project.
Go, Go Green
In 2013, Westmount Elementary in Okotoks, Alberta, celebrated their dedication to being green by bringing in building professionals to have a discussion with students about the benefits of sustainable buildings, and displaying green student projects throughout the school.
They also composed and performed an original song called “Go Go Green”: