Oklahoma Nonprofit Leads "Green Apple Day of Service" Projects at Local Schools

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The Oklahoma Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC Oklahoma) is teaming up with local elementary schools and community leaders in Norman and Tulsa to participate in the first ever international Green Apple Day of Service. On Saturday, September 29, local students, parents, teachers, administrators, nonprofit organizations, church groups, community volunteers and business leaders will come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools by taking action in their communities, leaving a meaningful and lasting local impact.

On Saturday, September 29, USGBC Oklahoma is leading efforts to make improvements at elementary schools in Norman and Tulsa as part of an international community service project designed to bring attention to the growing needs for improvements to our kids' local learning environments. By participating in the Center for Green Schools Green Apple Day of Service, local students, parents, teachers, administrators, community advocates, business leaders and others hope that their actions will leave a meaningful and lasting impact on schools grounds that anchor their communities. "USGBC Oklahoma is pleased to be participating in this international day of community service at the local level, and we are really excited about the dozens of local volunteers who are stepping up on short notice to donate their valuable time to our local schools," says Craig Immel, Chapter Coordinator for the U.S. Green Building Council's Oklahoma Chapter.

In Tulsa, USGBC Oklahoma is teaming up with another well-known nonprofit organization, Global Gardens. The two organizations, along with dozens of community volunteers, will construct a new outdoor classroom structure, relocate a tool shed, and fill new raised garden beds with topsoil in one of Global Gardens' existing school gardens at Eugene Field Elementary School (2249 South Phoenix Avenue, Tulsa OK 74107, 8am - 2pm). A USGBC Oklahoma Corporate Sponsor, Pardee Construction, is providing a generous donation of all building materials required to build the new outdoor classroom, which will provide an ideal environment for students to learn about healthy eating habits and local food production for years to come.

In Norman, USGBC Oklahoma Members will lead volunteers in reconstructing several walking paths in the Outdoor Classroom at Jackson Elementary (520 S. Wylie Road, Norman, OK 73069, 9am - 11am). Repairing the paths is just one important step in bringing the school's Outdoor Classroom back to its former beauty, following a nearby 2-year construction project and last spring's tornado.    

USGBC Oklahoma is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated through education and advocacy.

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