All of us want children to be healthy and safe. That’s especially true when children are in school. One way to keep them healthy and safe in school is to make sure school buildings are designed to have excellent indoor air quality and be built with materials that don’t have toxic chemicals in them.
The good news is that there is a highly respected voluntary certification program — a “Seal of Approval,” if you will — that shows school officials how to build schools that are healthy, with excellent indoor air quality and safe building materials.
This program is called LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which is run by a non-profit called the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). When a building has been “LEED certified,” you can rest assured that important standards have been achieved.
This year's Green Apple Day of Service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.
The Green Apple Day of Service is our way as people of faith to raise awareness about the important connection between healthy and safe schools and a thriving learning environment for kids. The Green Apple Day of Service brings together thousands of students, teachers, parents and community leaders from around the globe to improve our school environments through service projects, education, community events and more. Christian schools can take part and use it as a day of teaching and practical action on how to care for God’s world. We suggest holding a time of prayer during your event and reaching out to Christians at your school (faculty, parents, etc.) with a particular understanding of God's world so the day also becomes a bit learning more this amazing world that God created.
Green Apple Day of Service Christian College Spotlight : Wheaton College
Sustainability has taken root at Wheaton College—literally! Sustainability initiatives are taking over Wheaton College. Student lead clubs and organizations have head started Wheaton's green initiatives.
Building on the past initiatives like the apple orchard on campus, students living in ECCO Housestarted a composting initiative, along with WheaFarm a student run community garden open to the Norton Community. Along with groups like SEGA and Aftertaste, Wheaton College is taking steps to Green the campus.
Click here to learn more about the great work at Wheaton College.