Serving our Schools: Green Apple Day of Service

Melissa Vernon

Having a company culture that embraces volunteering in our community made supporting the USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service a natural fit. In our busy society, and despite good intentions, these types of projects often get pushed down the to-do list. Thus, the Day of Service provided a terrific incentive to prioritize working in our local communities and schools.

Interface had a successful involvement in the first Green Apple Day of Service, with enthusiastic support from Interface associates around the world. To date Interface has invested hundreds of volunteer hours in 35 service projects (and counting). The schools were overwhelmed by the generosity of our volunteers and in-kind support. The students even jumped in to help with projects including installing carpet at Troup County High School in LaGrange, Georgia.

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We turned overgrown, neglected, gloomy schoolyards into beautiful, inspiring, restorative spaces for students and school staff to enjoy and use for learning. Classrooms were given a face lift with brand new Interface modular carpet.

“The existing greenhouse was dilapidated and the pond was unusable by our students,” said Jan Franks, Principal at West Point Elementary (Georgia). “Interface came in and made the space useful and beautiful again and we can’t thank them enough. Our kids can now enjoy a great place to sit outside and learn.”

In China, Interface associates taught Taicang Senior High School students about sustainability issues, including water conservation and resource availability. The students were inspired to think of ways to help the environment and designed a logo to illustrate their practical actions for sustainability.

Now that we have the first one under our belt, we look forward to future events with USGBC’s Green Apple initiative. Stay tuned as we update this post with our ongoing efforts to support Green Apple around the world.

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