Participate in Green Apple Day of Service social media contests

Published on: 
August 20, 2014
Hannah Wilber

The Green Apple Day of Service is just around the corner, and we want to know how you'll be making a difference at the schools in your community. Share your project with us on social media, and you’ll have the chance to win some great prizes!

Facebook Video Contest: Upload a short video (30 seconds or less; details below) to the Center for Green Schools Facebook page by 5 pm ET on Friday, Sept. 15, 2014, for a chance to win free registration for the Green Schools National Conference, taking place in Virginia Beach March 4-7, 2015.  

  • Your video should tell us what you'll be doing for this year's Green Apple Day of Service and how that is helping to make your school a better, healthier learning environment.

  • Your entry can take on any format you like — from an interview to a walking tour to stop-motion animation.  

  • Submissions will be judged on creativity, narrative capacity and motivational impact; how well does your video convey the idea that schools are at the core of our communities and that these spaces should be as healthy and sustainable as possible? Will people feel inspired to volunteer with you after watching?      

  • Your Day of Service project must already be registered through, and you should include the link to the project description on the Green Apple website in your Facebook post. While you're at it, be sure to use the hashtag #WhereWeLearnMatters, so others can easily search and see what you're up to.      

Twitter #WhereWeLearnMatters Contest: Win some cool Green Apple gear by concisely explaining why where we learn matters. Simply send out a tweet with your crafty explanation, the link to your project description on the Green Apple website in your post, and the hashtag #WhereWeLearnMatters by 5 pm ET Sept. 15, 2014.  

  • Your characters will be limited, so don't be afraid to get creative! Feel free to include a photo in your tweet, as long as it is your own. Tweets will be judged on how well (both in terms of accuracy and creativity) they explain the vital role green schools play in quality education the world over.   

  • We'll retweet our favorite submissions throughout the contest, and our top 3 tweeters will receive a Green Apple gear bundle, including a water bottle, bag and t-shirt to sport at their Day of Service projects on Sept. 27.   

Be on the lookout: The winners for both contests will be announced on Friday, Sept. 19, through a blog on and via responses to their submissions on Facebook and Twitter. For those of you feeling ambitious don’t worry, you can (and should) enter both contests.   

Other ways to promote your Day of Service Project on social media: Want to take part in the global Green Apple discussion while also building more buzz around your project? Here are some simple ways to help get the word out on social media and see what others are doing in their communities:

  • Connect with USGBC and the Center for Green Schools on our many social media platforms; find us on Facebook, follow @usgbc and @mygreenschools on twitter, and check out @usgbc on Instagram. 

  • Join the conversation using the hashtags #WhereWeLearnMatters, #mygreenapple and #greenschools, and let everyone know how you're making a difference for students in your area.

  • Upload photos from your Day of Service project (both before and after!) to Instagram. We want to show off your fantastic work, so be sure to tag @usgbc and use those hashtags; we'll regram our favorites.

We can't wait to see what you'll come up with. Good luck with those videos, and happy tweeting!


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