In the final installment of of the Green Apple Day of Service Spotlight, I got a chance to speak with Cindy Thompson about a service project she is heading up this year, taking advantage of the resources her mother can help her access as the school's principal.
What stuck with me the most after this conversation were Cindy's comments about Day of Service being a chance to show others that the U.S. Green Building Council is more than just LEED certifications; it's an organization with a much bigger goal of achieving a sustainable, healthy, and comfortable existence for all. For an intern working closely with the Center for Green Schools this seems totally obvious, so our conversation was a much-needed reminder that it might be less apparent to those who don't come into the USGBC office on a daily basis.
Cindy is absolutely right, of course. The Day of Service is certainly important because of the positive impact it has on the students who attend schools that benefit from volunteer projects, but there's more to it than that. It's a day to show people that green buildings really do make a difference in our lives, starting with the generation of our world's future big thinkers and game changers.
To see last year's Day of Service highlights, view projects that are happening in your area, or to register a project of your own, check out www.mygreenapple.org.