What is it?

Green Apple Day of Service is an annual day of service that brings together thousands of students, teachers, parents and community leaders from around the globe to plan a school sustainability project to create positive environmental change. Initiated by USGBC Center for Green Schools in 2012, this event is typically held annually on the last Saturday of September. This year, GADS in Hawaii will be held on throughout fall on Saturday, September 26, Saturday, October 29, and Saturday, November 5.

USGBC Hawaii supports this through our GADSZOOKS! program which matches professional firms and schools together to execute a project based upon shared interest and vision. In the past four years, we've raised over $12,000 and impacted 20 schools through GADSZOOKS! Projects have included: raingardens, cultural/native gardens, a rain catchment system, composting/recycle centers, energy audits, and food gardens.

Why is it important?

Our kids deserve better and where they learn matters.

Through collective efforts of like-minded organizations and individuals, this event implements small and meaningful changes in our school environments. Projects often address low-hanging items that can be easily executed through a day of hard work or committed volunteer time.

get involved & volunteer today!

Volunteers are one of the most critical assets of any Green Apple Day of Service project. This year we're seeking volunteers that don't mind getting their hands dirty to individuals that have interest in photography, social media/marketing, and fundraising. Click on the link below to get involved. LEED accredited professionals can also gain up to 4 self reported GBCI CEUs with their day of service.




Located in Makiki Valley, HKM receives an annual rainfall of 53 inches per year. Limited usable area and extreme site conditions limit where whole school gathering can occur. The current gathering space is susceptible to ponding from overflow runoff from the adjacent driveway. This year's project will implement "green" stormwater techniques to divert and redirect the water to provide a dry and usable gathering place for the School.

Partner: EcoSolutions

UPDATE: Project date set for Nov. 5th.

Download our plan to see the work!

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The existing garden space serves as a focal point by drawing attention to the natural environment, enriching student understanding of place and culture, and promoting food and resource sustainability. This year's project will re-establish the garden as a place where students will be able to learn and test various ways of growing kalo, herbs, wake, laua‘e, ti-leaves, and plumeria. In addition, the garden is a “Lighthouse School” of the International School Peace Gardens (ISPG). 

Partner: Landscape Architect Jennifer Appel

UPDATE: Project date set for Oct 29th.

Download our drawings to see our plans!


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The garden is a special part of the teaching curriculum at Blanche Pope Elementary School, and constructing Lilikoi Hale will help to provide much-needed shade in the garden for students and teachers to meet beneath. The gravel pathway leading to the hale will help to define learning zones within the garden, and pili grass and stone headers will define the edge.

Partner: HHF Planners

UPDATE: Project date set for Sept 26th.


Green Apple Day of Service schools will also gain insight and hands-on knowledge of energy efficiency and conservation through our partner, OpTerra Energy Services. Students, parents, and community will learn how sun energy translates to powering lights through solar boxes and circuit boards, and understand the difference between light bulbs and their need for energy.


donate & become a sponsor!

#wherewelearnmatters Support Green Apple Day of Service 2016 projects and create positive environmental change today! As a sponsor, your generous contribution will support the purchase of supplies and assist with program development and outreach. Sponsors may choose to support the program through our various donation tiers or through in-kind donations. Email schools@usgbchawaii.org for more information on in-kind donation support.


sponsorship Levels

$50 | Community Level Sponsor : Supports program development and outreach.

$100 | Sliver Sponsor: Supports rental of building and landscape equipment. 

$250 | Gold Sponsor: Supports purchase of key native materials and key landscape materials. 

$500 | Platinum Sponsor: Jump starts a GADS project and supports purchase of garden tool/equipment that will remain at a school for perpetual use.

You name it! | Supports program development, operations, marketing and future GADS projects and USGBC Hawaii community events.

Sponsor benefits include promotion through our website, GADS newsletters/eblasts and event press release.  


Fund Progress (Target $2,500)

No. of students impacted by 2016 donations: 400

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Blanche Pope Elementary School w/ HHF Planners // September 26, 2016

Past Green Apple Day of Service Projects

Select images from our past Green Apple Day of Service projects. Projects range from raingarderns, native and food gardens, composting systems, and energy audits.