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 Committee Chair

 Melanie Wong, LEED AP BD+C

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GADS ZOOKS! Green Apple Day of Service is just around the corner!

What is Green Apple Day of Service?
On Sept. 27, 2014, the Green Apple Day of Service will bring together thousands of students, teachers, parents and community leaders from around the globe to plan a school sustainability project, and work with community volunteers to create positive environmental change. Our vast network of champions will demonstrate the strength and breadth of our movement, leaving a meaningful and lasting local impact on our world’s schools. 

Last year, approximately 2,888,022 students were impacted in more than 2,091 service projects in 41 countries around the world to make our schools healthier, more sustainable places to learn.

For the second time, the USGBC HI Green Schools Committee is inviting professional members of the green building community to serve as mentors to participating schools in the Profession Partner Match Program. Mentors will provide support, and work with schools to prepare successful events. USGBC Hawaii Chapter and the Green Schools Committee will match school and firm together and provide overall support and facilitation leading up to September 27th.



Schools that are interested in participating in the professional partner match program should also complete this survey:

Participating schools should identify a low or no cost project that fulfills an unmet environmental need.  Project ideas can be wide-ranging-- from planting school gardens, to collaborating on clean-ups, to hosting green talk-story events, to running e-waste recycling drives- or you may customize a project to meet your campus goals.  Many project ideas and success stories from last year can be found at 



Professional partners may apply as individuals, offices, groups, or teams.  Partners commit to providing project planning support in advance and on the day of the service project, offering recommendations and/or technical expertise, and serving as a project coordinator for the school.  Professional partners will also be eligible to receive GBCI Credential Maintenance hours for Green Apple Day of Service projects.  Individuals or organizations interested in being a volunteer partner for the Green Apple Day of Service should complete this survey:


While the immediate impact of these service projects may result in energy/water savings, cleaner air, or healthier learning environments; USGBC HI Chapter Green Schools Committee hopes that the Green Apple Day of Service will strengthen relationships between schools and the community.  We also hope to create a lasting awareness of the importance of green schools, and catalyze a movement that fosters an attitude among youth and future generations to appreciate and model sustainable practices.

Should you have any questions about the Green Apple Day of Service or the partner match opportunity, please feel free to contact the USGBC Hawaii Green Schools Committee Green Chair, Melanie Wong ( or

Our goal: To develop and support green school champions by:

  • Creating a resource clearinghouse in support of Hawaii Green Schools

  • Collaborate and partner with organizations that promote and advocate for green schools. 

  • Reaching out to the public on benefits of Green Schools




Past Events 

Photos from the GCPC Follow-up Meeting April 27th

Green Classroom Professional Certificate Workshop

  • On November 3rd, The USGBC Hawaii Green Schools Committee hosted a workshop for 100 pre-K–12, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and other pre-K–12 stakeholders. Through hands-on training in a classroom setting, this four hour workshop reinforced concepts presented in the USGBC Green Classroom Professional Certification (GCPC) curriculum. Each school received a toolkit with $200 worth of tools and measuring instruments to gauge their progress as well as access to professionals in the building industry who are serving as mentors.

2012 Green Apple Day of Service at Kaahumanu Elementary School - PHOTOS


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