Green Apple is a global movement to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future. Learn more »

Projects

 

Educate your students: free lessons on environmental sciences and literacy

Select one hour in the coming weeks to engage students in exciting, inquiry-based learning about environmental and sustainability themes.

Green Classroom Transformation

The physical environment inside of a school has a direct impact on students’ ability to learn. Improve the interior environment of a school by transforming dull, dirty and boring spaces into vibrant, healthy, productive learning spaces.

Global Sustainability Education: Developing students’ skills, passions and potential

Research shows that engagement leads to achievement. Engage your students by exploring challenging global issues and sustainable solutions on topics from biodiversity to economics, human rights to energy. Lessons for primary and secondary school offer creative ways for students to learn and take action.

Conduct a Campus Sustainability Assessment

With so much activity happening on college and university campuses these days, it is sometimes difficult to step back and see the big picture. Kick-off your fall semester by conducting a campus sustainability assessment which will help the community prioritize activities, garner support and plan for the future.

Improve Indoor Air

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, where pollutant levels can be from 2-100 times higher than outdoors. Help improve air quality at a school near you.

Healthy Air Checklist

According to the American Lung Association, asthma affects the lives of over 7 million children under 18 in the U.S. and accounted for 14.4 million lost schools days in 2008. Find out if the air in your child's school is healthy to breathe.

Show Off

If you already have a green school, why not host an open house to show it off?

Create Signage

Signs are a great way to remind people to turn off lights or to not leave a faucet running, resulting in better operational practices and more savings for your local schools and campuses.

Lighting Audit

According to ENERGYSTAR, school districts in the U.S. spend more than $6 billion annually on energy with slightly more than 25 percent of electricity being used on lighting.

Earn Tree Campus USA Recognition for Your College Campus

Trees provide many benefits to the environment like absorbing carbon in the atmosphere, decreasing storm-water runoff, and providing habitat for wildlife. Elevate awareness for your campus trees this fall by applying for Tree Campus USA recognition.

Save your Campus Mascot! Become an EcoLeader

Whether a fierce wildcat, a chomping gator or a fighting duck, mascots are the face of many college athletic programs. The creatures that inspired these mascots, however, are being adversely impacted by loss of habitat and climate change. Launch a campaign to protect your campus mascot! To advance your efforts, connect with college students across the country through NWF’s EcoLeaders community and earn recognition for your leadership in wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability.

School Flag Program

We’re surrounded by air, but we can’t always see when it’s dirty. Protect children from air pollution - especially those with asthma- with EPA’s School Flag Program. Make your Green Apple Project last all year!

Recycle

Recycling can include paper, plastics, glass, and aluminum. Increasingly, electronic waste is being recycled to prevent toxic metals from ending up in landfills. In many parts of the world there is an informal system of people who pick through the trash first before it reaches the city garbage truck.

Creative Competition for a Healthy School Environment and a Healthy YOU!

Artistic expression allows students to actively engage with their school community to promote an understanding of beneficial sustainable cleaning solutions and practices that create healthy environments.

Energy Awareness Campaign

Reducing the amount of energy we use at school can be challenging. A great way to make sure everyone at your school is working together to save energy in the building is to get the word out to the school community. The more people that are informed and on-board, the greater the impact will be.

Collect Rain

According to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, during an average rainstorm more than 700 gallons of water run off the roof of a typical home. That’s enough water to take 17 baths or 58 showers!

Integrating Sustainable Cleaning Programs to Create and Maintain a Healthier School

Using green cleaning solutions will reduce environmental hazards that negatively affect childhood growth and development. Improve indoor air quality and help reduce absenteeism in our schools! Faculty and students alike will benefit from increased productivity in an indoor environment free from environmental pollutants and irritants while ensuring safety for custodians.

Water Audit

According to the EPA, each year more than 1 trillion gallons of water pass through our sink faucets in the United States. Installing aerators and other accessories can reduce a sink's water flow by 30 percent or more!

Energy Audit

Did you know that buildings consume approximately 39 percent of the energy and 74 percent of the electricity produced annually in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

How Green is Your Community?

Join TurfMutt and investigate the green spaces in your community! Local green spaces are a great place to learn about the importance of caring for the environment. Identify the green spaces in your area and find out why they are important and how they affect your life.

SCOTTIES TREES ROCK! Video Contest

The SCOTTIES Trees Rock! Video Contest allows kids in 3rd through 5th grade to express why trees are important to them, their school and community!

Rally for Recycling

Green Apple Day of Service is a great time to start recycling at school. By joining Recycle Rally, you can make recycling fun and rewarding. By joining the Recycle Rally as a part of your Green Apple Day of Service commitment, your school will be entered into a special drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards to support your school!

Green Nutrition

Not all food is created equal! Some conventional food production is often energy intensive and detrimental to the environment. Enjoy creating a positive influence to your health and the environment through vegetable consumption!

Care for a Street Tree

Join MillionTreesNYC and care for a young street tree in your neighborhood! Choose a street tree near your home or school.

Create a Mural

A mural is a great and public way for a school to show its commitment to healthy and sustainable learning environments.

Measuring Energy Use in Your School or House of Worship

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings consume approximately 39 percent of the energy and 74 percent of the electricity produced annually in the United States.

Green Ribbon Schools

Connect your school to existing federal resources to make it a healthier, more sustainable and cost-effective place to prepare your students for the challenges of the 21st century.

Learn About Asthma Triggers at School

Lots of our kids have asthma, lots of us do too! When we know what triggers asthma episodes, we can work together to prevent asthma attacks in our homes and schools.

Plant a Garden

When kids see and learn about where their veggies come from, there’s a good chance they are going to eat more of them, which could help lower obesity rates and make our children healthier.

Coffee Chat

Bring some fellow parents together for a conversation on what sustainability activities are going on at the schools in your community.