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.

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!


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.


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!

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.

Custodial Training to Protect Kids, Staff and the Environment

Clean and healthy schools protect the health of kids and staff, and promote better learning environments.

Organize a project to transform your local school with support from Shaw Contract Group

Greener schools promote better learning and protect the health of students and teachers.

Read a children’s story and inspire students to dream of a greener school.

Volunteer to read Willow Watts and the Green School Wish with your favorite class for Green Apple Day of Service!

EcoHero Litterbug Removal!

Can students defeat litterbugs after watching environmental rap superhero Mr. Eco’s music video?

Visit a LEED Building on Campus/Community

When Students see and experience a LEED Certified building, they get to learn first hand how these highly resilient and efficient buildings are constructed, and more importantly maintained and operated through-out their life cycle. Hence, students will gain appreciation towards the whole sustainable design and construction process.

Out in the town

Your local businesses and research parks want to be good environmental stewards. Help them measure their efforts and tell the world how they are doing it!

Review campus sustainability policies

By knowing where your campus stands in terms of sustainability today you can strive to be a part of something bigger in the future. Understand the work of those before you who have made your campus a healthier and better place to learn, and be inspired to continue the legacy!

Community KickSTART launch event

2-hour values-based workshop for communities to discuss shared values and collectively envision a more efficient, healthier future for all.

PLAN Builder for Existing Buildings launch event

A 4-hour launch event that pairs organizations up with green building experts to collaborative on the development of an action plan to meet sustainability goals.

ENERGY STAR Benchmarking Jam launch event

A 3-hour jam session to input and verify energy and water performance data with the help of volunteer professionals and ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager

Learn about Green Schools on Education @USGBC

You don’t have to get your hands dirty to play an important role on Green Apple Day of Service. Gain valuable green building knowledge and earn GBCI Continuing Education (CE) hours by watching one of our featured courses on Education @USGBC.

Are you ready to make a BIG IMPACT in your school with the "Change a light. Change a life" program?

As the exclusive partner in the tubular LED (TLED) category of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Apple initiative, Energy Focus has committed to an ambitious goal in support of healthier, more efficient schools for this year’s Green Apple Day of Service. Energy Focus believes that better lighting makes for better learning. Their passion for lighting in schools led them to Big Impact, an initiative to donate, free of charge, LED lighting for 50 special needs classrooms in 50 schools across the metro New York City and tri-state area.

Common Ground: Freedom By Design

(Image credit: Freedom by Design at University of Tennessee Knoxville)

25 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) we still have too many buildings and spaces that are not very accessible. This issue is especially problematic in educational settings, which are meant to be supportive and freeing.

Bring Green Apple into the Classroom with Learning Lab

Join a global movement to bring sustainability lessons into K12 classrooms.

Mr. Ritz’ Green & Up-Cycled Hanging Garden

Hello Class! This is a fantastic and easy way to turn any wall into a beautiful green wall! All you need is some bottles, scissors, soil, and seeds - and a whole lotta excitement.

Participate in Recycle-Bowl

Compete against other schools in your state and nationwide to see which ones recycle the most. There are lots of ways to get involved, tools and resources to get you started, and the chance to be crowned the National Champion!

Biophilia Through Design

Biophilia is the instinctive bond between human being and other living systems. You can create this in the built environment through the use of natural materials, inclusion of living organism in a space (such as plants), the use of natural imagery, or biomimicry in design.

PBS Kids PLUM LANDING: activities for 6-9 year olds!

Want to get kids outdoors, and sneak in some environmental science, too?

Provide Homes for Wildlife on Campus

Colleges and universities play a dynamic role in protecting wildlife and restoring habitats in campus green spaces – including on-campus landscapes and natural areas, as well as distant campus-owned lands. These green efforts not only benefit the campus through hands-on learning experiences for students, energy and water conservation, but they provide the key elements for a healthy wildlife habitat – food, water, cover, and places to raise young.

Conducting Energy and Water Audits at Your School

By helping to identify energy and water waste, you can save your school hundreds (or even thousands!) of dollars AND protect the environment.

U.S. Green Building Council and the PEAK Student Energy Actions Program

Volunteer mentors will guide classroom students from PEAK Student Energy Actions through an activity that explores water issues and California’s drought. Mentors will have the opportunity to make CAREER CONNECTIONS throughout the activity to inspire students to pursue careers in the STEM field.

Teach a Nature Works Everywhere lesson

Nature Works Everywhere teaches the science behind how nature works for us and how we can keep nature running strong. Use the free, standards-aligned Nature Works Everywhere science curriculum to bring nature into the classroom.