Leaving a green legacy for our schools

Published on: 
September 18, 2012
Melissa Vernon

Leadership. Respect. Care for our future leaders. Leaving a legacy.

These shared core values make involvement from Interface for the Green Apple Day of Service a natural fit. So it will come as no surprise that Interface has signed on as one of the first corporate sponsors of the new Green Apple cause-marketing initiative from the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. In this role, we are excited to play a role in launching the inaugural Green Apple Day of Service and we’ve spent the last months preparing for this day.

Interface has a long history of community involvement and since 2005, has devoted a half-day during our annual sales meeting to volunteer in local communities throughout the Americas. Through these experiences, our employees see the lasting impact we can leave in just a few hours of work. We experience the increased camaraderie by working side-by-side in service and sharing in that feeling of giving. We take pride in working for a company that prioritizes community involvement. These “legacy projects” have become part of our culture and an expression of who we are. We are eager to extend our service efforts, creating more volunteer projects across a greater geographic area for the Green Apple Day of Service.
On September 29 (and many other days throughout the fall), thousands of volunteers will come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools, including K-12, colleges and universities.

Interface is proud to be partnering with the Center for Green Schools at USGBC and helping to extend their reach and create projects across the United States as well as around the world.

From carpet installations at educational facilities in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Charlotte, Austin TX and LaGrange GA, to school yard improvements at two schools in Georgia, Interface volunteers will be leaving their mark by improving the indoor and outdoor environments at schools across the United States. A creative reuse center in Boston that supports area educators will benefit from donations of recycled materials from carpet manufacturing. Further south, our Latin American colleagues are hosting projects in São Paulo and Curitiba, Brazil, installing carpet, planting flowers and trees and sharing the exciting ideas of biophilic design as we demonstrate the benefits of integrating nature into the school.

Participating in the Green Apple Day of Service has been a meaningful activity that has created new and deeper relationships with schools, clients and local USGBC Chapters. We are excited for the future, building off of this inaugural year to continue to create healthier, safer, more planet-friendly environments that inspire better learning for our children and communities.

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