The Green Schools Conference and Expo is just three months away, which means we are counting down the days until we get to recognize another exemplary group of Green Apple Day of Service Award winners.
These awards recognize outstanding K–12 sustainability projects that make measurable change on one or more of the three pillars of a green school: environmental impact, health and well-being, and environmental and sustainability literacy.
Here's what you need to know about eligibility for the 2020 awards:
1. All projects registered on greenapple.org and completed between March 16 and Dec. 31, 2019, will be eligible. If you completed a project this year but haven’t registered it yet, now is the time to create your project profile! Note that if your project will take place after Dec. 31, 2019, it will be in the running for the 2021 awards season.
2. Your greenapple.org project profile is your entry for award consideration. There is no separate nomination process. Just be sure to update the profile with photos and a description when your project is complete.
3. Winners will be chosen in three categories:
- Deep impact: Recognizing projects that demonstrate a depth of impact. The impact may be on students at the school, the surrounding community, the built or natural environment as demonstrated by data, and more.
- Broad engagement: Recognizing projects that demonstrate broad engagement. This may include students, families, the surrounding community or the wider public.
- Creative approach: Recognizing projects that have taken a particularly creative or entrepreneurial approach.
4. The award recipients will be announced during the award luncheon at the Green Schools Conference and Expo in Portland, Oregon.
In 2019, we honored projects from around the world that made progress on school sustainability through green career exploration, civic responsibility and communication, and community mobilization. Read more about their work and draw inspiration to plan a project in your own community.