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The Florida Gulf Coast Region of USGBC Florida strives to make an impact in our local communities through educational offerings, strategic partnerships, and service projects designed to spread awareness about the relationship between sustainability and the built environment. 

A showcase initiative is the annual Green Apple Day of Service (GADS) which brings together volunteers from local businesses, universities, and the community to provide K-12 schools with assistance in "greening" their campuses through installing vegetable gardens, rain barrels, outdoor learning spaces, landscaping, and other beautification efforts desired by partner schools. Volunteers graciously donate their time and resources to help provide a means of connecting students to nature on their campuses and more broadly expose the community to the green building industry through community service.

Recent GADS Projects included installing vegetable learning gardens at Colson Elementary School in Seffner, creating an outdoor learning space at Greco Middle School in Temple Terrace, installing rain barrels at Walsingham Elementary School in Largo, installing edible landscaping arrangements at Bay Haven School in Sarasota, and creating butterfly gardens at Muller Elementary Magnet in Tampa.

To participate in this year's fun and extremely fulfilling community projects, contact Travis Barnes. To learn more about USGBC's Green Schools initiative, visit here.

Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, find an event in your area, and register your 2016 project today!  Mark Saturday, September 24, 2016 on your calendar as a day set aside to join hundreds of Floridians making a hands-on difference by greening schools in your community. 

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