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The Miami Branch 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 great example is this year's two-part Green Apple Day of Service project at Fienberg-Fisher K-8 Center in connection with the Miami Beach Family Day of Service.  

Our Lighting Olympics project was a lighting retrofit done by volunteers and students to allow students with special needs to focus and better concentrate in the classroom so they can effectively learn the essential skill sets needed in the real world. 

Additionally, Andrew Pego of Foliage Design Systems of Miami worked with the students and other USGBC and community volunteers to plant a Sensory Garden filled with fragment herbs. FDS donated 200+ starter plants that were planted into tires (Great reuse! See pictures below ... ), and the terrific, enthusiastic team of onsite volunteers carried donated soil and mulch to help complete the planting. Our Sensory Garden project will provide a safe place for students who are disabled to see, smell, touch and explore the world in ways that they wouldn’t often otherwise get a chance to experience.  

All in all, this year's Green Apple Day of Service project was a wonderful learning experience for all, a major benefit for this community ... and great fun!  

To participate in more of the Miami Branch's extremely fulfilling community projects, contact Chi Chi Truong or Kenyona Pierre. 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!  There is still time (through year-end) to put together a team and benefit a local school and community!

Further, mark Saturday, September 30, 2017 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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