Vote for Volunteer IMPACT! – Green Schools from San Bernardino to Detroit
Voting is now open for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, a prestigious award that recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project that contributes to USGBC’s vision of green buildings for all within a generation. This article highlights two of the nominees.
Where We Learn MATTAs
Peggy Matta and the USGBC Detroit Regional Chapter put students first. For this year’s Green Apple Day of Service, Peggy and her team collaborated with the USGBC Northwest Ohio Chapter, the USGBC West Michigan Chapter, the National Organization of Minority Architects, Global Shapers, Kenya Relief, Detroit Public Schools, and several other groups to make green schools a tangible concept for students. They built greenhouses and outdoor classrooms, hosted green school activities at area farmers markets, greened a local student theater, and collected and donated supplies to area schools and a school in Kenya. Day in and day out, Peggy Matta and her Green Schools Committee prove that where we learn MATTAs!
Community Outreach in San Bernardino
The USGBC Inland Empire Chapter and Loma Linda University partnered for the second year in a row to host a Green Apple Day of Service outreach project at Victoria Elementary in San Bernardino, California. This year, students enjoyed a Health and Wellness Fair that included a smoothie bike, recycled materials planting project, healthy food preparation with a local chef, a presentation on clean air, bicycle safety tips, and a think tank exercise with Project Frog. Over two hundred families and children participated in this amazing event!
If you think these awesome volunteer efforts are worthy of the 2013 Malcolm Lewis Impact! Award, like them on Facebook by Nov. 19.