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Two SVVSD Elementary Schools Host Green Apple Day of Service with School Tours
Red Hawk Elementary in Erie and Eagle Crest Elementary in Longmont will host School House Walks during the Green Apple Day of Service – an annual event focused on K-12 schools and celebrated globally. Both elementary schools will showcase their implementation of green, healthy, sustainable initiatives with tours conducted at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 24.
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the organization behind Green Apple Day of Service, was founded to ensure green schools for every child in this generation. The Center believes that all students deserve the opportunity to attend schools that sustain the world they live in, enhance their health and well-being, and prepare them for 21st century careers.
“When we educate a child, we choose a sustainable future, and so we must educate students to prepare them to create it – in a place that inspires them,” says Dara Ward, Energy and Sustainability Manager, St. Vrain Valley Schools.
Red Hawk Elementary’s tour showcases a Gold Level LEED-Certified Building.
LEED for Schools provides a comprehensive tool for schools looking to build green and achieve measureable results. Join founding principal, Cyrus Weinberger, for a tour of the building and its unique 1,500 square foot garden.
The school has taken significant steps to promote health and wellness, while reducing water and energy usage with geothermal heat pumps and in-floor heating. Add a 250 kilometer solar system on the roof that provides 68% of the school’s daily energy and the school itself becomes an instructional tool that helps other schools implement sustainable practices too.
Additionally, the school practices its Red Hawk Well Way Program to help create an optimum learning environment incorporating student achievement, movement, health and nutrition education, and protection of the environment.
“We use our thoughtfully designed school as an educational tool to develop a sustainable culture of wellness coupled with a rich and rigorous academic environment,” says Cyrus Weinberger, Founding Principal of Red Hawk Elementary.
Energy Eagles Conduct Eagle Crest Elementary Tours
Student-led tours will showcase Eagle Crest’s composting and recycling efforts via Eco-Cycle’s Green Star Schools Program, as well as the school’s energy sustainability efforts through the Renew Our Schools Competition and the SVVSD Resource-Wise Program.
Tours will be conducted by the school’s “Energy Eagles” (Eagle Crest’s student conservation group) – all accessed by QR Codes.
“We’re instilling life-long conservation skills and empowering students to compost, recycle and conserve energy at school, at home and in their communities,” says Stephanie Potter, Third Grade Teacher/STEM Explorers Advisor, Eagle Crest Elementary.
These schools set a powerful example for the larger community. When students are in the habit of composting, recycling and saving energy at school, they take those skills home and influence the communities they serve.
Of course, when we lower utility and energy expenditures, those saved funds are available for better educational purposes.