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In the Spotlight

Monday, October 1, 2012

Green Apple Day of Service

On Saturday, Sept. 29, students in the Sustainable Building Science, Architectural Design, and Environmental Sciences programs at Clover Park Technical College participatee in the first annual Green Apple Day of Service. There were more than 1,100 projects happening on this one-day global event.

The Green Apple Day of Service was started by the United States Green Building Council as an effort to bring cleaner, greener, class room environments to educational institutions.
CPTC students built and planted six raised vegetable gardens that will be used to grow fresh produce for the on campus emergency food pantry run by Phi Theta Kappa. Fresh greens will be grown all year long and help assist with a healthy diet for students who are in urgent need.

The day was supported by the local business community. Bunce equipment rental donated the use of a Dingo front loader for moving soil. TAGRO of Tacoma donated potting soil for the boxes. Tomatoes, beets, carrots, kale, dill, radishes, strawberries, peppers and assorted varieties of lettuce were provided by L’arche Farms. The day would not have been complete without a lunch supplied by Starbucks, Subway and the Washington State Community Green Chair, Dan Smith, who is also the Sustainable Building Science instructor at CPTC>.
The project was planned and managed by Smith. Logistics and recruiting were executed by Rhonda Cluff, Associated Student Government Lead Peer Mentor. All pictures captured to record the ground breaking event were taken by Lucy Pick, the CPTC Service-Learning Specialist.

With this great project, CPTC students contributed 45.5 hours of service to the community. In the past year alone, students served 1,022.5 hours – an amount calculated to be $20,664.75 worth of service injected back into the community!
For more information about the Green Apple Day of Service, visit: www.mygreenapple.org/home

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