Excel Dyer helps schools educate students, reduce impact for global Green Apple Day of Service
As students return to the classroom and teachers organize their lessons for the next school year, volunteers all over the world are diligently preparing for the 2015 Green Apple Day of Service on September 26, and if the past is any indication, this one will be the best one yet. Last year’s Day of Service included more than 3,800 events, projects and commitments that took place in 43 countries with the help of 306,000 volunteers. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and Green Apple partners, we’re on track to grow our impact this year.
One original Seed Sponsor of the Green Apple program since its inception, Excel Dryer, has long been a supporter of our efforts to provide healthier and more efficient learning environments on a local, national and global scale. A partner truly committed to the green schools movement, Excel Dryer has organized Day of
Service projects around the U.S. and developed a Green Apple-branded hand dryer line, a portion of proceeds of which goes to support Center for Green Schools’ initiatives.
For the last three years, Excel Dryer employees have organized Day of Service events from coast-to-coast with projects within their home state of Massachusetts, at Boston Public Schools and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, as well as the Los Angeles Unified School District and Sacramento Unified School District in California. This year, Excel Dryer is once again helping us raise awareness for the importance of green and sustainable school environments by organizing Day of Service projects at Stefanik Memorial School in Chicopee, Massachusetts and Norwin Learning Center in Irwin, Pennsylvania.
As part of Green Apple Day of Service, Excel Dryer is coordinating with these schools to install high-speed, energy-efficient Green Apple XLERATOR® Hand Dryers in their restrooms in an effort to reduce waste, ultimately helping those facilities lower their carbon footprint. Excel Dryer has challenged the schools to “Get Caught Green Handed” by installing the hand dryers, a lesson that can have a broad impact around the schools’ districts, teaching students not only about the importance of the environment, but also how to calculate their waste and carbon footprint reduction by switching from paper towels to hand dryers.
Excel Dryer will donate two Green Apple XLERATOR Hand Dryers for each facility as part of their contribution to the Green Apple Day of Service. The schools, for their part, have committed to having the dryers installed by Saturday, Sept. 26.
By Rachel Gutter, Senior Vice President of Knowledge and Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council