Emerald Cities Collaborative Atlanta hosted the Green Apple Day of Service today at two local elementary schools on Sept. 27.

The Green Apple Day of Service, an international event of activities sponsored by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), was held at the Marietta Center for Advance Academics (MCAA) in Marietta, Ga., and at High Tower Elementary School in Dekalb County.

The global event provides parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects and learning activities.

At MCAA through a multi-faceted, fun and interactive academic program a group of third graders at the school experienced a broad set of topics including how to conserve energy and water and ways to identify and implement green and sustainability best practices at school and at home.

The event included presentations, games, team competitions, poster making. hands on displays and demonstrations from industry specialist and experts which included South Face Energy Institute, Trane, Inc. US Navy, South Polytechnic State University, AFL-CIO, Center for Sustainable Communities, Energy Services Coalition, Emerald Cities Collaborative, Fulton County Action Authority, City of Atlanta Water Shed Management and USGBC Georgia Chapter and Real Times Media.

At High Tower Elementary School activities were initiated to design and implement a green roof for the school. Special thanks to MCAA and High Tower administration, faculty and staff for helping to host and make this a very special event for our youth.

Marietta Center for Advance Academics, an ECA partner school, was recently selected as a National Blue Ribbon School by Secretary Arne Duncan and will be honored in a White House ceremony next month.

High Tower Elementary School, an ECA partner school, was recently selected as a finalist by the Technical Association of Georgia for irs annual STEM Award being held this week in Savannah Georgia.

Both MCAA and High Tower are STEM certified schools.

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