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Sustainable service projects planned for Green Apple Day

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Courtesy PhotoTwo service projects have been planned for Green Apple Day on Saturday by the Grand Rapids Community College chapter of the United States Green Building Council, a national organization that promotes environmentally friendly and sustainable practices when designing, constructing and operating buildings.

Green Apple Day is set aside each year by USGBC to support sustainable service projects in their communities. Last year, GRCC’s chapter was responsible for the tags on trees around the city that gave their estimated value to the city’s ecosystem.

Kyle Dee, Vice President of the Club, hopes that it will build up involvement in the club.

“I think it helps any organization for people to know each other, so having a work day like this provides that opportunity,” Dee said.

This year, the group will be working from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at the Prairie Habitat of the Dominican Sisters in Grand Rapids at 2025 Fulton St. E. The Prairie Habitat is a two acre field filled with plants native to Michigan. The work there will include improving trails along the perimeter and removing invasive species.

The second project is in partnership with The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. Together, they intend to plant nearly 50 new trees in Richmond Park at the corner of Richmond Street  and Tamarack Avenue NW. This work will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Anyone interested in joining the USGBC, or helping with the service projects can contact Rick Zimonick, President of GRCC’s USGBC chapter, at richardzimonick@email.grcc.edu .