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Villanova University Named “Green Apple Day of Service Champion” by Green Building Council

Award Recognizes Exceptional Participation in Service Projects That Incorporate Sustainability

Green Apple Day of Service

VILLANOVA, Pa. –Villanova University was recently named “Green Apple Day of Service Champion” by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council for having registered the most service sites for one organization on the Green Apple Day of Service, a nationwide event held in September 2014. The University’s involvement in the activity coincided with its annual St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service during which thousands of Villanovans partnered with local service organizations and neighborhood agencies throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.

Of the total 141 St. Thomas of Villanova service sites, 63 qualified for the Green Apple Day of Service. Projects at these sites included gardening using environmentally-friendly products, painting with low VOC paints, and location clean-ups.

“The Villanova community is known for their commitment to volunteer work, not only for one day, but throughout the year,” said Liesel Schwarz, Sustainability Manager at Villanova University. “It is great to see a connection being built between helping those in need and sustainability. Building an equal and just tomorrow is a big part of what sustainability is all about.”

Organized through the Green Schools branch of the U.S. Green Building Council, Green Apple encourages service projects for schools that incorporate sustainability. The Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit