Pratt & Whitney Spiffies Up Hockanum Elementary School During Green Apple Day of Service

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The Green Apple Day of Service took place on Saturday, Sept. 28, and Pratt & Whitney was among several leading firms in Connecticut that joined in on the action.

The Green Apple Day of Service gives individuals, organizations and companies the opportunity to transform schools and other institutions of learning into clean, safe, energy-efficient environments.

Between parent company UTC and Pratt & Whitney, 15 Green Apple projects took place in September, including a landscaping project at Hockanum Elementary School in East Hartford, Conn., where nearly 40 Pratt & Whitney volunteers - a majority from the Engineers Without Borders organization - were on hand to paint, dig, rake and plant.

"There's a lot of people involved," said Heather Summerer, Pratt & Whitney's manager of Corporate Social Responsibility and Company Events. "The town came in and prepped all the land for us, Goodwin College donated plantings and landscaping services by Christine Randazzo. She even brought one of her suppliers, Harvest New England, to donate mulch. It really is a great community effort."

Pratt & Whitney also sponsored two Green Apple projects in China and one in Singapore.

"In China, we're replacing LED lighting inside of schools, we've bought recycling bins, and we also bought and installed water-saving faucets," said Summerer.

"The project in Singapore is solely about water conservation because that's such a big problem there," Summerer explained. "They're installing water-saving faucets. And in both China and Singapore, they are doing lessons and activities with the students to teach them about conservation."

The Green Apple Day of Service is coordinated through the Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC), which is a chapter of the United States Green Building Council. For more information, visit

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