Pratt & Whitney demonstrated its ongoing commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly schools last week, with more than 30 employees across Pratt & Whitney locations in the United States taking part in four Green Apple Day of Service projects.
"Green Apple Day of Service is a great opportunity for Pratt & Whitney employees to interact with students and teachers at local schools, and share the things we're doing to meet our aggressive 2025 sustainability goals," said Mary Anne Cannon, vice president, Environment, Health & Safety, Pratt & Whitney. "In doing so, not only can we help them to reduce their school's environmental footprint, we can also help influence and guide students toward careers in sustainability, and develop the next generation of sustainability leaders."
The four events began last Monday in Columbus, Georgia, as Pratt & Whitney employees hosted a field trip for two dozen Aaron Cohn Middle School students to a local recycling center to learn the importance of single-stream recycling. The projects continued on Friday in East Hartford, Connecticut, with Cannon and several Pratt & Whitney employees participating in a sustainability career fair at the Connecticut River Academy and a riverfront cleanup on its campus.
The final two events of the week occurred on Saturday, with several Pratt & Whitney employees partnering with students, teachers and staff at Hartford, Connecticut-based Academy of Engineering and Green Technology to clean and revitalize Hartford Public High School's campus and the surrounding neighborhood.
Meanwhile, on the same day in West Palm Beach, Florida, approximately 20 Pratt & Whitney employees and their families partnered with students, parents, teachers and administrators from Wynnebrook Elementary School to create a sustainable, green garden. This event was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools.
These events build off a successful Green Apple Day of Service event in Singapore earlier this year, where approximately 30 employees educated secondary school children about the importance of sustainability.
The Green Apple Day of Service was created by the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools in 2012, and 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. Hundreds of Pratt & Whitney and UTC employees have participated in Green Apple Day initiatives since the program's inception.