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Green Sports Alliance leads GADOS volunteers at Houston’s Yes Prep Northside

USGBC
By Josh Lasky

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Houston’s Yes Prep Northside charter school was the first Green Apple Day of Service flagship project for 2016.

As we gear up to celebrate the 2016 Green Apple Day of Service on Sept. 24, let’s take some inspiration from the communities who have come together to make a difference in their schools thus far.

The first Green Apple Day of Service flagship project of the year took place this past June, in conjunction with the 2016 Green Sports Alliance Summit, one of the largest gatherings for the sports community aimed at improving the environmental performance of large public spaces. The Green Sports Alliance teamed up with Connor Sports and partners HOK, Excel Dryer and USGBC Texas for a school makeover project at Yes Prep Northside charter high school in Houston, Texas.

“It’s important that we engage with the communities where we host the Summit each year and make a positive impact,” said Justin Zeulner, Green Sports Alliance executive director. “The collaboration between the organizations involved in this year’s Green Apple Day of Service truly exemplified ‘The Power of Partnerships’ theme for this year’s Summit.”

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More than 50 volunteers constructed raised-bed planters and made improvements to schoolyard green spaces for Yes Prep’s Garden Club. The project also included upgrades to the school’s physical education storage and weight training facilities in support of student health and wellness.

“We’re incredibly proud of the team that came together to improve Yes Prep’s school grounds and physical education facilities,” said Anisa Baldwin Metzger, school district sustainability manager of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. “Projects like this are providing much-needed transformation of school facilities while advancing a culture of sustainability and health for our children.”

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Rio’s ‘Symbol of Hope’: The Incredible Stories of the World’s First Olympic Refugee Team

The Washington Post
By Elahe Izadi

Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini. (IOC/Getty Images)

Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini. (IOC/Getty Images)

They hail from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

They’ve fled war and the destruction of their homelands. They’ve boarded inflatable boats and grown up in refugee camps.

And they are all athletes who will compete on the world’s biggest stage in August.

The International Olympic Committee on Friday announced members of its first-ever Olympic team comprised of refugees. The six men and four women belonging to the Refugee Olympic Team will compete in swimming, judo and track and field events — and they’ll enter the Rio Olympic stadium during Opening Ceremonies wielding the Olympic flag immediately, marching in before host nation Brazil.

“These refugees have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.

He continued: “This will be a symbol of hope for all the refugees in our world, and will make the world better aware of the magnitude of this crisis. It is also a signal to the international community that refugees are our fellow human beings and are an enrichment to society.”

Read the full article.

ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2016: Unleashing The Industry’s Potential

In keeping with its theme, ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America and ISSA Convention, October 25-28, 2016, at McCormick Place, South Hall, in Chicago, IL, USA, are designed to help visitors unleash their “Untamed Potential.”

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Education & Training Re-Imagined
For starters, attendees will find a completely revamped educational schedule, featuring more than 60 seminars, hands-on training workshops, and networking events focused on the industry’s hottest topics and newest trends. During four days of valuable education, showgoers will have more content and format options than ever, allowing for smaller, intimate experiences. In addition to traditional seminar settings, this year’s schedule includes:

  • Deeper dives: In-depth seminars on hot topics, such as infection control
  • Flash sessions: Two, 15-minute sessions in a 30-minute block of concentrated information, including leadership, management, and hiring tips
  • Ask the Experts: Panel discussions where attendees design the content based on their burning issues
  • Workshops: Half- and full-day hands-on opportunities to learn skills, such as floor and restroom care, customer service, supervisor, and auditing, many of which include certification.

More Special Events
Further strengthening the opportunities to learn and network at the 2016 show are several new events being held in conjunction with ISSA/INTERCLEAN:

  • Green Sports Alliance Chicago’s Greener Cleaning workshop, Thursday, October 27: Venue operators and partners will gather to learn, share, and discuss how sports facilities can reduce the health and environmental threats associated with cleaning.
  • Green Clean Schools Forum, presented by ISSA and the Healthy Schools Campaign, Tuesday-Wednesday, October 25-26: Focused on pressing topics related to green cleaning for the education sector, this event includes workshops, networking opportunities, and a guided tour of the show floor.

For more information on ISSA/INTERCLEAN and ISSA Convention, visit www.issa.com/show.

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