For the past five years, Balfour Beatty and the San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC) have partnered with a local school to host Green Apple Day of Service. This annual day of service takes place on the same day at different schools around the world, held locally in 2016 at the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) Farm Lab.
The EUSD Farm lab is a 10-acre site is where the district will grow 75 percent of the produce they consume at school. It also serves as a learning lab for ecology, agriculture and nutrition lessons, in addition to hosting the City’s community garden. Balfour Beatty led the efforts to recruit volunteers, obtain sponsors and in-kind donations, and manage the improvement projects.
This year’s event included over 60 volunteers who transformed the space in a matter of hours. By the end of the day, volunteers placed over 35 cubic yards of soil; moved 40 hay bales; planted 25 fruit trees; installed a 200-foot irrigation system; built eight three-foot by 12-foot planter boxes and filled them with top soil and installed irrigation; completed a beautiful mural on one of the exterior walls; and covered three rain barrels with colorful, new artwork.
“The Farm Lab concept is amazing on its own,” said Kyle Frandsen, sustainability manager for Balfour Beatty Construction’s California Division. “Knowing that we had a small role in enriching a learning space that connects students with real-world experiences that promote sustainability, health and our environment is truly rewarding.”
“Aside from the enthusiasm and the volunteers’ phenomenal quality of work, the highlight of the day was the sense of community that all the organizations brought to the project,” said Mim Michelove, director of EUSD’s Farm Lab. “We greatly appreciate this unique partnership with the SDGBC and Balfour Beatty, and their efforts that help enable us to provide our students and the community with innovative, educational opportunities that reinforce health, wellness and environmental sustainability.”
“It was only a matter of time that our annual Green Apple Day of Service took place at the EUSD Farm Lab,” added Frandsen. “Our goals are aligned perfectly, especially with the other sustainable, green building work we are currently doing across the district to help them achieve their clean energy and financial savings goals.”
Learn more about several other sustainable projects Balfour Beatty is managing throughout the EUSD.
Learn more about Balfour Beatty’s participation in Green Apple Day of service in:
2015: Pacific Trails Middle School, Carmel Valley
2014: John J. Montgomery Elementary School, Chula Vista
2013: Oceanside High School, Oceanside
Watch a recap of the 2016 Green Apple Day of Service
Green Apple Day of Service saw as many as 60 volunteers come out to the Encinitas Union School District's farm lab to get their hands in the dirt.