More than 60 volunteers completed several school improvement projects at Pepper Drive K-8 School in the Santee School District as part of Green Apple Day of Service on Sept. 29. Balfour Beatty Construction partnered with the San Diego Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council to host the inaugural Green Apple Day of Service, which was part of the U.S. Green Building Council Green Apple Day of Service movement happening on the same day at schools around the world.
Activities at Pepper Drive School included beautification and improvement projects, as well as training for K-12 Santee teachers and administrators interested in becoming Green Classroom Professionals, a national certification that prepares them to participate in “greening” their school and community.
Sean Hulen, vice president of operations for Balfour Beatty in Southern California, thanked volunteers and donors who helped to transform the school.
"Sustainability is our collective responsibility. The work performed was much needed and very meaningful to the students, faculty and families," Hulen said.
"In addition to the environmental transformation of the school, the San Diego Green Building Council educated over 25 faculty who will in turn educate hundreds of children about the benefits of sustainability and the multifaceted aspects of this crucial world issue."
Words cannot begin to express our gratitude to everyone who made this possible for the Santee School District and the Pepper Drive school community,” said Christina Becker, director of maintenance, operations and facilities at Santee School District.
Projects completed at the school during Green Apple Day of Service included:
· Constructing sustainable student gardens with planter boxes;
· Constructing tree planters and installing shade trees;
· Installing shade umbrellas at picnic areas;
· Refurbishing a turf field and irrigation improvements;
· Installing a new chain link fence and;
· Painting the exterior cement wall on Marlinda Way.
A big thank you to the many sponsors, partners, subcontractors, family and friends that joined the effort to help transform the school, including A&S Flooring, Able Heating & Air, American Sheet Metal, Antonelli’s Deli, Arrowhead, Artimex, Iron Company, Atlas Mechanical, Baker Electric, Brady Company, Balfour Beatty Construction, Brady Company, Cement Cutting, Inc., Center for Ecoliteracy, Challenger Sheet Metal, Commercial Openings, Copy-It, Costco, Dave Bang & Associates, Go Staff, Gould Electric, HD Supply, Hub Zone Doors, Inland Pacific Inc., International Iron, International Iron Products, Interpipe Contracting , Inc., JEB Sand & Gravel, John & Chetta Diamond, Lakeside Land, Mission Valley Landscape, Mountain Materials, Inc., Muck Truck California, New Dimension Masonry, Pacific Coast Glazing, Inc., Pam Legge (Personal Donation), Regen Energy, RCP Block & Brick, Rocky Coast Framers, San Diego Gas & Electric, Sierra Pacific West, Simmons & Wood Painting, South Bay Fence Company, Steven Smith Landscape, Sunstate Equipment Co., The Energy Coalition, United Site Services, Waste Management, White Cap, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
To learn more about Balfour Beatty Construction’s Healthy Communities/Sustainability initiative, please visit our website at balfourbeattyus.com/sustainability.