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Previous Year Winners!
Our congratulations to A.W. Beattie Career Center, Radnor Middle School, Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School, and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy on receiving this national recognition.


EverGreen Elementary School
The EverGreen Elementary School is the crown jewel of the Western Wayne School District. This 104,000 square foot facility opened its doors to students in the fall of 2011 beginning a new chapter in the District’s history with a particular focus on the environment and conservation.


Congratulations Juniata Valley School District on your recognition as a model site for Ecology and Environment instruction. Read More.


Featured Case Study: Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts


New VideoIt Just Makes ¢ents- Governor's Green Government Council - 16 min.


The Environmental Education Grant Program
The Environmental Education Grant Program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates that five percent of all pollution fines and penalties collected annually by the Department of Environmental Protection be set aside for environmental education. Since the inception of the environmental education grant program, DEP has awarded nearly $8 million in grants to support the environmental education efforts throughout Pennsylvania. Administered through DEP, the funds are used for projects ranging from creative, hands-on lessons for students, teacher training programs, and outdoor learning resources to conservation education for adults.
You may find more information here.


Chester County utilizes beet juice to reduce salt use to treat surfaces during winter storms
WEST CHESTER _ Chester County went on a low-salt winter maintenance program this year by using beet juice for treating surfaces during the recent winter storms.
“The innovative solution by our county’s facilities and parks departments has saved the county money and also helped the environment,” said Commissioner Chair Terence Farrell. “It is another example of the ways in which our employees are always looking to improve performance and lowercosts.” Read More


Stepping Up to the HealthierUS School Challenge | Webinar
Interested in improving your school’s health environment and receiving recognition, positive publicity, and a monetary incentive for your efforts?  If so, join us for the “Stepping Up to the HealthierUS School Challenge” webinar. Read More


Pittsburgh, Norristown Named ‘Pathways to Green Schools’ Pilot Districts (Nov. 15, 2010)
School Renovation Projects to Save Energy, Reduce Operating Costs

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Education has chosen the school districts of Norristown and Pittsburgh to be the first “Pathways to Green Schools” pilot projects to receive technical assistance and consulting services for their green and sustainable investments with federal recovery funds. Read the full press release.


U.S. Green Building Council Launches the Center for Green Schools - The green building pioneer’s newest initiative serves as the center of dialogue, policy development and innovation for green schools

Washington, D.C. (Sept. 30, 2010) – Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announces its newest initiative, The Center for Green Schools at USGBC. There are nearly 140,000 schools, colleges and universities in the United States; no one has ever counted the buildings, but thousands are barely built to code. The Center for Green Schools is how USGBC is working toward the ambitious goal of ensuring everyone has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. - Read the Full Press Release


RECYCLE BANK GREEN SCHOOLS PROGRAM
The RecycleBank Green Schools Program is a cornerstone of the RecycleBank Rewards program and our commitment to social responsibility.
It is an environmental grant program designed to educate and motivate children and teachers to live a greener lifestyle.

How the program works:
Schools in RecycleBank program communities submit a grant proposal for a project with a green focus. If accepted, they become eligible to receive RecycleBank Points. Residents in the community can donate their RecycleBank Points online to help the school achieve their goal.

• Grants range from $100 to $5,000
• Projects must support an environmental initiative and action
• Visit recyclebank.com/greenschoolsprogram for more information or download this important information.


CLEAN ENERGY GRANT AND LOAN FUNDS AVAILABLE FROM THE COMMONWEALTH FINANCING AUTHORITY

Under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority, the Alternative and Clean Energy Program is administered jointly with the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Environmental Protection. The program provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds for eligible applicants for utilization, development and construction of alternative and clean energy projects.

For more information on the Alternative and Clean Energy Program, visit www.newPa.com or call 1-866-466-3972.