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Applications being accepted for Green Ribbon Schools

Applications are due by Jan. 12

Schools and colleges are encouraged to apply for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and the PA Pathways to Green Schools recognition awards.

“Pennsylvania’s Green Ribbon Schools serve as a model for teaching the value of protecting our planet through hands-on classroom experiences and real-world application,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Noe Ortega. “I encourage schools, school districts and colleges to apply to become a nationally recognized Green Ribbon School and show off their great work to promote conservation and environmental stewardship.”

All public, charter and private schools, career and technical centers, and educational facilities operated by intermediate units, as well as institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education by Jan. 12. More information can be found here.

PDE and the U.S. Department of Education select and announce awardees in the spring of each year.

ED-GRS nominees must show progress in the following areas: reducing environmental impacts, such as waste, water, greenhouse gases and transportation; improving health and wellness with consideration to air quality, lighting, thermal comfort, school nutrition, and outdoor physical activity; and offering effective environmental and sustainability education that emphasizes hands-on, real-world learning, civic engagement, STEM connections and green career preparation.

“The forward-thinking environmental values of Green Ribbon Schools demonstrates environmental and education leadership to all districts in the commonwealth,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Green Ribbon Schools also represent community and serve as a beacon of progress for future generations.”

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