3 Pennsylvania Schools Honored for Leading the Way in Sustainability

West Chester University (Photo: Associated Press)

By Ashley Adams

May 1, 2023

Three schools in the commonwealth have been designated Green Ribbon Schools, a federal recognition award given to schools who employ cost-saving and performance-enhancing sustainability practices.

Three schools in Pennsylvania were recently designated as Green Ribbon Schools by the US Department of Education.

The Green Ribbon Schools is a federal recognition award that highlights schools, districts, higher education institutions, and early learning centers’ cost-saving, health promoting, and performance-enhancing sustainability practices.

Schools must show their progress toward achieving the award’s three pillars:

  • Reducing environmental impact and costs
  • Improving the health and wellness of students and staff
  • Ensuring effective environmental and sustainability education

In addition to communicating school sustainability practices, the award uses a small number of honorees each year to share resources that all schools can employ through its Green Strides School Sustainability Resource Hub.

The following Pennsylvania schools received the award:

  • Hillendale Elementary School, Chadds Ford
  • California Area School District, Coal Center
  • West Chester University, West Chester


  • Ashley Adams

    In her 16 years in the communications industry, Ashley Adams has worn many hats, including news reporter, public relations writer, marketing specialist, copy editor and technical writer. Ashley grew up in Berks County and has since returned to her roots to raise her three children.

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