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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