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05/16/2018
MAYOR KENNEY ANNOUNCES 13 LOCAL SCHOOLS AWARDED NEARLY $29,000 IN GREEN GRANTS

Schools Recipients of Grants from the Philacycle Green Schools Program

PHILADELPHIA –(May 16) - Mayor Jim Kenney announced today that 13 Philadelphia schools successfully raised nearly $29,000 as part of the annual Philacycle Green Schools Program, which awards grant money for unique student projects that are environmentally friendly. 
 
This year, Recyclebank granted $28,536 to 13 public, private and charter schools in Philadelphia. In 2017, $29,804 was granted to 14 schools. Since 2010, Philadelphia schools have received more than $205,000 in grants through this program.
 
“This is a proud day for the City of Philadelphia, as we are awarding 13 local schools the opportunity to turn their visions for greening our schools and communities into a reality,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Together with our partner Philacycle, we are empowering our youth to collectively make a positive impact on the environment through their thoughtful and creative green projects.” 
 
“The Philacycle Green Schools Program grows in popularity every year, with more schools eager to participate. Our community, including our parents, teachers and students, see the value in sustainability and how it can improve their lives and inspire great ideas,” said Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams. “I am also very proud of the many residents who generously chose to donate their Philacycle points to benefit the schools and their creative environmental projects.”
 
“Now in its eighth year, the Green Schools Program in Philadelphia is proof that recycling and sustainability are a part of our everyday life. The students and educators who participate in our program and worked on making their projects successful deserve our appreciation and congratulations on a job well done,” said Paul Winn, Recyclebank CEO.
 
Philacycle uses education and incentives to make a difference at home and in the community, in support of the City of Philadelphia’s Zero Waste goal. The Philacycle Green Schools Program is designed to empower youth to become green heroes and make a positive green impact in their communities.
 
Each year, participating schools work to encourage residents to donate Philacycle points to fund their unique and creative environmental projects designed to positively affect students, educators and communities. Philacycle turns those points into real dollars—turning the community's green actions into funds (up to $2,500) for the school.
 
To learn more about this program, visit Recyclebank.com/greenschools. The 13 public schools that participated in this year’s program and obtained grants include:

Cook-Wissahickon Elementary
Edwin M. Stanton School
George A McCall School
Inquiry Charter School
Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences
Joseph J. Greenberg Elementary School
Richard Wright Elementary
Saint Francis Xavier School
Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia
William M. Meredith Elementary
William Penn Charter School


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