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30 May 2019

Mayor Kenney announces 16 local schools awarded nearly $35,000 in green grants

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May 30, 2019 Category: Local Posted by:

Schools recipients of grants from the Recyclebank Green Schools program

Mayor Jim Kenney announced that 16 Philadelphia schools successfully raised nearly $35,000 as part of the annual Recyclebank Green Schools Program, which awards grant money for unique student projects that are eco-friendly.  

Mayor Kenney was joined by Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams, Paul Winn, Recyclebank’s CEO, and representatives from participating schools at Penn Treaty School for a Green Schools Check presentation.

“This is a proud day for the City of Philadelphia, as we are awarding 16 local schools the opportunity to turn their visions for greening our schools and communities into a reality,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “Together with our partner Philacycle, we are empowering our youth to collectively make a positive impact on the environment via their thoughtful and creative green projects.” 

Philacycle, the local subsidiary of Recyclebank, 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 Recyclebank 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.

This year, Recyclebank granted $34,433 to 16 public, private and charter schools in Philadelphia.  In 2018, $28,356 was granted to 13 schools.  Since 2010, Philadelphia schools have received more than $268,000 in grants through this program.

“The Philacycle Green Schools Program is a popular grant program, with local 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 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 tenth 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 Winn.

Since 2007, the Green Schools Program has granted more than $500K to more than 500 school projects nationwide. To learn more about this program, visit

The 16 public schools that participated in this year’s Philadelphia program and obtained grants include:

    Eliza B. Kirkbride

    Furness High

    George W. Nebinger Elementary

    Girard Academic Music Program

    Green Woods Charter School

    Jenks Academy

    John B. Kelly

    Lankenau Environmental Science Magnet High School

    Paul Dunbar

    Penn Treaty

    St. Jerome School

    School District of Philadelphia Green Futures

    Science Leadership Academy

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

    The Waldorf School of Philadelphia

    William Meredith Elementary

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