HARRISBURG, Pa., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four Pennsylvania schools have earned national 2012 Green Ribbon Schools awards, Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis announced today.
The schools are: A.W. Beattie Career Center, in Allegheny County; Radnor Middle School in Radnor Township School District, Delaware County; Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School in the Chambersburg Area School District, Franklin County; and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania's four winners, honored among 78 schools nationwide, are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for programs that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement.
"I am delighted that all four Pennsylvania nominees were selected," Tomalis said. "I want to congratulate each school for attaining this national recognition and competing to showcase their efforts to reduce their impact on the environment. This is a proof that students and school officials are making meaningful changes to reduce energy consumption, which ultimately reduces operating costs. These four schools will serve as a model to all public and private schools across Pennsylvania."
Tomalis nominated these four schools in March. The U.S. Department of Education is scheduled to hold a presentation ceremony in June.
A total of 350 schools across the nation applied to their state departments of education and nearly 100 were nominated to the U.S. Department of Education. Among participating states, Pennsylvania had the highest number of schools (47) to submit applications.
For additional information about the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html.
To learn about Pennsylvania's efforts to promote green and sustainable schools, visit http://www.pathwaystogreenschools.org/.
Media contact: Tim Eller, 717-783-9802
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Education