HARRISBURG, Pa., April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Acting Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera is congratulating Charles F. Patton Middle School in Chester County and Northampton Community College for being among the 81 institutions recognized nationwide by the U.S. Department of Education as Green Ribbon Schools for their efforts around environmental issues.
"These two institutions are emblematic of the positive environmental practices that are happening in schools throughout the commonwealth," Rivera said. "Not only can these schools serve as an inspiration for their counterparts, but can also provide insight and information on best practices for other schools which want to engage in similar programs."
The Green Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools, districts, and institutions of higher education based on their efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs; to improve health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and to provide environmental education, including STEM, civics, and green career pathways.
The awards were announced in Washington, D.C. by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Christy Goldfuss, the managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
In total 58 schools, 14 school districts and nine postsecondary institutions were honored.
For more information, visit the U.S. Dept. of Education's website and search for "Green Ribbon."
MEDIA CONTACT: Nicole Reigelman, 717-783-9802
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Education