City Of Philadelphia Announces 11 Local Schools Receive Recyclebank Green Schools Program Grants
Philadelphia, in partnership with Recyclebank, awards not only schools but generous residents as well.
PHILADELPHIA—WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2013: The City of Philadelphia is proud to announce that 11 local schools will be the recipients of grants from the Recyclebank Green Schools program, which awards schools grant money for unique student projects that will green their classrooms and communities.
The Recyclebank Green Schools program is designed to empower youth to become green heroes and make a positive green impact in their communities. It is associated with the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program - a partnership between the Streets Department and Recyclebank that allows residents with City-provided recycling collection to earn points for the amount they recycle and reduce trash. This spring, the Recyclebank Green Schools program is awarding environmental project grants to eleven schools across the city, grades K-12. Schools accepted into the Green Schools program earned money based on Recyclebank point donations made to their project—thereby turning a community’s green actions into funds for a local school. This year, Recyclebank made sure each school reached their intended goal and donated the remaining amounts to those schools needing assistance. Additionally, each school that reached at least 50% of their original goal through points donations were awarded $500 from Domtar Corporation, a Green Schools Partner.
To encourage Philadelphians to donate as many points as possible to the schools, Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson and the Streets Department worked with Recyclebank to award a 32-gallon Super Recycling Bin to those that donated at least 2,000 points to one or more of the 11 selected schools. This incentive encouraged Philadelphians, helped schools, and allowed for increased recycling. Over 500 residents received a new bin, delivered by the Streets Department.
“Recycling has brought many benefits to the City, to our school students, and to residents,” said Commissioner Tolson. “I am thankful for everyone’s donations, making it possible for our students to start their ‘green’ projects and to learn more about taking care of our environment.”
In total, $27,196 was awarded to the eleven Philadelphia Schools with the help from Philadelphians, The Streets Department, Domtar Corporation and Recyclebank. Projects range from building gardens, initiating recycling and composting programs, building bike rakes, creating an arboretum, and implementing healthy eating programs.
To learn more about the Recyclebank Green Schools program, visit http://www.recyclebank.com/greenschools
To learn more about Philadelphia Recycling Rewards, visit http://www.phillyrecyclingpays.com
Recyclebank helps create a more sustainable future by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from more than 4,000 local businesses and national brands. Through its online platform and partnerships with municipalities, haulers, small businesses and corporate brands, Recyclebank empowers individuals to make a collective impact on the environment by increasing household recycling and taking other environmentally-friendly actions. A Certified B Corporation, Recyclebank has been recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Program and for Outstanding Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Recyclebank is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit www.Recyclebank.com. Read More