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City Officials Announce 16 Local Schools Awarded Nearly $35K in Green School Grants

PHILADELPHIA –(May 30) - Mayor Jim Kenney announced today 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,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “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 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 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 Paul Winn, Recyclebank CEO.


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



Recyclebank is a B-Corporation Certified company dedicated to creating a zero-waste future. Since its founding in 2004, Recyclebank has partnered with municipalities and brands to support waste diversion and promote the circular economy through our patented behavior change program. Combining municipal, proprietary and third-party data, we implement effective marketing strategies and tactics to personalize our education and engagement tools to help individuals improve their consumption, usage and disposal habits. Recyclebank is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Philadelphia and Phoenix. For more information, visit or find them @Recyclebank or


The Streets Department's mission is to provide clean, green, and safe streets in a cost-effective and efficient manner. The department delivers a number of City services that are critical to maintaining the public health and safety in our communities. These essential services include, but are not limited to, curbside trash and recycling collection, maintaining all traffic control devices and street lighting, the construction and maintenance of 320 bridges and 2,525 miles of streets and highways and snow and ice removal.