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File #: 170522    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/18/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/18/2017
Title: Recognizing and congratulating Philadelphia's students, educators and administrators for the School District of Philadelphia's selection by the United States Department of Education as a 2017 District Sustainability Awardee.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Henon
Attachments: 1. Signature17052200.pdf
Title
Recognizing and congratulating Philadelphia's students, educators and administrators for the School District of Philadelphia's selection by the United States Department of Education as a 2017 District Sustainability Awardee.

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WHEREAS, In 2011, the United States Department of Education established the "Green Ribbon Schools" Awards to celebrate schools, districts and post-secondary institutions that lead efforts to reduce environmental impact, improve health and wellness, and provide effective environmental and sustainability education; and

WHEREAS, In 2017, the US Department of Education selected the School District of Philadelphia ("School District") and eight other districts from across the country to receive the District Sustainability Award; and

WHEREAS, The School District established a vision for green schools in its first five-year sustainability plan, called GreenFutures, which aims to reduce energy consumption district wide, increase waste diversion from landfills, increase school green spaces, and create healthy indoor environments and healthy living habits; and

WHEREAS, The School District demonstrated its worthiness for the award by taking environmental and sustainability-conscious actions that have had an impact across all of its schools. The District invested $1 million to install a minimum of three hydration stations in every school it operates and plans to implement full recycling programs at every school within five years; and

WHEREAS, The School District launched its own healthy living initiative called "EAT RIGHT NOW" which provides free nutrition outreach programs and services to all public school students, teachers, staff, administrators, and parents; and

WHEREAS, The School District embraced partnerships and best practices to create environmentally responsible and sustainable schools. The District is a charter member of the Green Schools Alliance District Collaborative, and is home to 19 registered National Wild...

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