The 2015 Recyclebank Green Schools Program

in partnership with Domtar EarthChoice®

Bringing green ideas to life.

Thanks to all the schools and Recyclebank members that participated in our Green Schools Program. We’re happy to share the results from another great year and to congratulate all of our winners.

See Green Schools Program Rules ›

38 schools. 17,258,047 points donated.

Through a joint effort connecting students and community members, we were able to turn donated points into real dollars for 38 schools across the country. These donations will help bring a variety of sustainability projects to life.

A Team Effort

Our partner Domtar, the sustainable paper company, helped make more green projects a reality by contributing additional donation dollars to participating schools and offering a prize of Domtar EarthChoice® Office Paper to the most innovative projects. This year we expanded the Green Schools Program prizing by adding four sub-category prizes: Garden & Water, Recycling & Waste Reduction, Art & Sculpture and Sustainable & Creative Paper Usage. The grand prize winner for Most Innovative Project, Imagine Hill Avenue Environmental School, will receive a year’s worth of paper from Domtar along with paper prizes for each category winner.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: MOST INNOVATIVE PROJECT

Imagine Hill Avenue Environmental School
Toledo, OH

Project description:
One of our goals at Imagine Hill Environmental School is to inspire students to be curious about new ideas. We plan to establish a green roof on our school. This will help reduce air pollution, lower heating and cooling costs, and improve our water quality. Students will be helping in the collection and distribution of our rain barrels. They will actively engage in discussions about how and when to use the rain we collect.

For more information about this exciting project, please visit their full entry here.


WINNER: GARDEN & WATER

John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences
Philadelphia, PA

Project description:
We are proposing an ecosystem program consisting of greenhouses, aquaponics, and vermicomposting. The education program will enable J.S. Jenks students to learn about the benefits of gardening regardless of the season. It will teach them about the utility and benefits of aquaponics, and the importance of composting to maintaining a healthy soil.

For more information about this exciting project, please visit their full entry here.


WINNER: RECYCLING & WASTE REDUCTION

North Allegheny School District
Pittsburgh, PA

Project description:
We would like students to develop messaging that can be utilized at all district athletic events. A public awareness campaign will begin at our winter sporting events to educate fans and student athletes about how they can “go green” and encourage participation. Key messaging and signage developed by students will be utilized at all games and through all sporting arenas. The goal of this project would be to increase our school district recycling rate by 5%.

For more information about this exciting project, please visit their full entry here.


WINNER: ART & SCULPTURE

Henry C. Beck Middle School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Project description:
Our Art/Sculpture project will allow our students to use their imaginations and create art from a pile of junk. We hope to have students along with an artist in residence work with recycled materials to create a project that encourages all that are a part of it to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment. This work of art that will be publicly displayed in our garden should prompt all those that see it to think about their own consumption practices.

For more information about this exciting project, please visit their full entry here.


WINNER: SUSTAINABLE & CREATIVE PAPER USAGE

W.A. Meacham Middle School
Fort Worth, TX

Project description:
We would like to implement a recycling program that reduces the amount of paper used at our school by 10%. Our goal is to reduce paper waste through recycling. The students in the Recycle Club would be fully in charge of implementing, supervising, and sustaining this project to reach our goal of reducing paper waste.

For more information about this exciting project, please visit their full entry here.


To learn more about all of the other school grant projects, visit our Green Schools page.