The PA Green & Healthy Schools Partnership is a collaborative effort formed to promote healthy and high performing places of learning across the Commonwealth.
We seek to bring together a network of non-profits, governmental agencies, and others who are committed to ensuring that all schools are healthy, environmentally friendly and cost efficient places of learning.
We believe that, by assuring our children are sustainability literate and providing their education in a building that is healthy and reduces environmental impacts, we are assuring that our future generations will grow to become successful and caring stewards of our natural resources. By designing, constructing, and operating our school buildings with the environment and health in mind, and educating our students about those features, we are making a bold statement to our youth that we care about where they learn, as well as our planet.
Advocate at a statewide level for executive, legislative and local action to bring about systemic change to advance green and healthy schools in Pennsylvania.
Provide resources and support to school leaders, teachers and students through a comprehensive green schools program and website.
Recognize and celebrate schools that are taking steps towards integrating sustainability principles throughout their school buildings, operations and curriculum.
The PAGHSP consists of an Executive Committee that leads the overall Partnership, as well as an Advisory Council. In addition, there are five task forces described below. Please feel free to directly contact any of the task force chairs if you are potentially interested in becoming a member.
Function: To lead the Partnership as a whole and vote on all major decisions. Executive Committee members serve a three-year term. Frequency of meetings: Conduct at least one in-person meeting annually. Additional meetings & conference calls will be held at the discretion of the Executive Committee members.
Executive Committee Members and Officers
Function: To provide an avenue for participation and advice from highly qualified individuals whose association would be beneficial to the partnership, but who may not necessarily be responsible for day-to-day operations. Also included are individuals who are precluded from becoming a voting member due to limitations imposed by their employer. Frequency of meetings: Advisory Council members are permitted to participate in any Executive Committee meetings and conference calls, but may not cast votes.
Advisory Council Members
School Engagement Task Force
Heidi Kunka, Chair
Function: Implement the Eco-Schools USA program within the Commonwealth of PA by providing guidance and recognition of sustainability initiatives taken by K-12 schools.
Education Task Force
Estelle Ruppert, Chair
Environmental Impact & Cost Savings Task Force
Bob Schoch, Chair
Health & Wellness Task Force
Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis and Michelle Niedermeier, Co-chairs
Research/Data Task Force: Kelly Feighan and Lorna Rosenberg, Co-chairs
The PA Green and Healthy Schools Partnership has a fiscal agency agreement with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The NWF collects and distributes money as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit on the Partnership’s behalf.
Some of Our Partners
Center for Schools and Communities
Delaware Valley Green Building Council
Garnet Valley School District
Green Building Alliance
Moms Clean Air Force
National Wildlife Federation
North Penn School District
Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators
PA Department of Environmental Protection
PA Department of Education
Penn State University
Research for Better Schools
School District of Philadelphia
U.S. Department of Environmental Protection: Region 3
U.S. Green Building Council: Central PA
U.S. Green Building Council‘s Center for Green Schools
Women for a Healthy Environment