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Radnor Middle School named a 2012 Green Ribbon School Award winner

Radnor Middle School is one of 78 schools to receive the first-ever award.

Radnor Middle School's 2007 environmentally conscious remodel paid off, not only saving it thousands of gallons of water throughout the school year, but also garnering it a first-ever 2012 Green Ribbon School Award.

The middle school learned it was among 78 schools nationwide to receive the award during an April 23 news conference, where U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the winners. The award, presented by the U.S. Department of Education, honors a school's high performance related to environmental impact, health and education.

"This honor is a testament to the commitment of the entire Radnor community to environmentally conscious living," Radnor Township School District Superintendent Linda Grobman said in news release. "Without the community's support and dedicated work of teachers, students, parents and administrators, this incredible accomplishment would not have been possible."

The federally recognized program opened in September 2011.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis nominated Radnor for the award.

Radnor Middle School has already been named a 2012 Pennsylvania Pathways School and received an award of $3,000 to continue its work on achieving the goals set forth in the Green Ribbon Schools pillar.

Representatives from Radnor Middle School will join officials from the other winning schools at ceremony in Washington D.C. in June.

Other award winners from Pennsylvania include A.W. Beattie Career Center, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School.