The Office of Environmental Management & Services works for students, parents, teachers, staff and communities to ensure that the environmental health conditions in our schools are conducive to teaching and learning.

US Department of Education Green Ribbon School District


The School District of Philadelphia received a 2017 US Department of Education Green Ribbon Award for its sustainability efforts! 

 The School District of Philadelphia's "GreenFutures" Plan is here!

 "GreenFutures," the District's first ever Sustainability Plan, was officially ushered in by our Superintendent, Dr. William Hite, and our City's Mayor, Jim Kenney, on Monday, May 16, 2016, at City Hall. The five year sustainability plan has five focus areas:

  1. Education for Sustainability
  2. Consumption & Waste
  3. Energy & Efficiencies
  4. School Greenscapes
  5. Healthy Schools, Healthy Living

Also, visit us on Twitter @SDPGreenFutures!

Drinking Water Program

To guarantee that students have access to safe drinking water at school, from 2000 to 2010, The School District of Philadelphia conducted a safe drinking water program.  This program is considered the largest and one of the best large scale remediation programs in the nation for a school district. Over 30,000 outlets were tested for lead. 

Below please find a link to school approval letters and more information about the program. 

Water Approval Letters   

In response to recent public health concerns about lead in water nationally, the District began retesting drinking water outlets at schools. Our mission remains to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff and because of this we have instituted a stronger water safety threshold of 15 ppb, which is below the national EPA measurement of 20 ppb.

Below please find a link to school letters and testing results for the first set of schools that were retested. 

School Re-Testing Information 

Recycling Program Start-up 

Principals, please fill out your school's recycling start up plans:


Concerns about Mold?

Are you a teacher, student or parent concerned about mold or moisture in your school building?  The School District of Philadelphia's Office of Environmental Management & Services can assist with identifying the extent of the problem and developing a remediation plan.  Please contact OEMS at 215-400-4750, or Francine Locke, Environmental Director, School District of Philadelphia, 215-400-5213, flocke@philasd.org.

AHERA Reports

District staff can access school Asbestos Management Plans by clicking "AHERA Reports" on the left side of this screen.  Your email User Name and Password are required.

West Philadelphia High School - Water

The West Philadelphia High School Community has been affected by water quality concerns.  Below, please find testing reports and a slide presentation that explains what the District is doing to ensure that students have safe, accessible and appealing drinking water at school.

Lead-Based Paint

Many school buildings throughout the nation contain lead-based paint because the structures were built prior to 1978.  To ensure that lead-based paint is properly managed in schools, the School District of Philadelphia has received the credential of a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead-Safe Certified Firm (Certification # NAT-50914-2).  This means that the District's Maintenance staff have been trained and certified in safe lead-based paint renovation, repair and painting activities.  District staff have been trained to understand that lead-based paint has health risks to children and to ensure that paint and plaster dust is controlled and work spaces properly cleaned prior to releasing to occupants.  In order to actively seek out and identify damaged lead-based paint, OEMS conducts paint and plaster surveys routinely along with mandated asbestos inspections.  

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