October 15, 2018 Education, Press Release, Public Safety, Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf announced today that $1 million has been awarded to Pennsylvania for over 70 schools to implement violence prevention programs through the Sandy Hook Promise, which was created after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.“Parents and students deserve to have confidence that our commonwealth’s classrooms are safe,” said Governor Wolf. “There are many approaches to preventing violence, and this funding builds on holistic efforts, including a $60 million investment from the state, to help schools and communities make our classrooms safe places for children to learn.”The funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (USDOJ) Office of Justice Programs was awarded through the STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program and authorized by the STOP School Violence Act enacted in March 2018.The Pennsylvania Department of Education has been working with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP). The funding will be used to implement SHP’s Start With Hello and Say Something, which are among SHP’s Know the Signs programs aimed at empowering students. Start With Hello encourages and guides students in creating socially inclusive school communities, while Say Something trains students to recognize the signs and appropriately intervene when they identify someone as exhibiting behaviors that they may be a threat to themselves or others.Today’s announcement follows the release in August of the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force created by Governor Wolf and the Auditor General Eugene DePasquale after the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The previously announced $60 million investment through the School Safety and Security Committee, as well as the existing Safe School Targeted Grants, are working together equip schools and communities with a range of the tools to prevent violence.“Pennsylvania schools are working to create environments where every student, staff member, and visitor feel valued and respected,” said Education Secretary Pedro Rivera. “This grant will empower students and spark an expansive grassroots effort to improve the climate in schools across the state.”The funding will allow SHP to provide training to more than 70 schools across the commonwealth.Schools receiving training include: Allentown City School DistrictBuilding 21 AllentownFrancis D Raub Middle SchoolHarrison-Morton Middle SchoolLouis E Dieruff High SchoolSouth Mountain Middle SchoolTrexler Middle SchoolWilliam Allen High SchoolBethlehem Area School DistrictBroughal Middle SchoolEast Hills Middle SchoolFreedom High SchoolLiberty High SchoolNitschmann Middle SchoolNortheast Middle SchoolBristol Township School DistrictArmstrong Middle SchoolBrookwood Elementary SchoolKeystone Elementary SchoolMill Creek Elementary SchoolRoosevelt Middle SchoolTruman Senior High SchoolClairton City School DistrictClairton Middle School/High SchoolErie City School DistrictCentral Career & Technical SchoolDiehl SchoolEast High SchoolHarding SchoolJoAnna Connell SchoolNorthwest PA Collegiate AcademyPfeiffer-Burleigh SchoolRoosevelt Middle SchoolStrong Vincent High SchoolWayne SchoolWoodrow Wilson Middle SchoolHarrisburg City School DistrictCamp Curtin AcademyCougar AcademyHarrisburg High SchoolHarrisburg HS – SciTech CampusMarshall Math Science AcademyRowland AcademyLebanon School DistrictLebanon Middle SchoolLebanon Senior High SchoolMonessen City School DistrictMonessen Middle SchoolMonessen Senior High SchoolReading School DistrictNortheast Middle SchoolNorthwest Middle SchoolReading Intermediate High SchoolReading Senior High SchoolSouthern Middle SchoolSouthwest Middle SchoolSoutheast Delco School DistrictDarby Township SchoolDelcroft SchoolHarris SchoolSharon Hill SchoolSusquehanna Community School DistrictSusquehanna Community Elementary SchoolSusquehanna Community Junior/Senior High SchoolUnion Area School DistrictUnion Area HSWoodland Hills School DistrictWoodland Hills AcademyWoodland Hills Intermediate SchoolWoodland Hills Junior/Senior High SchoolYork City School DistrictDavis SchoolDevers SchoolFerguson SchoolGoode SchoolHannah Penn Middle SchoolJackson SchoolMcKinley SchoolWilliam Penn Senior High SchoolChester Community Charter SchoolFirst Philadelphia Preparatory Charter SchoolKeystone Education Center Charter SchoolNew Day Charter SchoolLawrence County CTCJefferson County-DuBois AVTSFor more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf: Grant Brings Sandy Hook Promise to Over 70 Schools
“The energy island in the North Sea is a very visionary project which will play an important role in the economically sound expansion of offshore wind capacity,” said Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO of PensionDanmark. The largest of the new energy islands is going to be an artificial island in the Danish North Sea. PensionDanmark, PFA, and SEAS-NVE are ready to finance the energy island, initially with up to €50 million to develop the project. ”SEAS-NVE has a long tradition of taking considerable responsibility for developing the Danish energy system. A development that is driven by strong professional insight. Among other things, this is the knowledge we will bring into play in connection with the energy island. Most recently, we have specific experience from energy storage experiments.” A consortium including three of the largest Danish pension and energy companies is ready to finance and operate the recently approved energy island in the Danish North Sea. ”At the same time, developing and constructing the island will create many new Danish jobs that will help the Danish economy in recovering from the effects of COVID-19. It is therefore our hope as investors that the process going forward will be fast and inclusive, making it possible for industrial players to mitigate the risk associated with such a huge infrastructure project.” In time, the island will connect 10 GW offshore wind and host electricity storage and power-to-X, as well as housing, O&M facilities, and HVDC converters for transmission and interconnectors. “In the future, society’s energy supply must be covered to a greater extent by renewable energy if we are to succeed with the green transition,” said Jesper Hjulmand, CEO, SEAS-NVE. The energy island will be developed in stages in line with increasing Danish electricity demand, the development of electricity storage technology or, for example, Power-to-X, as well as the connection of the island to other countries around the North Sea. Earlier this week, the Danish parliament approved a new Climate Action Plan which calls for the development of two energy islands, one in the North Sea and one in the Baltic Sea, with a combined capacity of 5 GW by 2030. The island is going to be established by 2030 at the latest with 3 GW offshore wind connected through it. The partners see the state’s ambition of an energy island as very visionary and value-adding for Danish offshore technology. Design and construction of the energy island is a large and demanding project, but can be implemented with the existing technology, the consortium said. The new plan also approves the development and construction of one more wind farm in the Baltic Sea with the capacity of up to 1 GW. The consortium plans to finance and develop the project entirely without government funding. The partners are assisted by the green infrastructure investment company, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). “A wind island in the North Sea will add even more momentum to the green transition, and the concept has global potential. That is why we at PFA are ready, together with the partners in the consortium, to lift this historic project and thereby ensure that PFA’s 1.3 million customers’ savings are put to good work in the best possible service,” said Kasper Ahrndt Lorenzen, Group CIO of PFA Pension.