2018 Application Cycle

Sustainable Jersey for Schools strives to provide schools with ample opportunities to achieve certification.  The certification cycle is intended to serve as a coaching and feedback process with three rounds of submission and reviews. In order to maximize the potential for feedback and ultimately achieve certification, it is highly recommended that an application with documentation is submitted for the first two rounds of review.  Applicants who wait until the final deadline to submit an initial application will not have the opportunity to correct any deficiencies until the next year’s certification cycle. 

September 1, 2017

NEW PROGRAM YEAR STARTS for Sustainable Jersey for Schools

  • Schools with certifications expiring in December 2018 begin work on recertification
  • Schools’ and Districts’ green teams work on completing actions and uploading documentation to their applications.

January 19, 2018

First 2018 Online Application Submission Deadline

  • District/school applicant prepares an initial application by uploading available action documentation. Actions marked as “Completed” will be reviewed.
  • Additional documentation for completed actions can be uploaded during the second and final submission review cycles.

TIP:  All action requirements do not have to be completed until the June final application deadline.  However, if you wish to receive feedback and have ample time to make updates by the final deadline, it is recommended that you submit an application with documentation in January.

Late February, 2018

First-Round Review Comments Provided

  • Each action will be marked as “Approved” or “Must Revise” and comments will be provided.
  • If the application includes actions marked as “Must Revise” the school/school district has the opportunity to complete required activities and/or documentation to receive credit for these actions.

TIP: If you have questions about the feedback or documentation needed, reach out to Sustainable Jersey for Schools BEFORE the second submission deadline.

March 30, 2018

Second 2018 Online Application Submission Deadline

  • Districts and Schools that submitted for certification in January have a second opportunity to provide documentation and update actions that were marked “Must Revise.”
  • Submission of newly revised action documentation should be marked as “Completed.”

TIP: New applications from districts/schools that did not submit in January will be accepted. If you wish to optimize this submission, it is highly recommended that the actions submitted contain as much documentation as possible so that the appropriate feedback can be provided prior to the final submission deadline.

Early May, 2018

Second-Round Review Comments Provided

  • Each action will be marked “Approved” or “Must Revise” and comments will be provided.
  • If the application includes actions marked as “Must Revise” the school/school district has a final opportunity to complete required activities and/or documentation to receive credit for these actions.

TIP: If you have questions about the feedback or documentation needed, reach out to Sustainable Jersey for Schools BEFORE the final submission deadline. 

 

 

June 22, 2018

Third (Final) 2018  Application Submission Deadline

  • This is the final opportunity for schools and districts to submit documentation for “Must Revise” actions.
  • All actions submitted should contain documentation to address any deficiencies or meet action requirements. Actions with no documentation will not be approved.

TIP: New applications from districts/schools that did not submit in January or March will be accepted. However, please note that since this is the last submission deadline, there will not be an opportunity to update the application in relation to the feedback provided until January 2019.  It is highly advised that all initial applications for certification be submitted in January or March.

Early-August, 2018

Final Certification Notification to Schools

  • All schools that have met the certification requirements will be considered certified at the bronze or silver level based on the accumulated points total and considered for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools annual awards. 
  • Certified schools and annual award winners will be recognized at the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Awards to be held at the NJSBA Workshop in October.