Conference Presentations

Every year Sustainable Jersey for Schools holds or participates in conferences to share new and exciting sustainability initiatives and program activities.  Each conference below contains a description of the event.  In addition to Sustainable Jersey for Schools staff, outside experts are brought in to speak on a variety of topics. Use the links below to navigate to the different conference presentations.

 

2017 New Jersey School Board Association Workshop

The following Sustainable Jersey for Schools related sessions were presented.

Behavioral Changes or Building Upgrades? Two Paths to Energy Efficiency in Your District: This session will focus on two different but often complementary approaches to saving energy and money in your schools. Come hear about the impressive results achieved through the PowerSave Schools program that demonstrates the effectiveness of behavioral changes on energy savings in schools. Sustainable Jersey is working to turn the results of this program into a new action for schools. The session will also highlight the multitude of opportunities and financial incentives available for districts to make facilities upgrades that will reduce energy use over the long-term.

Speakers:

  • Tony O’Donnell, Economist, Sustainable Jersey
  • Ann Degnan, Facilities Manager – Long Branch Public Schools
  • Gary E. Finger, Ombudsman, Board of Public Utilities
  • Mike Thulen, ESIP Manager, Board of Public Utilities
  • Tracey Woods, Green Team member, Maplewood

Building a Culture to Help Students Succeed in School and Life: To succeed in school and life, students need to be given opportunities for developing strong social and emotional skills.   Research shows that students in schools with a positive culture and climate and that are focused on social and emotional learning, have fewer behavior problems and higher levels of academic achievement. Learn best practices for assessing your school environment and implementing strategies to help your students thrive – emotionally, socially, physically and academically – and develop the skills needed to be employable, successful and happy adults.  

 Speakers:

  • Renee Haider, Associate Director, Sustainable Jersey
  • Elizabeth Hansen Warner, United Way of Northern New Jersey

Dig In!  How Waste Audits Can Improve your Recycling RateIn order for a school facility to proceed with a waste reduction and recycling plan it must first identify materials that need to be reduced, recycled, re-purposed, or disposed of. A comprehensive waste audit establishes a baseline for all other waste management actions at both individual schools and school districts. Learn about the process of conducting a waste audit and how the results can be used to improve your school or school district’s recycling rate.

Speaker:

  • Samantha McGraw, Program Manager, Sustainable Jersey
  • Gary Conover, ACUA Solid Waste Director, Atlantic County Utilities Authority
  • Gina Oh, Biology and Environmental Studies Teacher, Cherry Hill High School East

Free Resources & Simple Steps Toward Safer Routes to School for Your Students: Walking and bicycling to school is a healthy start to the day when students arrive ready to learn.  Hear from schools that have made walking and bicycling to school a priority and received grant funding to make routes to school safer for their community.  Schools will share their secrets to success and inspire your school to hold walk to school days and bike rodeos, create policies and plans, and apply for grant funding.  Get the low down on free resources and technical assistance available to help you take simple steps toward safer routes for everyone.

Speakers:

  • Renee Haider, Associate Director, Sustainable Jersey
  • Trish Sanchez, Project Coordinator, NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center 
  • Mark Krieger, Highland Park School Board Member

Funding Your Sustainability Initiatives: Sustainable Jersey for Schools has provided over one million dollars in Small Grants to participating schools.  Learn about the exciting projects being undertaken by schools & districts and how your district can obtain funding for sustainability projects.

Speakers:

  • Samantha McGraw, Program Manager, Sustainable Jersey
  • Amy Hogan, Lead School Health Specialist, AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children
  • Sean Spiller, Vice-President, New Jersey Education Association,
  • Maria Spina, Education Program Officer, PSEG Foundation, Corporate Responsibility Stakeholder & Engagement Specialist

Sustainability Champions: Leaders from the Long Branch School District shared stories, videos and best practices from their three champion schools.  Sustainable Jersey for Schools Sustainability Champions are certified schools that have earned the most points in their category for that certification year. 

  • Heather McCall, Schools Program Director, Sustainable Jersey
  • Elementary School Sustainability Champion- George L. Catrambone Elementary
  • Middle School Sustainability Champion- Long Branch Middle School
  • High School Sustainability Champion- Long Branch High School

 

2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit

On June 21, 2017, the New Jersey Sustainability Summit was held in which the 2017 New Jersey Sustainable State of the State Report was released.  Breakout sessions related to schools are highlighted below.  For a list of other breakout session presentations, click HERE. 

 

2016 New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop

During the 2016 NJSBA Workshop, sessions were held about energy, procuring local foods, green purchasing, funding opportunities, building strong partnerships, and more.

Best Practices for Sustainable Facilities:  Facilities Directors who were instrumental in their schools obtaining Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification share best practices and provide an overview of the Operations & Management suite of actions.

Case Studies in School Energy Improvement:  This session will highlight Sustainable Jersey for Schools districts and schools that have participated in the “Powersave Schools” program. District experiences with hosting Environmental Defense Fund fellows to implement energy efficiency measures will also be highlighted.

Energy 101:  Understanding the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Portfolio of Energy Actions and the free resources available to schools.

Funding Your Sustainability Initiatives:  Last year SJS provided over $500,000 in Small Grants to participating schools.  Learn about the exciting projects being undertaken by schools & districts and how your district can obtain funding for sustainability projects. 

Green Purchasing: Learn how to implement policies and practices in your district to purchase environmentally friendly, healthy, and cost effective materials.

  • Sustainable Jersey for Schools Presentation, Heather McCall, Schools Program Director

Procuring Local Foods for School Cafeterias:  Across the country, an increasing number of schools are sourcing local foods and providing complementary educational activities that emphasize food, agriculture, and nutrition. Why not in the Garden State?  Topics covered in this session include procurement basics, defining local, where to find local products, the variety of ways schools can purchase locally in accordance with regulations, and the resources available to guide district efforts.

Sustainability Champions:  Learn from schools and districts in the forefront of sustainability.  This session will highlight best practices and case studies from award winning districts and schools participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.

Combined Presentation

Presenters:

  • Sustainable Jersey for Schools Presentation, Heather McCall, Schools Program Director
  • Alder Avenue Middle School, Dr. Joseph Marinelli, Principal, and John Jones, Educator
  • Egg Harbor High School, Terry Charlton, Principal, and James House, Science Educator
  • Reeds Road Elementary School, Dr. William Zapparo, Principal, and Donna McAvoy, Educator
  • Three Bridges Elementary School, Kristen Higgins, Principal, and Tiffany Barca, Educator

Strong Partnerships for Sustainable Schools:   Learn how schools utilize the resources and expertise of partners to enhance their sustainability efforts.

  • Sustainable Jersey for Schools Presentation, Heather McCall, Schools Program Director

 

2016 New Jersey Sustainability Summit

On June 15, 2016, the New Jersey Sustainability Summit was held in which the 2016 New Jersey Sustainable State of the State Report was released along with the Sustainable State 2016 Update and the new Gold standard.  Breakout sessions related to schools are highlighted below.  For a list of other breakout session presentations, click HERE. 

 

2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit

On June 10, 2015, the New Jersey Sustainability Summit was held in which the 2015 New Jersey Sustainable State of the State Report was released.  Breakout sessions related to schools are highlighted below.  For a list of other breakout session presentations, click HERE.