2017 NJEA Grant Recipients

46 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Awarded to New Jersey Districts and Schools for Sustainability Projects

On January 10, 2018, $180,000 was awarded through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA).  These grants will support a variety of projects including vertical aeroponic tower gardens, agricultural and sustainability curriculum, student green team capacity building, an outdoor classroom, a healthy habits program, enhanced recycling efforts and much more.  For more information, read the press release

$10,000 Recipients

Recipient County Project
Leonia Public School District Bergen Will promote environmental awareness and stewardship in the school community while decreasing the amount of waste produced by constructing recycling stations for the cafeterias and implementing an educational campaign consisting of an annual waste assembly, public viewing of the film "Wasted," and a “Leonia Day” environmental exposition. Details of each school’s ongoing efforts to decrease waste will be communicated to students through the environmental curriculum.
Cunningham Alternative Academy Cumberland Will purchase two outdoor greenhouses and develop an agriculture curriculum to supplement their efforts to improve student behavior. Prior success of similar projects shows that giving students the opportunity to own and maintain a garden can increase their sense of pride and accomplishment, resulting in an improved school culture and climate.
Gateway Regional High School Gloucester Will work with students, teachers and local businesses to create a student learning courtyard to be used by the district. The new courtyard will incorporate iSTEAM curricula, stimulate student inquiry and dialogue, and give students a place to explore topics such as biodiversity, agriculture and botany.
Hopewell Elementary Mercer Will expand on their efforts to provide sustainable and healthy food choices to the school community. They will partner with local experts to construct a vertical hydroponic farm in their greenhouse. This will allow the school to have a completely sustainable lettuce production system.
Middletown High School North Monmouth Will create an outdoor learning center consisting of a greenhouse and horticultural lab that will supplement the current outdoor student garden and education on the environment, sustainability, science, agriculture and the arts. The success of the greenhouse and the student projects that come out of it will be celebrated at a grand opening ceremony during the school green fair.
Cove Road Elementary Monmouth Will purchase aeroponic tower gardens to supplement the sustainability curriculum by providing students with an opportunity to observe and research the growing process. The tower garden will allow the teachers to incorporate additional technology, science, engineering, math and language arts into their lessons.
Washington Township School District Morris Will create a waste reduction and recycling program for the district. Students and staff will be educated on the proper disposal of waste and recyclables and food waste will be donated to a neighboring pig farm. Snack time waste will be decreased by providing students with healthy, in-school snack options. In addition to these changes, students will also produce a video to share with their families on nutrition, the environmental impact of processed food and the issue with non-biodegradable plastics being used in food packaging.
Toms River - High School South Ocean Will partner with the Bordenstein Lab at Vanderbilt University to provide a cadre of rising 11th and 12th grade Authentic Science Research (ASR) students the opportunity to participate in the Wolbachia Summer Research Projecta local and international initiative to contribute to the national Wolbachia database and to teach high school students about managing mosquito populations using techniques that use molecular/micro biology. The Lab will provide online technical assistance and research materials to the school. This research could provide a sustainable means of managing mosquito population through biological pest control that could eventually contribute to a decline in New Jersey mosquito populations and the spread of Dengue and Zika viruses.
Elms Elementary Ocean Will create a hydroponic garden system to supplement sustainability education for students from preschool to grade 5. Students will study the symbiotic relationship between plants and living organisms in the hydroponic system. The harvested produce will be donated to the Jackson Township food pantry.
Stillwater Township Elementary Sussex Will complete the final phase of the outdoor learning center and provide materials for using the new center as a place to teach sustainability education with the help of community groups and local businesses. Will install an outdoor classroom area and a Monarch butterfly waystation/pollinator garden.
High Point Regional School District Sussex Will supplement school recycling and sustainability efforts the High Point Regional School District. The three primary objectives are to: educate the school community about single-stream recycling, design and build new recycling/trash centers and create art in the style of glass artist Dale Chihuly using recyclables (primarily water bottles).

$2,000 Recipients

Atlantic Highlands Elementary School Hillsborough Twp Board of Education Pequannock Township High School
Bell Oaks Elementary School J.V.B. Wicoff Elementary School Randall Carter Elementary School
Bellmawr Park Elementary School Lacey Township High School Rockaway Valley School
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School Lanes Mill Road Elementary School Tenafly High School
Blairstown Elementary School Lanoka Harbor Elementary School Toms River - Intermediate East
Dawes Avenue Elementary School Lincoln Elementary School Weymouth Township Elementary School
E.H. Slaybaugh Elementary School Mill Pond Elementary School White Township School
Ethel M.Burke Elementary School  National Park Elementary School Winslow Township High School
Ewing High School New York Avenue School Winslow Township Middle School
Flocktown-Kossmann Elementary School Ocean Township High School Winslow Township School No.1 Elementary School
Grover Middle School Old Farmers Road Elementary School Winslow Township School No.4 Elementary School
High Bridge Middle School Parkway Elementary School