2018 NJEA Grant Recipients

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

On February 4, 2019, $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, student green team capacity building, outdoor classrooms, innovative recycling efforts and more. For more information, read the press release


$10,000 Recipients

Recipient County Project
Delran High School Burlington The school will create an outdoor space with edible and rain gardens to allow for the expansion of the horticulture and technology programs and to provide the students with a way to integrate with their community.
Kingston Elementary School Camden The school will create an outdoor classroom to provide an alternative learning environment for students. The space will include standing work tables created by an alumna of Kingston who experienced challenges learning in a traditional classroom setting and wanted to create a permanent outdoor space for future students.
Winslow Middle School Camden The school will construct a greenhouse in order to extend the growing season of their well-established garden program and be able to offer the program to more students. It will also include professional development for teachers to develop cross-curricular lessons and activities to engage a broader range of students in gardening education.
Upper Township Elementary School Cape May The school will expand its current garden through the installation of a handicap-accessible, raised bed, outdoor garden. The space will include sources of water and electricity along with tables so that it can be used as an outdoor classroom.
Ocean City Intermediate School Cape May Students will work together with teachers to launch an expanded classroom gardening program and begin a gardening club to support sustainability education and healthy eating habits. The project will expand the growing techniques and increase the volume of produce generated by the students through the addition of two vertical greenhouses, a classroom hydroponics system and a classroom aquaponics system.
Clayton Public School District Gloucester The district will install water-bottle filling stations at each of its three schools in order to increase access to fresh, clean water and reduce daily water bottle waste. The district will promote the nationally recognized "Rethink Your Drink" campaign using age appropriate curriculum and activities across all grade levels.
Roxbury Township School District Morris The district will hold two sustainability expos, one giving students the opportunity to teach the public about sustainability projects they’ve worked on, and the other will bring different organizations, businesses, and groups in to teach the community about different green topics.  Additionally, the school will purchase vertical aeroponic tower gardens and composters.
Brick Township Public Schools Ocean The district will use the grant funding to promote hydro and aquaponic farming methods in the elementary and middle schools. Professional development opportunities for staff and students will provide information on water quality and water conservation.
Toms River - High School North Ocean The school will create an outdoor classroom for use by many different student groups, such as the performing arts theater group. The outdoor classroom will also continue to support the school district’s active learning initiative, which combines pedagogy, environment and STEAM to affect student achievement.
Switlik Elementary School Ocean The school will install water bottle refilling stations to decrease plastic bottle usage. To spread the word and give back to the community, the green team will sell reusable water bottles to students, staff, and parents to fund a donation to the Jackson food pantry.
Roselle Public Schools Union The district will implement a district-wide upcycling and recycling initiative to educate students about the value materials can have beyond their initial use.  Projects and lesson plans will help connect students with the environment. 

$2,000 Recipients

Absegami High School Island Heights Elementary School Nixon Elementary School
Alternative High School Jefferson Elementary School Northern Burlington County Regional High School
Atlantic Highlands Elementary School John Hydock Elementary School Oldmans Township School
Berlin Community Elementary School John Witherspoon Middle School Princeton High School
Bret Harte Elementary School Johnson Park School Ramtown Elementary School
Cape May City Elementary Kennedy Elementary School Raritan High School
Delran Middle School Knowlton Township Elementary School Readington Middle School
Franklin Elementary School Lake Riviera Middle School Reeds Road Elementary School
Halsted Middle School Lincoln Roosevelt Elementary School Riverside Elementary School
Highland Park Middle School Littlebrook Elementary School Theunis Dey Elementary School
Highlands Elementary School Midland Park High School Valley View Middle School
Holland Twp Elementary School Monmouth Regional High School Woodrow Wilson Elementary School