2017 PSEG Small Grant Recipients

34 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Awarded to New Jersey Districts and Schools

On April 25, 2017, $100,000 was awarded through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program funded by the PSEG Foundation to support integrating sustainability concepts into student learning experiences.

The 4 districts that received the $10,000 grants proposed projects that provide sustainable solutions to everyday challenges.  This cycle of grants will support initiatives including an outdoor science lab, sustainability curriculum, school wellness programs, hydroponic and aeroponic gardens, green walls, wind and solar energy charging stations, recycling and more.

$10,000 Awardees





John Brainerd Elementary School


Mount Holly Township


Outdoor Science Classroom (SMILE Lab): The school will create an outdoor area for students to explore a Science Is Motivation through Innovation and Life Exploration (SMILE) curriculum. It will have multiple centers for studying life sciences (including plant and animal life cycles), sustainability practices, earth science exploration, and physical science projects while encouraging creative/purposeful play.

Ocean City Primary School


Ocean City

Cape May

School Garden and Sustainability Education: The school will expand its garden and outdoor classroom to accommodate students of every grade level and incorporate math into gardening and sustainability lessons. The expansion will consist of a butterfly garden, a native bird garden, raised planting beds for vegetables, a composting bin area, benches, a memorial garden, and a grid patio for math and science lessons.

South Orange Middle School



South Orange-Maplewood


River Curriculum Development: The school will purchase additional equipment to expand its River Curriculum to include students from Maplewood Middle School and Columbia High School. More of the area around the Rahway River will be used to allow for more students to learn about water quality, biodiversity, and how to design and complete their own independent study projects.

Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School



School Wellness Program: The school will create a wellness program that includes performing a school health assessment, developing a school health improvement plan, and expanding physical activity programs. Some new programs include swimming, yoga, and nutrition education classes.

$2,000 Capacity-Building Grant Awardees

Caroline L. Reutter Elementary School George J. Mitchell Elementary School Pace Charter School of Hamilton
Cedar Drive Middle School Glen Rock High School Passaic Valley Regional High School
Cherry Hill High-East High School Grace M. Breckwedel Middle School Pearl R. Miller Middle School
Clearview Regional High School H. Russell Swift Elementary School Reeds Road Elementary School
Conover Road Primary School Hampton Elementary School Robert C. Wood Sr Early Childhood Center
Dennis Township Elementary School Harding Middle School Roxbury High School
Edith Ort Thomas Elementary School Island Heights Elementary School Teaneck Community Charter School
Elms Elementary School Lawrenceville Elementary School Thomas E. Bowe Elementary School
Fieldstone Middle School Northern Burl. County Reg. Sr. High School Veterans Memorial Elementary School
Gateway Regional High School Number 3 Elementary School Watchung Hills Regional High School