on Jun 25, 2013
Sustainable Jersey and the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) will create a voluntary sustainability certification program called “Sustainable Jersey for Schools,” designed specifically for New Jersey’s traditional public school districts and public charter schools, officials of the organizations announced today. The program will begin in 2014.
Based on the highly successful Sustainable Jersey certification program for municipalities (68% of New Jersey municipalities are participating), Sustainable Jersey for Schools will provide specific guidance and resources to schools on developing comprehensive sustainability programs. Participating schools will earn points for certain actions, such as performing energy audits, establishing sustainability curriculum, and boosting recycling efforts. The program will help schools improve efficiency, cut waste and contribute to students’ education in the key areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, often referred to as “STEM education.”
To develop the program content and certification framework for Sustainable Jersey for Schools, NJSBA and Sustainable Jersey will build a comprehensive coalition of educational organizations and academic, business and state agency partners. After a July 22, 2013 kick-off meeting at The College of New Jersey, working groups, representing the various partners, will define the program standards and actions that would advance schools toward certification.
“Partnering with NJSBA is another step forward in our goal to make a measurable impact on the future sustainability of our state,” said Donna Drewes, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. “Sustainable Jersey for Schools will provide a greater reach into our communities while offering our state’s 2,500 public schools resources to help them attain significant environmental, academic, financial and health benefits.”
“Sustainable Jersey for Schools represents the New Jersey School Boards Association’s commitment to safe and healthy school environments and the positive impact they can have on curriculum, student achievement and the resources available for education,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director.
“The program is one of several projects to promote sustainable schools currently supported by NJSBA,” he explained. These efforts include a three-year study started in 2011 to identify the impact that "greening" existing school buildings would have on operating costs and student achievement and the hosting of a “fellow,” or academic researcher, who will focus on helping school districts improve the environmental aspects of school buildings. The fellowship is made possible by a grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb to the U.S. Green Schools Building Council.
Sustainable Jersey for Schools Kick-off Meeting
When: Monday July 22, 2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Where: Education Building, The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628