on Mar 13, 2015
100 schools within 47 districts register for Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Today Sustainable Jersey announced the first one-hundred schools that have registered for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. At the school district level, forty-seven districts have passed a resolution to participate in the program. After the school district is enrolled then schools within the district register by providing a letter of participation signed by the principal and superintendent. Registered schools form a green team and start the process to complete the sustainability certification. The registration process continues to accept new districts and schools as resolutions are adopted.
Based on the successful Sustainable Jersey certification program for municipalities (74% of New Jersey municipalities participate), Sustainable Jersey for Schools promotes a comprehensive and results-oriented approach to sustainability. Participating schools can choose from 87 actions, such as performing energy audits, integrating sustainability into student learning, and boosting recycling efforts, to earn points for certification. The program helps schools rise to the critical demands and new challenges of the 21st century.
Donna Drewes who co-directs Sustainable Jersey with Randall Solomon said, “Hitting the 100 schools mark is a significant milestone because these schools are the state’s pioneers in sustainability. The district leadership and their communities understand that the program will help schools improve efficiency, cut waste and contribute to students’ wellness and overall education, especially in the key areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, often referred to as STEM education.”
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is now accepting grant applications from New Jersey public school districts and schools for sustainability projects. Funded by the PSEG Foundation, the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program will award public school districts four $10,000 grants for projects like food waste recycling, school gardens, school health assessments and renewable energy initiatives and thirty $2,000 capacity-building awards to support school green teams. Application proposals are being accepted through April 26, 2015. Visit the grants page to submit an online application.
LIST OF FIRST 100 SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
Note: After a school district registers, then the individual schools in the district can register. This list represents the first 100 schools to register. Registration is open and schools and districts are continuing to be accepted for participation.
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