200 NJ Schools Step Up for Sustainability

on Apr 27, 2015

200 schools within 68 districts register for Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Today Sustainable Jersey announced that two-hundred schools have registered for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. At the school district level, sixty-eight districts have also passed a resolution to participate in the program. Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for New Jersey public schools that want to go green, conserve resources and take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time.  Review the list of the first 200 schools registered. 

Dr. Joseph J. Del Rossi, superintendent of the Medford Public School District said, “Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a perfect fit for our school district. I believe it is the right thing to do and will enhance the environment of our students, staff and overall community for years to come.”  He added, “Over the last ten years, the School District has sought out ways to be as efficient and cost effective as possible. We want to turn the money we save from being more energy efficient into dollars for our instructional programming.” 

Donna Drewes who co-directs Sustainable Jersey with Randall Solomon said, “We’re happy to see that the program is resonating with the schools. The number of schools that have registered has doubled in one month’s time.” 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 Sustainable Jersey for Schools program partners include: New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO), New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), New Jersey Parent Teacher Association (NJPTA), New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association (NJSBGA) and The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey. These partners were an integral part of a comprehensive coalition of educational organizations and academic, business and state agency partners that helped develop and vet the certification program actions.

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