Sustainable Jersey for Schools Announces $180,000 in New Grants to Fund School Sustainability Projects

on Jun 04, 2015

New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), the underwriting partner, will fund 50 grants

Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced today the availability of $180,000 in new grants to help New Jersey public schools implement sustainability projects. Funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program will award public schools and districts with ten $10,000 grants and forty $2,000 grants for projects like recycling and food waste, student enrichment, school gardens, school health assessments and energy conservation.

“NJEA is pleased to partner with Sustainable Jersey on this amazing opportunity,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer. “Today’s children are tomorrow’s world leaders. Through projects like these, they will have the ability to find ways to enjoy longer health and live in a better environment, creating long-lasting, positive outcomes for the generations that follow.”

Application proposals are being accepted through Sunday, September 27, 2015. Visit the grants page (http://bit.ly/1FwAKnc) on SustainableJerseySchools.com to submit an online application. Applicants must be registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program which is free and voluntary.

“We know that schools and districts are in the best position to determine the needs for their schools,” said Donna Drewes, who co-directs Sustainable Jersey with Randall Solomon. “These NJEA-funded grants will allow school communities to come together to improve outcomes for students, teachers and the environment. Collaboration is key, and we are proud to have support from important strategic partners like NJEA.”

Sustainable Jersey has formed an underwriting partnership with NJEA. In addition to funding this cycle of the grant program, NJEA will provide in-kind support through research and technical expertise. NJEA’s leadership and members serve on Sustainable Jersey Task Forces. Sean Spiller, a high school science teacher in the Wayne public schools and NJEA secretary-treasurer, serves as co-chair of the Sustainable Jersey Health and Wellness Task Force. Sustainable Jersey for Schools is supported by 12 issue-based task forces that help develop and update the certification actions.

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