on Oct 28, 2015
Sustainable Jersey for Schools honored PSEG with the Sustainable Business Leadership Award at a reception held last night at New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop 2015 in Atlantic City. At this event, Geraldine Smith, the PSEG general environmental counsel and managing director for the environment, announced that the PSEG Foundation will contribute $100,000 to fund a second cycle of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants program.
With this contribution, the PSEG Foundation has provided over one million dollars in funding to support local sustainability initiatives in municipalities and schools across the state. “The PSEG Foundation’s ongoing support of the Small Grants Program is an excellent example of how public/private partnerships can encourage local grass roots efforts to improve the quality of life in New Jersey,” said Donna Drewes, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. “The ability to participate in a small grants program is an important benefit for Sustainable Jersey for Schools registered districts and schools,” she added.
“For more than 100 years, PSEG has been supporting our local communities to aid them becoming stronger and more resilient,” said Ellen Lambert, President of the PSEG Foundation. “Through our Foundation giving, we have demonstrated that we can support and partner with organizations that provide sustainable neighborhoods, economic development and STEM education to empower a brighter future.”
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is now accepting grant applications from New Jersey public schools and districts registered in the program for sustainability projects. Funded by the PSEG Foundation, the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program will make $100,000 available to schools. Application proposals are being accepted through January 24, 2016. Visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com to submit an online application.
The Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program will award public school districts and schools with four $10,000 grants to support work on program actions like food waste recycling, climate mitigation, green infrastructure, school health assessments and student enrichment programs and thirty $2,000 capacity building awards to support school green teams. “The funded projects serve as practical and innovative models for the rest of the State and make measurable contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey,” said Randall Solomon, co-director of Sustainable Jersey.