46 Schools and School Districts Receive Grants for Sustainability Projects

on Dec 03, 2015

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Announces Grants Funded by the New Jersey Education Association

At an event held earlier today, Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced the 46 New Jersey schools and school districts selected to receive Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA.) Eleven $10,000 grants and 35 $2,000 grants were distributed to fund a variety of projects including rain gardens, outdoor learning classrooms, a winter greenhouse, an aquaponics system, native habitat gardens, sustainability curricula and more.

“NJEA is proud to work with Sustainable Jersey on this important program that directs resources into our schools,” said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller. “It is our job to help create a new generation of engaged citizens and leaders. By emphasizing the value of sustainability, we also help ensure that we leave a better world for our students.”

Earlier this year, Sustainable Jersey formed an underwriting partnership with NJEA. In addition to funding this cycle of the grant program, NJEA provides in-kind support through research and technical expertise. NJEA’s leadership and members serve on Sustainable Jersey task forces and over 137 districts and 328 schools are currently participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.

“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.”

Proposals were judged by an independent Blue Ribbon Selection Committee. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants are intended to help school districts and schools make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.

Recipients of $10,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Project Grants

County

Recipient

District

Project

Atlantic

Weymouth Township School District

Weymouth Township School District

An Outdoor Classroom to Inspire: Establish an outdoor classroom with a covered area (a living roof), three raised garden beds and a seating area. Will incorporate green design, sustainable materials and uses that will serve as a model for the schools and community.

Bergen

Rutherford High School

Rutherford School District

Growing up Green: Create a life-size laboratory experiment centering on the concepts of implementing innovative change through the use of aquaponics as a way to produce organic, nutrient dense food for consumption. Will expose students to these key ideals and lead discussions about nutrition and food production.

Burlington

Millbridge Elementary School

Delran School District

Rain Gardens for Recess II: Install an Upper Rain Garden to collect storm water runoff from the major source of the problem -- the school roof. Project will include a collaborative art installation, student-grown rain garden plantings and a school/municipality Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2016.

Camden

Carusi Middle School

Cherry Hill Public Schools

Homegrown-Carusi Community Garden Project: Establish and maintain a community garden within school courtyard. Will provide an opportunity for teachers to bring horticulture and environmental education directly to the classrooms. Will work with community organizations to explore where food comes from, why healthy choices impact our bodies and world, how to live sustainably and how to eat clean and green.

Cape May

West Cape May Elementary

West Cape May School District

Winter Garden Project: Expand school garden program by creating a winter greenhouse space to serve as an outdoor classroom. Growing and caring for plants in the greenhouse will help expand the science, math, art and nutrition curricula and provide a connection to the agricultural heritage of West Cape May. Will use foods grown in the greenhouse to promote a Farm to School lunch program.

Essex

Caldwell - West Caldwell Public Schools

Caldwell - West Caldwell Public Schools

Caldwell Sustainability Learning Center: Create a sustainability learning center on a three-acre area of borough property. The center will be available for use by both school and community groups/individuals throughout the region to learn more about sustainability and the environment. This is a collaborative project with Caldwell Borough's Green Team.

Essex

Seth Boyden Elementary School

South Orange & Maplewood School District

Nature Story Trails and Habitat Garden:  Develop a habitat where students come face to face with the native plants and animals of New Jersey. Will create Nature Story Trails where specific plants will be installed along mulched pathways, with signage, to connect wildlife and vegetation into a tangible and fun learning experience. Trails will introduce students to the plants and animals that share the neighborhood with them, and teach them what they need to do to preserve them.

Hunterdon

Holland Township Elementary school

Holland Township School District

GREAT-Growing Responsible Engineers Affecting Tomorrow: Provide program and curriculum of inquiry-based learning to foster environmental awareness, sustainable practices and knowledge of green careers. Use solar Growing Dome, Discovery Garden and the application of the engineering design process as the students work to apply problem solving methods for water conservation, composting, crop rotation, organism interdependence, weather and energy. Include integrated preschool, K-4 enrichment (STEM) program, middle school science program and extended school year for special education students.

Middlesex

Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools in Perth Amboy

Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools District

School Garden Project: Install school garden to introduce students to gardening in order to instill a life-long passion for plants and respect for the environment.

Morris

Unity Charter School

Morris School District

CommUnity Garden: Create a community garden for Unity Charter School and the residents in the Collinsville neighborhood. More outdoor space will help teach the students and residents about organic farming and healthy choices and make connections with a culturally diverse population.

Passaic

Schuyler-Colfax Middle School

Wayne Township Public Schools

Digging in the Dirt: Create a garden of organic edible plants and flowers to be used for consumption in school lunches. Will use garden as a learning tool for students with special needs who participate in a life skills-based classroom. These students, along with general education student mentors, will be mainly responsible for designing, preparing, planting, harvesting and maintaining the garden. Will use produce and herbs from the garden to increase sensory awareness and expose all students to the varied colors, tastes, smells, and textures from the garden produce.


Recipients of $2,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Project Grants

County

School

School District

Project Title

Atlantic

Charles L. Spragg Elementary

Egg Harbor City School District

Education for Sustainability in the 1st Grade Classroom

Atlantic

CJ Davenport Elementary School Complex

Egg Harbor Township School District

Beeline to Breakfast

Atlantic

Dr. Joy D. Miller School

Egg Harbor Township School District

Clean Air Awareness Program

Atlantic

Eagle Academy

Egg Harbor Township School District

Ten Themes in Murals

Atlantic

Fernwood Avenue Middle

Egg Harbor Township School District

Green Eagles

Atlantic

Absegami High School

Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District

Initial Green Team Activities

Atlantic

Oakcrest High School

Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District

Greenhouse Initiative - Sustainable Agriculture Learning

Bergen

Malcolm S. Mackay Elementary School

Tenafly School District

Community Garden

Bergen

Tenafly High School

Tenafly School District

Water Refilling Stations

Bergen

Tenafly Middle School

Tenafly School District

Water Refilling Stations

Camden

Horace Mann Elementary School

Cherry Hill Public Schools

Teaching Farm

Camden

Johnson Elementary

Cherry Hill Public Schools

Operation Wildflowers

Camden

Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School

Cherry Hill Public Schools

Lunchroom Sustainability

Camden

Zane North Elementary School

Collingswood School District

Living Learning Landscape

Cumberland

Myron L. Powell

Lawrence Township School District

Green House

Essex

Edgemont Montessori Elementary School

Montclair Public Schools

Clean Water & Air Initiative

Essex

Mount Hebron Middle School

Montclair Public Schools

Enrichment Program Through Partnership

Essex

Lincoln Elementary School

Caldwell - West Caldwell School District

Water Power Project

Essex

Maplewood Middle School

South Orange and Maplewood School District

Building Relationships Through Mentoring

Essex

Tuscan Elementary

South Orange and Maplewood School District

Eco Lawn Rehab Demonstration Project and Garden

Essex

West Essex Senior High School

West Essex Regional School District

Garden Project

Hudson

Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School

Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School

Capacity Building Green Team Project

Hudson

James J. Ferris High School

Jersey City Public Schools

Making Affordable Green Energy

Hudson

Renaissance Institute

Jersey City Public Schools

Sustainability through Farm to Table

Hunterdon

Three Bridges School

Readington Township Public School District

Go Green Tiger Team

Hunterdon

Whitehouse School

Readington Township Public School District

Whitehouse Water Wellness Project

Mercer

Johnson Park School

Princeton Regional Schools

Waste Management & Recycling- Comprehensive plan

Middlesex

Edgar Middle School

Metuchen School District

Student Wellness Organization

Middlesex

Monroe Township High School

Monroe Township School District

Farm to Fork

Middlesex

North Brunswick Township High School

North Brunswick Township Schools

Filling Station Fabulous

Monmouth

Manasquan Elementary School

Manasquan School District

Mindfulness is the Warrior Way

Morris

Mendham Township Elementary School

Mendham Township School District

Sustainable School

Ocean

Lake Riviera Middle School

Brick Township School District

Greening School

Passaic

Wayne Hills High School

Wayne School District

Community Garden Storage Shed

Salem

Quinton Township School

Quinton Township School District

In-House Recycling Center



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