on Jan 20, 2015
Today Sustainable Jersey announced the first fifty districts and schools to register for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Just three months after the program’s launch, twenty-two school districts and twenty-eight schools from 13 different counties have registered. Each district passed a resolution of participation and initiated the process to start the free certification program. The registration process is open and 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.
"Our district is very proud to be one of the first districts in the state of New Jersey to have passed a resolution committing our support to Sustainable Jersey for Schools,” said Beverly MacKay, superintendent of schools for Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District. “One of our 12th grade students, Laura Nugent, should be commended for bringing this initiative to our attention with a presentation at our October 13 Board meeting. The resolution was enthusiastically passed at the October 27 Board Meeting.”
Donna Drewes, who co-directs Sustainable Jersey with Randall Solomon said, “The first 50 schools and districts to register 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 began as a partnership between Sustainable Jersey and the New Jersey School Board Association (NJSBA). “Sustainable practices result in healthier schools. They reduce operating costs and free up money for the classroom. And, in the end, they contribute to student success,” said the NJSBA’s executive director, Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod.
LIST OF SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS REGISTERED DISTRICTS (22) AND REGISTERED SCHOOLS (28)
Note: After a school district registers, then the individual schools in the district can register. This list represents the first 50 schools and districts to register. Registration is open and schools and districts are continuing to be accepted for participation.
Egg Harbor Township School District
Galloway Township Public Schools
Hamilton Township School District
Allendale Public School District
Mahwah Township Public School District
Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District
Maple Shade School District
Medford Township School District
Tabernacle Township School District
Black Horse Pike Regional School District
South Orange-Maplewood School District
Clearview Regional High School District
Readington Township School District
Hopewell Valley Regional School District
Boonton Town School District
Long Branch Public School District
Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District
Spring Lake Heights School District
Berkeley Township School District
Lavallette Borough Board of Education
North Plainfield Borough
Springfield Public Schools