NJ Schools and Districts Voluntarily Take On Sustainability

on Jan 20, 2015

First 50 districts and schools register for Sustainable Jersey for Schools

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.

ATLANTIC COUNTY

Egg Harbor Township School District

  • Alder Avenue Middle School

Galloway Township Public Schools

  • Galloway Township Middle School

Hamilton Township School District

BERGEN COUNTY

Allendale Public School District

Mahwah Township Public School District

Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District

BURLINGTON COUNTY

Maple Shade School District

Medford Township School District

Tabernacle Township School District

CAMDEN COUNTY

Black Horse Pike Regional School District

  • Highland High School
  • Timber Creek High School
  • Triton High School

ESSEX COUNTY

South Orange-Maplewood School District

GLOUCESTER COUNTY

Clearview Regional High School District

HUNTERDON COUNTY

Readington Township School District

  • Holland Brook Elementary School
  • Readington Middle School
  • Three Bridges Elementary School
  • Whitehouse Elementary School

MERCER COUNTY

Hopewell Valley Regional School District

MORRIS

Boonton Town School District

MONMOUTH

Long Branch Public School District

Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District

  • Cambridge Park School

Spring Lake Heights School District

OCEAN COUNTY

Berkeley Township School District

Lavallette Borough Board of Education

  • Lavallette Elementary School

SOMERSET COUNTY

North Plainfield Borough

  • East End Elementary School
  • North Plainfield High School
  • Somerset Elementary School
  • Stony Brook Elementary School
  • West End Elementary School

UNION COUNTY

Springfield Public Schools

 

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