100 NJ School Districts Across 21 Counties Participate in Sustainability Certification Program

on Sep 02, 2015

272 schools within 100 districts are working on sustainability actions to achieve certification

Today Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced that in less than a year, 100 of New Jersey’s school boards have demonstrated their leadership and commitment to sustainability by registering their school districts with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a voluntary certification program for public schools that want to go green, conserve resources and take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time.  Registered schools and school districts are represented in all twenty-one of New Jersey’s counties. Review the list of the first 100 school districts registered. 

Donna Drewes who co-directs Sustainable Jersey with Randall Solomon said, “New Jersey is surely on the right track—today we’re excited to announce that 100 school districts have voluntarily stepped up to lead the way on sustainability actions. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools program is definitely resonating in school communities across the state. This strong participation shows that school districts are blazing a path and making a difference.”

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 first group of certified schools will be celebrated at a reception at the 2015 New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Workshop 2015 Conference on October 27 through October 29, 2015.

The Sustainable Jersey for Schools program partners include: New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO), New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), New Jersey Parent Teacher Association (NJPTA), New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association (NJSBGA) and The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey. These partners were an integral part of a comprehensive coalition of educational organizations and academic, business and state agency partners that helped develop and vet the certification program actions.

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