Sustainable Jersey for Schools Announces 2015 Champion and Leadership Awards

on Oct 20, 2015

Three Bridges Elementary School, Galloway Twp. Middle School and Egg Harbor Twp. High School

Today, Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced the recipients of the 2015 Sustainability Champion and Leadership awards. To date, 304 of New Jersey’s schools have demonstrated their leadership and commitment to sustainability by registering with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.

2015 SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION AWARD RECIPIENTS

The Sustainability Champion award recognizes schools that have made significant progress toward sustainability and have been certified with the most Sustainable Jersey for Schools points in three categories: elementary, middle and high school. These schools far exceeded the minimum requirement of 150 points for bronze-level certification. 

“The Three Bridges School community is so excited and proud to have earned silver status and the Champion Award. Our school worked closely with our sister school, Whitehouse School, the central office personnel and the entire community on several sustainability projects throughout the year. Many volunteers offered their expertise in areas of science education, gardening, healthy living and energy conservation. We truly hope that our focus and efforts are helping our students learn to be responsible stewards of our Earth.”Principal Kristen Higgins, Three Bridges Elementary School

“The Sustainable Jersey for Schools program has had a remarkable impact on our school climate and has encouraged our students to develop innovative methods to reduce waste while adding beauty to our school environment. The Galloway Township Middle School family is honored to have been awarded silver certification for the sustainable initiatives we have completed over the course of a year to become more mindful and appreciative of our environment through educating our school and community. This program has made a lasting mark on our school and we look forward to continuing the vision of sustainability.”Principal Paula Junker, Galloway Township Middle School

“Egg Harbor Township High School is extremely honored to receive such a prestigious award. While we’ve really kicked up our sustainability efforts here, we know there's always room for improvement. We’re proud to be among a great group of New Jersey schools that are working really hard to achieve sustainability goals and create a better future for everyone.”Jim House, Teacher of Environmental Science, Egg Harbor Twp. High School

2015 SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS

The 2015 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Leadership Award recognizes district leadership in coordinating the work of multiple schools and enabling all schools in the district to achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in the first year to the program.

  •  Cherry Hill School District (Camden County)

“We’re delighted to be recognized for all of the hard work our schools and the district as a whole put into their sustainability projects. Our commitment to sustainability is ongoing; we look forward to building on that commitment with future innovations in our curriculum, our culture and our facilities.” Dr. Meloche also noted the district’s collaboration with Sustainable Cherry Hill as a vital part of becoming a sustainability leader. “We’re continuing our relationship with Sustainable Cherry Hill as it shares our commitment to understanding sustainability’s importance not just in our community, but in the larger world community.” - Dr. Joseph Meloche, Superintendent, Cherry Hill Public Schools

  •  Egg Harbor Township School District (Atlantic County)

“When we started our Energy program five years ago it wasn’t always received with open hearts and minds,  but we continue to change our bad old habits to do the right things for our people, district , township, and  state. Not always the cheapest, easiest and certainly not always the most popular way to go, but all our schools are engaged and doing great things because it is the “Right Thing!” With Sustainable Jersey for Schools support, we want to continue to lead in that way! We are involved in tying in all our staff and students into a cohesive focused team to promote sustainability and conservation. It will teach our children the right way and make it better for all!” -Shawn Braue, Lt Col, USAF (Ret), District Energy Manager, Egg Harbor Township School District

  •  Medford Township School District (Burlington County)

“The Sustainable Jersey for Schools application process provided us with the opportunity to critically evaluate our greening efforts districtwide and to begin to develop future sustainable goals. As a district we look forward to this challenge and commit to creating a brighter future for the Medford Community. As we move ahead, we believe there is a ‘Silver’ lining in our future.”” - Joseph Del Rossi, Superintendent, Medford Township School District 

  • Readington Township School District (Hunterdon County)

    “We are honored to be among a select group of districts who had all of their schools certified. We are especially proud of Whitehouse School and Three Bridges School who both received silver certifications. Readington Middle and Holland Brook each received bronze awards and have seen amazing energy-saving and behavioral changes. The hard work and dedication of our staff toward the district’s ongoing sustainability goals is reflected in these awards.” –Donald Race, Facilities Manager, Readington Township School District 

  • Wayne Township Public School District (Passaic County)

“Since 2010, the Wayne Township Public School District has been moving forward with a robust, but solid foundation of a sustainable energy efficiency program. With the full support of a “forward thinking” Board and Administration, Wayne has now begun interfacing sustainability into the classroom and teaming with our student body, staff, teachers and the community. Wayne has had a vision to bring sustainability to not just one school, but to our entire District. We most recently received the “Bronze” recognition from the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program for each of our 14 schools in the District simultaneously. This distinct “Bronze” recognition has now allowed us to raise the “sustainable bar” and challenge ourselves to a future “Silver” certification. Sustainable Jersey thinking is here to stay in the Wayne Township Public School District and will assist in preparing our graduates to become future leaders of the global sustainable community.” -- Dr. Mark Toback, Superintendent, Wayne Township Public Schools 

Representatives from these schools and districts will accept their awards at a reception during the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Workshop 2015 on October 27, 2015 in Atlantic City. “The Sustainable Jersey for Schools awards recognize the outstanding work being done at the local level,” said Donna Drewes, who co-directs Sustainable Jersey with Randall Solomon. “We’re impressed by the sustainability programs and initiatives of these schools and districts. They deserve to be commended for their accomplishments and we’re looking forward to sharing their work at the awards reception.”

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