New Grants Announced to Fund NJ School and District Sustainability Projects

on Oct 28, 2016

PSEG Foundation contributes $100,000 to Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant Program

 On October 25, Lisa Gleason, the PSEG Foundation program officer, announced that the foundation is contributing $100,000 to support a new cycle of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program. The announcement was delivered at a Sustainable Jersey for Schools awards reception with over 275 participants held at New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop 2016 in Atlantic City.  With this contribution, PSEG Foundation has provided over $1.3 million dollars in funding to support local sustainability initiatives in municipalities and schools across the state. 

“The PSEG Foundation’s ongoing support of the Small Grants Program is an excellent example of how public and private partnerships can encourage local grass roots efforts to improve the quality of life in New Jersey,” said Donna Drewes, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. “The ability to participate in a small grants program is an important benefit for Sustainable Jersey for Schools registered districts and schools,” she added.

“Our long-standing partnership with Sustainable Jersey has helped to empower schools to develop projects that provide students with the opportunity to learn more about sustainability, protecting the environment and STEM education,” said Ellen Lambert, president of the PSEG Foundation.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is now accepting grant applications for sustainability projects from New Jersey public schools and districts registered in the program. Funded by PSEG Foundation, the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program will make $100,000 available to schools. Application proposals are being accepted through February 3, 2017. Visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com to submit an online application.

The Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program will award public school districts and schools with four $10,000 grants to support work on program actions like food waste recycling, climate mitigation, green infrastructure, school health assessments and student enrichment programs and thirty $2,000 capacity building awards to support school green teams. “The funded projects serve as practical and innovative models for the rest of the State and make measurable contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey,” said Randall Solomon, co-director of Sustainable Jersey.

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