2021 Certification Application Cycle
Sustainable Jersey for Schools operates on a once a year application cycle, with three submission dates. See the chart below for details on the structure and timing of the application cycle. To maximize the potential for feedback and ultimately achieve certification, it is highly recommended to submit an application with documentation for at least two rounds of review. Applicants who wait until the final deadline to submit an initial application will not have the opportunity to correct any deficiencies until the next year’s certification cycle.
Important Note for Schools with Certification Expiring in 2021
In response to the disruption of schools’ normal operations and activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sustainable Jersey for Schools will extend certifications due to expire on 08-31-2021 by one year. We will automatically issue the extension at the end of the current application cycle in August to any school in this cohort that does not get recertified.
Schools that received an extension last year may get an additional one-year extension to 2022 if they request one. To request a second one-year certification extension, send a letter from the school’s principal requesting the extension and stating the intention to recommit to the program next year. (A board resolution may be sent instead if requesting an extension for multiple schools). Send the letter or resolution to email@example.com by the final application deadline of June 21, 2021.
Expiring schools that submit applications this year and do not earn enough points to get certified will be given the one-year extension of their current certification, and any points earned this year will remain valid in the application at least through the 2022 application cycle.
|First Round||Second Round||Third Round|
|Submission Deadline||January 15||March 26||June 21|
|Return Date||Late February||Early May||Early August|
|Timeline & Submission/Resubmission Requirements|
New Program Year Starts
First Online Application Submission Deadline
First-Round Review Comments Provided
Second Online Application Deadline
Second-Round Review Comments Provided
Final Decision on Pending Applications
Final Certification Notifications to Schools