Why Get Certified?


Sustainable Jersey’s certified schools are national leaders in implementing solutions to key sustainability challenges while proactively providing the next generation with the tools they need to help their communities be more resilient and better able to adapt to a changing environment.


From efforts to improve health, integrate sustainability into student learning, boost recycling efforts, cut greenhouse gas emissions, improve digital learning and progress toward an equitable society, the actions completed by participating Sustainable Jersey schools and school districts have made a significant contribution.

 
 
Seth Boyden Elementary School Outdoor Classroom

 


"Participation in Sustainable Jersey for Schools helped us identify, set and achieve our district sustainability goals. The program’s format and guidance provide an excellent framework for us to assess our progress and identify our areas for growth."

--Thomas A. Smith, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
Hopewell Valley Regional School District


 

Registration is free and grants are available. With more than 60% of school districts in New Jersey registered, the Sustainable Jersey for Schools scene is bigger than ever. Don't miss your chance to:

 
 

Save money. Get money.
Sustainable Jersey schools and school districts implement practices that lead to cost savings in energy, water and garbage bills. The program helps schools and districts improve efficiency, cut waste and free up money for the classroom. Registered schools and school districts get special priority access and notification of incentives and grants, and are eligible for the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program which has provided nearly $6 million for community-based initiatives across New Jersey.

 
 

Prepare the next generation with the tools they need to save the planet.
Sustainable Jersey schools and school districts provide students with the tools they need to fight for a sustainable planet. Issues such as water scarcity, climate change, equity, racism and environmental degradation require broad-based sustainability literacy to ensure that young people are equipped to deal with the challenges that lie ahead. Sustainable Jersey schools serve as learning labs for these issues and the certification program supports educators with the learning opportunities and resources they need empower students.

 
 

Gain access to training, tools and expert guidance.
Participating schools will have access to clear guidance and New Jersey specific tools and resources for developing a comprehensive sustainable school program. Training workshops, webinars and leadership meetings will provide your school with the opportunity to connect with experts in important school sustainability issues.

 
 

Create a better future. Conserve valuable resources.
We need everyone on board to build a common agenda for a sustainable New Jersey. As we face increasing environmental and social challenges, we need schools to be a part of the solution. Participation in Sustainable Jersey for Schools provides an opportunity for students to connect with curricula in the integrated disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (i-STEAM) which can also serve as a tool for interactive lessons. By becoming a Sustainable Jersey for Schools certified school, you align your school/district with your community’s values while saving your resources as well as nature's.

 
 

Create healthier learning and working environments.
Research shows that sustainable practices positively impact student academic performance. Kids learn best when there is good natural classroom light and excellent indoor air quality. Sustainable practices help create healthier learning environments that lower illness and absenteeism.

 
 

Get recognized. Promote your school.
Schools that achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification are promoted on our website, in our publications, in the media and at events. They are provided with a customized Sustainable Jersey for Schools logo that can be used on the school’s promotional materials. Schools are honored at an annual awards event held during the New Jersey School Board Association’s annual Workshop. Program participation enhances school efforts to achieve U.S. Department of Energy Green Ribbon recognition and/or EcoSchools Green Flag status.