Sustainable Jersey for Schools at the 2021 New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop

Each year Sustainable Jersey for Schools exhibits during the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Workshop, and provides a variety of trainings on different topics. The virtual conference has been reimagined for the second consecutive year to provide New Jersey school leaders with a path forward  and learn about best practices in schools and districts across the state. Browse and consider attending one of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools sessions listed below. NJSBA-member districts can send up to 18 attendees to Workshop as part of their membership package. Speak with your district business office to register as part of your district member group. For more information about the 2021 NJSBA Virtual Workshop, visit their website:

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Sessions

Leading and Learning with Digital Schools Star Recognition:
Tuesday, October 26, 10:00am - 10:55am

A panel of school leaders who have achieved the state's Sustainable Jersey Digital Schools Star Recognition will share their practices and resources that helped them meet the challenges of learning and teaching in a digital world. The New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey School Boards Association formed a partnership to create this innovative program, endorsed by New Jersey Leadership for Educational Excellence.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Updates:
Tuesday, October 26, 11:00am - 11:55am

Hear about statewide trends, new actions, grant opportunities and the 2022 Student Climate Challenge from the staff at Sustainable Jersey for Schools. With over 1,000 schools participating in the program, there’s a lot to share!

Get on the Electric Bus! Funding Electric School Fleets:
Tuesday, October 26, 1:30pm - 2:25pm

This session will cover strategies for school districts interested in transitioning their bus fleets or third-party companies to operating electric school buses. Electric school buses provide cleaner, quieter transportation and are less costly to operate and maintain. They can help to reduce a district's carbon footprint, while clearing the air for students and communities. We will provide information regarding current incentives and procurement options for adding electric school vehicles. Elizabeth Public School District will share its experience adding electric school buses and other electric vehicles to its fleet.

Sustainability Champions Showcase:
Tuesday, October 26, 2:30pm - 3:25pm

Schools that had the highest certification points in elementary, middle and high school categories in the 2021 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification share tips for success.

Creative Approaches to Saving Energy in Schools:
Wednesday, October 27, 10:00am - 10:55am

From student-oriented energy saving programs to comprehensive facility improvements, New Jersey school leaders are implementing innovative sustainable energy practices in their schools. This panel will feature impressive and inspiring efforts by school administrators, facility managers and teachers to integrate sustainable energy into curriculum, daily district operations and beyond, resulting in tangible impacts for their students and greater communities.

Climate Change Is Here, So Is Climate Change Education:
Wednesday, October 27, 1:30pm - 2:25pm

New Jersey has mandated formal instruction regarding climate change in grades K-12. Leaders in the field will share strategies to help schools and teachers meet the requirement and discuss resources that could help.

Digital Schools: Data Safety and Security Policy:
Thursday, October 28, 11:00am - 11:55am

Hear from New Jersey Digital Schools district experts about how establishing and maintaining data safety and security policies helps to mount effective strategies that counteract the increasing threat of cyberattacks. Created in June 2020, the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey School Boards Association created the Digital Schools program to support K-12 schools in digital learning, especially remote learning sparked by the pandemic.