$180,000 in Grants to deliver innovative school-based sustainability projects

NJEA provides funding to support grants funded through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program

Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced the thirty-eight New Jersey public schools and districts selected to receive Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). Thirteen $10,000 grants and twenty-five $2,000 grants were distributed to support a variety of projects including hydroponics and aeroponics systems; outdoor school gardens; outdoor classrooms; food waste, recycling, and waste reduction initiatives including disposable water bottle reduction programs; composting and capturing biogas as a sustainable energy source; biodiversity projects and pollinator gardens; sustainability, STEAM and climate change curriculum; bike racks and maintenance stations; equitable communications training; green team capacity building and more.

“Our investment and partnership with Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a testament to our commitment to support a sustainable future for our students across the state,” said New Jersey Education Association President Sean M. Spiller. “We are so proud to be part of a program that directs resources right into our classrooms and communities. Our children have inherited an environment that is fraught with problems, from climate change, and plastic and trash clogging rivers and oceans, to the extinction of many species. Our generation must do everything we can to emphasize the value of sustainability and healthy practices. Ultimately, we want our children to become engaged citizens and leaders in sustainability.”  In addition to $2.25 million in grant funding and program assistance, NJEA supports Sustainable Jersey for Schools as a program underwriter.

“Congratulations grant recipients. We hope this funding is transformational to your sustainability programs and creates a ripple effect of awareness across your community. Thank you, NJEA for providing the crucial financial support needed to make these projects possible,” said Sustainable Jersey Executive Director Randall Solomon. An independent Blue-Ribbon Selection Committee judged the proposals.

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About Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for public schools in New Jersey. It was launched by Sustainable Jersey, an organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability programs. To date, 1,180 schools are participating in the program. Visit the Participating Districts and Schools webpage to see the full list of participating and certified schools and school districts. Sustainable Jersey for Schools has awarded over $3.1 million in grants to schools and school districts.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is underwritten by Gardinier Environmental Fund, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), PSEG Foundation, New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA). Platinum sponsors are NJEA, PSE&G (founding sponsor), South Jersey Gas (founding sponsor), Elizabethtown Gas and New Jersey Natural Gas (founding sponsor). The gold sponsors are Solar Landscape and NJM Insurance Group (founding sponsor). The silver sponsors are Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind and Bluepoint Wind. The bronze sponsors are Gabel Associates and Maschio’s Food Service Inc.

The Sustainable Jersey Digital Schools Program is underwritten by NJDOE and NJSBA. The bronze sponsors are NJM Insurance Group (founding sponsor), Elizabethtown Gas and South Jersey Gas (founding sponsor).