NJEA funds 46 sustainability grants

At an awards ceremony held today, Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced the 46 New Jersey schools and school districts selected to receive Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). Eleven $10,000 grants and 35 $2,000 grants were distributed to fund a variety of projects including vertical aeroponic tower gardens, agricultural and sustainability curriculum, student green team capacity building, an outdoor classroom, a healthy habits program, enhanced recycling efforts and more.

NJEA is proud to head into its fourth year partnering with Sustainable Jersey on the Sustainable Jersey for Schools initiative—also known as SJ4S. With this contribution NJEA has provided a total of $750,000 thus far to support a sustainable future for children across the state through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. Our statistics show that 712 schools, representing 48 percent of all New Jersey school districts in New Jersey have adopted a school board resolution to participate in the program. In addition, 194 schools have become Sustainable Jersey for Schools certified; and over 2,700 sustainability initiatives have been completed by Sustainable Jersey certified schools.

“This is an important program that directs resources into our schools and NJEA is proud to continue to work with Sustainable Jersey,” said NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller. “It is our job to help create a new generation of engaged citizens and leaders. We help ensure that we leave a better world for our students when we emphasize the value of sustainability.” In addition to the grant funding, NJEA supports Sustainable Jersey for Schools as a program underwriter.

“Congratulations to the grant recipients. Sustainable Jersey for Schools aims to empower schools with the funding needed to implement important sustainability actions,” said Randall Solomon, executive director for Sustainable Jersey. “We look forward to the completion of these projects and the ongoing efforts of these schools and school districts. The NJEA-funded grants allow communities to come together to improve outcomes for students, staff and the environment.”

Proposals were judged by an independent Blue Ribbon Selection Committee. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants are intended to help school districts and schools make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.

To learn more about Sustainable Jersey for Schools and future grant opportunities, visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

Recipients of $10,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Project Grants 

  • Leonia Public School District – Bergen County
  • Cunningham Alternative Academy – Cumberland County
  • Gateway Regional High School – Gloucester County
  • Hopewell Elementary – Mercer County
  • Middletown High School North – Monmouth County
  • Cove Road Elementary – Monmouth County
  • Washington Township School District – Morris County
  • Toms River High School South – Ocean County
  • Elms Elementary – Ocean County
  • Stillwater Township Elementary – Sussex County
  • High Point Regional School District –  Sussex County

Recipients of $2,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Project Grants

Weymouth Township Elementary – Atlantic County
New York Avenue School – Atlantic County
E.H. Slaybaugh Elementary – Atlantic County
Dawes Avenue Elementary – Atlantic County
Tenafly High – Bergen County
Bell Oaks Elementary – Camden County
Ethel M. Burke Elementary – Camden County
Bellmawr Park Elementary – Camden County
Winslow Township School No.4 Elementary – Camden County
Winslow Township School No.1 Elementary – Camden County
Winslow Township Middle – Camden County
Winslow Township High School – Camden County
Lincoln Elementary – Essex County
National Park Elementary – Gloucester County
High Bridge Middle – Hunterdon County
Grover Middle School – Mercer County
Benjamin Franklin Elementary – Mercer County
Ewing High – Mercer County
Parkway Elementary – Mercer County
J.V.B. Wicoff Elementary – Mercer County
Atlantic Highlands Elementary – Monmouth County
Ocean Township High School – Monmouth County
Rockaway Valley School – Morris County
Pequannock Township High School – Morris County
Old Farmers Road Elementary – Morris County
Flocktown-Kossmann Elementary – Morris County
Toms River – Intermediate East – Ocean County
Lanoka Harbor Elementary – Ocean County
Mill Pond Elementary – Ocean County
Lanes Mill Road Elementary – Ocean County
Lacey Township High School – Ocean County
Randall Carter Elementary – Passaic County
Hillsborough Twp Board of Education – Somerset County
White Township School – Warren County
Blairstown Elementary – Warren County

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