Supporting Big Ideas: Funding for School Sustainability Projects Announced

Application process open for Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association

Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced $180,000 in new funding for fifty grants to be awarded to schools and districts. Applications are due on October 31, 2018 for this cycle of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program.

The 2018 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program cycle funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) will award: ten $10,000 grants to school districts or schools and forty $2,000 grants to support school green teams. Applicants must be registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program, which is free and voluntary. The funded projects will serve as practical and innovative models for the rest of the State and make measurable contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey.

With this contribution, NJEA has provided one-million dollars to support a sustainable future for children across the state through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program. “As we face climate change, the mass extinction of many species, and the clogging of our oceans with plastic, we must make better choices so that we leave the next generation a planet that is in much better shape,” said NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller. “When our students can learn, at an early age, that sustainable and healthy practices often go “hand in hand” with economic efficiencies, we all benefit from the positive changes. To that end, it is imperative that we emphasize the value of sustainability. NJEA is proud to work with Sustainable Jersey on this important program and channel resources directly into our schools to aid in that mission.” In addition to the grant funding, NJEA supports Sustainable Jersey for Schools as a program underwriter.

“Sustainable Jersey for Schools hopes that this funding opportunity will provide schools and school districts the spark needed to accelerate their work on new, innovative sustainability actions,” said Renee Haider, the Sustainable Jersey deputy director. “These grants are part of our collective effort to tackle New Jersey’s sustainability challenges, one school at a time.”

For more information about the Grants Program and details on how to apply, visit the Sustainable Jersey’s Grants and Resources page. A free informational webinar on this grant opportunity will take place on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 3-4 pm. 

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, a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability programs. To date, 302 school districts and 777 schools are participating in the program.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is underwritten by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). The 2018 Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants program is funded by the PSEG Foundation, NJEA and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. Founding sponsor contributors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and NJM Insurance Group. The silver sponsors are PSEG and Investors Bank and the bronze sponsors are BioShine, Gabel Associates and Schneider Electric.

Program partners include: NJSBA, NJEA, New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO), New Jersey Parent Teacher Association (NJPTA), New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association (NJSBGA) and The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

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