Sustainable Jersey says that the 83 schools in 24 New Jersey districts have achieved Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification this year.
The organization, a nonprofit entity dedicated to assisting schools and local governments pursue sustainability initiatives, says that in two years, 118 schools in the state have achieved Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. A total of 509 schools and 204 school districts are taking part in the program overall.
Sustainable Jersey for Schools was formed in 2014 and provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward schools as they pursue energy-saving and environmentally friendly programs. Participation in the program is voluntary.
Each school that receives certification at the bronze-level must submit documentation to show it has completed a balanced portfolio of the program’s sustainability actions and attained a minimum of 150 points.
“Becoming certified with Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a significant achievement for schools and their school district,” says Donna Drewes who co-directs Sustainable Jersey with Randall Solomon. “We’re thrilled with the number of schools that achieved certification and we share this success with the eight partner organizations that have joined us in this effort.”
Five schools received certification at the more advanced silver-level: Cape May City Elementary School, H. Russell Swift Elementary School, Egg Harbor Township High School, Holland Township Elementary School and Reeds Road Elementary School. To receive silver-level certification, a school must reach a minimum of 350 points.
The Sustainable Jersey for Schools program partners include: New Jersey School Boards Association, New Jersey Association of School Administrators, New Jersey Association of School Business Officials, New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey Parent Teacher Association, New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association and The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey.