Sustainable Jersey for Schools and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) announced that Three Bridges School, Whitehouse School and Holland Brook School have each been awarded Sustainable Jersey for Schools capacity-building $2,000 grants. The grants, presented on February 2, are intended to assist the schools’ green teams as they lead and coordinate sustainability activities.
“Readington Township Schools are proud to continue our work improving the sustainability of our schools,” commented Readington Township School District’s Energy Coordinator, Jodi Bettermann. “The grants will support green initiatives, including enhancing an outdoor classroom space at Holland Brook School, installing a pollinator garden and a rain garden at Three Bridges School, and offering a Green Club after school at Whitehouse School.”
With this contribution, NJEA has provided $500,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. “NJEA is proud to continue to work with Sustainable Jersey on this important program that directs resources into our schools,” said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller. “It is our job to help create a new generation of engaged citizens and leaders. By emphasizing the value of sustainability, we also help ensure that we leave a better world for our students.” In addition to the grant funding, NJEA supports Sustainable Jersey for Schools as a program underwriter.
“Sustainable Jersey grantees help advance our continued goal to create a more sustainable New Jersey and world,” said Donna Drewes, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. “We look forward to the innovative projects and work that these schools and school districts will accomplish and we will share the tools, models and activities with other schools across the state.”
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.
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for public schools in New Jersey. It was launched by Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability programs. NJEA is the state’s largest association of education professionals, representing over 200,000 elementary and secondary teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, educational support professionals, retirees, and students preparing to become teachers.