First 12 School Districts Register forSustainable Jersey for SchoolsThe first twelve school districts and three schools have registered for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Each district passed a resolution of participation and initiated the process for beginning the certification program. After a district is registered, principals in the district can register their individual school.
First 12 School Districts and 3 Schools to Register
1. Allendale Public School District (Bergen)
2. Berkeley Township School District (Ocean)
3. Black Horse Pike Regional School District (Camden)
4. Egg Harbor Township School District (Atlantic)
5. Galloway Township Public Schools (Atlantic)
· Galloway Township Middle School (Atlantic)
6. Hamilton Township School District (Atlantic)
7. Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District (Monmouth)
· Cambridge Park School (Monmouth)
8. North Plainfield Borough (Somerset)
9. Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District (Bergen)
· Ramapo High School (Bergen)
10. Readington Township School District (Hunterdon)
11. Springfield Public Schools (Union)
12. Tabernacle Township School District (Bergen)
Thanks to the urging of a forward-thinking high school student, Ramapo Indian Hill Regional High School District had a resolution ready to go. "Our district is very proud to be one of the first districts in the state of New Jersey to have passed a resolution committing our support to Sustainable Jersey for Schools,” said Beverly MacKay, superintendent of schools for Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District. “One of our 12th grade students, Laura Nugent, should be commended for bringing this initiative to our attention with a presentation at our October 13 Board meeting. The resolution was enthusiastically passed at the October 27 Board Meeting.”
Sustainable Jersey for Schools promotes a comprehensive and results-oriented approach to sustainability for schools. Participating schools can choose from 87 actions, such as performing energy audits, integrating sustainability into student learning, and boosting recycling efforts, to earn points for certification. "The Springfield Public School District is excited to be one of the first districts to register for Sustainable Jersey for Schools,” said Matthew Clarke, the school business administrator for Springfield Public Schools. “For many years, the District has recognized and embraced the three pillars of sustainability: people (opportunity for all), prosperity (support local economies and resources), and planet (practice responsible environmental management and conservation). We look forward to the opportunity to be a leader in sustainability for schools for years to come."
We’re thrilled to welcome the first districts that have registered. These districts and their schools should be commended for being proactive in their pursuit of sustainability. The program will help schools improve efficiency, cut waste and contribute to students’ education in the key areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, often referred to as STEM education.