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|Short Notice Grant opportunity from Sustainable Jersey for Schools for schools in New Jersey Natural Gas Territory DUE AUG 28
PowerSave Schools Program
Just wanted to share this short notice but fantastic opportunity from Sustainable Jersey in partnership with New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) and the Alliance to Save Energy out of Washington DC- PowerSave School Program.
Please note this opportunity is only available to schools in the NJNG service territory that are already registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program (see list at the end of the announcement- primarily Monmouth and Ocean County as well as a portion of Morris County).
The deadline is August 28th but it should only take 5 minutes to complete the application!
Schools not only have the opportunity to save money on energy costs, but they will also have the opportunity receive professional support to engage students and expand classroom learning on energy conservation and efficiency as well as up to a $1,000 stipend per school.
Thanks for any help you can provide in recruiting schools for this great opportunity.
PowerSave School information attached please find:
NEW! Free Resources to Educate Students about Energy Efficiency and Help Schools Save Money on Energy Costs
The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) will select fifteen schools that are within the New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) Service Territory and that are registered with Sustainable Jersey for Schools to participate in PowerSave Schools. Created by ASE, this program helps elementary, middle, and high school students learn about and embrace energy efficiency and conservation in their academic environment. It helps participating schools save money and energy through changes in behavior, operations and maintenance procedures and by encouraging the use of more energy-efficient equipment. This opportunity is made possible by NJNG which will fund all direct program costs in fifteen schools and by ASE which will implement the PowerSave program, providing the tools and resources to ensure a successful program outcome. Participating schools also receive up to $1,000 for the energy team to use for educational resources or staff stipends. For more information and to find the one page application form please visit: Website; Application FormWebsite; Application Form
SAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS FOR YOUR USE:
Sustainable Jersey for Schools Registered schools and districts in NJNG service territory (as of 8/6/2015). These schools are eligible for PowerSave School Grant Opportunity
Colts Neck Township School District (no schools registered)
Freehold Borough School District (no schools registered)
Keyport School District
Long Branch Public School District
George L. Catrambone Elementary School
Gregory Elementary School
Long Branch Middle School
Manasquan School District
Manasquan High School
Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District
Cambridge Park School
Middletown Township Public School District (no schools registered)
Township of Ocean School District
Sea Girt Borough School District
Shrewsbury Borough School District
Spring Lake Heights School District
Spring Lake Heights Elementary School
Boonton Township Public School
Rockaway Valley Elementary School
Mine Hill Township School District
Canfield Avenue Elementary School
Berkeley Township School District
Bayville Elementary School
Berkeley Township Elementary School
Clara B. Worth Elementary School
H&M Potter Elementary School
Brick Township Public Schools
Brick Township High School
Brick Township Memorial High School
Drum Point Road Elementary School
Emma Havens Young Elementary School
Hebertsville Elementary School
Lake Riviera Middle School
Lanes Mill Road Elementary School
Midstreams Elementary School
Osbornville Elementary School
Veteran’s Memorial Elementary School
Veteran’s Memorial Middle School
Warren H Wolf Elementary School
Lavallette Borough Board of Education
Lavallette Elementary School
Manchester Township School District
Manchester Township High School
Manchester Township Middle School
Manchester Township Elementary School
NJ Regional Day – Jackson
Ridgeway Elementary School
Whiting Elementary School
Donna Drewes PP/AICP
Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey
Room 379 Forcina Hall, Ewing, NJ 08628-0718
This document provides an overview of the program, clearly laying out responsibilities of each involved party. Eligible schools* interested in participating in the program in fall 2015 must complete, sign, and return the application form attached below by 11:59 pm on August 28, 2015.
*The PowerSave Schools program is only available to schools participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools.
The goals of the program are to:
" Educate students about energy and energy efficiency through hands-on educational lessons that promote STEM learning and are aligned with Common Core State Standards;
" Help schools save money on energy costs and protect the environment through cooperative, school-wide changes in behavior, operations and maintenance procedures, and by encouraging retrofits of more efficient equipment;
" Build educational and professional pathways to green jobs.
New Jersey Natural Gas and the Alliance to Save Energy will:
1. Support PowerSave Schools teachers to provide high quality, inquiry-based learning opportunities for their students in the following ways:
" Conduct a 1-day training workshop that brings together teams to orient them to the program and to begin planning activities for their school.
" Conduct mid-year and end-of-year meetings for the PowerSave Schools teams (approximately 3 hours each) to share successes, discuss and resolve challenges, and continue planning.
" Provide a Local Project Leader (a dedicated Alliance staff member) who will support all participating schools through monthly site visits.
" Provide an annual stipend of up to $1,000 for each school team, which may be used by team members as personal stipends or for other appropriate educational expenditures as determined by the team. The school teams will consist of at least three members at the school site, including at least one teacher and one custodian. The stipends will be prorated if fewer than three people actively participate on the team, but the total amount will not be increased if more than three people are on the team.
" Provide a Road Map Guide that includes instructional materials correlated with the Common-Core and Next Generation Science Learning Standards. Schools will also receive diagnostic tools to support inquiry-based learning, a system for tracking energy use data, and other resource materials.
" Support custodians and facilities staff to work with teachers and students to identify and implement changes in school facilities that will use energy more efficiently while also improving comfort levels and indoor air quality.
2. Facilitate communication among teachers and students in the school/district as well as with other schools that are engaged in PowerSave Schools Program activities. The Alliance's website provides new resources, updates of activities at schools and other organizations, and access to technical tools and information.
3. Support the overall development of PowerSave Schools in the school/district by identifying additional resources and partnerships.
The school and/or district will agree to:
1. Identify a PowerSave School adult team at each participating school to implement activities in classrooms and throughout the school, noting their required participation in one day PowerSave Schools Professional Development Workshop in the summer, the after-school mid-year and end-of-year meetings, and interim school-level team meetings.
2. Assemble a team of approximately 10-30 interested students to participate as the PowerSave Schools student team, who will be educated through the program's lesson plans and activities, and will lead efforts to share energy efficiency best practices with their peers, faculty, and broader community.
3. Allow the student teams to conduct energy audits and patrol contests.
4. Have at least one district-level staff person participate in PowerSave Schools workshops in order to facilitate district engagement in the program and enable other schools to take advantage of program resources.
5. Coordinate with Local Project Leader to raise awareness at the school about other NJNG initiatives such as the Conserve to Preserve Poster Contest (for 5th graders), the Conserve to Preserve Video Contest (for high schools), and the NJNG Community Rewards Program.
6. Return completed progress summaries to the Alliance to Save Energy Local Project Leader at the end of each semester in order to receive stipends.
Additional ways of ensuring school success include:
" Attend the PowerSave Schools end-of-year celebration to announce each school's success and discuss challenges and improvement.
" Recognize principals and the PowerSave teams that achieved the highest levels of energy savings at a district-level meeting.
" Invite students to make a presentation to the school board about their accomplishments.
" Seriously consider student recommendations on energy efficient practices and retrofit opportunities, and implement those that meet the school district's criteria for cost-effectiveness and performance.
School Application Form
After carefully reading through the above program description and expectations, please fill out the following information in order to request participation in the PowerSave Schools Program. Completed forms should be submitted to email@example.com.
Name of district
Name of school
Number of students enrolled in the school
Grade band participating in the program
Size of PowerSave team (10-30 students)
Lead PowerSave staff name(s) and contact information
What are your objectives for the PowerSave Schools Program?
What measures are you currently taking to save energy at your school?
The form should be signed by the School Principal
|E-News Update: New Grants Announced
|CCI EEWG Grant Opportunity
The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Education Foundation has posted a grant opportunity for the creation of environmental education curriculum that:
Grant funds are available up to $1,500
Pre-proposals due: September 13
Full proposals due: September 28
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|Muriel Siebert Award Nomination & Mini-Grant Application Open!
Honoring those who make a difference - Nominate Today!
NJCFE Financial Literacy Symposium - October 15 at Raritan Valley Community College - Click here to Register!
Muriel Siebert Award Nominations 2015
Please send your Muriel Siebert Award nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 1, 2015
NJCFE Mary O’Neill Financial Education Mini-Grant
Dr. Barbara O’Neill, a NJCFE member, has made a restricted donation to NJCFE in honor of her late mother, Mary O’Neill, a financially capable woman. The donation supports an annual $2,500 mini-grant for an innovative, high-impact financial education project that is a direct outreach resource to consumers. The mini-grant cannot be used to pay indirect costs. All dues-paying NJCFE member organizations are eligible and encouraged to apply. The due date for mini-grant applications is September 30, 2015.
Mini-grant projects should contain the following components:
- Description of a quality “deliverable” (e.g., publication, curriculum, class series, software, media,Web site, etc.)
Please note NJCFE’s policy on grant funding: Grant funding must be used directly for program development and implementation, no indirect costs may be allocated in the grant proposal.
1:1 matching (cash or in-kind, such as project director salary and employer-paid expenses or supplies)
A selection committee appointed by the NJCFE Board will review mini-grant applications and select an annual winner. The decision of the committee is final. The mini-grant recipient will be announced in October 2015. The grantee must submit a 1,000-word summary of the final results of the mini-grant project to the NJCFE via email email@example.com by October 1, 2016.
If mini-grant funds are used to produce written or media (e.g., DVDs, CDs) materials, the mini-grant grant recipient should send three (3) copies to the NJCFE office.
Please adhere to the format below to describe your proposed project and the maximum limit of two (2) typed pages (1” margins, 12-point font, single spacing with double spaces between paragraphs). If you have questions, contact the NJCFE office at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Barbara O’Neill at email@example.com.
Mini-Grant Proposal Outline
* Title of proposed project; relationship to, and support of, NJCFE mission and vision
E-mail your completed mini-grant application to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Put the words “NJCFE Mini-Grant Application” in the “Subject” line of your e-mail message.
New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education
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|Sustainable Jersey for Schools Funding Opportunity
Sustainable Jersey for Schools Funding Opportunity
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Garbage is Font of Information for 5th-Graders
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James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree
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|Fruit Tree 101
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TO: Chief School Administrators / Charter School Lead Persons
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