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EPA Go Green! Monthly Newsletter
EPA Highlights eNewsletter
Sustainable Jersey For Schools
This Week in the New Jersey Skylands
Schools Enews Update: Innovations in Sustainability Education Session
Pequest Now Open Weekends!
April Sustainability Hero Announced and More!
Great Places: Tune in to the Osprey Nest Cam
Spring Into Your Wildlife Garden
April Littoral News
ED-GRS Announces 2016 Director’s Award Recipient
Green Knight Newsletter: News and Events for April
Check out our Green Infrastructure Guidance Manual for New Jersey!
NAAEE: eeNEWS for March 23, 2016
PEEC: Spring Newsletter - Muskrat Ramblings and More!
10 Tips to Get Your Eco-School Ready for Spring!
Science Update: Are Bison Shrinking?
Schools Enews Update: New Grant Funding & Webinars Announced!
How Will You Celebrate EE Week 2016?
Product Testing Report
270 Birds of the World Revealed When You Zoom in on This Mural
i-Tree Tools newsletter
Sustainable Jersey: Sustainability Heroes
Eco-Schools USA: Resources to Put a "Spring" in your Step
Spring Plantings, Events, and Grants for Your Town!
RHA: Spring Happenings
March Littoral News
Great Places: View Spring Wildflowers
E-News: Egg-cellent Annoucement for EagleCam Lovers
Fast Forward with February STEM & STEAM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for March
ED to Announce 2016 Honorees on Earth Day April 22nd
3 Actions Your Green Team Can Take Today!
Schools Enews Update: 400 Schools Now Registered!
Green Chemistry Information
National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter
eNews: Watch 118 Bird Species Migrating on One Map
February Sustainability Hero Announced
News from PAEE
Great Places: Snow Birds
Green Knight newsletter -- February 2016 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey
February Littoral News
EE at EPA: New Student Challenges, Resources and Grant Recipients
Gardener News February 2016
|Schools Enews Update: Innovations in Sustainability Education Session
SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
168 Districts 438 Schools Participating
NJ Sustainability Summit: Innovations in Sustainability Education
Plan now to attend the 2016 New Jersey Sustainability Summit and be part of the collaborative enterprise needed to ensure a sustainable future for New Jersey and beyond!
Session Spotlight: Innovations in Sustainability Education
What is education for sustainability? Learn how New Jersey schools are taking a multidisciplinary approach to infusing the three equal, interrelated components of sustainability - people, prosperity, and planet - into students' learning experiences. Examples related to school culture, school facilities, curriculum and extracurricular activities will be highlighted.
Read all of the breakout session descriptions here.
Need Funding? $120,000 in Funds Available to Support Health & Wellness Initiatives in Middle and High Schools
If your district or school is registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program and serves middle and high school students, there is funding available to help you to implement health and wellness initiatives. The New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH), through its Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant, is providing $120,000 to fund thirty $4,000 awards to complete specific Sustainable Jersey for Schools health and wellness actions. For more information , visit our website.
Application Deadline: Friday, June 10, 2016 at 11:59pm
Upcoming and Recorded WebinarsEvidence Based Practices to Improve the Social, Emotional and Physical Health of Middle and High School Students
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
This webinar will highlight a variety of an evidence-based, healthy lifestyle intervention programs that improve adolescents' healthy lifestyle behaviors, physical and mental health, and academic performance. All the programs discussed would be eligible for funding under the current Sustainable Jersey for Schools Health & Wellness Small Grants cycle. Join us to explore possibilities and how a small grant could help make implementation at your school a reality.
Funding for Health and Wellness in Middle and High Schools (Recorded Webinar)
If you were unable to attend the informational webinar held April 14, view the recording and presentation to learn about the grant application process, using the online application, requirements, and tips for successful applications.
Funding Walkable & Bike Friendly Communities
Creating walkable and bikeable communities is a successful strategy for maintaining and restoring economic vitality and improving public health in a community. Attend this workshop to learn more about the funding opportunities available to help create and maintain safe, walkable and bikeable environments in your town including the recently announced NJ Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School and Transportation Alternatives Program grant opportunities.
MAY 05, 2016 - 10:00 AM TO 12:30 PM
PASSAIC COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, PATERSON
HAMILTON CLUB BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR SEMINAR ROOM 32 CHURCH STREET PATERSON, NJ 07505
MAY 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM TO 12:30 PM
EDWARD J. BLOUSTEIN SCHOOL, RUTGERS
ROOM 369 33 LIVINGSTON AVENUE NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ 08901
MAY 11, 2016 - 10:00 AM TO 12:30 PM
RUTGERS CAMDEN - CAMPUS CENTER
WEST AB CONFERENCE ROOM 326 PENN ST. CAMDEN, NJ 08102
Education For Sustainability (EFS) Curriculum Design Studio
In partnership with the Cloud Institute, Sustainable Jersey for Schools is delighted to offer training scholarships to an EfS Curriculum Design Studio, a five-day training for Educators, Curriculum Designers and Administrators, that will be held June 27 - July 1. Through working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review and optional mini-sessions, you are supported as you innovate/create and develop classroom units, performance assessments and protocols that educate for sustainability. For more information, website. The scholarships are available to employees of school districts registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.Application Deadline: Friday, May 13, 2016 at 5:00pm
Jersey Fresh Farm To School Awards
Promote your school's efforts to serve Jersey Fresh produce and support local agriculture. Registering for the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Recognition & Awards Program is an opportunity to expand your school's Farm to School efforts and highlight Jersey Fresh produce in your school meals. To learn more about the program, applicant eligibility, and the selection process, please visit their website.
Application Deadline: June 1, 2016
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Stratford School District
Parkview Elementary School (Stratford)
Samuel S. Yellin Elementary School (Stratford)
Township of Franklin School District
Monroe Township School District
Wallace No. 6 Elementary School (Hoboken)
Kingwood Township Elementary School
Eldridge Park Elementary School (Lawrence)
Lawrence Intermediate School
PACE Charter School of Hamilton
Deane-Porter Elementary School (Rumson)
Forrestdale Middle School (Rumson)
Roxbury Township School District
School District of the Chathams
Manchester Regional High School
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
APRIL 29, 2016 8:00 AM- 12:30 PM BRIDGEWATER, NJ or
MAY 13, 2016 8:00AM- 12:30 PM MAHWAH, NJ
NJ Association of Designated Persons
APRIL 30, 2016 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM CHATHAM, NJ or
MAY 14, 2016 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM TUCKERTON, NJ
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
MAY 11, 2016 1:00-2:30PM WEBINAR
EPA's Indoor Environments Division
JUNE 7, 2016 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM MONROE TWP, NJ
Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA)
Special Olympics New Jersey and the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association invite school and district teams (up to four members representing Administration, Special Services, Athletics and Guidance/School Climate) to attend a day focused on learning about the history and impact of Special Olympics Unified Strategy for Schools and the resources available through a Special Olympics New Jersey Play Unified School Partnership.
Download Program Resources
|Pequest Now Open Weekends!
The Pequest Trout Hatchery is now open weekends through the end of October. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the facility, visit the exhibit hall or enjoy a wide variety of programming, including fishing education, guided hikes on our trail system, and bird, bat and amphibian programs.
|April Sustainability Hero Announced and More!
|Great Places: Tune in to the Osprey Nest Cam
|Spring Into Your Wildlife Garden
|April Littoral News
|ED-GRS Announces 2016 Director’s Award Recipient
|Green Knight Newsletter: News and Events for April
|Check out our Green Infrastructure Guidance Manual for New Jersey!
|NAAEE: eeNEWS for March 23, 2016
|PEEC: Spring Newsletter - Muskrat Ramblings and More!
|10 Tips to Get Your Eco-School Ready for Spring!
|Science Update: Are Bison Shrinking?
|Schools Enews Update: New Grant Funding & Webinars Announced!
|How Will You Celebrate EE Week 2016?
|Product Testing Report
For those interested in childrens health a third party report (Not reviewed by EPA R2), which is a new product testing report, Cadmium, Lead, and Other Metals in Children's Jewelry, is available at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1603007.html. In 2015, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) evaluated the presence of cadmium, lead, and five other toxic metals in children's jewelry. The study was carried out to provide data for assessing compliance with the Washington State Children's Safe Products Act (CSPA). Ecology purchased 159 items of inexpensive children's jewelry and screened them for metals with an X-ray fluorescence analyzer. From the screenings, 38 samples showing the presence of cadmium or lead were submitted for additional laboratory testing. Product information from 13 laboratory-tested samples were forwarded for compliance review, including product samples found to contain more than 5% cadmium or lead. The data from the study are available in Ecology's product testing database: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/ptdbpublicreporting/
|270 Birds of the World Revealed When You Zoom in on This Mural
|i-Tree Tools newsletter
|Sustainable Jersey: Sustainability Heroes
|Eco-Schools USA: Resources to Put a "Spring" in your Step
|Spring Plantings, Events, and Grants for Your Town!
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SPRING 2016 NEWSLETTER
Volunteer Schedule Posted!
Camden and Newark, NJ
Dig in! The NJ Tree Foundation's spring planting season will kick off in April in both Camden and Newark. Help dig holes, plant trees, and lay mulch alongside other amazing volunteers. For a full list of events, please visit the links below:
Grants Available to Plant Trees
Towns with a state-approved Community Forestry Management Plans are eligible for Community Stewardship Incentive Program (CSIP) funds from the NJDEP Community Forestry Program. Under "Tree Planting," these are available:
(21) $30,000 grants
(3) $150,000 grants
(3) $300,000 grants
Let's plant this state green! Deadline to apply is April 12th. For more information or an application, click here.
|Hire Us for Trees and Rain Gardens|
The NJ Tree Foundation's amazing Green Streets Crew is available for hire in your town! Services provided include tree planting, young tree maintenance, and tree watering. Our Green Streets program has planted 13,045 trees since 2006 and would love to add your town to the list.
We do rain gardens too! Did you know that? We can be hired in your town to dig, plant, or maintain rain gardens. For more information or a free quote, contact Lisa Simms at email@example.com.
Read & Share Our Annual Report
The NJ Tree Foundation is proud to share successes from our 2014-2015 fiscal year! Please read and share our annual report!
|RHA: Spring Happenings
|March Littoral News
|Great Places: View Spring Wildflowers
|E-News: Egg-cellent Annoucement for EagleCam Lovers
Just wanted to make you aware of a recently updated New York State Department of Environmental Conservation web site (http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/77750.html.). The NYS DEC under a grant from EPA R2 and for which they received an Environmental Champion Award in 2015 has also now posted four case studies "Going Green with Chemistry" at www.dec.ny.gov/education/103391.html. The web site provides 4 summaries and detailed case studies in four high schools on the experiences in implementing green chemistry in the classroom and training teachers. I think these are very useful. Also available is a registration form for a Green Chemistry Institute at Siena College in 2016. This is the last summer institute to be funded under our ongoing grant. Also this web site contains some sample labs and expert contacts at Siena College. See https://www.siena.edu/academics/schools-departments/school-of-science/centers-and-institutes/green-chemistry/.
The work indicates what can be done when universities, state agencies and schools collaborate to create environmental improvement and capacity building in the classroom. I would like to thank all those involved in this project for their continuing enthusiasm and innovation in this area of interest.
Thank you and may this work inspire all others to the task, Regards,
Walter H. Schoepf
Pollution Prevention and Climate Change Section
EPA Region 2
Eco-Schools USA in New Jersey
A Partnership between National Wildlife Federation
and New Jersey Audubon
FEBRUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER
ANNOUNCING OUR NEW ECO-SCHOOLS NJ COORDINATOR!
NJ Audubon is excited to announce that Allison Mulch has come aboard as the Eco-Schools NJ Coordinator. Allison has been active with greening New Jersey’s schools through her recent role as the Senior Manager of the Educational Information and Resource Center’s New Jersey Sustainable Schools Consortium and comes to us after doubling state-wide participation in the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) award program. In this role, Allison collaborated with numerous corporate, government, and non-profit agencies to serve the environmental and sustainability programs in schools throughout the state. In her spare time Allison is highly involved in the Boy and Girl Scouts in her community of Sewell.
Allison is based out of NJ Audubon’s Plainsboro Preserve and can be reached by phone at
(856) 404-7657 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 TEACHERS' SCHOOL OF ECOLOGY: JULY 11 to 15, 2016
NJ Audubon's Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, NJ - New Jersey Audubon extends an invitation to you to join us for this week of professional development to help you integrate ecology, STEM and sustainability concepts into your existing curricula. This week-long program for elementary and middle school teachers offers in-depth experiences that use inquiry as a basis for building effective field studies. READ MORE AND REGISTER
CLICK HERE FOR MORE PD OPPORTUNITIES
SUPPORTING S.T.E.A.M THROUGH SUSTAINABILITY ACTIONS
New Jersey Audubon’s centers and programs provide direct support to schools engaged in the Eco-Schools program. Consider these: Energy Pathway – participate in habitat explorations to learn how energy is cycled through nature in order to better understand how to reduce energy usage in schools. Biodiversity Pathway – participate in a species “bioblitz” to practice skills for plant and animal identification and data collection. Sustainable Foods Pathway – conduct plant inventories to learn about pollinators and their roles with native plants and food production. CLICK HERE to find a center near you!
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES
$700 GRANTS FOR FIELD TRIPS
Field Trip New Jersey is a new fund to support opportunities for students in underserved communities to connect classroom learning with real-life experiences. Apply for grants of up to $700 to cover transportation costs for field trips to arts and culture sites, historic landmarks, nature preserves and science institutions. READ MORE AND APPLY
PSEG SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL MATCH FUNDING PROGRAM! – COHORT BEGINS IN FEBRUARY
Nine schools will have the opportunity to be part of our Spring cohort to fund their sustainability projects with up to $2,000 in match from PSEG. READ MORE AND APPLY
$500 SEED GRANTS OFFERED: DEADLINE TO APPLY: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND
Submit project ideas to improve NJ’s Coastal Resiliency and compete for ten $500 seed grants to complete your sustainability projects using any Eco-Schools pathway or NWF’s Cool School Challenge. READ MORE AND APPLY
FREE NATIVE TREE SEEDLINGS FOR ECO-SCHOOLS
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) provides free native tree seedlings to Eco-Schools to plant them through local restoration projects or community tree giveaway events. READ MORE AND APPLY
2016 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN URBAN SUSTAINABILITY – FEBRUARY 29TH
The Sustainable Jersey City Collaborative Network is pleased to present this 2016 Certification Program in Urban Sustainability, offered in partnership with the Ramapo College of New Jersey / Center for Sustainability and The Cloud Institute. And, we’re particularly excited about new module sessions by Green Path NJ, the New Jersey School Board Association, and the New York Permaculture Exchange. READ MORE AND REGISTER
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS THAT EARNED AWARDS!
ECO-SCHOOLS GREEN FLAG AWARD (300 POINTS)
William Annin Middle School
ECO-SCHOOLS SILVER AWARD (200 POINTS)
Readington Middle School
ECO-SCHOOLS BRONZE AWARD (100 POINTS)
Raritan High School
Camden County Technical Schools
Fields of Green Montessori School
Williamstown Middle School
Frank R Cornwell Elementary School - PS #3
Have you applied for an award yet? You may be eligible for one. If you have established an Eco-Action team, completed an environmental audit, and created a basic action plan that focuses on at least one Eco-Schools pathway you may qualify for the Bronze award. If you have done all that and created a detailed action plan that addresses at least two Eco-Schools pathways – one of them being energy – then you may even qualify for a Silver award. Those of you going for a Green Flag award will need considerably more, including documentation of your Eco-Action team, audits, and photographs. If you have a school garden or outdoor classroom, your school may also qualify as a National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW JERSEY 2016 GREEN RIBBON SCHOOLS!
Eco-Schools USA in New Jersey would like to congratulate four K-12 schools for their designation as New Jersey 2016 Green Ribbon Schools, and nomination for designation as U.S. Department of Education 2016 Green Ribbon Schools! And the winners are...
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
To determine your program needs, an online survey will be sent to your email in the upcoming weeks. Please give us a few minutes of your time to complete this needs assessment we can determine how to best assist our Eco-Schools.
SHARE YOUR STORIES!
It’s OK to brag! Are your students doing something you are particularly proud of? Insight inspires action! By sharing your story with the broader community you not only gain well-earned recognition for your school, but you also help other schools follow suit. Please send us your stories at email@example.com.
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