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CONTENTS:
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!
NJHEPS Newsletter
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             (Posted: 4-25-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
168 Districts   438 Schools Participating
   
NJ Sustainability Summit: Innovations in Sustainability Education 
 
REGISTER today!

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 Webinars

Evidence Based Practices to Improve the Social, Emotional and Physical Health of Middle and High School Students
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
REGISTER

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

REGISTER - Thursday, May 5, Passaic County Community College in Paterson
REGISTER - Monday, May 9, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers
REGISTER - Wednesday, May 11, Rutgers Camden - Campus Center
   
Education For Sustainability (EFS) Curriculum Design Studio
Scholarships Available
 
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!
Camden County
Stratford School District
Parkview Elementary School (Stratford)
Samuel S. Yellin Elementary School (Stratford)

Gloucester County
Township of Franklin School District
Monroe Township School District

Hudson County
Wallace No. 6 Elementary School (Hoboken)

Hunterdon County
Kingwood Township Elementary School

Mercer County
Eldridge Park Elementary School (Lawrence)
Lawrence Intermediate School
PACE Charter School of Hamilton

Monmouth County
Deane-Porter Elementary School (Rumson)
Forrestdale Middle School (Rumson)

Morris County
Roxbury Township School District
School District of the Chathams

Passaic County
Manchester Regional High School

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

APRIL 22, 2016 8:00 AM- 12:30 PM METUCHEN, NJ or
MAY 27, 2016 8:00AM- 12:30 PM MAHWAH, NJ
NJ Association of Designated Persons

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.
OCTOBER 20 2016 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM CHATHAM, NJ 
NJ Department of Environmental Protection

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Pequest Now Open Weekends!             (Posted: 4-25-16)

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.

Information on visiting Pequest is found at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/peqvisit.htm .
The schedule of weekend programs is found at http://www.NJFishandWildlife.com/dep/fgw/budding.htm .

April Sustainability Hero Announced and More!             (Posted: 4-15-16)

Click HERE.

Great Places: Tune in to the Osprey Nest Cam             (Posted: 4-15-16)

Click HERE.

Spring Into Your Wildlife Garden             (Posted: 4-15-16)

Click HERE.

April Littoral News             (Posted: 4-15-16)

Click HERE.

ED-GRS Announces 2016 Director’s Award Recipient             (Posted: 4-15-16)

Green Strides Design

 

          U.S. Department of Education

   Green Strides

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Director's Corner

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Bernie Piaia

ED-GRS Announces 2016 Director’s Award Recipient

ED has selected Bernard E. Piaia, Jr., Director of the Office of School Facilities at the New Jersey Department of Education as the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Director’s Award Recipient.  Bernie will be honored, alongside schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions at a ceremony in Washington, DC on July 20th.

The Director’s Award recognizes a state education official’s exemplary efforts to administer the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award.  The ED-GRS Director’s Award is given annually to the state education agency official who does the most to advance green schools in his or her state by running a robust competition and nomination process; connecting schools to resources in all three Pillars; amplifying the stories of honorees; helping schools learn from one another; partnering with a variety of entities to bring more resources and expertise into schools; and exhibiting a dedication to exceptional school facilities, health, and environmental education through activities outside of the administration of the award.  

Bernie piloted ED-GRS in New Jersey and gave the award a permanent home in his state.  He hosted a leg of the 2013 Green Strides Tour and developed mechanisms to use honorees to incentivize more schools.  Bernie has built lasting partnerships with numerous state entities and encouraged his state to participate in the postsecondary competition, in addition to K-12.  Every year, Bernie submits his nominees and then immediately looks for opportunities to improve his process in subsequent cycles.  Bernie’s leadership and dedication have been integral to the award’s success in New Jersey.

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In the News

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ED to Announce 2016 Honorees on Earth Day, April 22nd

Each year, U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) asks state authorities to send their highest performing nominees (up to five PK-12 schools or districts and one postsecondary institution) in three areas that we call Pillars.  Pillar I is “Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs,” including waste, water, greenhouse gases, energy, and alternative transportation.  Pillar II is “Improving Health and Wellness,” including physical activity, nutrition, and environmental health.  Pillar III is “Teaching Effective Environmental Education, including STEM, civics, and green careers.  The federal review and selection process is nearly complete.  Secretary of Education John King’s announcement of the 2016 honorees will be made available on the Department’s YouTube site at 2 p.m. ET on April 22, 2016. >>>>

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State of Our Schools: America’s K-12 Infrastructure Released

The State of Our Schools: America’s K-12 Infrastructure, a joint report of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, the 21st Century School Fund and the National Council on School Facilities (NCSF), is the first-ever-state-by-state analysis of data on investments in school infrastructure and finds the U.S. is significantly underinvesting in K-12 public school facilities.  The report describes how the way the country currently funds school facilities is inequitable, and provides a snapshot of current school infrastructure and recommendations for investments, innovations, and reforms to ensure safe and healthy learning environments for all children. >>>>

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NAAEE

Exciting New Opportunities for Environmental Educators

The North American Association for Environmental Education recently launched a new platform specifically for environmental educators.  EEPRO is an online community to connect environmental education professionals from around the world to each other and to the most effective professional development resources available in our field. Anyone can join eePRO, and gain access to job opportunities, webinars, online courses, workshops, and a variety of other resources.  Participants can also post resources, events, jobs, and other happenings to share with others. >>>>

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Every Kid In the Park Prepares for A Second Cohort of Fourth-Graders!

As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Every Kid in a Park initiative allows fourth graders nationwide to obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year.  The second year of this annual program will begin on September 1.  Parents, teachers, and community organizations can lead fun, educational outings for kids currently in the 4th grade to any national park, national forest, or other federal land or water site across the country.  More information to help plan trips is available on the Every Kid in a Park website and Scholastic has developed activities.  A North Face transportation grant is available until April 5th.  You can follow Every Kid in the Park on Twitter and Facebook.  >>>>

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Resources and Opportunities

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Spotlight on A Resource:

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GreenSchools for Early Childhood

Many ED-GRS honorees have used Project Learning Tree resources over the years.  PLT has just expanded its GreenSchools program to specifically meet the needs of early childhood educators and younger learners.  GreenSchools for Early Childhood includes an Educator Guide and five Investigations that teach young children about their environment and how they can make a difference, while developing their skills in language, mathematics, and science. >>>>

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Green Strides Design

The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues This Spring

The Green Strides Webinar Series promotes sessions that provide free tools to reduce schools' environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education.  Consult the webinar calendar and submit suggestions of free webinars related to school, district, and postsecondary sustainability to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov for listing.

Apr. 04, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Airplanes and Rockets:  Exploring the Extreme(NASA)

Apr. 05, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Airplanes and Rockets:  Principles of  Flight (NASA)

Apr. 06, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm  Virtual Missions and Exoplanets: Part 1 (NASA)

Apr. 07, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm  Virtual Missions and Exoplanets: Part 2 (NASA)

Apr. 12, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Airplanes and Rockets:  Flying with Bernoulli (NASA)

Apr. 13, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Air and Space:  Smart Skies Line Up with Math (NASA)

Apr. 14, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  How to Apply for the Energy Star (EPA)

Apr. 14, 2016, 1:00-2:30 pm  Taking Action to Improve IAQ in Your School District (EPA)

Apr. 18, 2016, 6:00-7:00 pm  BEST Green Propellant Challenge (NASA)

Apr. 19, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 101 (EPA)

Apr. 19, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm  Vertebrate Turf Pest on School Grounds (EPA)

Apr. 19, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  The Hubble Space Telescope-  A History (NASA)

Apr. 20, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)

Apr. 21, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)

Apr. 21, 2016, 6:00-7:00 pm  Airplanes and Rockets:  NASA Rockets 101 (NASA)

Apr. 26, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Air and Space:  Smart Skies Fly by Math (NASA)

Apr. 27, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm  Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools (Chef Ann Foundation)

Apr. 28, 2016, 6:00-7:00 pm  Kepler Mission Exploring Strange New Worlds (NASA)

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Submit a Recipe to the First Lady’s Fifth Annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge by April 4

The 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is here! The First Lady is inviting kids 8-12 across the country to create healthy, delicious, affordable recipes for a chance to attend this year’s ?Kids State Dinner >>>>

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EPA

EPA’s Local Environmental Education Grant Proposals Due Apr. 8

The EPA is looking to support locally-focused environmental education (EE) projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues. Projects should promote environmental stewardship and help develop informed, knowledgeable, and responsible citizens in the community(ies) in which the project is located.  >>>>

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Events

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National Healthy Schools Day is April 5th

Since 2002, parents, teachers, school nurses, custodians, advocates, and agencies have promoted National Healthy Schools Day activities nationwide.  Whether you are at the beginning stages of investigating school environments or have an established indoor environmental quality program, you are invited to host a local activity that educates others and celebrates your school’s successes. National Healthy Schools Day promotes the use of EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools guidance as well as other EPA environmental health guidelines and programs for schools and children’s health.  >>>>

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National Environmental Education Week is April 17-23

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is held each spring around the time of Earth Day and inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. This year, the theme is “Greening STEM: Rooted in Math.”  EE Week celebrates the educators who are making a difference in environmental education and STEM learning and provides them with the resources they need to continue inspiring the next generation of lifelong environmental learners. >>>>

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National Arbor Day is April 29th

National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree planting times in their area.  Find resources to get involved in this celebration of trees. >>>>

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The International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit is May 13-14

The International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit (IYEYS) is a youth-imagined and -executed event aimed at providing young environmentalists the tools they need to take their campaigns to the next level.  From youth who have started global organizations, to youth who are leading school-based environmental projects, IYEYS is for everyone.  The conference also welcomes adults who are looking to learn more about how to implement youth leadership and engagement strategies into their classrooms, organizations, or businesses.  >>>>

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Meet A Few More of the 2015 Honorees – Next Month Comes the 2016 Cohort!

Colby Elementary School, Colby, Wisc.

Colby Elementary School has upgraded to more energy efficient lighting, HVAC, and boiler; removed vending; installed occupancy sensors in gym; and started composting.  Electricity usage is tracked, and the elementary school is in competition with the middle and high schools to see which building can save the most.  Only half of the lights in the hallways and most classrooms are turned on and classroom doors are kept closed to help control temperature.  Colby staff and students constructed cold frames that have been used to grow fruits and vegetables.  Lettuce, cabbage, and onions are harvested from the school garden, used in the lunch program, shared with the community, and used as teaching tools.  Two mornings each month, staff walks the halls for 20 minutes.  Kindergarten students walk or snowshoe through the school forest monthly, and the school offers an annual walk or bike to school day. Sustainability is integrated at every grade level.  Staff development includes trainings from KEEP, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, Project WET, the Wisconsin School Garden Initiative, and many others.  The school obtains teaching materials from a variety of sources, including Xcel Energy, FOSS science kits, and Farm Safety Day.  Students have set up a weather station and use the school forest to conduct experiments.  >>>>

Colby Elem, WI
Colby students participate in both composting and recycling.
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William Davies Middle School, Mays Landing, N.J.

William Davies Middle School (WDMS) kick started its sustainability program six years ago when it was awarded a netbook for every student.  This motivated the staff to rewrite the curriculum to use this technology to create 21st-century learners who are also young environmental stewards.  Students hear from speakers from the Atlantic County Utilities Authority and create projects demonstrating how they are reducing their carbon footprint.  They focus on water conservation via their annual Walk for Water to raise money to place wells in Ghana.  They participate in an annual Green Career Day, which offers presentations from local sustainability-minded companies.  Students research and investigate sustainable agriculture.  The school is an Eco-Schools USA and a Keep America Beautiful Recycle Bowl participant.  Local businesses, nonprofit groups, utility companies, and colleges help support an outdoor learning space including vegetable garden beds, a greenhouse, a koi pond, rain barrels and a drip irrigation system, and a butterfly garden.  WDMS partnered with the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey to conduct an extensive energy audit on the school.  The installation of solar panels generating 14 percent of the school’s energy usage resulted in significant savings, and doubles as a learning tool for students. >>>>

William Davies MS, NJ
Students at William Davies Middle School clean the school's pond along with community partners.
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Stamford School District, Connecticut

Through local partnerships with Audubon Greenwich, Bartlett Arboretum, the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, and the Environmental Council of the States, Stamford School District students learn about the environment, nature, conservation, and preservation.  Many students participate in SoundWaters’ Young Mariners program, which culminates with students spending a night on a boat while learning about the local ecosystem.  Audubon Greenwich has helped establish schoolyard habitats.  Teachers use Project WET and PLT materials and outdoor classrooms to integrate sustainability at every grade level.  The leader of the Dolan Middle School garden club recently founded GIVE: Green Initiatives for Vegetables in Education, which supports Stamford school gardens.  GIVE and Stamford’s Garden Club host an annual Lettuce Challenge, where students are challenged to grow a head of lettuce for six weeks.  Two full-time energy managers look for projects that can reduce the district’s energy costs and carbon footprint.  Projects completed include solar panels, a LEED Silver certified school, Vending Misers installed on all vending machines, Fridgetek fan controllers installed on all walk-in refrigerators, heating and cooling set points controlled through an energy management system, and monitoring all schools’ progress with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.  Through lighting retrofits, building retrocommissioning, and HVAC upgrades, Stamford’s energy managers have reduced the district’s electric consumption, saving $1,400,000 in five years. >>>>

Stamford SD, CT
Stamford students attend the first annual STEMfest.
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Connect with Green Strides

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Green Knight Newsletter:  News and Events for April             (Posted: 4-15-16)

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Check out our Green Infrastructure Guidance Manual for New Jersey!             (Posted: 4-15-16)

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NJHEPS Newsletter             (Posted: 3-28-16)

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NAAEE: eeNEWS for March 23, 2016             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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The latest news, resources, and opportunities in the ee community

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Conference News

Only 9 more days to submit proposals!

Deadline: March 31
? Inspiring stories. Active research. Meaningful impact. We're seeking compelling proposals for NAAEE's 45th annual conference (October 19–22) and 13th annual Research Symposium (October 18–19) in Madison, Wisconsin. Submit online by March 31.

Reviewers Needed
We also need volunteers to help review proposals for both the conference and Research Symposium. Help shape the 2016 program by signing up on your eePROfile page.  

Get the details >
 

Recognizing Excellence in EE at the College and University Level

Deadline: April 15
?NAAEE has launched an exciting new initiative designed to formally recognize distinguished college and university environmental education programs that are developing the kinds of environmental educators we need in the field. Graduates of these programs are experiencing curriculum and training that will translate to best practices in EE across a variety of learning contexts.
?Read more >

Putting Data to Workthe Case of the Sustainable Development Goals

Recent headlines reported people in Denmark appear to have the most happiness, according to recent data published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
?Read more >

Connecting to Nature... A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

How to build awe and a connection to nature... Going with the flow of children's excitement may be a way for adults to begin to feel again, to have the emotion using our senses of seeing, hearing, and feeling.
Read more >

Power of Stories

Urban Environmental Education Narratives is a collection of 15 professional profile stories narrated by urban environmental educators and students in the Bronx, New York City — encouraging you to share your own story as an educator.
Read more >

   

Over 350 Jobs Added Since Launch!

The eePRO jobs database is taking off! Over 350 jobs have been added since our launch on January 6. Spread the word!

eeJOBS

Monthly Webinar Series: Bringing New Ideas and Innovation to the Field of EE

April 26, 3PM EST
Change the Story, Change the World with Andy Goodman

More >

News from Natural Start Alliance

Catch up on the national press on nature-based preschools, find out how to join the new Council of Nature and Forest Preschools, travel to Kenya to check out an international school with a sustainability focus, and more.

More >

From the eePRO Community

  LEARNING

Professional Development

Using Science to Inspire Wonder and Curiosity in Nature

Climate Change Science and Communication

Energy Institute for Educators

Making Teacher PD More Effective: Energize Your Practices

Natural Resources Leadership Academy

Educating Children Outdoors: ECO Level 2

More >

  OPPORTUNITIES

Grants, Contests, Publishing

Environmental Education Leadership Summit

MobilizeGreen Annual Conference

California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Spring Conference

Wisconsin School Forest Grant Program

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

GREEN Professional Educator Program

More >

  RESOURCES

For Students and Educators

Environmental Health Resources for Community Members

Remember the Rainforest 2

Test Your Students' Eco-Knowledge!

Faith and Climate Change – Talking with People of 5 Main Faiths

Our Common Earth

Healing Earth - Global Environmental Online Interactive Textbook

More >

Join NAAEE’s eePRO community to network with environmental education professionals around the world.

PEEC: Spring Newsletter - Muskrat Ramblings and More!             (Posted: 3-24-16)

Click HERE.

10 Tips to Get Your Eco-School Ready for Spring!             (Posted: 3-24-16)

Click HERE.

Science Update: Are Bison Shrinking?             (Posted: 3-24-16)

Click HERE.

Schools Enews Update: New Grant Funding & Webinars Announced!             (Posted: 3-24-16)


SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
Reminder: April 8 Certification Application Deadline 
Round 2 of 2016 Certification Cycle
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

Informational Webinars

Funding for Health & Wellness Initiatives in Middle and High Schools
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
REGISTER

This informational webinar will be held to review the grant application process including using the online application, requirements, and tips for successful applications.

Evidence Based Practices to Improve the Social, Emotional and Physical Health of Middle and High School Students
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
REGISTER

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.  

A Stronger Arts Program Means a Stronger
Sustainable Jersey for Schools Action Plan
 
Is your school district a leader in Arts Education? Learn how to help your district or school earn recognition and points in the free and voluntary Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program for your excellence in Art Education.  This webinar will provide an overview of 4 actions in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools' program that relate to the arts: All Arts Disciplines Offered, Student Participation in the Arts, Education for Sustainability, Enrichment Programs through Partnerships.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
REGISTER 
Take It Outside! Tips and Tools for Outdoor Classrooms Webinar 


Learn about Sustainable Jersey for Schools' actions that relate to outdoor classrooms:  Biodiversity Plans and Projects; School Gardens; and Education for Sustainability; as well as

the tips and resources for making your outdoor classroom successful.   


Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Education For Sustainability (EFS) Curriculum Design Studio
Scholarships Available
 
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, view the flyer. The scholarships are available to employees of school districts registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 13, 2016
 
 
Taking Action to Improve Indoor Air Quality 
 
This first installment of the U.S. EPA's Indoor Air Quality Knowledge-to-Action Professional Training Webinar series will provide information on how to successfully implement the IAQ Tools for Schools Framework, use the School IAQ Assessment Mobile app, and replicate best practices used by a school district facility director who successfully implemented IAQ Tools for Schools and improved IAQ in his school district.

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
REGISTER
Clean Diesel Funding Assistance from EPA

EPA is announcing a $26 million funding opportunity for the Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.
Proposal packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov.  To learn more about the program, applicant eligibility, and the selection process, please visit their website.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 4:00pm
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!

Camden County

Laurel Springs School (Laurel Springs)
 
Monmouth County

Hazlet Township Public School District
 
Ocean County

Jackson Memorial High School (Jackson)
 
Union County

Beechwood School (Mountainside)

Deerfield Elementary School (Mountainside)
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

MARCH 19, 2016 - 8:30 AM- 2:00 PM  GLASSBORO, NJ
New Jersey Earth Sciences Teachers Association
32nd Annual Conference of the NJ Earth Science Teachers Association

MARCH 19, 2016 - 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM  TUCKERTON, NJ  or
APRIL 30, 2016 CHATHAM, NJ 
NJ Department of Environmental Protection

MARCH 30, 2016 - 8:00 AM- 12:30 PM CLAYTON, NJ  or
APRIL 29, 2016 8:00 AM- 12:30 PM BRIDGEWATER, NJ
NJ Association of Designated Persons

APRIL 1, 2016  TRENTON, NJ 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
New Jersey School Boards Association, Sustainability Services
NJSBA is offering members and school district personnel an opportunity to attend a one-day Sustainable Practices Working Session. In this session your district/school will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. 

APRIL 15th REGISTRATION DEADLINE
JULY 18-20, 2016  PRINCETON, NJ 8:30 AM-3:00 PM
NJPSA Foundation for Educational Administration, Geraldine Dodge Foundation, Princeton University Program for Teacher Preparation and Creative New Jersey
"Educational Leaders as Scholars: Using Arts-Infused Instruction to Enhance the Common Core"
The summer institute will focus on the development of school/district projects that stress Arts-Infused Instruction in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  All superintendents and principals are invited to submit an application to bring a team to a free, three-day summer institute at Princeton University (for new applicants only).

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

How Will You Celebrate EE Week 2016?             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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Product Testing Report             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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/

Search the database by Study (last search link): Cadmium and Metals in Children's Jewelry - 2015. For more information about the Children's Safe Product Act (or this study) go to the website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/hwtr/rtt/cspa/.

270 Birds of the World Revealed When You Zoom in on This Mural             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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i-Tree Tools newsletter             (Posted: 3-24-16)

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Sustainable Jersey: Sustainability Heroes             (Posted: 3-9-16)

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Eco-Schools USA: Resources to Put a "Spring" in your Step             (Posted: 3-9-16)

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Spring Plantings, Events, and Grants for Your Town!             (Posted: 3-8-16)

Upcoming Events
March 12th:
March 25th:

April & May Dates:
April & May Dates:
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:
 
Events take place on weekdays or weekends. Volunteers can sign up in advance by contacting our staff
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 lsimms@njtreefoundation.org
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             (Posted: 3-8-16)

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Earth Day Celebration
 
Join us on Friday, April 22 from 6 - 9 pm at the Ryland Inn in Whitehouse to celebrate Earth Day, where we'll present the first annual Ken Lockwood and Ian MacKay River Hero Awards and offer a variety of exciting auctions. Proceeds will be used to continue RHA's mission protecting clean water in the north and south branch region of the Raritan River.  
 
On the Watershed Watchdog Front
 
RHA is part of a coalition fighting the PennEast Pipeline, a proposed 118-mile gas pipeline that would extend from northeastern Pennsylvania to Mercer County in NJ. As proposed, it would affect 33 wetland complexes, 69 preserved properties and more than 60 water bodies. RHA's goal is to halt pipeline construction until the State creates a strategic plan for all linear infrastructure--pipelines, roads, rail, and power lines.
 
   
Photo credit: Bridgeton Twp. P.A.
Volunteer and Make a Difference!
 
RHA's 26th Annual Stream Clean Up on April 16 is fast approaching and volunteers are needed to collect trash from our waters at 40-plus sites throughout the region. We can't do it without your help! Bring your enthusiasm; we'll bring the bags, gloves, t-shirts and snacks. Deadline for T-shirts is March 3!
 
   
Family Storytime on Tap
  
Did you know that the magpie is the only bird known to recognize itself in the mirror? Learn more fun bird facts when Kim Kurki reads from her book, World of Birds, on Sunday, March 13 from 2 to 4 pm. Bring your muck boots and get out on the trails of Fairview Farm to look for native birds migrating back to our area!

Space is limited. Register today!

     
Nature Day Camp Registration Open
RHA is now accepting registrations for our 2016 Nature Day Camp Programs. To be held July and August, the camps offer youngsters an up close and personal opportunity to learn about the natural world around them, and how they play an important part in protecting the environment.
 
Camps fill up fast, so register today! 

Questions? Contact Lauren Theis.
   
NEW: RiverFest with RHA!
These dynamic, hands-on programs bring watershed science to your school or community. By choosing from a number of water-related activities, schools can provide a fun, educational day for up to 200 students in levels 3 through 5, who will leave feeling engaged, motivated, and with a new sense of responsibility to their community and the environment. 
 
   
              Welcome Linda and Meg!
 
We're pleased to announce the addition of Linda Donnelly (left), Membership Administrator, and Meg Soucy (right), Communications and Development Assistant, to our staff.
 
Employment Opportunities at RHA
 
             Environmental Educator
 
 
March 13:Kim Kurki shares her book, World of Birds, 2-4pm at Fairview Farm. Register.
 
March 18: Land Conservation Rally (NJ Conservation Foundation). Register.
  
April 16: 26th Annual Stream Clean Up, 9am-noon throughout the watershed. Register.
 
April 22Earth Day Celebration, 6pm, Ryland Inn, Whitehouse. Find out more.
 
  
Raritan Headwaters Association is on a mission to protect clean water in the north and south branch region of the Raritan River. Join Us!

March Littoral News             (Posted: 3-8-16)

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Great Places: View Spring Wildflowers             (Posted: 3-8-16)

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E-News: Egg-cellent Annoucement for EagleCam Lovers             (Posted: 3-8-16)

Egg-cellent News for EagleCam Lovers
Two eggs have been laid during this year's Duke Farms EagleCam nesting season. The first egg was laid on Thursday, February 18 and the second on Sunday, February 21.
Can't get enough of the EagleCam? We are excited to announce that the new e-book, "Duke Farms' Bald Eagles," is now viewable online from any computer or tablet! A collaboration between Conserve Wildlife Foundation and Duke Farms, the free, photo-rich e-book provides everything you need to know about the eagles, their beloved nest, and the new high-definition EagleCam that enable viewers around the world to watch the eagle family at any time day or night.
Amphibian Crossing Volunteers Needed in North Jersey
Since 2002, we have worked to protect early-spring breeding amphibians like the wood frog, spotted salamander (pictured above), Jefferson salamander, and spring peeper during their annual migrations.

The Amphibian Crossing Project relies on volunteers like you! If you are interested in volunteering with our Amphibian Crossing Project at locations in North Jersey, get involved with CWF! 


Humans Help New Jersey Osprey Population Exceed 600 Pairs
New report documents over 600 pairs, up from low of 50 pairs 
 Check out the Findings
Bahamas Revisited
Reflections from "Plover Guy" Todd Pover on five years of piping plover research and conservation 




Track the Bald Eagle's Triumphant Return to New Jersey
Updated, interactive story map showcases bald eagle nest locations from 1985-2015  
Conserving Barn Owls in the Garden State
Insight into a nocturnal and enigmatic New Jersey raptor 

 
Shutterbugs: Two Weeks Left to Submit your Photos in our "For the Love of Wildlife" Photography Contest!
Contest Closes on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5 PM
The entries are pouring in for our "For the Love of Wildlife" Photo Contest! Submit your photos under four categories:
  • New Jersey's Rarest Residents: Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern Wildlife Species Only
  • The Garden State: New Jersey Landscapes
  • Experiencing Nature: People Enjoying the Outdoors
  • Wild New Jersey: All Animals in the Garden State

Enter for your chance to win the $250 grand prize! Submit your photos on our website. 

Spring Speaker Series and More!
Visit our website to check out our calendar of upcoming events! This spring, our biologists are busy studying New Jersey's incredible wildlife and presenting their findings to the local community. Find a talk near you.

Join us at the Ocean Drive Expo and Marathon on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 in Cape May. We are honored to be a beneficiary of the 18th annual marathon. 

Fast Forward with February STEM & STEAM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)             (Posted: 3-8-16)

February
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Fast Forward with February STEM & STEAM News at Girls STEM Collaborative (GSGSC)
 
Greetings from GSGSC! The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative of the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls. Our primary goal is to strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, products and by connecting formal and informal educators, business and industry in order to maximize the resources that can positively influence our girls. 
As always, this newsletter is for you as members of the Collaborative. It can serve as a forum to promote events and to highlight the good work that you all do, so please let me know what is going on so we can include your program in upcoming issues.
 
In this issue:
  • The Surprising History Behind Leap Year
  • Join us on 3/10 for NJSACC's Full STEAM Ahead! A mini conference dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (S.T.E.A.M.)
  • Picatinny Arsenal introduces girls to engineering
  • Save the Date & Call for Presentations - 2016 Adolescent Networking Conference
  • Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM or STEAM in Afterschool!
  • Join The Connectory 
 
Mike MacEwan
Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative

Written by Brian Handwerk

It's that time again: Today, Monday, February 29, is a leap day, the calendar oddity that occurs (almost) every four years.

For centuries, trying to sync calendars with the length of the natural year caused confusion-until the concept of leap year provided a way to make up for lost time. 

"It all comes down to the fact that the number of Earth's revolutions about its own axis, or days, is not equal to or connected in any way to how long it takes for the Earth to get around the sun," says John Lowe, leader of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s Time & Frequency Division. 

The solar, or tropical, year is approximately 365.2422 days long. No calendar comprised of whole days can match that number, and simply ignoring the seemingly small fraction creates a much bigger problem than one might suspect. 

The evidence lies in a long history of wildly shifting dates and accompanying civil, agricultural, and religious chaos. 

That's why most of the modern world has adopted the Gregorian calendar and its leap year system to allow days and months to stay in step with the seasons.

"We've made a calendar that comes close," Lowe says, "but to make it work you have to do these leap day tricks that have some quirky rules." 

Ancient Timekeeping
Efforts to make nature's schedule fit our own have been imperfect from the start. Some ancient calendars, dating to the Sumerians 5,000 years ago, simply divided the year into 12 months of 30 days each. Their 360-day year was nearly a week shorter than our annual journey around the sun. (Also see "Where Our Fear of Friday the 13th Came From.")

The practice of adding extra days to the year is at least as old as these 360-day systems.

"When the Egyptians adopted this calendar they were aware that there was a problem, but they didn't add any more days to the calendar," says Lowe. "They just added an extra five days of festivals, of partying, at the end of the year." 

Earlier Egyptians (prior to about 3100 B.C.) and other societies from China to Rome once used lunar calendars to track time. (See National Geographic's moon facts.)

But lunar months average 29.5 days and years only about 354. So societies that kept lunar time quickly drifted well out of sync with the seasons due to the 11-day lag. 

The Romans regularly tried to tweak this calendar by irregularly adding days or months, but those patchy efforts only highlighted the need for reform. 

"Year of Confusion"
By the time Julius Caesar enjoyed his famed affair with Cleopatra, Rome's calendar had diverged from the seasons by some three months. But Egypt was observing a 365-day year, and as early as the third-century B.C. had even established the utility of a leap-year system to correct the calendar every four years. 

Julius adopted the system by decreeing a single, 445-day-long Year of Confusion (46 B.C.) to correct the long years of drift in one go. He then mandated a 365.25 day-year that simply added a leap day every fourth year. 

Click here to read and learn more.

NJSACC Presents: 
Full STEAM Ahead!
A mini conference dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math
Click here register!

Last day to register is March 4, 2016!

NJSACC: The Statewide Network for NewJersey's Afterschool Programs in partnership with C. S. Mott Foundation, Kean University, New Jersey Department of Educaton and the Noyce Foundation Present Full STEAM Ahead! A mini conference dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math

Everyone is talking about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).  Afterschool is a great place to bring in STEAM activities!  But there is often a fear factor when it comes to staff doing STEAM.  Many people feel nervous that they won't do the activities the right way or they think that if they don't have a science background it won't work for them.  But that couldn't be farther from the truth!  Join us to find out how you can implement activities to get the children in your program actively engaged.  Also, find out the benefits of learning along with the children in your program and how it can make a positive and lasting impression!
Who should attend?
  • Front Line Staff
  • Program Directors
  • Youth Workers
  • Others interested in trying STEAM activities in their afterschool program 
When: Thursday, March 10, 2016

Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • 8:30am - Registration
  • 9:00am - Opening Remarks
  • 9:15am - Performance
  • 10:15am-11:45am - Workshops
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm - Lunch and Keynote Speaker Maryann Stimmer
  • 1:00pm-2:30pm - Workshops
Where:   Kean University STEM Building
              1000 Morris Ave
              Union, NJ  07083
             
Directions:

Cost: $50 per person includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials.

Click here to register.

Last day to register is March 4, 2016!

Written by Michael Izzo

ROCKAWAY TWP. - Nearly 90 high school girls from 25 northern New Jersey schools visited Picatinny Arsenal Thursday evening for an event encouraging them to pursue STEM careers.

The fourth annual "Introduce a Girl to Engineering" event was created to encourage female participation in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration, women hold less than 25 percent of available STEM-related jobs.

On Thursday evening, Picatinny engineers showcased products they work on, including some in the fields of sound energy and aerospace. Students also participated in hands-on demonstrations and experiments to give them a first-hand experience in engineering on the base.

The high school girls were able to network with Picatinny's female engineers and scientists, who are developing armaments currently used by U.S. war fighters and technology for future members of the U.S. military.

Krista Grassano, who plans to study materials science engineering at Virginia Tech, returned to the event for the second time. Her father is an engineer at Picatinny Arsenal and she said learning from Picatinny's engineers was a great opportunity for her.

Local school districts invited to the event included Boonton, Dover, Hackettstown, Hopatcong, Jefferson, Morris Hills Academy, Morris Knolls, Mount Olive, Newton, Pope John XXIII Regional High School, Randolph and Roxbury.

"Introduce A Girl To Engineering" was co-hosted by the U.S. Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Center, Navy Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Picatinny's STEM office, the Women in Defense-Picatinny Chapter, and the ARDEC's Diversity Advisory Council.

Picatinny leaders at the event included James Shields, program executive officer ammunition, Col. Scott Turner, chief of staff, and Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Ingrid A. Parker.

Click here to read more

For more information, contact: anconference@ssw.rutgers.edu
 Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM or STEAM in Afterschool!
Click here to get started

NJSACC knows that a lot of great things are being achieved through STEM education in afterschool programs, but we need to know more. Help us make a difference by pinpointing STEM activity taking place in your programs and let's find out what is being accomplished!

With that in mind, please take a moment and fill out our quick survey to express your interests in incorporating STEM or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) into your programs or how you are currently implementing STEM. Please note that programs that do not currently offer STEM are encouraged to complete the survey as well. We'd like to hear from all of you!

We encourage as many programs to respond as possible, whether or not you have strong involvement with STEM.

Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Click here to access the survey and begin!
Join The Connectory
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Use The Connectory to collaborate with STEM programs and promote your upcoming STEM opportunities to families. Programs are organizations providing STEM opportunities. Opportunities are time-bound STEM events such as summer camps, one-day events, workshops, career fairs, and competitions, and are automatically promoted to visitors based on their location.

Add your opportunities now so they will be available to the families across the country accessing The Connectory!
  • Join: Make an account profile
  • Create: Add your organization/program
  • Approval: Your program listing will be approved so it can be searched for by program providers
  • Add: Add all your STEM opportunities
  • Approval: Your time-bound opportunities will be approved so they can be searched for by families
  • Discover: Search for other programs providers to connect with
  • Opportunities are visible publicly to families. Programs are visible to other STEM providers.
The National Girls Collaborative Project Program Directory is now The Connectory.

Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for March             (Posted: 3-8-16)

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ED to Announce 2016 Honorees on Earth Day April 22nd             (Posted: 3-8-16)

Green Strides Design

 

          U.S. Department of Education

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ED to Announce 2016 Honorees on Earth Day, April 22nd

Each year, U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) asks state authorities to send their highest performing nominees (up to five PK-12 schools or districts and one postsecondary institution) in three areas that we call Pillars.  Pillar I is “Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs,” including waste, water, greenhouse gases, energy, and alternative transportation.  Pillar II is “Improving Health and Wellness,” including physical activity, nutrition, and environmental health.  Pillar III is “Teaching Effective Environmental Education, including STEM, civics, and green careers.  These handful of selectees help us to communicate promising practices and resources in our Green Strides newsletter, social media, and tour that all schools can employ.  The 2016 federal review and selection process is underway!  ED received a total of 79 nominations from 27 nominating authorities, including 25 states, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense Education Activity, with over half of them disadvantaged.  The nominees include 12 postsecondary institutions, 15 districts, and 52 schools.  Secretary of Education John King’s announcement of the 2016 honorees will be made available on the Department’s YouTube site at 2 p.m. ET on April 22, 2016. >>>>

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See You at the 6th Annual Green Schools Conference & Expo!

The Green Schools Conference & Expo brings together educators, school administrators, business and community leaders, nonprofit partners, green building professionals, students, parents, and many others. The sixth annual conference and expo scheduled for March 31-April 1 in Pittsburgh.  >>>>

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ED Opens Competition for Regional Educational Laboratories

The Department of Education opened the competition for the next generation of Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs).  Each of the 10 RELs conducts applied research; seeks out and widely disseminates findings from high-quality research; and provides training, coaching, and technical support for applying research to education improvement.  The next RELs are expected to begin their work in early 2017 and continue for a period of 60 months. >>>>

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Why You Can’t Afford Not to Keep Your School Facilities Clean

Check out another fantastic research-based blog from Dr. Linda Lemasters, Director of the Education Facilities Clearinghouse, on why you can’t afford not to keep your school facilities clean. >>>>

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Meet More of the 2015 Honorees

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees are demonstrating innovative practices for others to follow:

Discovery Elementary School, Everett, Wash.

Discovery Elementary, a level 3 Washington Green School, decreased its trash output 62 percent, and increased recycling 25 percent and composting 66 percent.  During an energy audit, small personal refrigerators were removed from around the school.  Energy Monitor was added to the list of classroom roles.  The technology department provided flat-screen monitors and removed all tube-style monitors, also changing settings so the monitors automatically shut down.  The school replaced the boiler with a more energy-efficient model and placed new weather stripping around doors and windows.  The school now has guidelines for thermostat temperature settings as well as an automated HVAC system.  Discovery purchases products made from and packaged with recycled materials and staff members avoid plastic bags and items with excessive packaging.  Whenever possible, the community uses rechargeable batteries and both sides of paper.  The cafeteria has replaced disposable trays with durable ones.  Students participate in essay contests and write about their dreams to make their school, community, and the world a better place by protecting the environment.  Students participate in Earth Day and Green Apple Day of Service, school grounds trash pick-up, and know not to waste water.  Discovery formed a Verde Garden Team to organize a place where students and families could come together to experience the joy of gardening, including fruits and veggies, cedar worm bin, greenhouse, and herb garden.  Thanks to a variety of local partners, students visit a fish hatchery, wetlands, estuary, beach, lighthouse, nursery, and farm.  Fifth-grade students are enrolled in a fitness program which monitors and measures their physical activity.  Intermediate students are offered a bicycle safety workshop.  Staff members also challenge each other to log hundreds of miles on their personal bikes instead of driving to work, and participate in Bike to Work and School Month.  >>>>

Discovery Elem School, WA
Fourth Graders get ready to work in the Discovery Elementary School garden during Earth Week.
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Pine View School for the Gifted, Osprey, Fla.

In 2011, Pine View School for the Gifted partnered with the University of Central Florida Solar Energy Center to install a 10 kW solar array as part of the SunSmart E-Shelter Program. Over the subsequent three years, the solar array generated an estimated 50,000 kW/h.  Pine View earned EPA ENERGY STAR certification in 2012.  The school has saved thousands, and has helped the Sarasota School District save $16,000,000 in energy costs since 2007.  The school has diverted 43 percent of its solid waste from landfill through recycling and composting.  In the past two years, the E-Waste Tuesday program has helped divert 2,300 pounds of electronic waste from the landfill.  In 2014, over 400 runners participated in the school’s first sponsored race. Pine View participates in the USDA’s HealthierUS Schools Challenge, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy School Program, and a farm to school program.  The gardens on campus include a tower garden where herbs and tomatoes are grown, and six raised garden beds that multiple classes use, and the high school sustainable gardening club’s organic garden and green roof project.  Outdoor learning opportunities include sustainable gardening, green roof work stations funded by Toyota, a Nature Trail, and a solar array.  At the elementary level, the foreign-language department studies marine vocabulary while singing songs from Finding Nemo.  At the middle-school level, the math department teaches lessons through the use of nature and photography.  In high school, students study sustainability in economics classes, put on a “Trashion Show” in their advanced placement (AP) Environmental Studies class, and volunteer for coastal clean-ups.  A unique band, called The Garbage Men Band, uses instruments made of repurposed materials to spread the word about recycling.  Students are encouraged to go into sustainability-related careers, attend sustainability conferences, and visit organizations like The Florida House Institute.  >>>>

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The Pine View Garbage Men Band offers a 2015 Earth Day performance using recycled materials instruments.
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Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.

Auburn developed and adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2010, and identified a range of strategies to help curb emissions.  Since 2010, the university has designed and built over 36 percent of its new square footage to LEED certified standards.  The university has explored the application of alternative energy through the installation of a geothermal system at the athletic facility, as well as by erecting solar array projects.  Auburn has been designated a Tree Campus USA every year since 2009, and features cisterns, bioswales, rain gardens, dry stream beds, and pervious pavement.  The community celebrates No Impact Week annually.  One of the primary methods through which the university supports alternative transportation is the Tiger Transit bus program.  The university’s purchasing and use preference for certified green cleaning products helps reduce chemical exposure for building occupants.  The Academic Sustainability Programs focus on training students and faculty in the concepts and application of sustainability; expanding the incorporation of sustainability into the curriculum; fostering interdisciplinary sustainability research; and overseeing, advising, and administering the minor in Sustainability Studies.  Over 300 courses in 42 departments offer sustainability-related content.  Students have the opportunity to engage with a variety of sustainability topics with study abroad of Regional Sustainable Technologies in northern Spain, Climate Change and Environmental Management in Panama, or Watershed Services in Costa Rica.  >>>> 

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Faculty members use the campus as a living laboratory to provide sustainability-focused, active learning opportunities beyond the classroom, such as touring the Donald E Davis Arboretum to learn about using green infrastructure to manage stormwater in a more sustainable manner.
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Resources and Opportunities

Green Strides Design

Webinars

The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues This Winter

The Green Strides Webinar Series promotes sessions that provide free tools to reduce schools' environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education.  Consult the webinar calendar and submit suggestions of free webinars related to school, district, and postsecondary sustainability to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov for listing.

Mar. 02, 2016, 12-12:30 pm  Ask the Expert (EPA)

Mar. 03, 2016, 2:00-2:45 pm  Food Safety (USDA)

Mar. 03, 2016, 6:00-7:00 pm  Robotics on a Budget (NASA)

Mar. 07, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Calculator Robotics (NASA)

Mar. 08, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Technology Drives Exploration:  Spinoffs (NASA)

Mar. 09, 2016, 10-11:00 pm   The ABC’s of School Gardens (Healthy Schools Challenge)

Mar. 10, 2016 1:00-2:00 pm   Energy Star and Green Building Rating Systems (EPA)

Mar. 10, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Technology Demonstration Challenges (NASA)

Mar. 16, 2016, 6:00-7:00 pm  Space Telescopes- Eyes in the Sky (NASA)

Mar. 17, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  How to Apply for the Energy Star (EPA)

Mar. 17, 2016, 2:00-2:45 pm  Promoting Your Farm to School Program (USDA)

Mar. 17, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Light but Strong:  A Lesson in Engineering (NASA)

Mar. 22, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 101 (EPA)

Mar. 22, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Making Waves with NASA:  Optics Resources (NASA)

Mar. 23, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)

Mar. 24, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)

Mar. 30, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Tackling WaterSense - Outdoor Systems (EPA)

Mar. 31, 2016, 2:00-2:45 pm  School Gardening (USDA)

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GSA

Apply to Participate in the Student Climate and Conservation Congress by Mar. 15

The Green Schools Alliance invites students who have demonstrated leadership in their communities to participate in the Student Climate & Conservation Congress.  Hosted at  the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center, students and educators selected to participate in the week-long Congress expand their understanding of environmental, social, and economic interconnections, and create year-long commitments to meet 21st century challenges. >>>>

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NWF

Submit to the Young Reporters for the Environment Competition by March 16

This environmental journalism competition invites youth between the ages of 13-21 to report on topics related to the environment.  Participants submit an article, photo, or video to the competition for a chance to win prizes, plus national and international recognition.  >>>>

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NSF

Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Deadlines Approach

These are the nation's highest honors for K-12 teachers of mathematics and science.  Since 1983, more than 4,400 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.  The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2016 and the deadline for applications is May 1, 2016. >>>>

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March is National Nutrition Month and Includes School Breakfast Week

Find resources for schools and educators and celebrate National School Breakfast Week, March 7-11.  >>>>

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International School Meals Day is March 3

For the last three years, schools around the world have celebrated International School Meals Day.  Among the aims of International School Meals Day are to raise awareness of the importance of the nutritional quality of school meal programs worldwide; emphasize the connection between healthy eating, education, and better learning; connect children around the world to foster healthy eating habits and promote well-being in schools; share success stories of school meal programs around the globe; and raise awareness of the hunger and poverty issues being addressed through school feeding programs. >>>>

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NHSD

National Healthy Schools Day is April 9th

Since 2002, parents, teachers, school nurses, custodians, advocates, and agencies have promoted National Healthy Schools Day activities nationwide.  Whether you are at the beginning stages of investigating school environments or have an established Indoor Air/ Environmental Quality program, you are invited to host a local activity that educates others and celebrates your school’s successes.  National Healthy Schools Day is coordinated by Healthy Schools Network in partnership with many agencies and organizations. National Healthy Schools Day promotes the use of EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools guidance as well as other EPA environmental health guidelines and programs for schools and children’s health.  >>>>

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USPESD

Building Community Resilience Through Education Summit is April 6

Join educators and students focused on answering the question, “How can we build community resilience through education?” Summit activities will include a keynote address from climate activist Bill McKibben, a panel on community resilience and education, informational sessions, professional development workshops, a collaborative activity, field trips, and a participant forum. >>>>

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Connect with Green Strides

Green Strides: Resources for School Facilities, Health, and Environment
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
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3 Actions Your Green Team Can Take Today!             (Posted: 2-26-16)

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GreenSchools! Update
PLT's GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community

Learn how students and educators are improving their schools and communities and get some ideas for your own action projects.

Student Led Projects Improve the Environment

Student-Led Projects Improve the Environment

These are a few highlights from last year’s service-learning projects funded by Project Learning Tree’s GreenWorks! grants program.

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GreenSchools Video: Action for Impact

Watch this video with your students and get some inspiration for projects your students can do at your school based on the results of their GreenSchools Investigations.

3 Actions Your Green Team Can Take Today
Green Tips

  • REDUCE! Turn off the Lights: Place signs by light switches in classrooms reminding people to turn off the lights if they are the last ones to leave the room.
  • REUSE! Paper Use: Make sure students, teachers, and staff use both sides of paper before recycling it. Create “paper re-use” bins in classrooms to collect paper that can have it’s second side used.
  • RECYCLE! Recycle Correctly: Spot check your recycling bins and trash cans to make sure individuals at your school are recycling correctly. If things are placed in the wrong bins, or being thrown away when they can be recycled, create signs to help educate your fellow school members on how to dispose of their various waste items.

Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

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Schools Enews Update: 400 Schools Now Registered!             (Posted: 2-22-16)


SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS

400 NJ Schools Pursue Sustainability Certification

400 schools have now registered for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program! At the school district level, 155 districts have also passed a resolution to participate in the program.  Review the list of the 400 schools participating here.

  Save the Date!

In New Jersey, we're serious about achieving a sustainable state. We are setting goals for the future, and giving communities practical tools they can use to make progress. Last year, over 300 people attended the 2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit to help us build consensus and implement the future we want.

Plan now to attend the 2016 New Jersey Sustainability Summit on June 15 at The College of New Jersey. Be part of the collaborative enterprise needed to ensure a sustainable future for New Jersey and beyond!

This year, with the help of our task forces, we have been digging deeper into the Energy and Waste dimensions and exploring what communities can do in these areas to help put New Jersey on the right track towards meeting our goals.

Summit highlights include:
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Strauss, Vice President for Sea Level and Climate Impacts at Climate Central.
  • More breakout sessions so you can bring home a wealth of practical knowledge and resources to help advance sustainability efforts in your town. Complete our 5-minutes survey to help us identify the topics most relevant to you HERE.
  • Release of an updated Sustainable State of the State report. Read the 2015 NJ Sustainable State of the State report HERE.
  • Preview the Sustainable Jersey GOLD standards for the energy and waste dimensions.
~ Registration Opens March 2016 ~

Click here for more information
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!

Bergen County

Ho-Ho-Kus School District

Ho-Ho-Kus Elementary School (Ho-Ho-Kus)
 
Hunterdon County

Frenchtown Borough School District

Edith Ort Thomas Elementary School (Frenchtown)
 
Mercer County

Dutch Neck Elementary School (West Windsor-Plainsboro)

Grover Middle School (West Windsor-Plainsboro)

J.V.B. Wicoff Elementary School (West Windsor-Plainsboro)

Maurice Hawk Elementary School (West Windsor-Plainsboro)

Millstone River Elementary School (West Windsor-Plainsboro)

Town Center Elementary School (West Windsor-Plainsboro)

West Windsor Plainsboro High School North (West Windsor-Plainsboro)

West Windsor Plainsboro High School South (West Windsor-Plainsboro)
 
Morris County

North Boulevard Elementary School (Pequannock)

   March 15th Webinar: How Energy Efficiency Helps Schools & Districts Save Money and Energy

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS FREE ONLINE WEBINAR 3:30-4:30 PM.  Register here. 
  • Learn about the energy efficiency actions in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program which can help your school to understand its energy use and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The webinar will provide an overview of the actions in the program, as well as an in-depth explanation of how to calculate your schools' energy use intensity for the "Building Efficiency Measures" action (a priority and variable point action)
  • We will also give you pointers on the specific documentation you will need to upload for each action.
  • Hear from Readington Township's District Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Jodi Bettermann, about how her district saved money by understanding its energy use, and calculating its EUI.

  
 Free Technical Support On Energy Initiatives 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) to provide a powerful program to assist school districts and municipalities within the NJNG service territory to complete Sustainable Jersey energy actions.  The focus is on implementing projects that will improve building performance through energy efficiency analysis, planning and upgrades, but may include renewable energy and other energy-related improvements.  Application deadline is March 18, 2016. For more information, click here. 
Let's Get Growing with Learning Through Gardening School Garden Grants!
Applications Due March 1st

The mission of the New Jersey Agricultural Society's Learning Through Gardening program has announced two types of garden grants are available to New Jersey preschools and elementary schools:
  • A teacher grant is awarded to an individual teacher who wants to start a small garden for use by one class only.
  • A school grant is awarded to preschools and elementary schools planning to launch a schoolwide gardening program during school hours. Grants are not awarded to schools that intend to use the garden solely for after-school activities. School grant recipients must plan for the garden to be used by at least two grade levels during the first year, and show plans to expand the garden's use by additional grade levels in future years.

   Promote Locally Grown Foods in Your School!
Register for  March 16th "Farm to School Summit"

Does your school want to promote locally grown foods in the cafeteria?  Jersey Fresh is holding a Farm to School Summit on March 16th in East Windsor, NJ where you can learn how schools, farmers, produce suppliers, and other vested stakeholders are developing relationships to highlight local produce, creating and teaching students about school gardens, and introducing fresh fruits and vegetables to the next generation of adults.  This summit can also help give you guidance when working to complete the Promote Locally Grown Foods action.  For more information visit their website. 
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

FEBRUARY 26, 2016  TRENTON, NJ 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
New Jersey School Boards Association, Sustainability Services
NJSBA is offering members and school district personnel an opportunity to attend a one-day Sustainable Practices Working Session. In this session your district/school will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Learn more about this service and register for the working session that best suits your green team's schedule: February 12, February 26, March 11, or April 1.

FEBRUARY 26, 2016 - 8:00 AM- 12:30 PM  CLAYTON, NJ or
MARCH 11, 2016 - 8:00 AM- 12:30 PM BRIDGEWATER, NJ
NJ Association of Designated Persons

FEBRUARY 26, 2016 - 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM  SAYREVILLE, NJ
Rutgers Water Resources Program- Green Infrastructure Conference

FEBRUARY 29 - APRIL 18, 2016  CONSECUTIVE MONDAYS 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM  JERSEY CITY, NJ
Sustainable Jersey City Collaborative Network
SJC 2016 Certificate in Urban Sustainability Program 
(24 CEU's available from US Green Building Council. Earlybird Registration rate ends Feb 19th)

MARCH 5, 2016 - 8:00 AM- 12:30 PM  PISCATAWAY, NJ
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County

MARCH 16, 2016 - 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM  EAST WINDSOR, NJ
NJ Dept of Agriculture- Jersey Fresh Farm to School

MARCH 19, 2016 - 8:30 AM- 2:00 PM  GLASSBORO, NJ
New Jersey Earth Sciences Teachers Association
32nd Annual Conference of the NJ Earth Science Teachers Association

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Green Chemistry Information             (Posted: 2-17-16)

Dear Colleagues,

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
Project Manager
Pollution Prevention and Climate Change Section
EPA Region 2

National Wildlife Federation's NJ Eco-Schools Action Newsletter             (Posted: 2-17-16)

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 
allison.mulch@njaudubon.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

Lyncrest School

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 ecoschools@njaudubon.org.

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eNews: Watch 118 Bird Species Migrating on One Map             (Posted: 2-17-16)

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February Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 2-17-16)

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News from PAEE             (Posted: 2-17-16)

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Great Places: Snow Birds             (Posted: 2-3-16)

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Green Knight newsletter -- February 2016 -- News of Environmental Issues and Events in New Jersey             (Posted: 2-3-16)

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February Littoral News             (Posted: 2-3-16)

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EE at EPA: New Student Challenges, Resources and Grant Recipients             (Posted: 2-3-16)

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Gardener News February 2016             (Posted: 2-3-16)

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