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CONTENTS:
Sneak Peek: 2016 NJ Sustainability Summit, Certification Deadline & More
Summer reading and online courses
NAAEE: eeNEWS for June 8, 2016
Great Places: Celebrate Oceans
National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools news: Schools Out for Summer!
E-News: Gold stars, sustainability report, 66 grants, hubs, Board spotlight Maureen Hassett and more
Ocean County Soil Conservation District: Educational Programs - June-August
2016 State of the Shore
Learn to Garden With Native Plants
SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS: Don't Miss Out - Deadlines Approaching
Science Update: Restoring Rattlesnakes
Celebrate Great Outdoors Month This June!
Raritan Headwaters: It's June, Time to Get with the Programs!
Discover DEP: New, Interactive Public Access Map
Summer in the School Garden: Secrets to Success
EE at EPA: Student and teacher award updates
NAAEE: eeNEWS for May 18, 2016
NWF: May is Garden for Wildlife Month!
SJ: Schools E-News: Grant Deadline Approaching
Green Knight Newsletter - May 2016 - Now Available
Cornell Lab eNews: Are You Ready to See Dinosaurs As They Really Were—With Feathers?
Sustainability Summit Keynote Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Strauss
May Newsletter: Inspiration & Support
eeNEWS for May 6, 2016
Conserve Wildlife: Explorations May 2016
Great Places: The Power of Planting Trees
Survey Says! Take the Eco-Schools USA End of Year Survey
Sustainable Jersey For Schools News
FW: NJHCN Grantee Update
May Littoral News
Eco-Schools USA Top 5 Earth Month Activities
Raritan Headwaters: May Days
Recognizing Green Schools, Districts, and Postsecondary Institutions this Earth Day
i-Tree News
DEP Podcast Launched
Verizon video on Living Local Expo
Sustainable Jersey New Report: Statewide Change, One Community at a Time
Rowan Prof. Gives TED Talk
Green Knight newsletter --- News and Events for Late April
Egg-cellent News Just in Time for Earth Day!
Hear the birds of Global Big Day
Learn about Funding Opportunities for Walkable and Bikeable Communities
Meet PLT’s Outstanding Educators and Celebrate EE Week!
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!
Sneak Peek: 2016 NJ Sustainability Summit, Certification Deadline & More             (Posted: 6-14-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
192 Districts     472 Schools     Participating
2016 Final Certification Submission Deadline: June 24   

If you submitted an application by the January or April deadlines, this is the final opportunity to make updates to your application and submit for certification this year.  All certified schools will be recognized at a ceremony held during the New Jersey School Boards Workshop in October.  Additionally, the schools that receive the most points at the elementary, middle and high school levels will be recognized as a  2016 Sustainability Champion.

Resources

If you need assistance with updating your application, a variety of information is available on the Green Team Resources page of the website.  We have also posted a variety of webinars  and presentations related to certification and actions in the program which can be found on the Past Webinar Recordings & Presentations page.

Additional Questions?

If you have any other questions, please contact Veronique Lambert at 609-771-3427 or schools@sustainablejersey.com.
   
Sneak Peek: 2016 NJ Sustainability Summit

With less than one week until the June 15th New Jersey Sustainability Summit and the release of the updated Sustainable State of the State Report, we want to provide you with a sneak peek. The one-day summit attracts over 300 diverse participants from across New Jersey with more than 50 experts and practitioners providing sessions. Participate in thought provoking conversations that focus on engaging government, community, schools, business and academia in sustainable action. AICP CM credits are available for most Summit sessions. 

Take a peak at the program book to see the agenda and list of sessions with the speakers
 

REGISTER today!  Registration will close at noon June 14. Tickets will be available at the door 

 

   
PowerSave Schools Opportunity

Once again Sustainable Jersey is partnering with New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) to bring the PowerSave Schools program to schools within NJNG's service territory.  NJNG will fund direct program costs for 13 schools continuing with the program and 9 new applicants interested in joining the program for the 2016-2017 school year. The ASE will implement the PowerSave program, providing tools and resources to ensure a successful program outcome.  Participating schools receive a $1,000 program grant. For more information click here.
 
Application Deadline:  Thursday, June 30 at 11:59 pm
 
   
Sustainable Jersey Upcoming Energy Training & Webinar  

"Pathways to Financing Clean Energy"

JUNE 21, 2016 - 1:00 PM TO 3:30 PM
ATLANTIC COUNTY UTILITIES AUTHORITY (ACUA), RECYCLING CENTER
6700 DELILAH RD, EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ 08234
JUNE 22, 2016 - 1:00 PM TO 3:30 PM
GERALDINE R. DODGE FOUNDATION OFFICES
14 MAPLE AVE #400, MORRISTOWN, NJ 07960
Join us to learn more about energy efficiency incentives offered by utility companies in your area. Many utility incentives can be combined with New Jersey Clean Energy Program incentives to further reduce the cost of your energy upgrades. Incentives are available for homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, and local government agencies.

An energy efficient home or office not only saves money, it also makes your living space or workplace healthier and more comfortable. Upgrading heating and cooling equipment, increasing insulation, and making sure the building envelope is properly air-sealed can also significantly improve indoor air quality by reducing allergens, mold, and other pollutants.
At this workshop, you will learn about the latest changes in the New Jersey Clean Energy Program as well as about utility incentives directly from representatives of utility companies. Sustainable Jersey staff will present the Pathways to Clean Energy guidance concept to help you identify the most cost effective pathway to achieving energy savings.

LEARN
  •  How energy efficiency can save you money
  •  How building energy assessments can make your home or business more comfortable
  •  How utility and NJ Clean Energy Program rebates help reduce costs of purchasing energy efficient air  conditioning, heating, and refrigeration equipment
  •  How to take advantage of rebate programs for high efficiency water heating equipment for home and  business
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Business administrators, facility and energy managers, mayors, town council and school board members, and Green Teams 

WEBINAR OPPORTUNITY

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
REGISTER

This webinar complements Sustainable Jersey workshops in June (listed above), but will not provide as in-depth coverage of material discussed during the live workshops.

Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!

Atlantic County

Buena Regional School District

Estell Manor City School District


Burlington County

Palmyra Public Schools


Cumberland County

Deerfield Township School District

Deerfield Township Elementary School (Deerfield)


Hudson County

Dr. Michael Conti No. 5 Elementary School (Jersey City)


Mercer County

Trenton Public School District

Joyce Kilmer Middle School (Trenton)

Luis Munoz Rivera Community School (Trenton)



Monmouth County

Highlands Borough School District

HIghlands Elementary School

Howell Township Public School District

Monmouth County Vocational School District


Morris County

Harding Township School District

Lincoln Park School District


Sussex County

Stillwater Township School District

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

JULY 11-28 2016 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM POTTERSVILLE, NJ (registration deadline June 20th)
NJ Association of Health Physical Education Recreation & Dance
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

Summer reading and online courses             (Posted: 6-14-16)

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PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER

EE Online Workshops Environmental Education Workshops for Teachers Now Available Online

By Vanessa Bullwinkle
Looking for new ideas for nature-based activities? Project Learning Tree now offers online professional development for early childhood, K-8, and becoming a GreenSchool. The courses include demonstration videos, planning exercises, state-specific resources, and more. Plus, you access these trainings whenever and wherever you’d like!

NEWS & UPDATES
Summer Reading List Summer Reading List 

By Jaclyn Stallard
Summer break is just around the corner! To help kids -- and adults -- stay on top of their reading, take a look at Project Learning Tree’s summer reading list separated by grade level. From informative nonfiction reads to silly fictional tales, these books will help keep inquisitive minds sharp over the summer months.

Taking Action

STEM Connections Students Galvanize Entire School Around Environmental Learning and Action

By Kathy Westra
Tips for involving students in a green schools program from teachers at Two Rivers Magnet Middle School in East Hartford, CT, a PLT GreenSchool since 2009 that in April 2016 received the Department of Education’s prestigious Green Ribbon award.

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NAAEE: eeNEWS for June 8, 2016             (Posted: 6-14-16)

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

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Conference News

Conference Scholarships opportunities are available for teachers, students, and nonformal educators. Deadline extended to June 30. 

Registration will be opening soon. Watch for an announcement in mid June. 

Session notifications will be emailed to all who submitted proposals by June 22. 

Get the details >

Know Any EE "Poster" Children? We'd Love to Hear From You!

NAAEE is seeking real-world stories of how environmental education has benefited the learning and lives of K-12 students and teachers, and we would love to hear from you!  More >

News from the Natural Start Alliance

Meet educators at a large urban elementary school in a high-poverty, high-crime area of Los Angeles. Read about the "Parent's Guide to Nature Play" that will inspire and make nature play easy. Catch up on nature preschools in the news. Learn how you can take an active role in the new Council of Nature and Forest Preschools.  More >
 

Webinar Today: Building a Successful 21st Century EE Movement: Accelerating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Today: June 8 at 3PM EST
Considering a wide array of perspectives helps us be more effective and creates an environment that allows us to honor our diverse beliefs, attitudes, languages, interpersonal styles, and values. NAAEE will host a panel of experts on diversity and inclusion in environmental movements for the next installment of its monthly webinar series. Don't miss it!  More >

Nature-Based Preschool National Conference

August 15–17 in St. Paul, MN
Registration now for the 4th Nature-Based Preschool National Conference designed for professionals working in nature and forest preschools.  More >

Add Connections in eePRO

Connect with other eePROs! You're already connected to your colleagues, but now you can connect with other eePRO members by clicking on the link above their photo. We will be adding an activity feed so you can keep up on what they're doing on the site. Login required. 
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Webinar Series: Bringing New Ideas and Innovation to the Field of EE

July 26 at 3PM EST?
Webinar: Cultivating Collective Impact with Nicole Ardoin 
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Add a Job, Event, Resource to eePRO
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From the eePRO Community

  LEARNING

Professional Development

Engaging People in Civil Deliberations about Climate Change: NAAEE's New Environmental Issues Forum Resources

iDigBio Webinar: Connecting Students to Citizen Science and Curated Collections

Land Ethic Leader Workshop

UW-Stevens Point: Online Course: Making EE Relevant for Culturally Diverse Audiences

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  OPPORTUNITIES

Grants, Contests, Publishing

Capitol Hill Ocean Week 

Call for Workshops:
Annual New England EE Alliance Conference

Zayed Global High School Prize

Educator Climate & Conservation Colloqium

Student Climate & Conservation Congress

JASON Learning 2016 National Educators' Conference

Nominate a Champion of Change for Climate Equity!

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  RESOURCES

For Students and Educators

Carbon TIME

Beachapedia

Current Conservation

Advancing Stem Learning for All

Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum

Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NEEF Citizen Science Website

Teaching Professor Blog

Oceans International Education Project

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Join NAAEE’s eePRO community to network with environmental education professionals around the world.
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Great Places: Celebrate Oceans             (Posted: 6-14-16)

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National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools news: Schools Out for Summer!             (Posted: 6-2-16)

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E-News: Gold stars, sustainability report, 66 grants, hubs, Board spotlight Maureen Hassett and more             (Posted: 6-2-16)

Click HERE.

Ocean County Soil Conservation District: Educational Programs - June-August             (Posted: 6-2-16)

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2016 Monthly Series of Educational Programs and Workshops 
From Lawn to Garden - Going Green, Saving Green!

Saturday, June 11, 12:30-2:30pm
The Chemistry of Soil - a Primer for the Home Gardener
Soil is arguably the most important component in a gardener's landscape. Understanding the chemistry of your soil can help guide you in nurturing healthy plants and creating a healthy yard and garden. Join Dr. Stephanie Murphy, of Rutgers Cooperative Extension/Soil Testing Laboratory, as she breaks down the complexities of the science of soil for a fascinating look at the chemical processes that take place beneath our feet. FREE! Location: Jakes Branch County Park. Pre-registration required, seating is limited. To register, please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, (609) 971-7002 ext. 114 or education@soildistrict.org
Saturday, July 30, 10:30-12:00pm
Native Stars of the Summer Garden, Outdoor Walking Tour Part 1 - Rain Garden and Wet Garden
Native plant species off a diversity of color, bloom time, sustenance for wildlife, and joy to the native plant gardener. Native plants are adapted to the natural soil conditions, climate and water resources within their local environment. A tour of the SHIP (Soil Health Improvement Project) native plant demonstration gardens offers a look at the diversity of natives that create beauty and color in the summer months. We will tour the Rain Garden and Wet Garden. Rain or shine, dress for the weather. FREE! Location: Jakes Branch County Park. Pre-registration required, please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, (609) 971-7002 ext. 114 or education@soildistrict.org
Sunday, August 28, 10:30am-12:00pm
Native Stars of the Summer Garden, Outdoor Walking Tour Part 2: Sun Garden, Shade Garden and Butterfly Garden
Enjoy an outdoor tour of the SHIP (Soil Health Improvement Project) native plant gardens at Jakes Branch County Park. Native plants thrive in the nutrient poor, sandy soil of south Jersey. Observe specimens in a natural context and learn which beauties will be conducive to the specific conditions of your own backyard. Rain or shine, dress for the weather. Pre-registration required. Please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, (609) 971-7002 ext. 114 or education@soildistrict.org
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is excited to offer our 2016 monthly series of educational programs and workshops, "From Lawn to Garden - Going Green, Saving Green". Our programs are designed to educate the community about the importance of healthy soil, introduce healthy gardening and landscaping techniques, and inspire stewardship of natural resources. Each month features a new topic; all programs are free to the public. These programs are offered in partnership with OceanFirst Bank and partially funded through a grant from the Barnegat Bay Partnership. For more information visit www.soildistrict.org or contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Education@soildistrict.org, 609-971-7002 ext. 114.  




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Educational Programs, Workshops and Community Outreach
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District strives to lead efforts to protect and conserve our soil and water resources by providing educational programs to members of the community, including homeowners, teachers, students, scouts, farmers, public officials, various state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations. For more information about the educational programs offered by the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, or to schedule a program for your group, please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, at education@soildistrict.org or 609-971-7002 ext. 114. A wealth of information can be found on our website: www.soildistrict.org.

2016 State of the Shore             (Posted: 6-2-16)

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Learn to Garden With Native Plants             (Posted: 6-2-16)

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SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS: Don't Miss Out - Deadlines Approaching             (Posted: 6-2-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
181 Districts     466 Schools     Participating

2016 Final Certification Submission Deadline: June 24  

If you submitted an application by the January or April deadlines, this is the final opportunity to make updates to your application and submit for certification this year.  All certified schools will be recognized at a ceremony held during the New Jersey School Boards Workshop in October.  Additionally, the schools that receive the most points at the elementary, middle and high school levels will be recognized as a  2016 Sustainability Champion.

Resources

If you need assistance with updating your application, a variety of information is available on the Green Team Resources page of the website.  We have also posted a variety of webinars  and presentations related to certification and actions in the program which can be found on the Past Webinar Recordings & Presentations page.

Additional Questions?

If you have any other questions, please contact Veronique Lambert at 609-771-3427 or schools@sustainablejersey.com.
Education For Sustainability (EFS) Curriculum Design Studio
Application Deadline EXTENDED: June 3 at 5pm

In partnership with the Cloud Institute, Sustainable Jersey for Schools is offering this five-day training for Educators, Curriculum Designers and Administrators from school districts registered in
the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.  The training will be held June 27 -   July 1.  Scholarships are available to employees of school districts registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.  For more information, visit our website. 

Application Deadline EXTENDED: June 3, 2016 at 5:00pm 
June 10 Deadline for Middle and High Schools to 
Apply for 4,000 Health & Wellness Grants
 
Districts or schools registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program that serve students in grade 6 and above, are eligible to apply for funding to help implement health and wellness initiatives. The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), 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: June 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm
   
50+ Experts Lead 15 Sessions at 2016 NJ Sustainability Summit
 
Water, energy, education, recycling, the arts - you name it and we have a session planned. A total of 15 concurrent sessions will allow you to dig deeper into the dimensions of sustainability. Experts and industry professionals will lead each session and review current challenges.  You'll come away with a clear sense of the state of the movement, new ideas about what can be done to make progress, an expanded network of fellow practitioners, and the inspiration to go back and continue to drive change one municipality or school at a time. AICP CM credits available for most sessions.
   
REGISTER today!
 

Venue Sponsors

Program Partners 
 
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!

Camden County

Cramer Elementary School (Camden City)

Veterans Memorial Family School (Camden City)

 
Essex County

Glen Ridge Public Schools

Lady Liberty Academy Charter School

 
Gloucester County

Dorothy L. Bullock School (Glassboro)

Glassboro School District

 
Monmouth County

Beers Street School (Hazlet)

Cove Road Elementary School (Hazlet)

Hazlet Middle School

Lillian Drive Elementary School (Hazlet)

Middle Road Elementary School (Hazlet)

Port Monmouth Elementary School (Middletown)

Raritan High School (Hazlet)

Raritan Valley Elementary School (Hazlet)

Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning Center (Hazlet)

Thorne Middle School (Middletown)

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

JUNE 7, 2016 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM MONROE TWP, NJ
Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA)
Learn 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.

JUNE 9, 2016 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM WEBINAR

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

Science Update: Restoring Rattlesnakes             (Posted: 6-2-16)

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Celebrate Great Outdoors Month This June!             (Posted: 6-2-16)

Hike, Bike, Paddle, Run, or Volunteer for Great Outdoors Month!
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Celebrate Great Outdoors Month this June

June is Great Outdoors Month: a celebration of our parks and waters and the many ways to enjoy them. It's also a time to reflect on what we can do to preserve America's natural spaces for the enjoyment of future generations.  Looking for ways to get kids outdoors and active this Great Outdoors Month?  Check out these nationwide events in June:  National Trails Day is June 4th, Get Outdoors Day is June 11th, and the Great American Campout is June 25th. >>>>

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Students from Prospect Sierra School, a 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, in El Cerrito, CA, participate in stream studies.
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Meet A Few More of the 2016 Honorees!

As schools head off for summer break, now is a great time to take inspiration from the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for plans in the coming year.  View the honorees and read about their work on Green Strides.

Poudre School District, Colorado

Poudre School District (PSD)’s commitment to sustainability began in 1994 with the formation of an Energy Efficiency Team and a Green Team.  Since then, PSD has completed 260 energy efficiency projects resulting in a utility savings of over $2 million.  The district adopted a Sustainability Management System (SMS) in 2006 and has published its annual Sustainability Report for seven years, highlighting sustainable accomplishments, innovative practices, and goals across the district, including resource conservation, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable education, transportation, and health and wellness.  PSD oversees a robust Safe Routes to School program, including walking school buses, walk and bike to school days, bike safety instruction, and the installation of bike repair stations at middle and high schools.  Every school has a salad bar, and PSD’s farm to school program has been in place for five years.  Nearly 30 percent of schools have onsite gardens, which are used as outdoor classrooms, with the growing cycle incorporated into science classes.  Elementary students participate in The Walking Classroom program, in which students take 20-minute walks while listening to a podcast on science, social studies, or language arts; middle school students engage in Global Explorers field trips and river watch activities; and high school teachers incorporate the outdoors into lessons, including hands-on experiential field trips.   The City of Fort Collins Utilities Department worked with 36 schools to provide hands-on, curriculum-based classes, programs, and events for students related to water and energy.  Across the district, schools participate in activities such as River Week, a citywide children’s water festival, Habitat for Humanity home building, gardening and composting, water ecology studies, nature hikes, and informational tours of sustainable school facilities.  >>>>

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Photovoltaic system at Bethke Elementary School in Poudre County School District.

Capital City Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.

Capital City Public Charter School serves 983 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade in one consolidated LEED Gold-certified building.  Seventy-three percent of students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch, and 85 percent are African-American or Hispanic.  In 2012, Capital City underwent a massive renovation of its 1963 building with sustainable practices in mind.  Prior to the renovations, seventh and eighth graders investigated green practices with assistance from the Alliance to Save Energy and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  The students then created a book with their suggested green designs, and presented their chosen features to the school’s board of directors.  Capital City’s main school garden encompasses 2400 square feet, includes an outdoor classroom, and is adjacent to the high school entrance for the entire community to see.  The grounds also include bioswales and a rain garden.  The school employs a part-time school garden coordinator, who works with teachers to design curricula that include resources from the school garden. The coordinator works with high school students to provide a weekly school garden market that offers fresh produce from the school garden and a local farm.  Students participate in hands-on, project-based, authentic learning “expeditions.”  From prekindergarten students’ expedition on herbs to the 11th graders’ Food Justice for All expedition, students are engaging with natural, local foods, and learning why knowing where your food comes from has benefits for health, wellness, equity, and local economies.  All students must take either Environmental Science or Urban Ecology to graduate, and an optional outdoor adventure program includes camping, rock climbing, and hiking. >>>>

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CCPCS teachers take students outdoors to engage with and study their natural surroundings.

Garmisch Elementary Middle School, Bavaria, Germany

At Garmisch Elementary Middle School (GEMS), a Department of Defense Education Activity School, students designed and constructed compost bins to collect organic waste.  Students also developed a campaign focused on waste reduction, and conducted a waste audit determining that the amount of waste going into the regular trash was reduced by 83 percent.  Students have designed, constructed, and planted a garden, using soil generated from their compost.  They have been involved in the design of a new school facility with sustainability features that will improve the building’s resource efficiency and indoor environment, and will result in cost savings for the school.  Using surveying equipment, they mapped out the new building site.  Classes also have taken on civic projects around specific environmental issues, such as water conservation and water quality.  The school counselor teaches weekly classes that target social and emotional well-being and the school nurse has developed and implemented a healthy lifestyle and nutrition curriculum that is taught in all classes.  Families can learn more about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle during GEMS’s Spring Health and Fitness Night.  Staff model healthy living for students by leading active lifestyles; half of the staff regularly walk or bike to school, 47 percent of the teaching staff serve as volunteer instructors for the school’s weekly ski program, and 20 percent of the staff recently competed together in a team endurance race.  The Outdoor Education Club provides students with a chance to promote teambuilding and problem solving skills through participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, and geocaching.  As evidenced by a 92 percent participation rate, the students love the hands-on learning opportunities that this club provides.  >>>>

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Students at Garmisch Elementary Middle School inspect an Audi E-Tron electric car while learning about alternative energy sources.
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Selecting Nominees for U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools 2017  

Are you ready for 2017?! Most participating states post applications for schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions each summer with deadlines to submit to them each winter.  State authorities’ school, district, and postsecondary nominations are due to ED by February 1, 2017.  In addition to a total of five school and district nominees, each state may nominate one postsecondary institution for leadership in all three Pillars.  State selection committees may include state education agencies, state higher education agencies, governors’ offices, and outside partners. Interested schools, districts, colleges, universities should contact their state education authorities for information on how to be considered for nomination in a given state.  State education authorities can contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information.  >>>>

Resources and Opportunities

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Apply for NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance by June 30

The National Park Service supports community-led conservation and outdoor recreation projects, including bike paths, water trails, and parks.  >>>>

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Apply for NPS Challenge Cost Share Grants by July 1

Grants of $25,000 are available for a range of project ideas that serve urban communities, engage youth with National Parks, and connect people to the outdoors.  Educational institutions or not-for-profit organizations are eligible to partner with NPS for work performed in collaboration with NPS-administered parks, including National Parks, National Trails, and Wild and Scenic Rivers.  >>>>

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Apply for a GreenWorks! Environmental Education Grant by Sept. 30

Project Learning Tree offers grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.  The projects partner students with their whole school, local businesses and/or community organizations, and provide opportunities for student leadership. >>>>

Webinars

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The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues This Summer

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.

June 01, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  NASA, We’re Out There:  Dwarf Planet Missions (NASA)

June 06, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm  Peering Beneath Jupiter’s Clouds  (NASA)

June 08, 2016, 12-12:30 pm   Ask The Expert (EPA)

June 09, 2016, 1:00-2:30 pm  Waste Reduction in College Residence Halls (CURC)

June 09, 2016, 1:00-2:30 pm  Reduce Indoor Asthma Triggers in Schools (EPA)

June 14, 2016, 2:00-3:00 pm  Green Clean Schools Learn From the Leaders (HSC)

June 15, 2016, 12-12:30 pm   Ask The Expert (EPA)

June 15, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Colleges Accelerate Community Deployment of Solar (EPA)

June 16, 2016, 6:00-7:00 pm  Modeling Our Solar System (NASA)

June 23, 2016, 6:00-7:00 pm  Exploring Strange New Worlds (NASA)

June 28, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 101 (EPA)

June 29, 2016, 12-12:30 pm   Ask The Expert (EPA)

June 29, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 201(EPA)

June 30, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)

Events

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The Summer Institute for Climate Change Education is June 21-24 in St. Paul, MN

The 2016 Summer Institute will take place at Macalester College, a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awardee, and will focus on the newest middle school resource: Next Generation Climate. >>>>

Nature-Based Education Summer Institute is June 25 in Farmington, ME

The University of Maine will host a Nature-Based Education Summer Institute with sessions that are designed to be interactive and outdoors, for a range of educators working across age levels and settings.   The day features a keynote by David Sobel, locally grown food, and workshops that will bring participants outside to learn more about how nature-based education benefits children and adults.  >>>>

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Educating Children Outdoors Offers June and July Summer Institutes in Vermont

Educating Children for the Outdoors offers standards based nature immersion graduate courses for educators, assistants, aides, and administrators.  During the week, a leadership team of professional nature immersion specialists guides teachers in direct application of outdoor classroom routines as well as ways to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards into those routines.  >>>>

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The Educator Climate and Conservation Colloquium is July 6-10 in Shepherdstown, WV

Ec3 is a professional development opportunity for educators and sustainability coordinators offered by the Green Schools Alliance in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC).  Participants work with national experts; receive training in sustainability leadership, financing, and assessment; share ideas and network with colleagues; and participate in NCTC’s unique conservation programs and fieldwork.  >>>>

The Student Climate & Conservation Congress is June 26-July 2 in Shepherdstown, WV

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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The Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation Summer Institute is July 18-21 in Purchase, NY

The Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation’s Summer Institute enables teachers to integrate the concepts of sustainability into their existing curricula.  This program equips K-12 teachers with practices and teaching methods to address the core concepts of Education for Sustainability – the intersection of social, economic, and ecological systems.  >>>>

The Green Clean Schools Leadership Institute is July 28-29th in Ellicott City, MD

This training will bring together leading university and K-12 facility operators in an effort to grow the green cleaning movement.  It will include hands-on leadership skill training and workshops; expert panels and discussions on how to create a green cleaning program; an in-depth tour of an award-winning program; and the opportunity to network with other leaders in the field.  Some scholarships are available for school representatives.  >>>>

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Raritan Headwaters: It's June, Time to Get with the Programs!             (Posted: 6-1-16)




Student Project Gets Garden Growing!

Pingry seniors Sophia Cortazzo (right) of Warren Township and Libby Lee (left) of Short Hills are spending five weeks at Fairview Farm improving our Bird and Butterfly Garden as part of a school program in which 12th graders work at an independent project full-time instead of attending classes.
 



On the Watchdog Front...

On Monday, May 23, Governor Christie vetoed the Preserve New Jersey Act (S969), ignoring the will of the voters who, in 2014, approved a constitutional dedication of money to preserve open space, farmland, blue acres and historic sites in the Garden State. Read more.  
 
Kudos to the Senate Environment and Energy Committee for approving a bill that would establish a commission to study the risks associated with pharmaceuticals in our drinking water and report its findings to the Governor and the Legislature. Read more.



Stream Monitoring Season Is Here
 
RHA's growing team of stream monitors will be out in force from June 15 thru June 30. Last month, 23 new volunteers were trained to perform visual and biological assessments in water bodies throughout the headwaters region. And 23 experienced monitors returned for a refresher course. Their findings will be published later this year.

 

(Photo credit: Christian Baude)





 Volunteers Needed for Trail Maintenance

Help improve and enhance the condition of hiking and bridle trails at our preserves by joining RHA's Adopt-A-Trail program. Great for school clubs, corporate groups, scout troops, religious groups, groups of friends, or individuals wishing to adopt a portion of a trail for outdoor fun that gives back to the community. 

To learn more, contact George Schaberg, Land Projects Manager.



Corporate Employees Pitch in at Fairview Farm
 
Many thanks to the eighteen volunteers from Colgate-Palmolive who recently came out to help clear trails, remove invasives and plant saplings in our reforestation project.



Did you know?
 
There are five miles of hiking trails through forest and fields at Fairview Farm, our headquarters located at 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster. Open every day from dawn to dusk. Dogs allowed.
 



RHA's Exciting New Look Is Coming!
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Yay! It's Nature Day Camp Time Again!

June 26: Nature Day Camp Open House, 2-4pm. Stop by.
 
July 11-15: Red Squirrels (ages 5-6). Limited space available -- register today!

July 11-15: Farm Camp (ages 10-12). Limited space available -- register today!
 
July 18-22: Tree Frogs (ages 7-10). Camp is full. 

July 24: Honey Bees Open House, 10am-12pm. Stop by.
 
July 25-29: Honey Bees (ages 3-4). Limited space available -- register today!

August 1-5: NEW: Nature Photography and Documentary Camp (ages 9-13). Register.


  Raritan Headwaters is on a mission to protect clean water in the
north and south branch region of the Raritan River. Join Us!

Discover DEP: New, Interactive Public Access Map             (Posted: 6-1-16)

On May 26th, Commissioner Martin announced DEP's new, interactive Public Access Map. This week's episode of the Discover DEP podcast, which discusses the new map, is now live on the DEP website. This new map allows visitors to locate 2,900 public access points along the Atlantic coast and back bays in Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties and to find out detailed information about the amenities available at each access point. Becky Foster and Bob Bostock sat down to discuss the importance of this map and access points throughout the state.

The new map can be found at http://www.nj.gov/dep/cmp/access/.

The podcast episode can be found at http://www.nj.gov/dep/podcast/.

In addition to accessing the podcast on the DEP homepage, you can now download our podcasts and subscribe to future editions through iTunes and Google Play.

The podcast is produced by the Office of Communications and the Division of Information Technology. If you have suggestions for future podcasts, or other feedback, please email podcast@dep.nj.gov.

See official press release on map HERE

Summer in the School Garden: Secrets to Success             (Posted: 6-1-16)

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EE at EPA: Student and teacher award updates             (Posted: 6-1-16)

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NAAEE: eeNEWS for May 18, 2016             (Posted: 5-18-16)

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Conference Scholarships opportunities are available for teachers, students, and nonformal educators. Applications are due May 31.

Exhibit and Advertise at the Madison conference. Don't miss out on reaching the largest gathering of environmental educators of the year!

Check out the FAQs for information about costs, schedules, hotels, proposals, volunteering, and more. 

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Building a Successful 21st Century EE Movement: Accelerating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

June 8 at 3PM EST
Considering a wide array of perspectives helps us be more effective and creates an environment that allows us to honor our diverse beliefs, attitudes, languages, interpersonal styles, and values. The more diverse the audiences we work with, the stronger our movement will be. NAAEE will host a panel of experts on diversity and inclusion in environmental movements for the next installment of its monthly webinar series. Don't miss it!  More >
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News from the Natural Start Alliance

Learn about exploring energy with STEM outdoors, a nature preschool in remote Alaska. Find out how to register for the Nature-Based Preschool National Conference. Explore job opportunities.  More >
 

In class presentations using the Magic Planet at Fillmore High School.

EECapacity's CCC Fellowship and EECCOA

Learn how participating in EECapacity's Community Climate Change Fellowship impacted the president of the MERITO Foundation, its work, as well as over 800 students in California through the creation of the Energy Efficiency to Mitigate Climate Change and Ocean Acidification program.  More >

New eePRO Group: Technology & EE

Explore and discuss the ways educational technologies help enhance EE. Join the new Technology & EE Group. 
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eeJobs!

Post a job. Look for jobs. Sign up for eeJOBS! 
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Webinar Series: Bringing New Ideas and Innovation to the Field of EE

June 8 at 3PM EST
Webinar Panel Discussion: Building a Successful 21st Century EE Movement: Accelerating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
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From the eePRO Community

  LEARNING

Professional Development

Conservation Psychology Institute

Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health

Conservation and EE and Evaluation

Land Ethic Leader Workshop

Wilderness First Responder Class

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Grants, Contests, Publishing

Educator Climate & Conservation Colloqium

White House Call for Champions of Change for Climate Equity

Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity!

EECOM 2016 Conference

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  RESOURCES

For Students and Educators

NEEF Citizen Science Website

2016 Living Schoolyard Activity Guides

Multisolving: Solving Problems While Protecting the Climate

WikiWatershed

World Oceans Day

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NWF: May is Garden for Wildlife Month!             (Posted: 5-18-16)

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SJ: Schools E-News: Grant Deadline Approaching             (Posted: 5-18-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
178 Districts     453 Schools     Participating
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 ourwebsite.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 10, 2016 at 11:59pm

Recorded Informational Webinars

Recordings and power point presentations for the grant-related webinars listed below can be found on thePast Webinar Recordings & Presentations page.
  • Evidence Based Practices to Improve the Social, Emotional and Physical Health of Middle and High School Students
  • Funding for Health and Wellness in Middle and High Schools
   
Seats are Limited: Register Today!   
 
Plan now to attend the 2016 New Jersey Sustainability Summit on June 15 at The College of New Jersey. This one-day event includes 15 breakout sessions featuring more than 50 experts and practitioners and a key note address by Dr. Benjamin Strauss.  
 
Dr. Strauss serves as vice president for Sea Level and Climate Impacts at Climate Central. He is a national expert and author of numerous scientific papers and reports on sea level rise. He appears often as an expert on national network news, nationally syndicated radio and documentary television. He was a founding board member of Grist.org and the Environmental Leadership Program. Strauss co-organized the 1994 Campus Earth Summit, and consulted to the Nathan Cummings Foundation on higher education and the environment. Learn more about the Sustainability Summit on ourwebsite.
June 15, 2016, 8:30am - 4:30pm 
The College of New Jersey 
2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 

Venue Sponsors

   
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 theirwebsite

Application Deadline: June 1, 2016
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!

Bergen County

Fort Lee School District

Lewis F. Cole Middle School (Fort Lee)

Norwood Public School District
 
Middlesex County

Grace M. Breckwedel Middle School (Jamesburg)

Monmouth County

Nut Swamp Elementary School (Middletown)
 
Morris County

Montville Township School District

Robert R. Lazar Middle School (Montville)

Passaic County

Dr Frank Napier Jr Academy of Technology (Paterson)

Warren County

Oxford Township School District 


TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

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

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
FUNDING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OPPORTUNITY  
WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

2016 Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) Grants

The SRTS grant program is funded through the Federal Highway Administration's Federal Aid Program and is being administered by the NJDOT, in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO). Proposed projects must be located within two miles of a school that serves students in grades K-8. Funding for the 2016 SRTS Program will be available for the construction of infrastructure projects only, such as the installation of sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, multi-use paths, traffic calming measures, and other means to ensure the ease and safety of children walking or biking to school. For this solicitation, Urban Aid Communities determined by the Department of Community Affairs, and municipalities containing Schools Development Authority (SDA) Districts outlined by the Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act, may apply for design as well as construction funds. Any municipality, school district, or county is eligible to apply for funding. Non-profit organizations are not eligible as direct grant recipients for this solicitation. However, non-profit organizations may partner with a local public agency that will assume responsibility and administration for the grant.  For more information visit their website.

Application Deadline: Monday, June 27, 2016

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 atschools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Green Knight Newsletter - May 2016 - Now Available             (Posted: 5-18-16)

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Cornell Lab eNews: Are You Ready to See Dinosaurs As They Really Were—With Feathers?             (Posted: 5-18-16)

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Sustainability Summit Keynote Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Strauss             (Posted: 5-18-16)

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May Newsletter: Inspiration & Support             (Posted: 5-18-16)

 



 

May 2016

Greetings!

 

As the school year winds down, many of you may be seeking inspiration or support to deepen your commitment to Educate for Sustainability. In this month's newletter, we bring you both. Two of our recent blog posts, EfS: A Trendsetter in Assessment and Keep Calm and Lead on: Practice really does make perfect encourage us to think in novel ways about familiar topics in education. We also offer a case study about how Kapalama Middle School uses EfS to fulfill its vital mission of educating children of Hawaiian ancestry. And check out our TWO EfS Summer Design Studios for educators, curriculum designers, administrators and community partners.  In June, Sustainable Jersey and The Cloud Insitute will offer a five day studio at Duke Farms in NJ and in August, we'll be at Omega Institue in Rhinebeck, NY.

 

We appreciate those who have been liking, sharing and engaging with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. We hope you'll join the conversation too!

 

 

Jaimie

 

Jaimie P. Cloud, Founder

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education

Jaimie@cloudinstitute.org

212-645-9930

 

Education for Sustainability: A Trendsetter in Assessment

From classrooms to coffee shops, it seems that everywhere you turn these days, people are expressing frustration about the role that standardized tests play in our educational system.  Parents, teachers, administrators and now even the US government are pushing back on the amount of time our schools spend preparing for and administering this type of assessment. Education for Sustainability (EfS) is a great fit for this trend since it is all about combining big ideas, knowledge and skill development, with being intentional about the difference we make through our actions.

 

Read more of Jaimie's post on The Cloud Blog.

 

Relax & Immerse in EfS this Summer!

 


 

Are you a Curriculum Designer or Community Partner?

 

Intro to Education for Sustainability: August 12-14

5-Day Curriculum Design Workship: August 15-19

 

Join us at Omega Institute for an immersive Introduction to Education for Sustainability (EfS) over the weekend and 5 full days of design studio time. Meet us at Omega and gain access to expertise, resources and tools required to design elegant curricula for use in the classroom, protocols for professional development, or action plans designed to implement EfS change initiatives in schools and communities.

 

Learn more and register.

 

 

EFS in Schools: Kapalama Middle School

 

Aloha! Today, we’d like to introduce you to Kapalama Middle School, located on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. This native Hawaiian middle school, on one of The Kamehameha School’s three campuses, “educates children of Hawaiian ancestry to become good and industrious men and women in spirit, mind and body and to use their talents and abilities to positively contribute to the world.” Sustainability holds special meaning for native Hawaiians, making EfS a great fit for Kapalama. According to school leaders, “This is something we have to do.”  

 

Read the full case study on The Cloud Blog.

 

 


NJ Summer Design Studio

 

June 27-July 1, 9am to 4pm

Duke Farm Orientation Center

1112 Dukes Pkwy, West Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844

 

Sustainable Jersey is pleased to offer training scholarships to schools and districts registered for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program to participate in a five day EfS Curriculum Design Studio, led by Jaimie Cloud. Schools and districts must commit to sending at least two participants.  Enrollment is limited. 

 

Apply here by May 15, 2016.

 

 

Keep Calm and Lead On: Practice really does make perfect! 

 

We all know that person… focused, positive, kind and able to bounce forward from even the most challenging circumstances. You may think that these sought after qualities are hard wired in certain folks and out of reach for the rest of us. Well, according to the latest scientific research, we can actually “learn” these skills, much in the same way as we would master a musical instrument.  The secret?  Practice! In the article, How Science Reveals that “Well-being” is a Skill, world renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson makes the case that by practicing the skills of well-being, we can get better at them.

 

 

Read more of Lori's post on The Cloud Blog.  Lori Braunstein is our new Director for Change Leadership.

 

Green Schools Conf & Expo 2016: Ideas, Inspiration and Connection

 

Last month, Jaimie and Lori joined hundreds of fellow green school advocates in Pittsburgh for the Green Schools Conference & Expo. GSCE 2016 brought together thought leaders and champions, including educators, students, school administrators, non-profit and corporate partners and elected officials, to advance the shared vision of green schools for all within this generation. The event was hosted by USGBC's Center for Green Schools.

 

This year, Jaimie held a standing room only session with West Virginia's Mark Swiger called Climate Change: Treating the Source Not the Symptom by Educating for Sustainability. 

 

Learn more and view photos.

 

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education is a 501c3 Organization . Our mission is to ensure the viability of sustainable communities by leveraging changes in K-12 school systems to prepare young people for the shift toward a sustainable future.

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eeNEWS for May 6, 2016             (Posted: 5-18-16)

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Conference Scholarships opportunities are available for teachers, students, and nonformal educators. Applications are due May 31.

Exhibit and Advertise at the Madison conference. Don't miss out on reaching the largest gathering of environmental educators of the year!

Check out the FAQs for information about costs, schedules, hotels, proposals, volunteering, and more. 

Get the details >

NAAEE Announces Distinguished Nationally Known Slate of Five New Members for Newly Expanded Board

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) expands board by five members to strengthen and expand the movement and profession. The new board includes the first-ever chief diversity officer and vice president for Walgreen’s, a former Sierra Club president, a former mayor who consults nationally on governance strategies for cities and public service utilities, a leading Duke University educator in campus sustainability, and a science-tech entrepreneur and CEO. Read more >
 

Get Involved: Climate Choices Issue Guide

NAAEE and Kettering have released the first issue guide, Climate Choices: How Should We Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet? Learn more about the Environmental Issues Forum (EIF) and how to get involved in helping the initiative. Read more >
 

Nature-Based Preschool National Conference Registration is Open!

Registration is open for the fourth Nature-Based Preschool National Conference in St. Paul, MN at the Dodge Nature Center and Preschool. Join us August 15-17 for engaging speakers, sessions, networking, and field experiences, all designed for professionals working in nature and forest preschools. Read more >

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

June 8 at 3PM EST
Webinar Panel Discussion: Diversity & Inclusion. 
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2016 EECapacity T3 Online EE Learning Accelerator

Apply by May 15th!
Considering becoming an online learning provider? Participants of EECapacity's T3 program will learn to plan, design, and implement an online learning project. 
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Calling All Young Professionals

Learn about opportunities at the conference. Join a group and participate in the discussion. Add Young Professional to your audience role by logging in and clicking the eePROfile tab at the bottom. 
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From the eePRO Community

  LEARNING

Professional Development

Professional Development for Early Career Scientists

Amazon River Expedition

Education for Sustainability: Teaching Methods

Investigation & Evaluation of EE Curriculum Resources

Citizen Science and Social Justice in Your Community

CELF Summer Institute in Education for Sustainability

Land Ethic Leader Workshop

Wilderness First Responder Class

Natural Resources Leadership Academy

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  OPPORTUNITIES

Grants, Contests, Publishing

2016 National Historic Trails Workshop Trail Apprentice Program

Facing Race: A National Conference

Help Develop Climate Choices Teacher Modules

Summer Scholars at Clemson

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring

National Environmental Education Training Program Grant

EECOM 2016 Conference

Brower Youth Award

Google Science Fair
?

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  RESOURCES

For Students and Educators

STEM Teaching Tools

Our Story: Climate Justice, Environmental Justice

A Guide to Energy on Earth

Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth (Book)

The Energy Literacy Framework

Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future

Climate Choices: How Should We Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet?

Urban EE Essays

Wicked Problems

WikiWatershed


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Conserve Wildlife: Explorations May 2016             (Posted: 5-18-16)

 

Free FalconCam Professional Development Workshop
Saturday, May 14 in Medford, New Jersey from 10 AM - 2 PM
Learn More 
Species on the Edge 2.0 Video Contest Entries due May 13
High school students: be sure to submit your videos by May 13 for your chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!
Learn More


Species on the Edge: Marine Debris Edition Submissions due May 20
Design entries for CWF's new wildlife art contest for 5th through 8th graders in New Jersey are due May 20
CWF's Eagle Expert Launches New Citizen Science Project
Biologist Larissa Smith wants to hear from you! What's on the menu for the EagleCam chicks?

 


Nearly 400 Abandoned Crab Pots Removed from Barnegat Bay Estuary
CWF creating a healthier bay ecosystem and local economy
Learn More 
Living with Ospreys in New Jersey
New guidelines offer information for homeowners and landowners with potential osprey nest challenges
Learn More


Connecting the Life Cycle of the Golden-winged Warbler
Visiting Honduras for a closer look at cutting-edge research on the multi-country, migratory life cycle of GWWA
Unveiling the New Nature Trail at Long Beach Island Foundation
Enhancing public access to coastal habitat along Barnegat Bay
Kids Summer Programs Throughout New Jersey
FUN Summer Programs for Kids Entering 3rd-6th Grade!
Conserve Wildlife Foundation is thrilled to offer new learning experiences for children throughout the Garden State this summer. Kids can learn about marine wildlife at Leonardo State Marina in Monmouth County, become a Wildlife Explorer at Duke Farms in Somerset County, or become beach nesting bird biologists for the day at our one-day sessions at select beaches in Monmouth and Ocean County.
Learn more and sign up today!

Great Places: The Power of Planting Trees             (Posted: 5-17-16)

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Survey Says! Take the Eco-Schools USA End of Year Survey             (Posted: 5-17-16)

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Sustainable Jersey For Schools News             (Posted: 5-3-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
174 Districts   448 Schools Participating
   
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  
 
 Funding Walkable & Bike Friendly Communities Workshops 
 
Creating walkable and bikeable communities is a successful strategy for maintaining and restoring economic vitality and improving public health in a community. On March 31, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced the solicitation for the 2016 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program.  Applications are due June 27.  Attend the workshop to learn more about this and other funding opportunities.  Tips and strategies for preparing successful grant applications will be shared and representatives from NJDOT will be available to answer questions. For more information about the grant, see the Funding & Technical Assistance Opportunities block below.
 
MAY 05, 2016 - 10:00 AM TO 12:30 PM
PASSAIC COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, HAMILTON CLUB BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR SEMINAR ROOM
32 CHURCH STREET PATERSON, NJ 07505
REGISTER

MAY 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM TO 12:30 PM
EDWARD J. BLOUSTEIN SCHOOL, RUTGERS, ROOM 369
33 LIVINGSTON AVENUE, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ 08901
REGISTER

May 10, 2016 - 10:00AM TO 12:30PM
CUMBERLAND COUNTY COLLEGE, LUCIANO CONFERENCE CENTER, FORUM ROOM
3322 COLLEGE DRIVE, VINELAND, NJ 08360
REGISTER 

MAY 11, 2016 - 10:00 AM TO 12:30 PM
RUTGERS CAMDEN - CAMPUS CENTER, WEST AB CONFERENCE ROOM
326 PENN STREET, CAMDEN, NJ 08102
REGISTER 
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

Recorded Informational Webinars

Recordings and power point presentations for the grant-related webinars listed below can be found on the Past Webinar Recordings & Presentations page.
  • Evidence Based Practices to Improve the Social, Emotional and Physical Health of Middle and High School Students
  • Funding for Health and Wellness in Middle and High Schools
   
Are You Collaborating with Your Municipal Green Team?  
 
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: Are You Collaborating with Your Municipal Green Team?

Many hands make light work!  A significant number of Sustainable Jersey for Schools program participants have a municipal green team available to collaborate on sustainability initiatives.  Learn best practices from municipal and school leaders on how to work together to make communities more sustainable.  
 
Read all of the breakout session descriptions here.



Venue Sponsors

   
 
 
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!

Atlantic County

Absecon Public Schools

H. Ashton Marsh Elementary School (Absecon)
 
Bergen County

Fair Lawn Public School District

J. Spencer Smith Elementary School (Tenafly)

Ralph S. Maugham Elementary School (Tenafly)
 
Essex County

Verona Public School District
 
Gloucester County

Gateway Regional School District

Gateway Regional High School

Holly Glen Elementary School (Monroe)

Oak Knoll Elementary School (Monroe)

Radix Elementary School (Monroe)

Washington Township School District

Whitehall Elementary School (Monroe)

Williamstown High School (Monroe)

Williamstown Middle School (Monroe)
 
Middlesex County

Jamesburg Public School District
 
Monmouth County

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School District
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

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

MAY 13, 2016 8:00AM- 12:30 PM MAHWAH, NJ
NJ Association of Designated Persons

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
FUNDING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OPPORTUNITY  
WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

2016 Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) Grants

The SRTS grant program is funded through the Federal Highway Administration's Federal Aid Program and is being administered by the NJDOT, in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO). Proposed projects must be located within two miles of a school that serves students in grades K-8. Funding for the 2016 SRTS Program will be available for the construction of infrastructure projects only, such as the installation of sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, multi-use paths, traffic calming measures, and other means to ensure the ease and safety of children walking or biking to school. For this solicitation, Urban Aid Communities determined by the Department of Community Affairs, and municipalities containing Schools Development Authority (SDA) Districts outlined by the Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act, may apply for design as well as construction funds. Any municipality, school district, or county is eligible to apply for funding. Non-profit organizations are not eligible as direct grant recipients for this solicitation. However, non-profit organizations may partner with a local public agency that will assume responsibility and administration for the grant.  For more information visit their website.

The grant opportunity will also be highlighted at Sustainable Jersey's upcoming Funding Walkable and Bike Friendly Communities workshops. Register today to learn more about this and other funding opportunities.  Tips and strategies for preparing successful grant applications will be shared and representatives from NJDOT will be available to answer questions.

Application Deadline: Monday, June 27, 2016

FW: NJHCN Grantee Update             (Posted: 5-3-16)

 GRANTEE EVENTS
Register Now for Grantee Mid-Year Meeting
The Mid-Year Meeting is an opportunity to gather, network, share challenges,and celebrate successes.  Attendance is required for grantees. 
  CONFERENCES, WEBINARS, AND WORKSHOPS
Urban Agriculture Conference
Presented by the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association

May 5, 2016

Municipalities and partners across the state will be introduced to the economic possibilities that exist through urban agriculture. Participants will gather and demonstrate their commitment to the shared goals of creating jobs, growing our economy and improving our quality of life.
This conference is intentionally designed to attract and facilitate interaction, learning, and information exchange among a diverse group of stakeholders in New Jersey's urban and rural economic development future. 
 
REGISTER   FREE!
Building Healthy Communities of Opportunity Webinar
Presented by Policy Link and The Kresge Foundation

May 5, 2016 

Please join PolicyLink and The Kresge Foundation for a discussion of the post-recession housing challenges facing households in America, and the housing policy priorities that would create smarter, healthier, resilient, inclusive communities. The webinar will feature national leaders focused on how thoughtful, coordinated investments can shape the next generation of healthy communities. 
 
Funding Walk and Bike Friendly Communities Workshops
Presented by Safe Routes to School

Learn more about the funding opportunities and other resources available to help create and maintain safe, walkable and bikeable environments in your town that provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to travel safely.
Workshop topics include:
  • Tips and strategies for applying for federal and state grants that can make your project a reality. In particular, a review of the Safe Routes to Schooland Transportation Alternatives Programfunding available from the New Jersey Department of Transportation. 
     
  • Sustainable Jersey actions aimed at implementing pedestrian and bike friendly policies and environmental changes.
  • Case studies of successful projects.
  • Opportunities for participant questions.
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Passaic County Community College, Hamilton Club Building, 2nd Floor Seminar Room
32 Church Street, Paterson, NJ 07505

REGISTER

Monday, May 9, 2016, 10:00am - 12:30pm

Edward J. Bloustein School, Room 369
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

REGISTER

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 10:00am - 12:30pm

Cumberland County College, Luciano Conference Center, Forum Room
3322 College Drive, Vineland, NJ 08360
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 10:00am - 12:30pm

Rutgers-Camden Campus Center, West AB Conference Room
326 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102

  FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Small Grants for Health and Wellness Actions
New Jersey Dept of Health through Sustainable Jersey 

Application Deadline: June 10, 2016

The Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program is an important benefit for New Jersey public schools participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. This cycle will fund thirty $4,000 awards to implement specific health and wellness actions in middle and high schools (including K-8 schools).
Safe Routes to School Program
New Jersey Dept of Transportation

Application Deadline: June 27, 2016

Grants provide significant resources to undertake infrastructure projects that will enhance safety and make communities more pedestrian and bike friendly. Attend one of the FREE workshops (May 5, 9, 10, 11) to learn more about these funding opportunities and gather tips and strategies for preparing successful grant applications.  Representatives from NJDOT,  the NJ SRTS Resource Center, Sustainable Jersey, and other resource agencies will be available to answer questions. 

NJ Healthy Communities Network | 609-278-9622 | njhcn16@gmail.com | www.njhcn.org

May Littoral News             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Click HERE.

Eco-Schools USA Top 5 Earth Month Activities             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Click HERE.

Raritan Headwaters: May Days             (Posted: 5-3-16)

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RHA Celebrated Earth Day in a Big Way!

More than 250 people joined us on April 22 at The Ryland Inn for the Our River Runs Through It fundraiser, where Dan Ely and Jim Holland were honored for their dedication to the present and future health of the Raritan River. Read all about it!
 
Watch our video tribute to all that is being accomplished to protect the region's precious water supplies, which was debuted at the event.
Stream Cleanup Nets Tons of Trash

Thanks to the 1,200 volunteers who came out in spectacular weather on April 16 to pitch in at 52 sites throughout the Raritan headwaters region, we removed 12 tons of trash along 40 miles of stream!
 
Read more about this year's hugely successful event.
Find Out What's in Your Water

Residents can test their water this month through our Spring 2016 Community Well Test program in the following municipalities: Lebanon, Mt. Olive, Franklin Twp. and Union Twp.  
 
Check out the full menu of tests available and dates and locations for purchasing a kit and dropping off samples.
 
We Need You!
 
RHA has an immediate need for volunteers to install a demonstration rain garden in Bernardsville (Sunday, May 1, 10am-noon) and help plant trees (Saturday, May 7, starting at 8:30am) at Fairview Farm in Bedminster.

We also need help assembling materials for our stream monitoring and well test programs.

If interested, please contact:

Land projects: George Schaberg (gschaberg@raritanheadwaters.org)
Stream monitoring: Angela Gorczyca (agorczyca@raritanheadwaters.org)
Stream Monitoring Training On Tap

Interested in protecting clean water in your community? Learn how to become a volunteer stream monitor at RHA's FREE workshop. This year's training will be held at the Wagon House at Dvoor Farm, May 21 for beginners (no experience needed) and May 22 for seasoned monitors.
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Summer Camps Are Filling Fast!
 
Registration is open for our 2016 Nature Day Camp Programs. Held in 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.


Questions? Contact Lauren Theis.

Let Us Bring Watershed Science to You
 
RiverFest, RHA's dynamic, hands-on program,  brings 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.
 
RHA's Exciting New Look Is Coming!
          Click here for a sneak peak.
 
May 1: Rain Garden Installation in Bernardsville. Sign up.
 
May 7: Tree Planting at Fairview Farm. Sign up.
 
May 7,9: Community Well Testing in Lebanon

May 14,16: Community Well Testing in Mt. Olive and Union Twp.

May 16-20, 23: Community Well Testing in Franklin Twp.

May 21: Stream Monitoring for New Volunteers. Register.

May 22: Stream Monitoring for Experienced Volunteers. Register.

 
  Raritan Headwaters Association is on a mission to protect clean water in the north and south branch region of the Raritan River. Join Us!
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Recognizing Green Schools, Districts, and Postsecondary Institutions this Earth Day             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Green Strides Design

 

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Recognizing Green Schools, Districts, and Postsecondary Institutions this Earth Day

On Earth Day, April 22, U.S. Secretary of Education John King announced the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS), District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.  Joined in a video by Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss, Secretary King celebrated the 47 schools, 15 school districts, and 11 postsecondary institutions chosen for their commitment to reducing environmental impact, improving health, and offering effective environmental education.  You can view the video of the Earth Day announcement here and read the blog by ED-Green Ribbon Schools Director Andrea Suarez Falken here.  View the full state-by-state list of 2016 honorees and read our annual Highlights from the Honorees Report.

Selecting Nominees for U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools 2017  

Are you ready for 2017?! Most participating states post applications for schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions each summer with deadlines to submit to them each winter.  State authorities’ school, district, and postsecondary nominations are due to ED by February 1 of each year.  In addition to a total of five school and district nominees, each state may nominate one postsecondary institution for leadership in all three Pillars.  State selection committees may include state education agencies, state higher education agencies, governors’ offices, and outside partners.  Interested schools, districts, colleges, universities should contact their state education authorities for information on how to apply in a given state.  State education authorities can contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information on how to nominate. >>>>

School yard report

Healthy Schools Campaign and Openlands Publishes “Green Schoolyards” Report

“Green Schoolyards: A Growing Movement Supporting Health, Education and Connection with Nature,” describes the significant and diverse benefits of green schoolyards.  This report documents the journeys and lessons of green schoolyard programs shared at a 2015 Green Schoolyard Summit, as well as the experiences and expertise of grassroots leaders and public and private partners working at the school, community, and city levels; policymakers from the local, state, and national levels; and, additional research into emerging ideas, funding streams, and innovative partnerships.  >>>>

Meet A Few of the 2016 Honorees!

We’ll be featuring the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees who are demonstrating innovative practices for others to follow.  This month, meet honorees from California, Connecticut, and Kentucky.

Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second largest school district in the nation, serving more than 650,000 students, 76 percent of whom are eligible for free and reduced price lunch.  LAUSD has undertaken a robust sustainability initiative aimed at reducing environmental impact and costs, including high performance design and construction on all new schools and modernization projects; energy audit and energy- and water-efficiency retrofits; use of recycled water; installation of 21 megawatts of solar capacity; innovative technology such as ground source heat pumps and low-impact stormwater management; recycling, reuse, salvage, and composting programs; and conversion of the district’s bus and fleet vehicles to clean and alternative energy.  To date, 78 schools have been Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) certified.  More than 375 schools have onsite gardens maintained by students, staff, and community partners.  Through the Bring the Farmer to Your School program, local farmers visit Title I classrooms to deliver interactive presentations about agriculture, farming as a career, water conservation, and the importance of eating fresh produce.  The district has more than 50 environmentally-themed magnets and academies.  Fifty-one high schools offer AP Environmental Science (APES) and several schools use the district’s legacy agricultural areas and greenhouses to offer horticulture-focused experiential programs.  Teachers from more than 440 schools have participated in sustainability education professional development workshops.  LAUSD has developed school-based programs and curricula that integrate sustainability concepts across disciplines, including sustainability-related career technical education, contests, and outdoor education; advanced learning programs that prepare LAUSD students for success in the careers of the future; and partnerships with dozens of non-profit local and regional entities who motivate student body to become active participants in developing a more sustainable future. >>>>

LAUSD
Students at Coeur d'Alene Elementary School in LAUSD participate in monthly classes using school gardening as a platform for STEM and experiential learning.

CREC Two Rivers Magnet High School, Hartford, Connecticut

Two Rivers Magnet High School (TRMHS) is an environmental science magnet school in Hartford, Connecticut serving over 395 students in grades 9-12, more than 50 percent of whom are eligible for free and reduced price lunch and more than 80 percent of whom are minority.  TRMHS integrates the magnet school theme of environmental science and engineering throughout all core, elective, and co-curricular classes, in addition to environmental STEM pathways, theme-specific professional development, and a theme-specific senior capstone project.  TRMHS offers four exciting theme-specific pathways for students to choose from: Aquatic Studies, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science and Engineering, and Plant Genomics and Biotechnology.  Learning occurs in multiple environments, including nearby parks, rivers, coastal and mountain regions, and nature preserves.  Students at TRMHS participate in courses that teach sustainable green building design, techniques in water quality testing, aquaponics food production, and drone and robotic conservation efforts.   Staff members participate in a CSA to bring farm-fresh produce to the school, a program that has expanded to include students’ families.  The cafeteria offers vegetarian and vegan choices, as well as culturally-inspired meals.  As an urban school located on a former brownfield site, the school uses local parks for recreation, and walks to many of the fieldtrip sites. Currently TRMHS is located in the renovated historic Colt Armory in downtown Hartford.  This factory was a former brownfield site that has been rehabbed and revitalized to serve as the campus for three CREC schools. TRMHS has a greenhouse that students utilize in AP Environmental Science and for their capstone projects.  >>>>

CREC Two Rivers HS
CREC has created a living lab between the Connecticut and Hockanum Rivers where Two Rivers High School students and teachers can explore the natural world of obtaining real life field experiences.

Berea College, Berea, Kentucky

Berea College is one of seven work colleges in the U.S., which means that in exchange for free tuition, students, who must be economically disadvantaged, are required to work on campus.  This provides an opportunity to address environmental and sustainability education.  Students often work as waste diversion coordinators, sustainable foods coordinators, alternative transportation coordinators, gardeners, or childcare providers.  Berea’s campus boasts the first LEED-certified building and LEED-certified historic hotel in Kentucky, as well as the first LEED Platinum Residential Building with Living Building Petal recognition from the Living Futures Institute.  Berea’s innovative Ecovillage is an ecologically-sustainable residential and learning complex designed to provide housing for student families, childcare for campus children, and a living/labor opportunity for students interested in sustainability.  The college is well on its way to becoming a net zero waste institution, with a 70 percent diversion rate.  With the launch of the school’s car and ride share programs in 2014, Berea College was named a top-ranked car share usage school in the nation.  Over 25 percent of the food served in Berea’s dining facilities comes from local and organically-sourced purveyors, much from the school’s own 400-acre organic farm.  The college’s Farm Store offers organic produce, meat, and other locally-sourced products to the community and provides discounts to students, faculty, and staff.  The Center for Excellence in Learning through Service enables students to volunteer in local non-profit organizations and schools to solve real-world sustainability problems.  >>>>

Berea College
Berea College's Farm Store offers organic produce, meat, and other locally-sourced products to the community and provides discounts to students, faculty, and staff.

Resources and Opportunities

EPA

Environmental Education Teacher and Training Proposals Due May 9

EPA is accepting proposals for a multi-year cooperative agreement to operate the National Environmental Education and Training (EE) program. The purpose of this program is to provide EE training and long-term support to the EE field. >>>>

EKIP

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, which is when current third graders will be eligible to download their passes.  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.  You can follow Every Kid in the Park on Twitter and Facebook.  >>>>

Webinars

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.

May 02, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Journey to Mars:  Roving the Red Planet (NASA)

May 03, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Journey to Mars:  Understanding Radiation (NASA)

May 04, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  SLS Engineering is Out of This World (NASA)

May 05, 2016, 6:00-7:00 pm  Journey to Mars:  Looking for Life (NASA)

May 09, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Exploration of Mars Through the Eyes of the Rovers (NASA)

May 10, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm  School IPM Educational Program (EPA)

May 10, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm  Virtual Missions and Exoplanets Part 1: (NASA)

May 11, 2016, 1:00-2:30 pm  The Impact of Green Buildings on Cognitive Function (EPA)

May 11, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm  Virtual Missions and Exoplanets Part 2: (NASA)

May 12, 2016, 6:00-7:00 pm  Journey to Mars:  Destination Mars- Super Models (NASA)

May 17, 2016, 2:00-3:00 pm  School Garden and Mental Health Challenges (SF USA)

May 17, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm  Ants--#1 Pest in Schools (EPA)

May 17, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Parachuting onto Mars (NASA)

May 18, 2016, 3:00-3:45 pm  Community Food Systems in Native Communities: (USDA)

May 24, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 101 (EPA)

May 24, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm  Air and Space- Contrails – Clouds and Human Activity (NASA)

May 25, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)

May 25, 2016, 5:00-6:00 pm  Journey to Mars:  Kinesthetic Problem Solving (NASA)

May 25, 2016, 7:30-8:30 pm  National Marine Sanctuaries: Climate Change  (NOAA)  

May 26, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)

May 26, 2016, 2:00-2:45 pm  Planning for Farm to School Success  (USDA)

Events

AAFA

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.  Asthma affects approximately 25.9 million Americans and more than 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies. AAFA offers tools to bring healthy messages to work, school and home.  >>>>

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Endangered Species Day is May 20

Zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens, wildlife refuges, conservation groups, national parks, museums, and schools throughout the country will hold tours, open houses, special presentations, exhibits, milkweed plantings/butterfly garden installations, habitat clean-ups/other restoration events, children’s activities and more on May 15, that weekend and throughout May. Participate in a local event or take action individually. >>>>

The Children and Nature Conf 16

The Children and Nature Conference is May 25-27 in Saint Paul, Minn.

The Children and Nature Network 2016 Summit and Conference will take place May 25-27 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  The conference provides opportunities to engage with leaders from a wide-range of sectors and peers to learn about cutting-edge initiatives, share lessons learned, activate collaboration, spark new connections, and chart a path for expanding the movement.  >>>>

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The Summer Institute for Climate Change Education is June 21-24 in St. Paul, MN

The 2016 Summer Institute will take place at Macalester College, a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awardee, and will focus on the newest middle school resource: Next Generation Climate. >>>>

Green Schools Alliance

The Student Climate & Conservation Congress is June 26-July 2 in Shepherdstown, WV

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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The Green Clean Schools Leadership Institute is July 28-29th in Ellicott City, MD

This training will bring together leading university and K-12 facility operators in an effort to grow the green cleaning movement.  It will include hands-on leadership skill training and workshops; expert panels and discussions on how to create a green cleaning program; an in-depth tour of an award-winning program; and the opportunity to network with other leaders in the field.  Some scholarships are available for school representatives. >>>>

Connect with Green Strides

Green Strides: Resources for School Facilities, Health, and Environment
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
Facebook: @EDGreenRibbonSchools
Twitter: @EDGreenRibbon
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i-Tree News             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Click HERE.

DEP Podcast Launched             (Posted: 5-3-16)

The NJDEP has marked the 46th anniversary of Earth Day and the establishment of the department with the launch of the Discover DEP podcast. The podcast will focus on the initiatives and efforts by NJDEP to protect the environment in the Garden State.

To hear the inaugural episode and subscribe for future podcasts visit http://njdep.podbean.com/.

Verizon video on Living Local Expo             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Click HERE.

Sustainable Jersey New Report: Statewide Change, One Community at a Time             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Click HERE.

Rowan Prof. Gives TED Talk             (Posted: 5-3-16)

TED Talk: From Rowan dean, a message about the Earth's past...and future
Click HERE.

Green Knight newsletter --- News and Events for Late April             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Click HERE.

Egg-cellent News Just in Time for Earth Day!             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Egg-Cellent News from atop a Jersey City Skyscraper
First Egg on the Jersey City FalconCam since 2014!
Back in 2015, a new pair of falcons took up residence at 101 Hudson Street, and while they appeared to be mature birds, they did not lay any eggs last season. So we've been anxiously spying on these two birds, waiting and hoping, waiting and hoping, waiting and hoping... 

At last! On Sunday, April 17, female 41/AX laid the first egg of the season. She seemed to be rather enamored of her first egg! This is the first nesting attempt for these two newbies.

Peregrines do not begin incubating, though, until they have a full clutch of three or four eggs. No one should worry - if the egg(s) are sitting there alone on the inside camera, we can be sure the adults are very close by and have total watch over their nest. On warmer days adults may not sit with and brood the eggs, but they will usually brood all night. Learn more by reading our Nestbox News.

 

OspreyCam Pair also Laid First Egg this Nesting Season!
This pair laid their first egg of 2016 on Sunday, April 17. Watch the two ospreys live in HD with sound (!) at Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in Oceanville. 
Check out our Outstanding Ospreys 
EagleCam Eaglets Keeping Mom and Dad Busy in Hillsborough
The young birds stay in the nest for approximately 10 to 12 weeks, until they are large and strong enough to leave. This is typically toward late June.


Hunterdon County BatCam Colony Returns for Spring
Our BatCam captures a colony of big brown bats living in­­­­ an unusual location - the upstairs window in a family's home!
Bring Watchable Wildlife into your Classroom: Schedule a Program
CWF's Director of Education Stephanie DAlessio can have your students Soaring with STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics. Book a program today!

 
Fight for our Falcons: Join the High Flyers Club!
Peregrines
peregrine falcon portrait (c) Eric Sambol
Photo by Eric Sambol
are top-tier predators that are uniquely adapted for catching prey in a stoop or dive. Even some military aircraft have been designed to mimic traits of peregrines for their extreme speed and maneuverability.
Join our exclusive High Flyers Club for free and receive news, updates and special invitations! 
High Flyers will learn how lucky New Jersey is to be home to the world's fastest animal - the peregrine falcon - which dives from the skies at speeds over 200 miles per hour! 

From the Palisades to Cape May Point State Park, peregrine falcons can be seen throughout New Jersey. Year-round, peregrines can be seen courting, pursuing prey, or resting while perched. In urban areas like Jersey City, Elizabeth, and Atlantic City, birds can be seen flying between skyscrapers. Along the Hudson River in summer months, you can witness young peregrines chase after prey in their earliest days outside the nest. Become a member of our High Flyers Club today!

Hear the birds of Global Big Day             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Click HERE.

Learn about Funding Opportunities for Walkable and Bikeable Communities             (Posted: 5-3-16)

Sustainable Jersey
Funding Walk and Bike Friendly Communities Workshops

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 and other resources available to help create and maintain safe, walkable and bikeable environments in your town that provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to travel safely.

Workshop topics include:
  • Tips and strategies for applying for federal and state grants that can make your project a reality. In particular, a review of the Safe Routes to School and Transportation Alternatives Program funding available from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
     
  • Sustainable Jersey actions aimed at implementing pedestrian and bike friendly policies and environmental changes.
  • Case studies of successful projects.
  • Opportunities for participant questions.
Grant applications due June 27. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about these grant opportunities and how to successfully develop your project proposals!

Attend one of the three workshopsdates below.  The workshops will run from 10am to noon.  
 
May 5, 2016, Passaic County Community College
32 Church Street, Paterson, NJ 07505
 
May 9, 2016, Edward J. Bloustein School
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
 
May 11, 2016, Rutgers-Camden Campus Center 
326 Pine Street, Camden, NJ 08102 
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Meet PLT’s Outstanding Educators and Celebrate EE Week!             (Posted: 4-27-16)

The Branch

April 2016

PLT'S E-NEWSLETTER
Outstanding Educators
PLT Celebrates Five Outstanding Educators
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
Helping kids learn from nature is all in a day’s work for Project Learning Tree’s 2016 National Outstanding Educators. Here’s how they do it.







NEWS & UPDATES
EE WEEK

This Week, Celebrate EE Week, Earth Day, and Arbor Day!
By Vanessa Bullwinkle
Environmental education helps children understand the environmental challenges of the 21st century, as they learn to appreciate and respect the natural resources that the Earth provides for all of us. It’s not too late to show your support for environmental education by registering your event, field trip, or action project! You’ll receive discounts, grant opportunities, and educational resources from Project Learning Tree and other National EE Week partners.



Educator Tips
An Easy-to-Make Model that Explains the Inner Parts of a Tree
An Easy-to-Make Model that Explains the Inner Parts of a Tree
By Rob Beadel
Help students visualize the inner layers of a tree trunk and better understand the function of its different parts by creating this easy-to-make visual aid – a cross-section of a tree trunk.




RESOURCES
EE Resources: Spring 2016

EE Resources: Spring 2016
By Jaclyn Stallard
Grant opportunities, citizen science projects, interactive websites, maps, infographics, and apps in our latest compilation of environmental education resources.




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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)

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

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

Click HERE.

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

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

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          U.S. Department of Education

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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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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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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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