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CONTENTS:
QUIZ: Can you find the hidden water?
September Littoral News
Join ED-GRS on the Green Strides Tour in Pennsylvania
The Nature Conservancy: Could 1,224 plants hold the key to saving bees?
Raritan Headwaters: How's the Water?
The Nature Conservancy: The Amazing, Bee-Saving Fanny Pack
Updates from the Cool Green Science Blog
It's a bird, it's a plane... it's Suzuki Superheroes!
RCE: Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
UPEACE Centre for Executive Education: What we're watching
Is Dog Poo Polluting Your River?
Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Special gift just for you
NWF: Attract the wildlife you want to see in your garden
NJ Tree Foundation: Fall Volunteer Opportunities and Summer Tree Stories
Green Knight Newsletter - August 2016 - Natural Resources News and Events for New Jersey
NWF: Going for the Green!
SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS: New Funding & New Milestones!
What kind of wildlife garden fits you?
Registration Now Open for the Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon
The Nature Conservancy - Great Places: Nature's Last Stronghold
August Littoral News
Help Fund A Summer Day of Green Education for Kids at the Liberty Science Center on 8/ 17!
ED Celebrates Five Years of Green Schools
The Ocean Needs Your Voice
Achieve NJ Report
OCSCD: Education Programs - July-Dec
NWF: Do You Feel the Benefits of Nature?
NJ's Favorite Beach And More In Coastodian Summer 2016
The Cloud Institute July Newsletter: Summer Reflections
NWF: Thinking ahead to 2016-2017/New Look
July Sustainability Hero Announced
SJ4S: Get Plugged In!
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for July
CWF: July E-News: "For the Love of Wildlife" Photo Contest Winners
Great Places: Fireworks for Elephants
WSGN: Sustaining School Gardens
USDOE: Preparing to Celebrate the 2016 Honorees!
Raritan Headwaters: Birds, Bees, Bugs and Butterflies
"The Oyster Farmers" Film Project
PEEC: Summer Newsletter - Protecting Our Pollinators and More!
EE Guidelines for Community Engagement: An Invitation to Participate
News from American Littoral Society
ANJEE Online: 344th Edition June 27, 2016
QUIZ: Can you find the hidden water?             (Posted: 9-6-16)

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September Littoral News             (Posted: 9-2-16)

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Join ED-GRS on the Green Strides Tour in Pennsylvania             (Posted: 9-2-16)

How PA Schools Went Green
Green Strides Design

 

          U.S. Department of Education


   Green Strides


Join ED-GRS on the ‘Real-World Learning’ Green Strides Tour!


U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and its Green Strides outreach initiative share promising practices and resources in the areas of safe, healthy, and sustainable school environments; nutrition and outdoors physical activity; and environmental and sustainability education.  To bring additional attention to honorees’ practices, ED-GRS conducts an annual Green Strides tour, allowing schools, school districts, and postsecondary institutions to share their work with community leaders and policymakers and celebrate their achievements.  

View the tour schedule here and join us.  All visits are open to the public.  Read Why I Can’t Wait to Get Back to the Green Strides Tour”).  We invite you to share tour photos and impressions with us on Twitter (EDGreenRibbon) and Facebook (EDGreenRibbonSchools) using hashtag #GreenStridesTour.

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ED-GRS Director Andrea Falken gets a tour of the school garden from Longfellow Elementary students in Long Beach, CA on the 2013 Green Strides Education Built to Last Facilities Tour.

Thanks to the Green Schools National Network, Green Schools, and National Wildlife Federation, kind 2016 ceremony plaque and Green Strides Tour sponsors.

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Debunking Myths Behind U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Five years ago, I was tasked with developing what came to be called U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS).  The recognition award is now known for honoring sustainable schools annually.  What is a “green” or “sustainable” school, you ask?  Well, we established a federal definition when we created the award.  State education authorities voluntarily nominate up to five schools and school districts and up to one postsecondary institution each year to the U.S. Department of Education (ED).  We announce the honorees on or near Earth Day and then invite them all to a special ceremony in Washington D.C. in the summer.  That’s the part that most people know.  What I’d like to discuss are the common misconceptions about ED-GRS. >>>>

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Every Kid in a Park Kicks Off Second Year (of 12!) on September 1


The program provides free access to public lands and waters to our nation’s fourth graders and their families.  To obtain the pass, fourth grade students can visit www.everykidinapark.gov and download the paper pass to bring with them to visit more than 2,000 public lands and waters nationwide.  Students who will be fourth graders in the upcoming school year can obtain their passes starting each September for the next 12 years.  The Every Kid in a Park updated website also has new features this year, including a toolkit for community and youth leaders, an expanded field trip list, and information in Spanish. >>>>


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State Authorities Prepare for 2016-2017 ED-GRS Award Cycle

For 2016-2017, states are now preparing their applications and will post them by the fall with deadlines to submit to them in the winter.  State authorities’ school, district, and postsecondary nominations are due to ED by February 1.  Interested colleges and universities should contact their state higher education authorities, while schools and districts should contact their state education agencies.


Meet the 2016 Honorees


Want to make some sustainable improvements on your school this year? Take inspiration from the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees and learn more about their work on Green Strides.


Westdale Heights Academic Magnet, Baton Rouge, La.

Westdale Heights Academic Magnet (WHAM) is located in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.  It is a dedicated academic magnet school focusing on environmental science, math, and technology.  WHAM maintains a close relationship with LSU School of Veterinary Medicine; the Agricultural Center and their Smart Bodies program; and the Coastal Roots program, which has had students planting native tree seedlings in restoration areas.  The school also participated in planning and teaching for the LSU Ocean Commotion Day, where students learned about Louisiana wildlife and rehabilitation.  School gardens are certified as a Monarch Watch Waystation, a NWF Wildlife Habitat, and NWF Bird Habitat.  Under the careful supervision of a local professional farmer, students grow fruits and vegetables, which they enjoy in the classroom and share with teachers and parents.  Fruit and vegetable waste is fed to science lab pets or composted.  Students participate in a Geaux Green team and two annual STEAM nights.  A community wildlife rehabilitator began working with the students to offer hands-on learning, observation, and stewardship.  Although its facility dates to 1959, WHAM is focused on green operations and behaviors.  Over five years, WHAM has reduced energy consumption by 27 percent and water consumption by 67 ercent.  >>>>

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Westdale Heights Academic Magnet participates in two citizen science projects: the Cornell Lab Project Feeder Watch and the Monarch Watch butterfly tagging program. The school has received reports that some of their local monarchs made it to Mexico.

Issaquah School District, Washington

The Issaquah School District has a comprehensive waste reduction and recycling program, with seven schools recycling at a rate of 60 percent or more.  The district’s energy conservation program has resulted in the district using 4.6 percent less energy even though the district has added nearly 36 percent more square footage.  Due to the district’s water conservation efforts, the irrigation rate has stayed the same even though the district added five buildings with new irrigation systems.  By installing low-flow fixtures and toilets, the district has had a 30 percent reduction in domestic water use.  Issaquah has developed an indoor environmental quality plan, including ways to reduce the level of air pollutants, provide adequate airflow, and reduce the use of chemicals and pesticides.  Students participate in outdoor fitness activities that take advantage of the district’s rich environment, such as hiking trails on Tiger Mountain.  Sustainability concepts and topics are embedded at each grade level.  Courses include hands-on, real-life field experiences, where students are collecting and analyzing data and reporting their results.  Issaquah has developed strong partnerships with local sustainability organizations to provide professional development to staff and offer environmental field trips.  Several schools are located within walking distance to salmon streams, wetlands, wilderness parks, and lakes.  These walking field trips provide interdisciplinary learning about the relationships among ecosystems and human communities.  >>>>

Issaquah SD
Through Issaquah School District’s partnership with local sustainability programs and entities, students learn about careers by participating in hands-on, real-life field studies led by experts in the field. For example, Friends of the Cedar River Watershed offers community activities, educational programs, and habitat restoration projects facilitating the study of watershed flooding, soil erosion, water retention, and salmon habitat.

Wilmington Montessori School, Wilmington, Del.

The Wilmington Montessori School (WMS) maintains the gifts of the school’s 25-acre outdoor classroom, which features gardens, composters, and a monarch way station.  Toddlers play in a specially designed area that allows them to interact with natural elements such as dirt, seed pods, and water and teachers provide appropriate language.  Preschool students make feeders for birds, care for plants, and name the stages of the butterfly’s life cycle.  Lower elementary students learn about the needs of plants and animals, along with the underlying processes of the larger natural world.  The upper elementary curriculum includes work with square foot gardening, composting, the design of “land art” projects, and an investigation of watersheds, estuaries, and oysters.  In 2014-15, WMS opened several maker studios where students practice the skills of experimentation, testing, redesigning, and retesting.  Students create water filtration systems, build hydroponic planting systems, dye fabric by natural means, and create code for computers.  Measures to reduce environmental impact taken at WMS include: the installation of a new roof, approximately 200 energy-efficient windows, 10 energy-efficient exhaust fans, a building automation system, seven energy-efficient HVAC rooftop units, five energy-efficient dishwashers, and six low-flow toilets; the conversion of 220 lighting fixtures from T12 to T8 fixtures and all exterior lighting to LED or compact fluorescent; re-striping of the parking lot; reinsulation of an entire wing; and diverting stormwater runoff to a drainage basin.  >>>>

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Toddler students at Wilmington Montessori use a specially-designed playground area that allows them to play with natural elements such as dirt, seed pods and water. Teachers provide the appropriate language related to these experiences and the plants and animals that they observe.

Resources and Opportunities

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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. >>>>

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Apply for Captain Planet Foundation Small Grants by September 30th 

Captain Planet Foundation’s Small Grants fund environmental stewardship and service-learning projects that engage children in critical thinking, research, inquiry investigations, and real-world environmental problem-solving.  Grants provide educators with the funding needed to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies.  >>>>

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Recycle-Bowl and America Recycles Day Open Registration


Keep America Beautiful offers two fall events to educate and engage school communities. School registration opens Aug. 1 for the Recycle-Bowl (Oct. 17- Nov. 15) competition or to register an America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) event.  >>>>


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Webinars


The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues This Fall


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.


Sept. 01, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Real NASA Data for Real Learning(NASA)


Sept. 06, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  See Your Students at NASA:  Propulsion Engineer (NASA)


Sept. 07, 2016,  12-12:30 pm  Portfolio Manager - Ask The Expert (EPA)


Sept. 08, 2016, 1:00-2:30 pm  Implementing Campus-Wide Bin Standards (CURC)


Sept. 13, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm  Wright Brother’s Inspired Calculations (NASA)


Sept. 14, 2016,  12-12:30 pm  Portfolio Manager - Ask The Expert (EPA)


Sept. 14, 2016, 7:00-8:00 pm  Lava Layering:  Making and Mapping a Volcano (NASA)


Sept. 15, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Waste & Materials Tracking in Portfolio Manager (EPA)


Sept. 20, 2016, 2:00-3:00 pm  How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR (EPA)


Sept. 21, 2016,  12-12:30 pm  Portfolio Manager - Ask The Expert (EPA)


Sept. 21, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm  Virtual Missions and Exoplanets:  Curriculum (NASA)


Sept. 22, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm  Virtual Missions and Exoplanets:  Technical (NASA)


Sept. 26, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Solar System & Beyond:  JUNO to Jupiter (NASA)


Sept. 27, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 101 (EPA)


Sept. 28, 2016,  12-12:30 pm  Portfolio Manager - Ask The Expert (EPA)


Sept. 28, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)


Sept. 29, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)


Events

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Green Apple Day of Service is Saturday, Sept. 24 at YOUR School

All over the world, communities are coming together to improve local schools, making an impact on the environment, supporting health and wellness, and advancing environmental and sustainability literacy. Since 2012, more than 750,000 volunteers have hosted some 12,660 events with a collective impact on the learning environments of approximately 7 million students in all 50 U.S. states across 73 countries. Visit greenapple.org for ideas and resources, and sign up to host or join an event in your community. >>>>

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LearningScapes is Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 in Philadelphia, PA

The annual Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI) LearningScapes conference is Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 in Philadelphia, this year under the theme “Revolutions in Learning.”  >>>>

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The 2016 AASHE Conference and Expo is Oct. 9-12 in Baltimore, MD

The AASHE Conference & Expo brings together some 2,000 campus administrators, sustainability staff, students, faculty, businesses, media and others to explore more than 400 educational sessions, workshops, tours and keynote addresses that advance sustainability in higher education.  This year's theme, “Beyond the Campus,” explores the dissemination and implementation of sustainability solutions in surrounding communities and the world. >>>>

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The North American Association for Environmental Education Conference is Oct 19-22


For more than four decades, NAAEE has convened one of the leading annual conferences for environmental education professionals, from classroom teachers and teacher educators to nature center staff to climate science researchers and everyone in between. Averaging 1,000 participants each year, the event is designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and dissemination of best practices.  This year’s conference, with the theme “From Inspiration to Impact,” is in Madison, WI. This is the first year the conference is offering a green schools track and there will be several sessions related to ED-GRS.  >>>>


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EDSpaces is Nov. 2-4 in Cincinnati, OH


EDspaces is the gathering place for architects, facility planners, designers, administrators and dealers to learn about trends and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning.  >>>>

Happy end-of-summer from the ED Green Team!

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Connect with Green Strides

Green Strides: Resources for School Facilities, Health, and Environment
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
Facebook: @EDGreenRibbonSchools
Twitter: @EDGreenRibbon

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The Nature Conservancy: Could 1,224 plants hold the key to saving bees?             (Posted: 9-2-16)

Click HERE.

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Raritan Headwaters: How's the Water?             (Posted: 9-2-16)

September 2016
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Coming October 9: Our Annual Old Fashioned Country Fair!
 
Load up the car and head to Fairview Farm for a day of fun, food and festivities for people of all ages! You'll enjoy hayrides, scarecrow dressing, pumpkin painting, shopping, demonstrations and a whole lot more.
Join us Sunday, October 9, 11:30am to 4:30pm. Rain or shine.  
Fall Community Well Testing Schedule Announced
 
If your town is not on the schedule, you can still have your well water tested at reduced rates through our Individual Well Testing Program.
Questions? Call 908-234-1852, ext. 401, or email welltesting@raritanheadwaters.org.
Stream Bacterial Monitoring Underway
 
RHA has added bacterial testing to the Stream Monitoring Program for the first time, thanks to an equipment loan and training from the EPA. Find out more about what we're doing and why. 
Time Flies When You're Having Fun!
 
RHA has wrapped up another summer of Nature Day Camps, bringing joy, friendship, adventures and lessons learned in and around our watershed. 
Read about our Farm Camp and LifeCamp, just two of the many exciting outdoor education programs offered every summer to children of all ages!

Hats off to AT&T!
 
A group of AT&T employees recently volunteered to help clear three acres of invasive plants at Fairview Farm. The fruits of their labor will be healthier field habitats for native species.
Another group helped organize materials used by the 1,300+ volunteers who turn out each year for RHA's spring stream cleanup event. Thank you, AT&T!
To learn how your company can get involved in a workday with RHA, contact George Schaberg, Land Projects Manager.
News from Our Flemington Office
 
RHA has moved into a larger space at our current location, 124 Main Street in Flemington. Now, visitors can get to our office both from the rear parking lot and from the street! 
 
The office is open 9am-noon every weekday except Thursday. Well test samples are accepted Monday and Wednesday mornings. 
 
If you have questions or need to arrange to pick up a well test kit at either our Flemington or Bedminster office, contact Mara Tippett, Well Test Manager, at 908-234-1852, ext. 401, or welltesting@raritanheadwaters.org.
 
On the Watchdog Front

Join Bill Kibler, RHA policy director, on September 15 at Fairview Farm as we kick off our new "Morning Call" breakfast meetings. Hear about legislation and policies with real or potential impacts on the health of our water...and learn how you can help influence decision-makers.
 
 
Did You Know?

Droughts don't happen overnight, and they don't end overnight.
 
According to the National Weather Service, most of northern New Jersey is several inches below average rainfall this year. That results in less "recharge" of the underground aquifers that supply most of the drinking water to residents of our 470-square-mile watershed. Read more.

Events & Happenings

September 15
 
September 17

October 9

December 3
State of Our Watershed Conference - Save the Date!
Raritan Headwaters, a nonprofit conservation organization, protects clean water in the North Branch and South Branch regions of the Raritan River, serving the residents of 38 municipalities within Morris, Somerset, and Hunterdon Counties and beyond to include more than 1.5 million people who live and work in New Jersey's more urban areas.

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The Nature Conservancy: The Amazing, Bee-Saving Fanny Pack             (Posted: 9-2-16)

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Updates from the Cool Green Science Blog             (Posted: 9-2-16)

Click HERE.

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It's a bird, it's a plane... it's Suzuki Superheroes!             (Posted: 8-25-16)

David Suzuki Foundation

Kids who spend time in nature are happier, healthier and smarter

Suzuki Superheroes


It’s back-to-school time. Time to get back outside!

Help kids explore the outdoors while teaching them about environmental responsibility. Take the David Suzuki Foundation’s Suzuki Superhero Challenge.

Research shows that children who spend time outside are healthier, happier and smarter. And people who feel connected to nature are more likely to care about protecting it.

Let’s get kids outside and save the world!

I'LL TAKE THE SUZUKI SUPERHERO CHALLENGE!

Sincerely,

Harpreet Johal
Fellow Back to School Superhero

P.S. Suzuki Superheroes protect the people and places we love. Get the kids you care about into the great outdoors!

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RCE: Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!             (Posted: 8--16)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program
Water Pages eNewsletter
Rain Garden Rebate Program
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program partnered with the New Jersey Water Supply Authority  (NJWSA) Watershed Protection Program in 2013 to launch the Rain Garden Rebate Program.  To date, the Rain Garden Rebate Program has educated over 130 attendees about rain gardens, created 99 unique rain garden designs for 84 properties, and as a result 31 rain gardens have been installed on 26 properties within the eligible rebate area of Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Raritan Borough and Somerville. In 2016, rebates for properties in the Royce Brook Watershed have been awarded by a 319(h) grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Under a National Fish and Wildlife grant, the RCE Water Resources Program was able to provide an educational and design session in Berkeley Heights. The Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission received a grant from Sustainable Jersey to provide rebates to those Berkeley Heights attendees who installed their rain gardens.  Our first homeowner to install a rain garden in Berkeley Heights hired young entrepreneurs Plow Mow Yard (PMY), who came knocking on the door looking to mow the homeowner’s lawn. The boys in return gained more than they were looking for; knowledge of stormwater management and hands on education on how to install a rain garden. The transfer of knowledge is a beautiful thing!
Update on the New Jersey Technical Assistance Program for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Communities
With continued support from Surdna Foundation, the RCE Water Resources Program is prioritizing efforts in 2016 in the CSO communities of Gloucester City and Trenton. Working closely with our NJDEP partners, the RCE Water Resources Program will facilitate a municipal action team in both cities focused on green infrastructure initiatives. Preliminary feasibility studies in these cities have been completed, and the RCE Water Resources program is working with local partners to pursue grant funding to begin the installation of demonstration projects and the development of public education and outreach programs.  In Gloucester City, the RCE Water Resources Program is working closely with the newly formed Green Team, NJ Tree Foundation, and Camden County Soil Conservation District.  In Trenton, NJDEP and the City, along with Isles and NJ Future, are assisting the RCE Water Resources Program to begin efforts to establish a working group focused on green infrastructure.
The RCE Water Resources Program is very excited to add these two communities to our existing programs in Camden, Newark, Paterson, Jersey City, and Perth Amboy. 

For additional information on our CSO Technical Assistance program, please visit the Water Resources Program website by clicking here. For questions or how to get involved in a municipal action team, please contact Jeremiah Bergstrom or Rosana Da Silva.
Jersey City's Arlington Park gets a Rain Garden!
In the heat of August, a rain garden designed to manage stormwater runoff was built at Arlington Park in Jersey City.   Friends of Arlington Park, a community group that draws volunteers from the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood surrounding the park, planted over 75 perennials and mulched the 250 square foot garden on August 14, 2016.  The garden includes native, wetland tolerant perennials, including Purple Coneflower and Butterfly Milkweed, to beautify the landscape and to attract pollinator insects to the park. 

The rain garden at Arlington Park is designed to intercept, treat, and infiltrate stormwater runoff before it reaches the sewer system and our waterways.  Rain gardens are a green infrastructure practice that is designed to reduce the volume of stormwater runoff, reduce localized flooding, and reduce the burden on the combined sewer system.  The RCE Water Resources Program is excited to see green infrastructure at work in Jersey City and looks forward to future collaboration in the community.

This project was made possible through a partnership between the RCE Water Resources Program, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program, Jersey City Department of Public Works, Jersey City Division of Parks and Forestry, Jersey City Parks Coalition, and Friends of Arlington Park and funded in part by the Surdna Foundation.

A 2016 Northeast Regional Urban Extension Conference
Join the Rutgers Cooperative Extension in building collaborative partnerships across university, community, and civic leaders! 

This two-day conference will provide opportunities to build collaborative partnerships, examine emerging urban issues, discover innovative technology for outreach, explore innovative funding practices, and address the challenges of urban programming. This regional conference will convene Cooperative Extension professionals, governmental officials, community organizations, and local stakeholders around the following themes developed by the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL):  Strengthen Communities,  Protect the Environment,  Improve our Health,  Enrich the Youth, and  Feed our Future

Registration is now open! Register today at $195 per person on/before October 15, 2016 and $225 per person after October 15th. Click here to learn more and register for this event hosted at the Rutgers University-Newark Paul Robeson Campus Center! 
RCE Water Resources Program | New Brunswick, NJ 08901 | M-F 8:30 - 4:30pm
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UPEACE Centre for Executive Education: What we're watching             (Posted: 8-25-16)

Man vs. Earth - This powerful video puts the human impact on the world into perspective, and makes us consider the dire importance of tackling today's most important challenges.

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Is Dog Poo Polluting Your River?             (Posted: 8-24-16)

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Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Special gift just for you             (Posted: 8-24-16)

Click HERE.

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NWF: Attract the wildlife you want to see in your garden            (Posted: 8-24-16)

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NJ Tree Foundation: Fall Volunteer Opportunities and Summer Tree Stories            (Posted: 8-24-16)

Upcoming Events
September 7th:
"Tree of the Year" Reception

October 28th & 29th:
NJ Shade Tree Federation Conference 

Sept, Oct, Nov Dates:
Volunteer Tree Plantings
NJTF Trustees
President Roni Olizi
Robert Bartosz
William Comery
Mark C. Franz
Patricia Fudge
Corey Lilliston
Bryan Morton
Lenny Ward 
Pam Zipse 

Connect with Us
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Lisa Simms
Executive Director

James Cunningham
Urban Forestry Technician

Jessica Franzini
Senior Program Director

Elena López
Program Director

Beth Kwart
Development Coordinator

FALL 2016 NEWSLETTER
Volunteer Opportunities
Camden, Newark, Gloucester City, and Plainfield

Dig in! The fall planting season is upon us! Join the NJ Tree Foundation and community partners as we reforest Camden, Newark, Gloucester City, Jersey City, and Plainfield. Volunteers help dig holes, plant trees, and lay mulch.

Planting trees is a fun and rewarding experience for people of all ages! These projects improve the environment and quality of life in urban communities. 

Fall events: 
Volunteers can sign up to volunteer by contacting our staff

The NJ Tree Foundation's Green Streets Crew is available for hire in your town! Services provided include tree planting, young tree maintenance, and tree watering. Our Green Streets program has planted 13,045 trees since 2006 and would love to add your town to the list.

We do rain gardens too! Did you know that? We can be hired in your town to dig, plant, or maintain rain gardens. For more information or a free quote, contact Lisa Simms at lsimms@njtreefoundation.org

Pictured right: Before and After photo of a rain garden maintained by NJTF staff
Camden Tree Wins "Tree of the Year" Regional Photo Contest


Congratulations to Sheila and Essence Roberts for winning the Plant One Million "Tree of the Year" photo contest with this submission of a weeping willow planted in their community garden just five years ago. Read more. 
Newark Celebration 350 Legacy 
 
The City of Newark is celebrating its 350th birthday, and what better way to celebrate than to plant 350 trees!? The NJ Tree Foundation is honored to have been selected as a partner in the Newark Celebration 350 Legacy Projects. Through this program, the NJ Tree Foundation will plant 350 trees over the next several seasons. Our kick off event will be held at Jesse Allen Park in October thanks to our sponsor, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Making an Impact in the Garden State
The NJ Tree Foundation is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to planting trees in New Jersey's most urban communities. Since 1998, we have planted 203,661 trees with help from amazing people like you! Read more here.
Your Business Can Sponsor a Planting!
Do you have a dedicated team that wants to make a difference in a community near you? Learn more about our corporate sponsorship opportunities here

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Green Knight Newsletter - August 2016 - Natural Resources News and Events for New Jersey             (Posted: 8-23-16)

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NWF: Going for the Green!             (Posted: 8-23-16)

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SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS: New Funding & New Milestones!             (Posted: 8-22-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
204 Districts     501 Schools     Participating


$180,000 in Grants Now Available 
to Fund NJ School Sustainability Projects

Sustainable Jersey for Schools announces the availability of $180,000 in new grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). This 2016 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program cycle funded by NJEA will award: ten $10,000 grants to school districts or schools and forty $2,000 grants to support school green teams. Applicants must be registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program which is free and voluntary. The funded projects will serve as practical and innovative models for the rest of the State and make measurable contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey.   

With this contribution NJEA has provided $500,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.
 
Application deadline is October 28, 2016. Access the grant application here.   An informational webinar guiding applicants through the grants process will be held September 14th from 3-4 pm.  Register here.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Reaches New Milestone!
 500 Schools Pursuing Certification

Sustainable Jersey is proud to announce that 500 schools have registered for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. At the school district level, 204 districts, or one-third of the New Jersey school districts, have passed a resolution to participate in the program. Review the list of the 500 schools participating that are located in all 21 New Jersey counties.  Read more about the growth of the program here. 
Upcoming Webinar:
 Lessons from the Field: EDF Fellows Document Progress

AUGUST 11, 2016 - 1:00 PM TO 2:00 PM
REGISTER

This summer, with the help of funding from New Jersey Natural Gas, three townships and five school districts received an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Fellow to provide on-site technical assistance with advanced sustainable energy projects.

Learn how this unique opportunity helped host townships and school districts bridge the gap between available resources and energy-efficiency initiatives. They will share lessons learned that can help your community with actions in the Sustainable Jersey and Sustainable Jersey for Schools program
STEM Ecosystem Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
 
The New Jersey STEM Pathways Network (NJ SPN), initiated by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education in 2014, invites proposals from school districts, communities, and regions across New Jersey to create integrated, inclusive, partnership-driven STEM Learning Ecosystems within their communities that will strengthen New Jersey's STEM climate statewide.

The NJ SPN seeks to support up to four local ecosystems in the form of comprehensive technical assistance, valued at $60,000. Technical assistance for selected communities will be provided by The Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES). 

Competitive applicants will demonstrate the resources and design to engage with local and regional partners in education, business and industry, and STEM professions to create viable and sustainable STEM opportunities across the state of New Jersey. It is the intent of this program that the four ecosystems selected will be integrated into the statewide NJ SPN, which will in turn participate in a nationwide STEM ecosystem Community of Practice headed by the STEM Funders Network. Through this local, state, and nationwide network of ecosystems, the NJ SPN will promote inclusion and cohesion between STEM initiatives across New Jersey. 
 
Attend an informational webinar about this grant opportunity on Tuesday August 16th from 10:00-11:30 am register here.  Can't make the webinar?  View an on demand recording here. 

 Application Deadline: 5 pm EST on Friday, September 9, 2016 
NJ Association of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
 Mini Grants Now Available 
 
NJAHPERD's goal is to support quality program development in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in New Jersey's Pre-K - 12 schools and Colleges and Universities. The mini grant provides financial assistance up to $1000 for new program development or to expand an existing program. Grants may be used to purchase equipment, software, or other materials that focus on student learning in Health, Physical Education, Recreation or Dance. 

Application Deadline: September 30, 2016 
Renewable Electric Storage Incentives Now Available for Schools through NJ's Clean Energy Program   
 
The Renewable Electric Storage Program provides financial incentives for electric energy storage systems that are integrated with Class 1 renewable energy projects installed behind-the-meter at non-residential customer sites. It seeks to benefit New Jersey ratepayers by supporting the installation of renewable electric storage systems in government, commercial, institutional and industrial entities for the purpose of providing emergency back-up power for essential services, offsetting peak loads by shifting electricity to hours of higher demand and/or helping to stabilize the electric distribution system through the provision of frequency regulation services. Find our how your school can participate here.
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!

 Cumberland County

Thomas W. Wallace Jr. Middle School (Vineland)


 Gloucester County

Caroline L Reutter Elementary School (Franklin)

Glassboro Intermediate School (Glassboro)

J. Harvey Rodgers School (Glassboro)


 Middlesex County

South Plainfield School District


 Morris County

Lakeview Elementary School (Denville)

Netcong School District

Netcong Elementary School (Netcong)

Roxbury High School

Valleyview Middle School (Denville)


Sussex County

Halsted Street Middle School (Newton)

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

AUGUST 24, 2016 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM, TRENTON, NJ 
*special Green Team group rate available- 3 team members for $75

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

OCTOBER 20, 2016 8:00-5:00 PM NEWARK, NJ
OCTOBERR 21, 2016 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM, LYNDHURST, NJ 
Newark Environmental Sustainability Institute (NESI)
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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
Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey
Forcina Hall, 3rd Floor
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

What kind of wildlife garden fits you?             (Posted: 8-4-16)

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Registration Now Open for the Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon             (Posted: 8-3-16)

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The Nature Conservancy - Great Places: Nature's Last Stronghold             (Posted: 8-3-16)

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

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Help Fund A Summer Day of Green Education for Kids at the Liberty Science Center on 8/ 17!             (Posted: 8-3-16)



     

$350 Event Sponsorship includes 2 passes to the evening networking event, and logo and company recognition in our outreach, and at the event.

$1000 Kids’ Education Sponsorship includes same as above, with 4 passes to the evening networking event.


THANK YOU TO OUR KIDS' EDUCATION SPONSOR:






8/10- 9th Annual USGBC NJ SUMMER SOCIAL presented by the Central Branch - 5:30 - 9:30 PM at the fabulous beachfront Martell's Tiki Bar, 308 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742.
Chapter members: $45; Emerging Professionals: $35; Non-members & Guests: $55. Come out for a great ocean-front networking BBQ with fellow green building & sustainability professionals. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE. See website for more info. BBQ Event Sponsorships will provide funding for the USGBC NJ Summer Green Education Program at Liberty Science Center for K-12 students in underserved communities. Info & Registration.



Now through 8/10- CALL FOR GALA AWARD NOMINATIONS - Each year USGBC NJ recognizes and presents Gala Awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in green building and sustainability. The winners of these distinguished awards will be celebrated at 14TH Annual USGBC NJ Awards Gala. Deadline for submission is August 10, 2016. Award winners will be announced in early September. More info & to download the USGBC NJ award application.






10/19 - US GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL NEW JERSEY 14TH ANNUAL AWARDS GALA- 5:00 - 9:30 PM, The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ. 
An evening of celebration, networking and honoring our award winners. WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND… In addition to the Gala being the Chapter’s premiere networking event of the year, your support is key to the success of our shared vision for green buildings and healthy communities throughout NJ. Proceeds from the Gala will fund: scholarships for the winning student awards; LEED Education Programs for inner city students; and green building skills competency training for public and private sector entities in our state. Registration is open! Sponsor early for greatest exposure.


ALSO OF INTEREST


8/4-Final Presentations for the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies Green Teams 
Thursday, Aug. 4 from 9 am - 1 pm, Montclair State University
This summer, 35 undergraduate students from 22 degree programs have been working hard this summer in transdisciplinary teams to solve sustainability problems for 7 New Jersey based corporations: Prudential, Bristol Myers Squibb, PSE&G, NJ Manufacturers Insurance, Sabert, Greener by Design, and Cox Printers. These companies represent a range of business sectors as well as a variety of corporate cultures. Please find attached the invitation to the event. 


2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards - New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is pleased to announce that the application for the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards is now available. Completed applications must be received at NJDEP by September 28. INFO & APPLICATION.   





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Check out our full list of upcoming training & events.

ED Celebrates Five Years of Green Schools             (Posted: 8-1-16)

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ED Celebrates Five Years of School, District, & Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees

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ED Honors 2016 School, District, & Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees in DC

On July 20th, the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees received accolades at a ceremony in Washington, DC for their sustainable, healthy facilities, wellness practices, and sustainability learning.  Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Christine Harada, Deputy Director of the Center for Green Schools at the USGBC Anisa Baldwin-Metzger, and Secretary of Education John King congratulated honorees and announced the relaunch of the Green Strides Tour, which will head to Pennsylvania this fall.  

You can view video and photos from the ceremony, reception, and iPad photo booth.  Read the press release, blogs (“Celebrating Five Years of Incentivizing Sustainable Schools Practices” and “Why I can’t Wait to Get Back to the Green Strides Tour”) and the Director’s closing remarks.  We invite you to share ceremony photos and impressions with us on Twitter (EDGreenRibbon) and Facebook (EDGreenRibbonSchools) using hashtag #EDGRSCeremony or #EDGreenRibbon.

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Representatives from Whitehouse School in Whitehouse Station, NJ receive their award during the 2016 recognition awards ceremony on July 20th in Washington, D.C. Whitehouse convened its first school-level green team in 2011, and teachers worked with students to offer an assembly where an “energy hog” was introduced as an analogy for environmentally unsustainable behaviors.
Thank you

Thank You, Sponsors!

Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for providing a wonderful venue at the Department of Commerce for the third ceremony in a row and to the Center for Green Schools for generously offering the evening reception.  We are grateful to the Green Schools National Network, Green Schools, and National Wildlife Federation, plaque and tour sponsors. Thanks also go to partners offering activities: the Department of Energy, National Park Service, ED Office of Non-Public Education, and Office of the Under Secretary.  Finally, ED offers its sincerest appreciation to state education agency personnel who spearhead award selection in each state.

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State Authorities Prepare for 2016-2017 Award Cycle

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) beganin 2011-2012 by defining the term “green school” according to three Pillars and recognizing 78 schools.  In 2012-2013, ED added a District Sustainability Award and honored 64 schools and 14 districts.  It also initiated an annual tour spotlighting the practices of honorees and launched a Green Strides portal with resources for all schools to employ.  The 2013-2014 cycle named 48 school and 9 district honorees and introduced the Director’s Award to honor state officials advancing school sustainability.  In 2015, the Postsecondary Sustainability Award debuted, with nine colleges and universities, 14 districts, and 58 schools recognized, and saw the revamping of Green Strides.  This year, the award honored 47 schools, 15 districts, 11 postsecondary institutions, and one state official.

For 2016-2017, states are now preparing their applications and will post them by the fall with deadlines to submit to them in the winter.  State authorities’ school, district, and postsecondary nominations are due to ED by February 1, 2017 and 2017 honorees will be announced on April 24th, 2017.  Interested colleges and universities should contact their state higher education authorities, while schools and districts should contact their state education agencies.

State education authorities’ participation in nominating school, district, and postsecondary candidates is voluntary.  Hearing from interested applicants may be helpful to those considering 2015-2016 participation.  State education authorities should contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information and can find updated criteria and other state implementation guidance on our website.

Meet the 2016 Honorees

Summer is a great time to take inspiration from the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.  Make plans for sustainability projects in the coming year and learn more about their work on Green Strides.

University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Ala.

Founded in 1896, the University of Montevallo (UM) was the first university in Alabama to implement a Green Fund.  From the use of energy management software, to major upgrades to the central plant, to solar-powered pedestrian crossing signage, the University uses strategies of all magnitudes to reduce effect on the environment.   Renovations and upgrades in existing buildings including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning changes; window, lighting, and solar shade installation; and roof and insulation replacements have resulted in numerous efficiencies and improvements in electricity, gas, and steam savings, as well as reductions in water usage, heat gain, and energy loss.  Facilities and security staff employ a fleet of electric vehicles.  The “Table to Garden to Table” initiative reduces food waste by composting unused vegetable matter from the cafeteria to fertilize the UM organic community garden.  Produce grown in garden is donated to local families in need.  Two mason bee hives were installed in 2014.  UM recently added wellness amenities at University Lake, including canoes, kayaks, and a 1.3-mile fitness trail with 10 exercise stations.  UM and the city of Montevallo partnered in 2011 to create the first citywide bike sharing program in the state of Alabama.  Montevallo offers a minor in Environmental Studies with an option to major through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.  Since 2011, the university’s Environmental Stewardship Award has honored students for their academic achievement, service, and leadership potential.  The James Shepherd Wylie Observatory is the region’s premiere, completely accessible telescope, in a complex designed to meet LEED Platinum standards.  >>>>

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Students in a Montevallo class on public art designed and created unique bike racks that not only promote physical activity and environmental responsibility, but also help further beautify the already unique campus.

Hellgate High School, Missoula, Mont.

Hellgate High School has served the community of Missoula, Montana for over 108 years.  The sustainability initiative at Hellgate High School is guided and driven by Hellgate High School’s environmental group, known as Students Against the Violation of Earth (S.A.V.E.), which includes recycling, composting, gardening/earth week, and grant writing committees, each with a student chair and supporting member students.  Instead of having just one day devoted to sustainability, the school hosts an entire Earth Week of events, including a celebrated "Trashion" Show.  The school works with local community partners to incorporate sustainable features and programs, such as the rooftop garden and solar panels.  Students work with the Montana Conservation Corps to build trails, and Habitat for Humanity to build homes.  Hellgate also hosts leaders of sustainability from around the country to speak about sustainability, such as individuals from the U.S. Green Building Council, NWF, and the U.S. Forest Service.  Hellgate has a well-developed recycling and resource efficiency program that includes solar panels and composter.  The school has used its energy audit and data collection as a basis for ongoing analysis and the creation of an energy management plan.  Hellgate currently has an ENERGY STAR rating of 77.  The school hosted Montana Crunch Time, a statewide celebration of local foods.  Students engage in experiential and place-based learning activities that enable them to incorporate sustainability topics into their life experience.  >>>>

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Hellgate students engage in experiential and place-based learning activities that enable them to incorporate sustainability topics into their life experience, including an annual “Trashion” show.

Park Forest Elementary School, State College, Pa.

Park Forest Elementary School (PFE) tracks resource usage in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, beginning with a score of 73 and progressing to 84.  The school has reduced its waste footprint greatly in its move toward zero waste.  PFE participates in the Earth Force service action program, whereby students identify a problem and work collaboratively to address it.  PFE garnered a three-year grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that allowed the school to establish a professional development model that encouraged the use of the schoolyard.  Efforts include a nature trail, greenhouse, composting program, raised bed gardens, a cold frame, honeybee hives, rain gardens and wetlands, a pollinator garden, bluebird and bat boxes, an amphitheater, weather stations, an interactive sundial, and an animal observation area.  Each year, students participate in Apple Crunch Day, Walk to School Day, and Go for the Greens.  With the support of a grant, the physical education teacher purchased bicycles to teach bicycle safety and recreational riding to all fifth graders.  Twenty-five percent of food served in the cafeteria is locally grown.  >>>>

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Using the four lenses of community, democracy, inquiry, and environment, PFE works to provide opportunities for all learners to engage meaningfully in authentic learning experiences. Park Forest hosts an annual schoolwide campout.

Resources and Opportunities

Kids Gardening

The 2016 Eat Learn Live and Grow School Garden Grant Application Deadline is Aug. 31

Planting the seeds of health and wellness, the 2016 Eat, Learn, Live, and Grow Grant sponsored by Chartwells K12 in partnership with KidsGardening.org offers funding for schools seeking to enhance their curriculum and offer food and nutrition education through an edible garden program.  Any public or private school serving students in grades K to 12 and planning a new or expanding an established garden program is eligible to apply.  >>>>

USGBC

Spotlight on A Resource:  The Learning Lab, Available Free Until Sept. 1

Learning Lab is a new online education platform that provides K-12 teachers and school leaders with comprehensive project- and STEM-based curriculum encouraging student leadership, sustainability literacy, and real-world action. The catalog, which includes 320+ lessons in English and Spanish, is accessible for free before September 1, so be sure to check it out, and learn more or contact learninglab@usgbc.org for more information about accessing best-in-class sustainability education resources in the coming school year.  >>>>

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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. >>>>

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Apply for Captain Planet Foundation Small Grants by September 30th  

Captain Planet Foundation’s (CPF) Small Grants fund environmental stewardship and service-learning projects that engage children in critical thinking, research, inquiry investigations, and real-world environmental problem-solving.  CPF’s Small Grants are given in five major areas: Earth (recycling, conservation, and gardening projects), Fire (energy conservation and renewable energy projects), Wind (air pollution and pollinator conservation projects), Water (water conservation, watershed, and monitoring projects) and Heart (community vitality and outdoor education projects).  Grants provide educators with the funding needed to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies.  >>>>

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Recycle-Bowl and America Recycles Day Open Registration

Keep America Beautiful offers two fall events to educate and engage school communities. School registration opens Aug. 1 for the Recycle-Bowl (Oct. 17- Nov. 15) competition or to register an America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) event.  >>>>

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.

August 02, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  NASA Resources for Home School (NASA)

August 03, 2016, 12 -12:30 pm  Portfolio Manager - Ask The Expert (EPA)

August 10, 2016, 12 -12:30 pm  Portfolio Manager - Ask The Expert (EPA)

August 11, 2016, 1:00-2:30 pm  Finding Solutions for Hard-to-Recycle Items (CURC)

August 11, 2016, 6:00-7:00 pm  Real NASA Data:  Discovering New Planets (NASA)

August 17, 2016, 12 -12:30 pm  Portfolio Manager - Ask The Expert (EPA)

August 23, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 101 (EPA)

August 24, 2016, 12 -12:30 pm  Portfolio Manager - Ask The Expert (EPA)

August 24, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)

August 24, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Kids Impacting Community Policy (Safe Routes to School)

August 25, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)

August 25, 2016, 6:00-7:00 pm  Real NASA Data:  Hurricanes (NASA)

August 30, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm  Real NASA Data:  Clouds and Contrails(NASA)

August 31, 2016, 12 -12:30 pm  Portfolio Manager - Ask The Expert(EPA)

Events

Apple Day

Green Apple Day of Service is Saturday, Sept. 24 at YOUR School

All over the world, communities are coming together to improve local schools, making an impact on the environment, supporting health and wellness, and advancing environmental and sustainability literacy. Since 2012, more than 750,000 volunteers have hosted some 12,660 events with a collective impact on the learning environments of approximately 7 million students in all 50 U.S. states across 73 countries. Visit greenapple.org for ideas and resources, and sign up to host or join an event in your community. >>>>

Greenbuild 2016

Greenbuild 2016 is in Los Angeles, CA Oct. 5-7th

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. It features three days of speakers, networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city's green buildings. With the theme “Iconic Green,” the 2016 conference celebrates the icons of the movement - those who are working in the trenches today and those who are leading the way into the future.  >>>>

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The 2016 AASHE Conference and Expo is Oct. 9-12 in Baltimore, MD

The AASHE Conference & Expo brings together some 2,000 campus administrators, sustainability staff, students, faculty, businesses, media and others to explore more than 400 educational sessions, workshops, tours and keynote addresses that advance sustainability in higher education.  This year's theme, “Beyond the Campus,” explores the dissemination and implementation of sustainability solutions in surrounding communities and the world. >>>>

NAAEE

The North American Association for Environmental Education Conference is Oct 19-22

For more than four decades, NAAEE has convened one of the leading annual conferences for environmental education professionals, from classroom teachers and teacher educators to nature center staff to climate science researchers and everyone in between. Averaging 1,000 participants each year, the event is designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and dissemination of best practices.  This year’s conference, with the theme “From Inspiration to Impact,” is in Madison, WI. This is the first year the conference is offering a green schools track and there will be several sessions related to ED-GRS.  >>>>

EDspaces

EDSpaces is Nov. 2-4 in Cincinnati, OH

EDspaces is the gathering place for architects, facility planners, designers, administrators and dealers to learn about trends and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning.  >>>>

Connect with Green Strides

Green Strides: Resources for School Facilities, Health, and Environment
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The Ocean Needs Your Voice             (Posted: 8-1-16)

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Achieve NJ Report             (Posted: 8-1-16)

The national Achieve nonprofit education reform organization has led the charge with the common core standards and college and career readiness and issues an annual 50-state report on the state's adoption of college and career-ready policies, along with how/if the students are actually graduating to be college and career ready.

http://www.achieve.org/files/NewJersey.pdf

National reports:
http://www.achieve.org/files/PSecHSGradsMarch-2016.pdf
http://www.achieve.org/files/CCRHSGrads-March2016.pdf

OCSCD: Education Programs - July-Dec             (Posted: 8-1-16)

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

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 offer 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
Sunday, September 18, 10:30-12:30pm
Assessing Your Soil's Health
It's important to have a healthy foundation on which to build your garden. Soil is that foundation - it provides your plants with mineral nutrients, air, water and a place to grow. But, how do you know if your soil is healthy? A "soil health assessment" can provide you with valuable information about the physical, chemical and biological properties of your soil, and offer solutions to common problems such as compaction, erosion, lack of nutrients, and pH that is too acidic or too alkaline. Eileen Miller, Soil Health Specialist of Healthy Landscapes, will show you how to assess your own soil, determine its health, and amend your soil to create a healthier garden. Rain or shine, dress appropriately for indoor and outdoor learning. 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, October 8, 12:30-2:30pm
Soil Food Web Gardening
Healthy soil is at the root of all life on Earth - including the plants in your garden. Enhance your gaden's productivity by becoming a soil food web gardener. Join Dr. Jennifer Adams Krumins of Montclair University on an exploration of the macro and micro-organisms that live in a balanced underground ecosystem in your soil. Gain a deeper understanding of the optimum soil conidtions they need to survive. You'll reap the benefits of healthy, functioning, naturally nutrient-rich soil that supports your home garden or landscape. 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, November 19, 12:30-2:30pm
Turtle Gardens - Creating Native Habitat Along Jersey Shore Backyards
Intact coastal soils and native vegetation are vital shoreline components for the survival and well-being of native New Jersey turtles. This program emphasizes the importance of healthy soil and upland habitat for nesting activity and hatchling survival of turtles, in particular the Diamondback Terrapin, a protected NJ species. Dr. John Wnek of Project Terrapin, and Stephanie Egger of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, will introduce the concept of a "backyard turtle garden" and share information about how to create new nesting locations in coastal backyards along the Jersey Shore. 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
Sunday, December 4, 12:30-2:30pm
Matching Your Garden to Your Soil
Every plant that grows on the face of the Earth, whether it has been planted in a garden or crop field, or was established on its own in woods or meadow, has a specific set of soil and site conditions that support its growth. Wherever you want to establish a garden, it is critical to match the plants you wish to grow to the soil and site conditions. Join Fred Schoenagel, Resource Soil Scientist from the US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) as he discusses some of the physical and chemical properties of soils that are essential to plant growth. The knowledge gained from this program will help you to evaluate your own proposed planting area and help you to choose the most suitable types of plants. This program includes some hands-on activities, so be prepared to ger your hands dirty, literally! 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
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.
Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 971-7002
     

NWF: Do You Feel the Benefits of Nature?             (Posted: 7-26-16)

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NJ's Favorite Beach And More In Coastodian Summer 2016             (Posted: 7-22-16)

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The Cloud Institute July Newsletter: Summer Reflections             (Posted: 7-21-16)

 



 

July 2016

Greetings!

 

We hope you've been able to take some time this summer to rest, reflect or simply watch the clouds float by.  As the season progresses, you may be thinking about starting the school year with a fresh approach to student achievement and engagement. In this month's newletter, we bring you news about our two EFS Summer Design Studios. In June, Sustainable Jersey and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation offered a five day studio at Duke Farms in NJ and in August, we'll be at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.

 

For inspiration, check out our recent blog, The Lovett School: Observations tell the story of EFS impact, detailing how one school saw meaningful effects of EFS on students, staff and school culture only one year into their EFS journey.   

 

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

 

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.

 

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The Lovett School: Observations Tell the Story of EFS Impact

 

Don't get us wrong-- we love measurable data! But this anecdotal evidence from The Lovett School is pretty cool too. It provides a window into the early impact of EFS on students and the school community.
 
These stories are particularly exciting as they support the growing empirical data documenting similar outcomes. 
 
 

Read more on The Cloud Blog.  


NJ Summer Design Studio a Success! 

 

 


 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools recently announced the five New Jersey schools that received Education for Sustainability (EfS) curriculum design studio scholarships. The training scholarships were offered to schools and districts registered with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. The subsidized training registration fee was made possible through a grant from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
 
Scholarship recipients participated in a five-day EfS Curriculum Design Studio at Duke Farms from June 27 through July 1. “To solve problems unique to the 21st century, the next generation of students requires an education that reflects a modern sensibility,” said Jaimie P. Cloud, founder and president of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education. “Embedding the lens of sustainability into the curriculum and culture of a school can inspire children to think about the world and our relationship to it with fresh eyes and an open mind,” she added.
 
Here's what one NJ teacher had to say at the end of the week!
 
"I realized that I educate for sustainability all the time. I just never had the holistic framework to develop my teaching to be most efficient and effective. I want to use EFS to re-organize and revise all my classes and help others understand how practical and fascinating it is!
 
 
Spend time this summer getting energized about education by joining us Omega Institute for our next EFS Summer Design Studio.
 
 

 

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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Phone: 212-645-9930 | Fax: 212-645-9931

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NWF: Thinking ahead to 2016-2017/New Look             (Posted: 7-20-16)

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July Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 7-20-16)

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SJ4S: Get Plugged In!             (Posted: 7-20-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
200 Districts     486 Schools     Participating

Get Plugged In - Actions & Incentives to Encourage Electric Vehicles     

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Board of Public Utilities have teamed up to launch a new "It Pays To Plug In" grant program. The first phase of the program will provide $725,000 in reimbursement grants to offset some of the costs to purchase and install electric vehicle charging stations. The grants are a component of the state's "Drive Green New Jersey" initiative that also includes a website with information about the different types of electric vehicles available, how to charge them, affordability, and impact on air quality. The grants are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis of up to $250 for each Level 1 charging station installed, and up to $5,000 for each Level 2 charging station installed. Eligible applicants include public, private, for-profit, nonprofit, educational and governmental entities. Owners of parking facilities used by commuters or employees of other companies are also eligible. Learn how your municipality or school district can take advantage of this grant opportunity and earn points towards Sustainable Jersey Certification!

An informational webinar about the program and how to apply will be held on:  
Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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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:  Monday, July 18 at 11:59 pm 


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Sustainable Jersey for Schools Upcoming Webinar  

Pathways to Financing Clean Energy

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.

Join us for this educational webinar to learn more about energy efficiency incentives offered by utility companies in your area. Incentives are available for homeowners, businesses, non-profits, and local government agencies. You will learn about the latest changes in the New Jersey Clean Energy Program as well as incentives available to help finance energy efficiency upgrades to municipal buildings and schools. Hear about Sustainable Jersey's Pathways to Clean Energy guidance concept, to help you identify the most cost effective pathway to achieving energy savings.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Did You Know You Can Access Past Webinar Presentations Anytime?  
 
Were you unable to attend one of our webinars, or want a refresher on one held?  Visit the  Past Webinar Recordings & Presentations page!   Topics include: Arts; Certification; Energy; Healthy School Environments; Student & Community Outreach; and Student Safety. 

Do you have training topics you would like to see us cover? If so, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com.  
Sustainability Night with Major League Soccer's Red Bulls   

The New York Red Bulls will host a sustainability night when they face the Montreal Impact August 13.  Enjoy the game with your fellow school and municipal green team friends and other sustainability -minded people.  As you watch the New York Red Bulls take on the Montreal Impact, you can share ideas for sustainable programs and make new connections with leaders from across the state.  The groups/green teams with the most attendees will be announced on the board during the game.

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
600 Cape May Street, Harrison, NJ 07029
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PSEG Science SPARK Partners Program  

The PSEG Foundation supports programs that spark curiosity and build a continued passion for science, technology, engineering and math learning. Proposals will be considered from out-of-school time providers, including afterschool, summer and youth development programs, to develop new or enhance existing STEM learning opportunities for their students. Recipients can earn up to $20,000 to implement STEM initiatives. Only schools within the PSEG service territory are eligible to apply.  For more information, visit their website.

Application Deadline : Monday, August 8, 2016 at 11:59pm
  Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards  

Applications for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)'s 2016 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards is now available.  The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey's premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. These awards recognize individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey. To learn more about the nomination categories, please visit their website.

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by 5:00pm

Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!

 Gloucester County

Main Road Elementary School (Franklin)

Mary F. Janvier Elementary School (Franklin)

Orchard Valley Middle School (Washington)


Monmouth County

Keansburg School District 

Memorial Elementary School (Howell)

Ramtown Elementary School (Howell)


Morris County

Black River Middle School (Chester)

Bragg Elementary School (Chester)

Chester School District

Dickerson Elementary School (Chester)


Sussex County

Montague Elementary School

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

JULY 21, 2016 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM, WEST WINDSOR, NJ 
US Green Building Council NJ Chapter & NJ School Board Association
 
OCTOBER 20, 2016 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM, CHATHAM, NJ 
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
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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.

 

 

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Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey
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Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for July             (Posted: 7-20-16)

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CWF: July E-News: "For the Love of Wildlife" Photo Contest Winners             (Posted: 7-20-16)

"For the Love of Wildlife" Photo Contest Winners!
2016 "For the Love of Wildlife" Photo Contest Winners

Winning adult and youth photographers honored
Conserve Wildlife Foundation launched the 'For the Love of Wildlife' Photo Contest to showcase your love of rare wildlife and the critical need to protect it in New Jersey. We encouraged youth and adult photographers across the Garden State to submit photographs in the following categories:
  • New Jersey's Rarest Residents: Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern Wildlife Species Only
  • The Garden State: New Jersey Landscapes
  • Experiencing Nature: People Enjoying the Outdoors
  • Wild New Jersey: All Animals in the Garden State
We were blown away by the amount of submissions we received! Over 1,470 entries were counted! New Jersey wildlife photographers, CWF board members and staff poured over the entries to choose our winners. We are thrilled to share the winners with you. Learn all about the winners and their images on the Conserve Wildlife blog.


Episode Three of our New Jersey's Hidden Coast Video Series Released
Inside look at New Jersey's Delaware Bayshore response to Hurricane Sandy's devastation
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A Tribute to Elmer Clegg
Loyal Eagle Project volunteer contributed to conservation for over two decades
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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Women & Wildlife Awards
Nominate an exceptional woman in the field of wildlife conservation
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Photos from the Field: Red Bat, Brown Bat, Flying Squirrel
Update on the second year of CWF's Northern long-eared bat study
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Make This Your Child's Best Summer Yet! 
Seeking outdoor opportunities for your children to explore and learn about the world around them? Look no further than Conserve Wildlife Foundation's summer programs! We are thrilled to offer new, one-of-a-kind opportunities for children to get in touch with nature in the Garden State. One new wildlife adventure - "Beach. Birds. Biology." - begins this month at different coastal locations in Monmouth, Ocean, and Cape May Counties.
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Great Places: Fireworks for Elephants             (Posted: 7-6-16)

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WSGN: Sustaining School Gardens             (Posted: 7-6-16)

Washburn students during their visit to the White House this April. Many thanks to Al Krause for use of the above photograph. Washburn was one of several inspiring school garden programs chosen by First Lady Michelle Obama to help plant the White House kitchen garden. Read about Washburn's garden in our Success Story below.

The Long-Lasting School Garden

“Sustainable” is a word often heard in school garden vocabulary, and for good reason.  It is a concept that shows up in garden design and a lifestyle that the garden helps teach our kids. It is also something we strive for as educators invested in bringing garden-based learning to our students: how do we create learning gardens that thrive not just this year, but every year? How do we sustain the finances, the enthusiasm, the staff leadership, and the community involvement that make school gardens possible, even if the budget gets cut or a key garden leader leaves the site?
 
The Wisconsin School Garden Network (and its predecessor, WSGI), has been lucky enough to connect with many successful – and sustainable – school garden programs across the state over the past three years. While each garden looks different, all the schools shared a few key elements that have been essential to sustaining their programs from year to year. Here is our synopsis of the top five:
  1. Choose the right size garden for your school:  If you’ve never grown a bean before, don’t start with an acre.  Always start small, and grow as you are able. Stick with a size that feels attainable.
  2. Get multiple leaders invested in the garden: Create a garden team or committee, even if one “garden champion” kicks things off. Having multiple leaders ensures that the garden won’t fade into the background even if key players leave. If possible, include facilities staff, teachers, community members, food service staff, administrators, and students.
  3. Integrate the garden into many different aspects of your school: In our success story this month, Washburn principal Al Krause describes how all the schools who were chosen to help plant the White House garden this spring had one thing in common: gardens that were integrated throughout their curriculum, school, and community. Plan for the garden to be a part of classroom learning and curriculum, after school programs, summer school, Green and Healthy Schools programs, school board planning and policies, and community events.  
  4. Involve the community: Don’t be afraid to ask for help – many people will be excited to give it! Involve community members as volunteers or donors – especially of in-kind materials. Include as many people as possible. Celebrate together with harvest festivals, family fun nights, or volunteer awards. Share what you are doing through stories and quotes in your school newsletter or local paper, and with thank-you letters to volunteers.
  5. Have a plan for summer: Successful school gardens have a plan for that quintessential school garden question – what do you do during the summer? Answers include weekly volunteers, “adopt-a-garden-plot” programs, summer school or camps, nearby community centers or day cares who don’t have a garden of their own, or planning for quick-growing spring and fall crops such as radishes and lettuce. Read our Summer Maintenance Newsletter - a blast from the WSGI past with lots of great ideas on this topic!
 

Resources

Funding Your School Garden Program
Having adequate resources for a successful school garden program can be daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. A mix of grants, donations, and sales of value-added products may be the perfect equation for a long-lasting school garden program. This brief will offer suggestions to fund a school garden program now, and for years to come!
Striving for Farm to School Sustainability This report is one chapter in a collection called Advancing Farm to School: Lessons from the Field, which features "lessons learned” from fourteen organizations that received Community Transformation Grants in 2011. This chapter features three Wisconsin school districts, and stood out as particularly applicable to gardens as a part of a larger Farm to School program. You can also view and read all six chapters here.
Supporting School Gardens with Master Gardener Volunteers
Volunteers can play an important role in school garden success. Wisconsin is lucky to have a robust Master Gardener Volunteer program run by UW Extension. This publication provides Extension educators and school garden coordinators with tips for creating mutually beneficial relationships between MGVs and school gardens, so that both come away asking for more! Tips are applicable to many other types of volunteers as well!
What's the Buzz About Bees?
In recognition of National Pollinator Week (June 20-26), we wanted to share this article about native pollinators from the Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine. Integrating your vegetable or flower garden with native pollinator studies can be a great way to promote sustainability not just for the environment, but for your garden-classroom connection as well. Get tips on how to attract and study native pollinators in this short article.
Gardens and Wellness Policies Brief  Incorporating school garden language into a school wellness policy increases the sustainability of the school garden. Such language ensures students far into the future will benefit from the garden. This document serves as a guide for effectively integrating school garden language into a school wellness policy. To learn more about the importance of school wellness policies and the garden related activities they support, refer to: Improving Health with School Wellness Policies brief.
Green and Healthy Schools Guide
Gardening integrates perfectly with other Green and Healthy initiatives for schools. This free guide has tips on how to form a green team, start sustainability projects at your school, and navigate the GHS online application. Learn from the successes other schools are having in the nine GHS focus areas and find resources to advance your Green and Healthy Schools efforts. 
 

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Events ... visit our Events page for more

School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute
Apply by: July 15, 2016 
Institute dates: December 4-9, 2016
Travel and lodging expenses covered

Join 14 other School Garden Support Organizations from across the nation for a 5-day Leadership Institute in Santa Cruz, CA to learn from peer organizations and create an organizational action plan for accomplishing some or all of the following in your region:

  • Training and supporting educators to implement garden-based learning
  • Building and maintaining multiple school gardens
  • Funding school gardens or helping schools to create sustainable funding streams for gardens
  • Facilitating regional networking between school garden educators
  • Evaluating school garden programs

This Leadership Institute is designed to for teams of 2 from 10 School Garden Support Organizations (SGSOs). A SGSO may be a nonprofit organization, university, government agency, foundation, school district, or other entity focused specifically on supporting garden-based learning for multiple schools in their region. 

Travel and lodging expenses for each team will be covered.

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No Teacher Left Inside Institute
July 18-21, 2016 - Land o' Lakes, WI

NTLI is an intensive, fun-filled four- or six-day immersion using the environment as a context for interdisciplinary learning. Using the “Wisconsin Walleye Wars” as a sample interdisciplinary experience, participants will learn and apply skills in backwards design, academic standards, and high quality instructional practices to their own curriculum design. Join educators from across Wisconsin and across the country to explore north woods ecosystems, experience best practices, and reflect on your teaching practice. The main institute takes place July 18-21 with an optional two-night exploration into the Sylvania Wilderness July 21-23. A limited number of need-based 50% scholarships are available thanks to support from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board. The main institute is $500 including food and lodging with an additional cost (TBD) for the wilderness excursion. Graduate credit will be available. Hosted by Wisconsin Green Schools Network in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Green Schools National Network, and Conserve School.

Register here by July 10

Learn about other summer professional development opportunities from the Wisconsin DPI
Survey for Madison-area educators: 
What's Next for the GROW Coalition?

The Madison Area GROW (Grass Roots | Outdoor Wonder) Coalition promotes outdoor learning in and around Madison, WI. The GROW Coalition's organizing committee is seeking your input to help determine what programming would best support outdoor learning at your school and around the area. Thank you for taking this survey! It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Click here to complete the GROW Coalition Survey

Cultivating Collective Impact Webinar
July 26, 2:00 pm Central Time

Join Dr. Nicole Ardoin, an assistant professor on a joint appointment with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education and Woods Institute for the Environment, speak about the potential for cross-sector coordination to initiate large scale social change in Environmental Education.  This cost-free webinar is hosted by the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education and the North American Association for Environmental Education.

Webinar Link

Tasty Tidbits ... of wisdom, fun, and information

Garden Joke of the Month

Which vegetable is mostly closely related to people? Thank you to Allison Dopf for finding this joke!

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"Farm to School Works" Fact Sheet

The Farm to School Works Fact Sheet offers a summary of findings from the 2015 Farm to School Census as well as recent research in the field. The results?  Evidence that farm to school initiatives stimulate local and regional economies, improve children’s health and nutrition, and create widespread school and community benefits.


Sheboygan Falls School District is "One in a Melon"

The Sheboygan Falls School District recently received the USDA Office of Community Food System's “One in a Melon” award! Read more here.

Success Story: Washburn School District

Above left: 4K students in the Washburn garden, Above Right: The First Lady harvests with Washburn student Ilya Lalich. Thank you to the USDA and Shawn Linehan for use of this photo.

Washburn School District: The story behind the garden program that took them to the White House

This spring, Washburn Elementary – a small district in northern Wisconsin – was one of a handful of schools called on by Michelle Obama to travel to Washington D.C. and take part in the 8th annual White House Kitchen Garden planting. 
 
Mrs. Obama selected schools from around the country with one thing in common: inspiring school garden programs. After talking with principal Al Krause, there was no question that Washburn was more than qualified to represent Wisconsin on the national gardening stage.
 
Washburn Elementary’s 6400 square foot teaching garden is one part of a robust Green and Healthy Schools program that is fully integrated into its curriculum, from 4K through high school. Other elements include a school apple orchard, Farm to School purchasing and use of garden produce in school meals, a school forest with a log cabin, natural play area in the woods behind the school, and, at the high school, a high tunnel, aquaponics lab, and classes focused on agriculture, sustainability, and other Green and Healthy topics.
 
“It’s hard to separate out all the different pieces, because it’s all integrated, a mindset,” Krause reflected. “But all the Green and Healthy initiatives really started with the garden.”
 
Washburn’s garden began almost a decade ago, and has survived multiple changes in school administration and national education policy.  The garden’s staying power, according to Krause, is due to its integration into every part of the school, and broad support from teachers, the school board, and the surrounding community.
 
Each spring, teachers and students from all grade levels at Washburn participate in the planting of the garden, and in the fall, they bring in the harvest. Summer school students and teachers are involved in caring for the garden from June through August, in addition to volunteers from the community.  Two AmeriCorps Farm to School service members – one focused on local food procurement and the other on nutrition education – help support the garden and its connection to the classrooms. The district also employs a Green and Healthy Coordinator, who helps teachers integrate the garden and other Green and Healthy goals into their teaching, just like math goals.
 
“The more we incorporate the garden into different parts of the school and classroom, the harder it will be for it go away,” Krause said.  “So we put it into our curriculum, just like any other subject.”  Washburn’s food service is also involved in the garden process, helping advise teachers and students on what crops to plant, based on what can be used in the cafeteria.
 
The garden and other Green and Healthy goals are also a part of the district’s annual budgeting and planning process, including plans for how to sustain the program even if AmeriCorps members are no longer available.
 
“I may be biased because I am working in administration,” Krause said, “but really programs come and go all the time in education. Our district has made a financial commitment to continuing the program even when there are cuts, because they see it is as so valuable. It is a part of what we do and who we are.”
 
The garden program, Krause said, “has become a reflection of what our community values and is proud of. We are never afraid to ask for help, and have learned how much people really want to give.”  The community’s response has been tremendous, from summer volunteers to local tax dollars that support the garden, to donations of materials from businesses and community members.
 
Washburn has seen the results of the garden in the attitudes of their kids. ”We see it in the lunch line, the kids are choosing the vegetables, and making that part of their lifestyle,” Krause said.
 
Although their visit to the White House was the trip of a lifetime, students seemed at home in the garden. As his students intermingled with other young gardeners, Krause realized that even though each school came from a different setting – from inner-city schools with gardens on rooftops to rural schools with plenty of land like Washburn – but they all had one thing in common: integrating the garden throughout the curriculum, school, and community. “It was inspiring to see that that can happen anywhere,” Krause said.  
 
The gardens at Washburn Elementary and Washburn High School are always open to visitors who want to walk, talk, and learn more, Krause said. We certainly hope to make a visit soon!

 

Read other Wisconsin school garden success stories

Above center: 4K students help plant the Washburn garden. Above left: Washburn students pose in the White House with Deborah Kane (Director, USDA Office of Community Food Systems) Above right: Washburn student Sophia Borchers gets a hug from Mrs. Obama. Washburn students told the First Lady about their gardening experiences during their visit to the White House. Thank you to Al Krause for this photo.

Share your garden story #wischoolgardens

Every garden is ripe with stories.  Maybe it is one about the day the first shovel-full of soil was turned over and the garden was underway.  Or about that time a brave rabbit dared to sample lettuce amidst a class of kindergartners partaking in a garden lesson. Each story has the potential to connect others with your garden program. Send us your story idea, or read our garden storytelling brief for tips on collecting and sharing thestories that make your garden program so special.  

Getting Started with School Gardens

Just starting a school garden? We're here to help. Check out these free resources, developed right in Wisconsin. Or, send us an email with your questions! 
 
            

Got Dirt? Garden Toolkit: Simple, step-by-step guide for starting a school garden
Got Veggies? Nutrition Education Curriculum: Aligned with state standards
Cultivating Childhood Wellness through Gardening Free online training with chapters on planning, planting, growing, and harvesting a garden with kids. Approved for continuing education hours for child care providers (1.5 hours of Registry credit).

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USDOE: Preparing to Celebrate the 2016 Honorees!             (Posted: 7-6-16)

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Watch the July 20th 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools CeremonyLive

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews, and Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Christine Harada will honor the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS), District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees in a private ceremony at 2:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 20th in Washington, D.C.  Forty-seven schools, 15 districts, and eleven colleges and universities will be recognized for their commitment to reducing environmental impact and utility costs, promoting better health, and providing environmental education.  The festivities will also recognize a state official for advancing sustainable schools in New Jersey.

ED-GRS has three distinct “Pillars” that are aims for all to work toward.  These broad goals in the areas of school facilities, health, and environmental learning are used to engage more schools in existing federal, non-profit, and state tracking and certification programs that can help all schools save money, improve health, and teach by the most hands-on, engaging means possible.  The complementary Green Strides outreach initiative offers social media, this monthly newsletter, a resource and webinar portal, and a tour to spotlight innovative practices.  In this way, ED-GRS goes beyond standing up a few promising examples or a single annual event, working to connect all schools with the resources and practices that honorees successfully use.

We will share a livestream link for the national recognition event prior to the ceremony.

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Representatives from Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska received their award at the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony, June 3, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

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.  ED will announce honorees on April 24, 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.  >>>>

Meet More of the 2016 Honorees!

As schools head off for summer breaks, 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.

Raritan Valley Community College, North Branch, N.J.

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is the first community college in the country to sign an environmental stewardship agreement with the EPA, and the first to run an energy-saving cogeneration plant, which has contributed to an emissions reduction of 51 percent.  The college is the first in New Jersey with an AASHE STARS rating, and with River Friendly certification.  The college’s award-winning service learning program provides many students with the opportunity to perform environmental and health and wellness work in the community.  RVCC has adopted integrated pest management and created no-mow areas and a rain garden.  Rainwater is collected for toilets and garden irrigation, and high-efficiency fixtures and a scheduled, moisture-sensing sprinkler system watering only the athletic fields provide additional conservation measures.  RVCC builds to LEED Silver standards and offers premium parking for carpools and free electricity for electric vehicles.  The college has an optical clinic, gardening programs, and a yoga and meditation room.  The college’s café and cafeteria offer vegan and vegetarian meal options, fair-trade coffee, and locally grown produce.  RVCC offers an Environmental Science Associate of Science degree, a Liberal Arts Associate of Arts degree with an Environmental Studies option (unique in New Jersey), and an Environmental Controls Associate of Science degree and certificate, as well as LEED and solar panel installation professional education.  The environment and sustainability are incorporated into courses in some 15 departments, including English, Marketing, Philosophy, and Sociology.  >>>>

Raritan Valley Comm Coll, NJ
Students at Raritan Valley Community College helped design and build a rain garden at the entrance to the college. The garden improves the quality of and reduces storm water runoff.

Bethel School District, WA

Bethel School District (BSD), serving 18,000 students, has avoided paying an additional $7.2 million dollars in electricity, natural gas, and water, a 28 percent reduction in costs.  Over the last six years, BSD has received $1.2 million in state energy grant money.  All of BSD’s 27 eligible schools are ENERGY STAR certified, with an average score of 93.  In 2012, the school district was recognized with two ENERGY STAR Leader awards.  BSD uses both Portfolio Manager and EnergyCAP software to track resource use.  BSD collaborates with other local government agencies to teach sustainability concepts.  Students participate in collecting, sorting, and weighing material.  They conducted a weeklong analysis of Styrofoam lunch trays, later presenting to the school board how purchasing and washing reusable trays would pay for itself.  BSD’s agricultural program teaches students how to balance green techniques and concerns with actual business practices.  Through the Bethel High School greenhouse, students learn how to run a full-scale commercial greenhouse operation, cumulating in a spring plant sale.  In Students learn to take care of a large campus and are involved in state fish hatchery projects.  Students are able to perform walk-around building audits with the resource conservation manager, who also promotes the green jobs of the future at the annual career fair.  >>>>

Bethel SD, WA
A partnership with a local manufacturing company provides Bethel School District students with free repurposed recycling containers. Since 2009, the school district has avoided paying an additional $285,000 in trash costs. This 20% reduction saved them from sending an additional 2,300 tons of waste to the landfill.

Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, Atlanta, GA

The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS) is a kindergarten through eighth grade school with two campuses formed by the merger of two charter schools.  ANCS has strived to reduce the environmental impact of the school through facilities and transportation initiatives, with the installation of energy efficient LED lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, water bottle filling stations, high performance windows, thermal envelope insulation, and web-based centralized climate control for HVAC units.  These efforts have led to one of the building’s receipt of an ENERGY STAR certification with a score of 100 in 2015, as well as to participation with the City of Atlanta in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge program for sustainable buildings.  ANCS reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent and energy by 50 percent in just one year.  The school received a Safe Routes to School infrastructure grant to make walking and biking to school easier through community infrastructure improvements, and now oversees walking and biking school buses.  ANCS participates with the Georgia Clean Air Campaign’s schools program to encourage cleaner, healthier forms of transit to and from school, along with no-idling policies.  During the school day, there are regular periods of daily physical activity for students at all grade levels, and mindfulness practices are incorporated into all classrooms.  Students at the middle school campus have planned out entire meals for the school cafeteria using the school farm.  Several grades take a major overnight field trip to different parts of the state, where they take part in an outdoor education program to learn more deeply about environmental issues affecting Atlanta and the region.  >>>>

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A student at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School showcases water bottle refilling and recycling efforts.

Resources and Opportunities

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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.

July06, 2016, 12 -12:30 pm  Porfolio Manager—Ask the Expert (EPA)

July 06, 2016, 2:00-3:00 pm  Submetering for Campuses—ENGERY STAR (EPA)

July 06, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Technology Drives Exploration – On the Moon (NASA)

July 07, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Technology Drives Exploration - BEST Satellite (NASA)

July 12, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Incorporating Water Efficiency to your Energy Savings (EPA)

July 12, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Technology Drives Exploration - BEST Rover (NASA)

July 13, 2016, 12 -12:30 pm   Portfolio Manager—Ask the Expert (EPA)

July 14, 2016, 6:00-7:00 pm  Engineering Design 101 (NASA)

July 18, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Engineering Design Challenge (NASA)

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

July 20, 2016, 12 -12:30 pm  Portfolio Manager—Ask the Expert (EPA)

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

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

July 21, 2016, 3:00-4:15 pm  Sustainable Careers in Food and Agriculture (NWF)

July 27, 2016, 12 -12:30 pm  Portfolio Manager—Ask the Expert (EPA)

July 27, 2016, 6:00-7:00 pm Robotics on a Budget (NASA)

Events

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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.  >>>>

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The Cloud Institute Education for Sustainability Summer Design Studio is Aug. 15-19

The Cloud Institute's Annual Summer Design Studio offers structured time, space, coaching and peer reviews for teachers, administrators, and program designers interested in developing units and protocols that educate for sustainability.  >>>>

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Greenbuild 2016 is in Los Angeles, CA Oct. 5-7th

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. It features three days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city's green buildings. With the theme Iconic Green, the 2016 conference celebrates the icons of the movement - those who are working in the trenches today and those who are leading the way into the future. >>>>

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The 2016 AASHE Conference and Expo is Oct. 9-12 in Baltimore, MD

The AASHE Conference & Expo brings together some 2,000 campus administrators, sustainability staff, students, faculty, businesses, media and others to explore more than 400 educational sessions, workshops, tours and keynote addresses that advance sustainability in higher education.  This year's theme, Beyond the Campus, explores the dissemination and implementation of sustainability solutions in surrounding communities and the world. >>>>

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The North American Association for Environmental Education Conference is Oct 19-22

For more than four decades, NAAEE has convened one of the leading annual conferences for environmental education professionals, from classroom teachers and teacher educators to nature center staff to climate science researchers and everyone in between. Averaging 1,000 participants each year, the event is designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and dissemination of best practices.  This year’s conference, with the theme From Inspiration to Impact, is in Madison, WI. >>>>

EDspaces

EDSpaces is Nov. 2-4 in Cincinnati, OH

EDspaces is the gathering place for architects, facility planners, designers, administrators and dealers to learn about trends and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning.  >>>>

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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Raritan Headwaters: Birds, Bees, Bugs and Butterflies             (Posted: 7-6-16)

July 2016
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Just Released: Well Water Trend Analysis
 
RHA has published a report on 30 years of data collected through our well testing program. The study reveals a disturbing increase in concentrations of arsenic, a known carcinogen.
Learn more about this study.
Citizen Scientists Monitor the Health of the Watershed
 
Between June 15-30, an army of volunteers fanned out across the headwaters region to collect biological samples of the critters that live on the bottom of the stream and record observations of the surrounding habitats in the north and south branch regions of the Raritan. 
Read more.
NEW! Guided Tour of the River
 
In partnership with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), RHA has launched an exciting new program, Raritan River Sojourn, for kayakers and canoeists to explore 50 miles of the Raritan River over six separate weekends this summer. Join your fellow paddlers on any or all of these six river outings.
Register Now! The first excursion is July 9.
Only a Few Spots Remain!
 
You can still sign up your little ones (aged 5-6) for our Red Squirrels nature day camp, July 11-15. Register today!
New this year for 9-12 year olds: Nature Photo and Documentary camp, August 1-5. It's filling fast, so sign up now!
Out of the Office and into the Woods
 
Forty-five Morgan Stanley employees pitched in at Fairview Farm over two days this spring to help plant trees, remove invasives, clear trails, inventory and assemble stream cleanup kits, and more. Thank you, Morgan Stanley, for your time, energy and enthusiasm!
To learn how your company can get involved in a workday with RHA, contact George Schaberg, Land Projects Manager.

The Fuls Family (l-r) Sandy, Derek (front), Kyle, Justin and Andy
Scout Project Means Big Rewards for Reforestation at Fairview Farm
 
A big thank you to Bernardsville residents Kyle Fuls and his family for helping restore a forested area at Fairview Farm that suffered significant loss from Hurricane Sandy and Ash Yellow Disease. Kyle is a member of Bernardsville's Boy Scout Troop 150, on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. 
Read about what they accomplished! 

Thanks to all of you who called and wrote legislators and the governor, urging release of the open space funds approved by voters in 2014, Gov. Christie promised to immediately begin funding open space preservation projects.
 
Read about this exciting victory!
 
Fairview Farm now has an audio trail, courtesy of Girl Scout Troop 60780 in Bridgewater.
 
When you visit, simply bring up www.raritanheadwaters.org/audiotrail on your smartphone or other internet enabled device to listen as you walk the trail. Or you can arrange in advance of your visit to borrow an MP3 player by calling Lauren Theis at 908-234-1852, ext. 314.
 
Thank you, Troop 60780!

Save the Date

July 9, 23, 30; August 6, 20; September 17
Raritan River Sojourn. Learn more and register.
 
October 9
Old Fashioned Country Fair. Details to come!

Raritan Headwaters, a nonprofit conservation organization, protects clean water in the North Branch and South Branch regions of the Raritan River, serving the residents of 38 municipalities within Morris, Somerset, and Hunterdon Counties and beyond to include more than 1.5 million people who live and work in New Jersey's more urban areas.

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"The Oyster Farmers" Film Project             (Posted: 7-6-16)

"The Oyster Farmers" will be a three part feature-length legacy film, and the project will support oyster restoration in the Barnegat Bay/Little Egg Harbor estuary. View a teaser of the film at https://vimeo.com/167919356. For more information about the project, visit the project Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/theoysterfarmers or email Angela at angelas_email@comcast.net.

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Such information has not been reviewed and approved, or edited for content, by the BBP. The BBP provides this material and information "as is" without any warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, accuracy, reliability, omissions, completeness, and currency. The information contained or linked herein does not necessarily represent or reflect the views or endorsements of the BBP and its partners, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, or Ocean County College.

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PEEC: Summer Newsletter - Protecting Our Pollinators and More!             (Posted: 7-6-16)

Click HERE.

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EE Guidelines for Community Engagement: An Invitation to Participate             (Posted: 7-6-16)

Click HERE.

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News from American Littoral Society             (Posted: 7-1-16)

Discover NJ's Hidden Coast
July Littoral News.

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ANJEE Online: 344th Edition June 27, 2016             (Posted: 7-1-16)

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