N.J. green programs for schools

Posted: June 27, 2013

Sustainable Jersey may soon be coming to a school near you. The green-fostering nonprofit is partnering with the New Jersey School Boards Association to bring its sustainability certification program to the state's public schools.

Participating schools will receive guidance and resources to develop sustainability programs. The schools will also earn points for actions such as energy audits, creating sustainability curriculums, and recycling. In addition, schools that earn certification can apply for grants through Sustainable Jersey.

Teaming up with the association "is another step forward in our goal to make a measurable impact on the future sustainability of our state," said Donna Drewes, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. The group estimates that 68 percent of the state's municipalities have either earned or are working toward certification.

Officials at interested schools may attend a meeting from 1 to 4 p.m. July 22 at the College of New Jersey Education Building, 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing. The certification program will be free. To register, go to www.SustainableJersey.com. - Rita Giordano

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