Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support community and school sustainability, has named the New Jersey School Boards Association as its Sustainability Hero for the month of August.

“Launching Sustainable Jersey for Schools was a major step toward the future of sustainability in New Jersey,” noted Sustainable Jersey in a statement. “NJSBA’s leadership and vision helped make Sustainable Jersey for Schools possible. Today over 55 percent of New Jersey school districts participate in the program.”

Sustainable Jersey spotlighted five NJSBA-affiliated sustainability heroes with a special thank you: Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director; Donald Webster Jr., former NJSBA president; John Bulina, former NJSBA president; Patrice Maillet, NJSBA director of business development; and John Henry, NJSBA’s STEAM and sustainable schools specialist.

“Sustainable Jersey for Schools enables local boards of education to take a leadership role alongside municipalities in sustainable practices,” said Dr. Feinsod. “It represents a major goal of NJSBA because the link between sustainability and school districts will ultimately reach into the classroom, with benefits to our students’ physical and academic well-being. Sustainability practices can advance our schools financially and educationally.

“We thank Sustainable Jersey for this honor, and look forward to continuing our work with them to help schools reach their sustainability goals.”