On Jan. 10, Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced that 46 New Jersey schools and school districts received grants to fund a variety of projects, including vertical aeroponic tower gardens, agriculture and sustainability curriculum, student green team capacity building, an outdoor classroom, a healthy habits program, and enhanced recycling efforts.

The New Jersey School Boards Association was a founding partner of Sustainable Jersey for Schools, with The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey. More than 292 districts and 724 schools are now participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools.

Eleven $10,000 grants and 35 $2,000 grants were distributed; the grants were funded by the New Jersey Education Association.

“Congratulations to the grant recipients,” said Randall Solomon, executive director for Sustainable Jersey. “Sustainable Jersey for Schools aims to empower schools with the funding needed to implement important sustainability actions. We look forward to the completion of these projects and the ongoing efforts of these schools and school districts.”

Details on the projects that the grant funding will enable are online here.

The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants are intended to help school districts and schools make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.  

Recipients of $10,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Project Grants (alphabetical by county)

CountySchool District / School
CumberlandVineland Public Schools/ Cunningham Alternative Academy
GloucesterGateway Regional/ Gateway Regional High School
MercerHopewell Valley Regional / Hopewell Elementary
MonmouthMiddletown Township/ Middletown High School North
MonmouthHazlet Township/ Cove Road Elementary
MorrisWashington Township
OceanToms River Regional/ Toms River – High School South
OceanJackson Township/ Elms Elementary
SussexStillwater Township/ Stillwater Township Elementary
SussexHigh Point Regional

Recipients of $2,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Project Grants (alphabetical by county)

CountySchool DistrictSchool Recipient
AtlanticWeymouth TownshipWeymouth Township Elementary
AtlanticSomers PointNew York Avenue School
AtlanticEgg Harbor TownshipE.H. Slaybaugh Elementary
AtlanticSomers PointDawes Avenue Elementary
BergenTenaflyTenafly High
CamdenBellmawrBell Oaks Elementary
CamdenBellmawrEthel M. Burke Elementary
CamdenBellmawrBellmawr Park Elementary
CamdenWinslow TownshipWinslow Township School No.4 Elementary
CamdenWinslow TownshipWinslow Township School No.1 Elementary
CamdenWinslow TownshipWinslow Township Middle
CamdenWinslow TownshipWinslow Township High School
EssexCaldwell – West CaldwellLincoln Elementary
GloucesterNational Park BoroughNational Park Elementary
HunterdonHigh Bridge BoroughHigh Bridge Middle
MercerWest Windsor-Plainsboro RegionalGrover Middle
MercerLawrence TownshipBenjamin Franklin Elementary
MercerEwing TownshipEwing High
MercerEwing TownshipParkway Elementary
MercerWest Windsor-Plainsboro RegionalJ.V.B. Wicoff Elementary
MonmouthAtlantic HighlandsAtlantic Highlands Elementary
MonmouthTownship of OceanOcean Township High School
MorrisBoonton TownshipRockaway Valley School
MorrisPequannock TownshipPequannock Township High School
MorrisWashington TownshipOld Farmers Road Elementary
MorrisWashington TownshipFlocktown-Kossmann Elementary
OceanToms River RegionalToms River – Intermediate East
OceanLacey TownshipLanoka Harbor Elementary
OceanLacey TownshipMill Pond Elementary
OceanBrick TownshipLanes Mill Road Elementary
OceanLacey TownshipLacey Township High School
PassaicWayne TownshipRandall Carter Elementary
SomersetHillsborough Twp High SchoolHillsborough Twp Board of Education
WarrenWhite Township ConsolidatedWhite Township School
WarrenBlairstown TownshipBlairstown Elementary