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CONTENTS:
EE at EPA: EPA Forward Blog Post on EE Grants, Student and Teacher Awards
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
USDOE - Green Strides: Last Chance to Apply to Your State for 2017 ED-GRS Nominations
Notes from the New Nature Movement for 11/23/2016
Notes from the New Nature Movement for 11/21/2016
SJ: Celebrate a Moment of Thanksgiving (Funding opps & events!)
Science Update: Jumping Worm Invasion
ALS: The Environment Heals
Duke Farms Moos-letter
NAAEE: Note from the Executive Director
Green Knight Newsletter - November 2016
Catch SEED in theaters across the country!
SJ4S: Sustainability Champions
Great Places: Who's Afraid of the Big Brown Bat?
November Littoral News
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ: E-News, 11th Annual Women & Wildlife Awards Reception and more!
Raritan Headwaters November News
ANJEE Online: 348th Edition
C&NN's News Roundup
Science Update: Help Purple Martins
SJ: October 2016
Notes from the New Nature Movement for 10/18/2016
Coastodian Autumn 2016
NWF: October in the Wildlife Garden: Birds, Bats and Boneset
CWFNJ: October E-News 2016
ED-GRS Visits Pennsylvania for Some ‘Real-World Learning’
October Sustainability Hero Announced
WSGN: Farm to School
This Week In the Media: Children & Nature Network's News Roundup
Green Link Suggestions
Great Places: Join a Climate Chat with Our CEO
October Littoral News
Raritan Headwaters: Clydesdales, Camp and Other Cool Happenings
NAAEE: eeNEWS for September 29, 2016
Welcome to the Children & Nature Network Research Library and Digest
EPA Requests Applications to Reduce Diesel Emissions from School Buses
Fall Edible Garden Essentials
347th Edition September 30, 2016
Discover DEP Podcast: Environmental Education
News from KidsGardening.org
SJ4S: Organize Now for 2017 Certification
The Nature Conservancy Science Update: Watch Salmon Live
NAAEE: eeNEWS for September, 2016
Eco-Schools USA: Get Involved During Back to School
SJ: September Sustainability Hero Announced
September Brings Spectacular STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative
SJ: Celebrate This Year's Certified Schools
Great Places: Can an App Get You Closer to Nature?
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
EE at EPA: EPA Forward Blog Post on EE Grants, Student and Teacher Awards             (Posted: 11-29-16)

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This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 11-29-16)

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USDOE - Green Strides: Last Chance to Apply to Your State for 2017 ED-GRS Nominations             (Posted: 11-28-16)

2017 ED-GRS Deadlines Fast Approaching
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2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Application Deadlines Near

Most participating state education authorities have December submission deadlines for 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS), with some falling in November or early January.  Interested colleges and universities should contact state higher education authorities, while schools and districts should contact state education agencies.  Schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions are only eligible if nominated by state authorities.  State education authorities’ participation is voluntary.  Hearing from interested applicants may be helpful to those states considering participation.  State education authorities can find criteria and other state implementation guidance on the ED website and should contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information. Now is also a good time to begin preparing for next year’s application by using resources and programs on Green Strides and to contact your state education authorities if they do not make nominations. Read some common misconceptions dispelled in a blog by the director and review Frequently Asked Questions on all three award categories here. >>>>

More Peer-Reviewed Research About ED-GRS Honorees Published

The latest of four peer-reviewed articles, “Greener on the Other Side: Cultivating Community and Improvement through Sustainability Practices,” by William Sterrett, Lisa Kensler, and Tania McKey is now available in the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.  >>>>

Learn from the 2016 Honorees

Want to make some sustainable improvements on your school? 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.

Lakota Middle School garden bounty

Lakota Middle School, Federal Way, Washington

Lakota Middle School, which celebrated over 50 years of excellence in educating students in the Federal Way community, rededicated a new building in 2010 with a construction modernized to Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol, including criteria related to site, water, materials, energy, indoor environmental quality, planning, and operations.  The building is adjacent to an extensive wetland, and includes photovoltaic roof panels used to educate students about solar energy.  During the 2011-2012 school year, a group of students voiced interest in creating a school within a school that advocated for environmental sustainability, a community garden, and stewardship.  The district incorporated this student vision into the Integrated Environmental Sustainability (IES) Academy.  The academy provides students with opportunities to construct their own understandings with clear awareness of, and concerns about, economic, social, and ecological interdependence in their communities through direct experiences in hands-on learning in a highly engaging place- and service-based environment.  Students learn all core subjects by solving real-world problems through interdisciplinary, project-based sustainability learning with a service component.  They design potential solutions to issues such as water and energy use, resource conservation, climate change, clean air, sustainable food and product design, all while seeking to maximize the health of their community, social equity, and a sustainable economy.  

Granton School District Water Education

Granton Area School District, Wisconsin

Located in rural central Wisconsin, the Granton Area School District upgraded lighting, replaced high-demand appliances, and expanded technology to increase energy efficiency.  Energy conservation and sustainable behaviors are a part of the whole school’s culture, and are woven into the curriculum at various levels.  Granton implements a schoolwide composting project.  The district uses the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP), Project WET, Project WILD, and PLT materials, and students can enroll in a course titled Alternative Energy Overview for technical college credits.  Water education includes wetland lessons, aquatic biotic and water quality studies of the creek, aquaculture, invasive species studies, fish diseases, and pollution.  Students and community members can be seen walking, jogging, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing on the property, and the district uses a “hooked on fishing” program at the pond across the road.   Working with the LEAF program from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, students learn from professionals and inventory species at bioblitz events.  On field trips, students visit the county forest, local wildlife reserve, forests, apple orchards, cranberry marshes, parks, and the zoo.  Students can participate in FFA and the community green team, and they plant and maintain Granton’s numerous gardens.  The school has 12 raised beds, a few other plots, and even its own roto-tiller, purchased by the green team.  Students are learning processing, canning, and preserving produce from community members.  An outdoor classroom, adjacent forest land, and playground facility serve as outstanding environmental education learning labs.  

Georgia Institute of Technology Waste Audit

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

At Georgia Tech, sustainability principles and practices permeate every facet of campus life – from the locally-sourced produce in the dining halls, to the Game Day recycling program, to the school’s Smart Energy Campus program, which is designed to reduce energy consumption and increase building operational effectiveness.  Georgia Tech has made the Princeton Review Green Honor Roll, Sierra Club Coolest Schools, and has earned an AASHE STARS Gold rating.  From 2003 through 2015, Georgia Tech built or renovated 23 projects to LEED Silver-level certification or higher, certifying 2.9 million square feet of space.  Major solar power arrays on campus buildings not only generate clean electricity, but provide hands-on opportunities for students and researchers.  Data from energy utility systems all over campus are collected through the Smart Energy Campus initiative.  A green cleaning program led to an annual savings of 84 percent and a 56 percent reduction of chemical use.  As part of the Quality Enhancement Plan for the years 2016 – 2021, Georgia Tech introduced Serve-Learn-Sustain.  Students work to develop ways to help make communities more livable, sustainable, and prosperous.  This might include developing services for the under-served, deploying community renewable energy, supporting infrastructure for clean water, or developing local, state, and federal environmental policy.  Georgia Tech has 21 endowed chairs and 23 research centers that include a significant sustainability component or focus.

Resources and Opportunities

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Captain Planet Foundation Small Grants Applications Due by Jan. 31

The Captain Planet Foundation is accepting the next round of applications for small grants totaling $500-$2500. Grant activities must be project-based, performed by youth, and have real environmental outcomes. >>>>

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Register for Department of Energy’s BioenergizeME Challenge by Feb. 3

In the 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge, high school-aged teams use technology to research, interpret, apply, and design an infographic that responds to one of four cross-curricular bioenergy topics.  Register by February 3 to test your knowledge and creativity along with student teams across the country.  Submissions are due March 3, 2017. Selected infographics will be featured on the challenge website, and one team will be selected to present at the Bioenergy Technologies Office's conference in Washington, D.C. >>>>

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Enter the World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest by Feb. 23

Create a short video about human population growth that highlights one of the following global challenges: Deforestation, Public Health, or Water Scarcity.  All videos must include how population growth impacts the issue and at least one idea for a sustainable solution. >>>>

EPA

President’s Environmental Youth Awards Applications are Due Mar. 1 

The President’s Environmental Youth Awards promote awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. The program includes two components: a regional certificate of special recognition and a national award competition. All qualified applicants each year receive a certificate of recognition from their EPA regional office.  In addition, one outstanding project from each region is selected to receive a national award plaque. Projects are developed by young individuals, school classes (K-12), summer camps, and youth organizations to promote environmental stewardship.  >>>>

Webinars

The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues 

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.  

November 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m.  NASA Technology in Your Classroom (NASA)

December 01, 6:00-7:00 p.m.  National Marine Sanctuaries: Lionfish (NOAA)

December 01, 6:00-7:00 p.m.  Solar System Math (NASA)

December 07, 3:00-4:00 p.m. 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water (EPA)

December 08, 4:00-5:00 p.m.  Garden Ideas for Indoors (Chartwells)

December 14, 6:00-7:00 p.m.  So You Want to be a Rocket Scientist? (NASA)

December 19, 4:00-5:00 p.m.  How do I Measure This? (NASA)

December 20, 7:00-8:00 p.m.  Exploring Exoplanets Using Math (NASA)

December 21, 8:00-9:00 p.m.  Tracking Water from Space (NASA)

Events

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Save the Date: Green Schools Conference & Expo is March 21-22 in Atlanta 

The annual Green Schools Conference and Expo, the only national conference bringing together experts and stakeholders to influence sustainability in K-12 schools and districts, is designed to allow attendees to learn about creative strategies for success and to take home real-life tools that can transform schools.  Stay tuned: Early bird registration begins soon!  >>>>

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The Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3) is June 25-July 1 in WV

The Sc3 is a week-long leadership training event for high school students held annually at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.  Students spend a week studying and discussing environmental, social, and economic interconnections to address climate change and conservation challenges affecting their generation – all while connecting with nature and new friends.  >>>>

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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Happy Thanksgiving Green Globe In Hands

Notes from the New Nature Movement for 11/23/2016             (Posted: 11-28-16)

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Notes from the New Nature Movement for 11/21/2016             (Posted: 11-21-16)

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SJ: Celebrate a Moment of Thanksgiving (Funding opps & events!)             (Posted: 11-21-16)

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Science Update: Jumping Worm Invasion             (Posted: 11-21-16)

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ALS: The Environment Heals             (Posted: 11-16-16)

Care for the Coast - Love your Littoral Zone   
Protecting the Coast

Protecting marine life and habitat is what we do,

and we won’t stop now. 


With your help the American Littoral Society has defended the coast for more than 50 years. 

In the coming days and years, the Society will continue to protect the coastal environment and its inhabitants, respond to threats like climate change, and oppose oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans.  

We won’t stop speaking out for the coast and oceans, no matter how hard the job becomes. 

This work is crucial because healthy coastal areas are buffers against storms and account for 40 percent of the US economy, while healthy oceans contribute to the air we breathe and the food we eat. 

Like the tide, Government support of such efforts will ebb and flow. Therefore, we continue to rely on those of you who love the coast. 

Count on the American Littoral Society to keep you informed and involved. Our work, like democracy itself, is a participatory process.  

Working together, we can meet the coming challenges.

American Littoral Society          littoralsociety.org       Caring for the Coast Since 1961

Duke Farms Moos-letter             (Posted: 11-16-16)

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NAAEE: Note from the Executive Director             (Posted: 11-16-16)

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Green Knight Newsletter - November 2016             (Posted: 11-16-16)

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Catch SEED in theaters across the country!             (Posted: 11-16-16)

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SJ4S: Sustainability Champions             (Posted: 11-14-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
219 Districts     543 Schools     Participating
 
Reeds Road Elementary accepts the 2016 Elementary School Champion Award.

2016 Sustainability Champion Awards Go to Three Schools 
in Atlantic County!

Sustainable Jersey for Schools celebrated the recipients of the 2016 Sustainability Champion award, the Green Team Collaboration award and the Sustainability Makes $ense award at a reception during the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Workshop 2016 on October 25, 2015 in Atlantic City. This year, three schools in Atlantic County received the Sustainability Champion Award. The Sustainability Champion award recognizes schools that have made significant progress toward sustainability and have been certified with the most Sustainable Jersey for Schools points in one of three categories: elementary, middle or high school. These schools far exceeded the minimum requirement of 150 points for bronze-level certification.
 
2016 SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPIONS:
Elementary School Champion: Reeds Road Elementary School (Galloway Township School District)
Middle School Champion: Alder Avenue Middle School (Egg Harbor Township School District)
High School Champion: Egg Harbor Township High School (Egg Harbor Township School District)

In 2016, the second year of the program, two new awards were added. The Green Team Collaboration Award recognizes municipal and school green teams working together to advance sustainability in their schools and communities. The Sustainability Makes $ense Award recognizes the district that has demonstrated exemplary progress in sustainability which results in cost savings to the school district

2016 SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS: 
Energy Makes $ense Award: Long Branch Public School District in Monmouth County
School & Municipal Green Team Collaboration Award: South Orange and Maplewood Public School District in Essex County 

Read more about our award recipients here. Check out a new Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation blog post about the Sustainability Champions: read about solar nachos at Reeds Road Schools, composting lunch waste at Alder Avenue Middle School and the "No-Foam Cafeteria Zone" at Egg Harbor Township High School here. 
The George Street Playhouse presents excerpts from "Gabi Goes Green"
300+ Green Team members and school officials gather for the 2016 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Awards Ceremony at the NJSBA Workshop.



New Grants Announced to Fund Sustainability Projects
 
PSEG Foundation is contributing $100,000 to support another cycle of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program.  With this contribution, the PSEG foundation has provided over $1.3 million dollars in funding to support local sustainability initiatives in municipalities and schools across the state.  The PSEG Foundation's ongoing support of the Small Grants Program is an excellent example of how public/private partnerships can encourage local grass roots efforts to improve the qualify of life in New Jersey. Visit the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants & Resources page to learn more about funding for registered schools to support action related sustainability initiatives. Application Deadline is February 3, 2017. Click here for more information. 

INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR:  December 1, 2016 3:30-4:30pm.  Register online.
   
Meet Sustainable Jersey at the NJEA Convention!
 
Are you working on your professional development this fall? Attend one of our many sessions, find out about NEW grant opportunities for 2017 or stop by booth 1024 for one on one assistance with your program questions!

NOVEMBER 10-11, 2016 ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
List of Sustainable Jersey Sessions @ NJEA Convention here. 
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!

 Bergen County

Franklin Avenue Middle School (Franklin Lakes)

High Mountain Road Elementary School (Franklin Lakes)

Camden County

Bell Oaks Elementary School (Bellmawr)

Bellmawr Park Elementary School (Bellmawr)

Ethel M. Burke Elementary School (Bellmawr)

Pine Hill Middle School

 Cape May County

Ocean City Primary School

Upper Township Middle School

 Gloucester County

Swedesboro-Woolwich School District

 
 Hunterdon County

Franklin Township School District

 Ocean County

Lakewood Public School District

Lakewood Middle School

 Passaic County

Classical Academy Charter School of Clifton

 Somerset County

Somerset County Vocational and Technical Schools

Watchung Hills Regional School District

Watchung Hills Regional High School

 Sussex County

High Point Regional High School District

 Union County

Rahway Public School District

USDA Farm to School Grant Program 
Request for Applications Now Available 
 
The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. Visit USDA the information page here. 
 
Application Deadline: December 8, 2016
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
A FREE two-day professional development workshop designed to help local teachers from all subjects who teach grades 5-9 to integrate sustainability curriculum, develop campus projects and encourage community engagement. Each teacher who participates receives $150 stipend and can earn Arizona State University Continuing Education Units. Teachers also receive a tool-kit full of sustainability resources for use in their classrooms, schools, and communities. Space is limited to 36, with preference given to OASIS members and schools who send teams of two or more. Apply by November 11th here.  More information about the ASU Sustainability Teachers Academy here.



NOVEMBER 18, 2016, 8:45AM- 4:30PM Robertson Hall, Princeton University
Education Research Section (ERS) and the Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW) of the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) and by Isles, Inc
Panelists will explore the impact of lead exposure on a child's developing brain, including lead's relationship to behavior problems and test scores.  Can schools, families and communities mitigate these impacts? Important policies and approaches that cut across multiple sectors such as health, education, social services and housing will be considered. Free event, register by November 10th. 

NOVEMBER 16-DECEMBER 14, 2016, 4:00P- 5:00PM, Free Webinar Series
Eco-Schools USA
*Please note that student led energy audits do not meet the criteria for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Energy Audit action, but can serve as practical educational tools. Eco-Schools is an international program, hosted in the US by the National Wildlife Federation. 

SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING 2016-2016
NJ Association for Designated Persons, NJDEP, NJ School Buildings & Grounds Association
Throughout the state, every month beginning in November
See the complete schedule for dates & locations  here. 
 

NJ DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, Podcast series (ongoing)
"Discover DEP" 

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

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Sponsors 

Great Places: Who's Afraid of the Big Brown Bat?             (Posted: 11-14-16)

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November Littoral News             (Posted: 11-14-16)

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Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ: E-News, 11th Annual Women & Wildlife Awards Reception and more!             (Posted: 11-10-16)

JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30

AT DUKE FARMS

 

 

THE FINAL NUMBERS ARE IN
The 2016 season was a very good year for piping plovers in New Jersey. The breeding population rose to 115 pairs, up 25% since 2014 when the lowest number of pairs (92) was recorded in the state since federal listing. An unprecedented 90% of the state's pairs hatched young this year. And for the third consecutive year, the number of chicks fledged (1.35 per pair) was substantially above the long-term statewide average.

"All the biological indicators were positive this... year and, if normal patterns hold, the continued high productivity means we can sustain the upwards population trend in the short-term," said Todd Pover, CWF's Beach Nesting Bird Project Manager. "There is still much work to be done for us to achieve long-term recovery goals, but thanks to a renewed commitment from all our statewide partners, we have begun to reverse earlier declines."


ADOPT A SPECIES FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Help protect rare wildlife. Your symbolic adoption supports our efforts to protect New Jersey's rarest animals, restore important habitat, and foster pride in New Jersey's rich wildlife heritage. Adopting a Species makes a great gift for a friend or loved one this holiday season. Give the gift that gives twice!

Animals Available for Adoption

 

 
WILDLIFE RETURNS TO THE INDUSTRIAL NEWARK BAY WATERFRONT
"If we give nature an inch, it's going to take a yard. Give it a chance and nature will return. Wildlife just needs an opportunity."

NJ BALD EAGLE: FALL UPDATE
New Jersey nesting pairs are here year-round and we've had reports of pairs already sprucing up their nests for the nesting season.

 


AUTUMN WITHOUT BATS
To protect the bats we still have, it is important that people understand the stress these bats are under. Lets re-think how we view bats, remove the spooky stigmas that surround them and appreciate their importance to us.

THAT STUNNING FALL FOLIAGE - BUT WHY?
While many dread the colder weather and longer nights, the changing leaves outside are indicative of an incredible natural process that too often goes unappreciated.


Engage with Conserve Wildlife Foundation! Join the conversation:
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Join Conserve Wildlife Foundation for our 

11th Annual Women & Wildlife Awards Reception and Silent Auction

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, November 30 at the Coach Barn at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey for this year's very special event. We will be honoring three outstanding female leaders for their contributions to wildlife conservation at a cocktail party and silent auction from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The 2016 honorees are:
Inspiration
With over three decades of dedication to resource management, hazardous materials, and environmental protection, Martha Maxwell-Doyle has proved to be a powerful force behind habitat restoration and protection. Currently working at the Barnegat Bay Partnership as a project coordinator for estuary protection and restoration, Ms. Maxwell-Doyle's years of experience at multiple national estuary programs has made it second nature for her to implement conservation and management plans. Her professional and personal partnerships help advance the ability to survey, restore, and monitor coastal communities such as the Barnegat Bay shorelines. Ms. Maxwell-Doyle has gained a reputation as always being available for guidance and advice, especially for young women new to the environmental and wildlife field. Her enthusiasm for life and the environment drives her to do as much as possible to repair New Jersey's wildlife habitats while teaching others that a difference can be made. Learn More.
Leadership
As a Senior Fish and Wildlife Biologist at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Wendy Walsh has proven herself invaluable in the endangered species field for her work with wildlife such as the piping plover, swamp pink, and seabeach amaranth. Her most notable work is with the red knot. Ms. Walsh took the species lead in the middle of the federal listing process. Her tireless efforts coordinating, analyzing and interpreting data, particularly detailing the effects of changing climate on these long-distance migrant shorebirds has made her work widely acclaimed as the final rule. From biology to policy, she has an uncanny ability to grasp important information and translate it for any species she finds herself working with. She has created partnerships with additional organizations to accelerate conservation efforts. In such collaborations, Ms. Walsh's open-mindedness to others' expertise makes for effective planning and implementation of the vision she has to one day recover all threatened and endangered species. Learn More.
Education
Tanya Sulikowski works tirelessly to connect New Jersey's people and wildlife. A champion in environmental education, Ms. Sulikowski is currently the Manager of Programs at Duke Farms where she hosts hands-on creative projects that include bird banding and monitoring, as well as rain gardens and barrels just to name a few. However, Ms. Sulikowski considers her creation of the Teen Action and Leadership Opportunities for Nature program to be her greatest professional achievement because it inspires urban students to make lifestyle changes that incorporate their newly discovered love of nature. Her reach has extended statewide through her various roles within the Alliance for NJ Environmental Educators, where she currently serves as Vice President. Learn More.
The Women & Wildlife Awards, featuring keynote speaker Governor James J. Florio, will also celebrate CWF's dedication to honoring women for their success in protecting, managing, restoring, and raising awareness for New Jersey's endangered and imperiled wildlife species.

Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar provided.
$250 sponsorship includes 2 tickets and will be listed in the event program
Reserve online or mail your check to:
P.O. Box 180, Trenton, New Jersey 08601-0040

Please join us to celebrate New Jersey's wildlife and the women who protect our unique biodiversity. Purchase tickets or make a contribution to support our work.

Have questions about the event or want to learn about sponsorship opportunities? Please contact:

Liz Silvernail, Director of Development

 

 

As a Wildlife Ecologist for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation, Stephanie Feigin serves as one of New Jersey's leading shorebird and bat ecologists. With many of New Jersey's bats suffering tragic declines, Stephanie utilizes habitat enhancement, mist-netting and tracking, White Nose Syndrome research, passive acoustic and banding surveys, population monitoring, and the nation's only wild "Bat Cam". She also conserves and researches at-risk shorebirds along the entire Atlantic Flyway, from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic - with New Jersey's Delaware Bay as the centerpiece. Stephanie's work includes restoration of the coastal habitat destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, migratory shorebird tracking projects, shorebird banding, resighting and survey projects, and volunteer coordination. 
 
Kelly Triece is a Biologist with Conserve Wildlife Foundation, and works in partnership with the federal Natural Resources Conservation ServiceShe protects and restores degraded wetlands for threatened species such as the Bog turtle, which has seen its national population cut in half over the past few decades. She also works with private landowners to create and monitor young forest habitat for the Golden-winged warbler, a forest species that has plummeted in New Jersey. Kelly leads the Amphibian Crossing Project, which works with teams of volunteers to protect at-risamphibians on their migration routes to vernal pools. Finally, she pursues other conservation, enhancement and restoration projects for diverse habitats ranging from grasslands to freshwater wetlands.
THE JAMES FIORENTINO TRAVELING ART EXHIBITION
Please Join Us for our Opening Reception at 
Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery

CWF partners with nationally acclaimed wildlife and sports artist
James Fiorentino
to educate and inspire New Jerseyans about wildlife and
 conservation through 25 stunning original watercolor paintings
 
WHEN
Friday, November 4th, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

WHERE
5 Morristown Road
Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924

Please join us for light fare, special label wine, and Flying Fish beer.
 
Meet James Fiorentino along with leading
CWF field biologists Stephanie Feigin and Kelly Triece


JAMES FIORENTINO'S SPORTS ART AND PORTRAITS
James Fiorentino started painting sports celebrities to obtain their autographs. Autographs are now requested of him nationwide. Prestigious companies, galleries, museums, politicians, athletes, and entertainment personalities have commissioned his artwork. James has worked with Yogi Berra, Cal Ripken Jr., Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Greg LeMond, and many contemporary athletes.
Many of James's lithographs are part of the permanent collection in the United States Sports Academy Museum (Daphne, Alabama). James also has his work displayed at the National Basketball Hall of Fame, The National Museum of Art & Sport (NAMOS) (Indiana), Cycling Hall of Fame (New Jersey), Roberto Clemente Museum (Puerto Rico), and The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center (New Jersey), just to name a few.
Sales of the original paintings, limited edition digital prints and a book with a foreword
by Governor Kean and introduction by CWF Executive Director David Wheeler,
as well as wildlife merchandise, will benefit Conserve Wildlife Foundation. 

For more information, please visit Conserve Wildlife Foundation's website or 
call Liz Silvernail at 609-292-3707.
 
September 6 - October 16, 2016
D&R Greenway Land Trust
1 Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
 
November 1, 2016 - January 14, 2017
Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery
5 Morristown Rd, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

January 17 - February 28, 2017
Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960                                                    

April 3 - April 8, 2017
Salmagundi Club (Patrons Gallery)
47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NJ 10003

May - July 2017
Hiram Blauvelt Museum
705 Kinderkamack Rd, Oradell, NJ 07649

September - October 2017
Duke Farms
1112 Dukes Pkwy W, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 

May 21 - June 22, 2018
Drew University - Korn Gallery
36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940

 

Raritan Headwaters November News             (Posted: 11-10-16)

November 2016
State of Our Watershed Set for Dec. 3
           
Join RHA for breakfast on Saturday, December 3, when we'll present our findings on the health of the region's water supplies from our stream monitoring, bacterial monitoring and well testing programs. Jeffrey Hoffman, State Geologist, will be this year's keynote speaker.
Well Testing Offered Year Round
           
As our Fall Community Well Test Program comes to a close, we'd like to thank our municipal partners for offering convenient and affordable well water testing in their communities. 
Residents are invited to test their water any time during the year through our Individual Well Test Program.
Questions? Call 908-234-1852, ext. 401, or email welltesting@raritanheadwaters.org.
Join Our Festive Parade of Lanterns
 
Celebrate the European Laternelaufen tradition of welcoming autumn at our annual Lantern Walk, Sunday, November 13 from 5-7 pm.
Festive music will accompany revelers carrying illuminated paper lanterns through the meadows at Fairview Farm. Hot apple cider and snacks can be enjoyed around the bonfire.
 
Learn more and reserve your latern!
MillerCoors Cleans Up!
           
A big thank you to employees of MillerCoors who removed a significant amount of debris from Branchburg's Ten Eyck Park, along the North Branch of the Raritan River. Ducking under trees and wading through prickly bushes, they filled dozens of bags with trash, which would have washed into the river during a flood event.
Interested in scheduling a workday with RHA? Contact George Schaberg, Land Projects Manager.
What a Day!
 
We'd like to thank everyone who joined us at this year's Old Fashioned Country Fair on October 9. Pumpkins, hayrides and a fun fall spirit made for a great day at Fairview Farm.
A special thanks to all the volunteers, including a group of employees from Etsy who helped us get ready for the big day.
Meet Our New Watershed Ambassador
 
A warm welcome to Carmela Buono, RHA's 2016-2017 AmeriCorps Ambassador. Carmela is a recent graduate from Rutgers University with her BS in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources. During her time at Rutgers Carmela studied invasive plants and how they affect forest restoration.

 

Learn more about the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program.


On the Watchdog Front

A recent study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) made national headlines by asserting that chromium-6, the "Erin Brockovich" chemical, contaminates the drinking water of over 200 million Americans, including public drinking water supplies in at least 138 New Jersey communities. Read more.
 
Come to our next Morning Call on November 17, beginning at 8:00am at Fairview Farm, to learn more about chromium, the silent poison.
  
 
Did You Know?

A walk at Fairview Farm can take you through several unique habitats - meadow, forestland, succession forest and wetlands - where you will enjoy local wildlife in a bucolic setting.
 
Our 170 acre preserve is open dawn till dusk, 7 days a week. You may even see a black bear...or three. Get the bear facts.

Events & Happenings

November 10 & 11
 
November 13
Lantern Walk

November 17

December 3
 
NEW: Seasonal Birding Walks with Naturalist Alan Rennie Coming Soon!
 
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.

ANJEE Online: 348th Edition             (Posted: 11-10-16)

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C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 11-10-16)

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Science Update: Help Purple Martins             (Posted: 10-28-16)

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SJ: October 2016             (Posted: 10-19-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
211 Districts / 527 Schools Participating
 

Meet Sustainable Jersey at your next conference!

Are you working on your professional development this fall? Over the next four weeks Sustainable Jersey for Schools will be at the following statewide conferences and workshops. Attend one of our many sessions, find out about NEW grant opportunities for 2017 or stop by the booth for one on one assistance with your program questions!


OCTOBER 20, 2016 LONG BRANCH, NJ2016 NJPSA/FEA/NJASCD Fall Conference10:45 Session: "Using Sustainability to Enhance School Culture & Performance" 
OCTOBER 25-27, 2016 ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
New Jersey School Boards Association
Workshop 2016 List of Sustainable Jersey Sessions @ Workshop here.
NOVEMBER 10-11, 2016 ATLANTIC CITY, NJNJEA ConventionList of Sustainable Jersey Sessions @ NJEA Convention here.
Don't Miss Out on $330,000 in Grants to Fund  
NJ School Sustainability Projects- DEADLINE 10/28



Visit the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants & Resources page to learn more about funding for registered schools to support action related sustainability initiatives. Click here for more information. 
USDA Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications Now Available   
The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. Visit USDA the information page here.
Application Deadline: December 8, 2016
EPA Grants Available to Reduce Diesel Emissions from School Buses  
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of approximately $7 million in rebates to public school bus fleet owners to help them replace or retrofit older school buses. Upgrading buses with older engines reduces diesel emissions and improves air quality.
EPA standards for new diesel engines make them more than 90 percent cleaner than older ones, but many older diesel engines still in operation predate these standards. Older diesel engines emit large quantities of pollutants such as particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), which have been linked to serious health problems such as aggravated asthma and lung damage. 
EPA will accept applications from September 29 to November 1, 2016.  To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility, selection process and informational webinar dates, visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
 Essex County
Essex County Vocational Technical Schools
Essex County- West Caldwell Technical School
Hunterdon County
High Bridge Middle School
 Middlesex County
J.F. Kennedy Memorial High School (Woodbridge)

South Plainfield High School
 Monmouth County
Brielle Elementary School

 Sussex County
Merriam Avenue Elementary School (Newton)

Newton High School
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS OCTOBER 20, 2016 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM, CHATHAM, NJ  NJ Department of Environmental ProtectionProject WET Curriculum Guide Workshops for Educators 
OCTOBER 20, 2016 8:00-5:00 PM NEWARK, NJOCTOBER 21, 2016 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM, LYNDHURST, NJ Newark Environmental Sustainability Institute (NESI)Building Partnerships: Education & Community as a Path to Urban Sustainability
OCTOBER 25-27, 2016 ATLANTIC CITY, NJNew Jersey School Boards Association
Workshop 2016 List of Sustainable Jersey Sessions @ Workshop here.
NOVEMBER 1, 2016 8:30 AM- 2:00 PM, HILLSBOROUGH, NJ Duke Farms Green Technology at Duke Farms: Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment

SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING 2016-2016NJ Association for Designated Persons, NJDEP, NJ School Buildings & Grounds AssociationThroughout the state, every month beginning in November See the complete schedule for dates & locations here. 
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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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Notes from the New Nature Movement for 10/18/2016             (Posted: 10-19-16)

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Coastodian Autumn 2016             (Posted: 10-19-16)

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NWF: October in the Wildlife Garden: Birds, Bats and Boneset             (Posted: 10-19-16)

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CWFNJ: October E-News 2016             (Posted: 10-19-16)

A successful night for art and wildlife!
OVER 200 SUPPORTERS ATTEND OPENING RECEPTION FOR 
RARE WILDLIFE REVEALED: THE JAMES FIORENTINO TRAVELING ART EXHIBITION 
CWF launched our exciting partnership at a reception at the beautiful D&R Greenway Land Trust for over 200 guests with the nationally recognized artist James Fiorentino. Former Governor Tom Kean headlined the program, along with Fiorentino, Conserve Wildlife Foundation executive director David Wheeler, and D&R Greenway president & CEO Linda Mead.
CWF field biologists discussed their innovative work protecting and restoring the region's vulnerable wildlife species, many of which were featured in Mr. Fiorentino's paintings. And Mercer County Wildlife displayed a live peregrine falcon, the fastest animal on earth to the thrills of the guests. 

The event also honored several 5th-grade winners of the statewide 2016 Species on the Edge Art and Essay Contest, who were congratulated by the former Governor and Mr. Fiorentino before a cheering audience.
After the exhibit concludes at D&R Greenway on October 16th, it will travel to Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery in Bernardsville to be displayed from November 1, 2016 - January 14, 2017.
If you missed the first opening reception, Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery will host an opening reception on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 5 Morristown Rd, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. We hope to see you there!

WOMEN & WILDLIFE AWARDS CEREMONY

Conserve Wildlife Foundation's Women & Wildlife Awards celebrate and recognize outstanding women and their achievements and advances in protecting wildlife in New Jersey.

This year's Awards Reception & Silent Auction will take place on November 16, 2016 at Duke Farms from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. 

 
ATTENTION NEW JERSEY 5th GRADE STUDENTS

Enter the 2017 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest! Download your kit today. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2017.
  

THE MONTH OF THE BAT
Do you know the benefits of having bats in your backyard? What about your bedroom window? Though that may be a bit too close for comfort for many of us, one family in New Jersey has taken pride in having big brown bats as their permanent house guests.

Watch our Bat Cam to see these creatures of the night up close and learn for yourself just how amazing these animals are.

Then it's up for you to decide - do you think bats are spooky or beneficial?

 
VOLUNTEERS AND BIOLOGISTS ADD NEXT OYSTER REEF TO DYERS COVE
Team works to strengthen Delaware Bay's resiliency and ecology with inspiring volunteer project.
NEW JERSEY'S KEY ROLE IN THE MONARCH MIGRATION
The Garden State annually hosts swarms of southbound Monarch Butterflies - a vital stop on their unbelievable migration



RENOWNED ARTIST BRINGS TALENTS TO NEW JERSEY WILDLIFE
"Rare Wildlife Revealed" exhibition celebrates local wildlife and brings attention to the steps we can take to save our most vulnerable species.
KIDS ARE BACK IN SCHOOL - BUT THEIR SUMMER WILDLIFE LESSONS ENDURE! 
CWF brought three conservation-themed summer learning experiences to the New Jersey coast.

ED-GRS Visits Pennsylvania for Some ‘Real-World Learning’             (Posted: 10-12-16)

PA Schools Host Green Strides Tour
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ED-GRS Visits Pennsylvania for Some ‘Real-World Learning’

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Broughal Middle School educator Ms. Sobrinski shares her classes’ avocado tree growing project with Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera and ED-GRS Director Andrea Falken.

ED-GRS Visits Pennsylvania for Some ‘Real-World Learning’

In its eighteenth state of the Green Strides tour, U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) visited eleven past honorees, including seven school and three district sites, along with one postsecondary institution site in Pennsylvania. True to the aims of the Green Strides Tour, it brought more attention to honorees’ practices and celebrated their sustainability achievements, alongside communities, partners, and elected officials.  Hear more about this year’s tour in this blog from the Director.  >>>>

Take a trip down 2014 and 2013 Green Strides Tour memory lane with blogs from West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida (1 and 2), Colorado (1 and 2), Minnesota (1 and 2), Maryland, New England, New York and New Jersey, California, Oregon and Washington, Wisconsin, AlabamaIt’s also not too late to share tour photos and impressions with us on Twitter (EDGreenRibbon) and Facebook (EDGreenRibbonSchools) using hashtag #GreenStridesTour.

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Executive Director of Green Schools National Network Shares Vision for Schools

In this TEDx Herndon, Executive Director of the Green Schools National Network Jenny Seydel shares her vision for green schools, according to the three Pillars we know and love, and highlights innovative examples, including numerous past ED-GRS honorees!  >>>>

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More Green Schools Research Hits the Shelves!

A new book entitled Leadership for Green Schools provides educational leaders, teachers, facility professionals, and community partners the tools they need to lead and manage greener, more sustainable schools.  Authors Lisa A.W. Kensler and Cynthia L. Uline draw from the fields of sustainability science, built learning environment, and educational leadership to explain what green schools look like, what role school buildings play in advancing sustainable organizational and instructional practices, and why school leaders are "greening" their leadership. The book uses real life examples of successful schools and leaders, demonstrating how green schools advance the work already underway to restore engaged learning within our schools and communities. >>>>

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Green Schools Alliance Launches Interactive Online Community

The new Green Schools Alliance website includes an interactive member community designed to make it easier for you and your fellow school sustainability champions to connect with others, find green resources, and save money.  It features blogs, forums, calendar, resources, and membership interaction. >>>>

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Children and Nature Network Launches New Green Schoolyards Initiative

To launch its green schoolyards initiative, the Children and Nature Network has published four research infographics on the benefits of green schoolyards  and a full report of the findings from the recent 16-city listening tour: Building a National Movement for Green Schoolyards. >>>>

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State Authorities Seek Nominees for 2016-2017 ED-GRS Award Cycle

For 2016-2017, states are now seeking school, district, and postsecondary applicants to nominate by Feb. 1, 2017 to ED-GRS.  Applicants can find state-specific contacts here.  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.

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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.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has completed eight LEED buildings ranging from basic certification to Platinum, with more LEED projects under construction and in the design phase.  It also has 31 ENERGY STAR buildings.  Since November 2008, VBCPS has spent $14 million in performance contract work, resulting in $1.8 million in cost avoidance each year.  Since 2006, VBCPS has increased in size by approximately nine percent to over 10.6 million square feet, and yet still has reduced energy use by 24 percent.  VBCPS has a full-time energy manager and an energy management plan.  Many schools offer garden composting and a few have piloted whole-school composting.  The division is home to several demonstration renewables that serve as learning tools, specifically wind turbines, solar hot water systems, and photovoltaics.  All elementary schools are irrigation-free.  Each school appoints a sustainable school liaison.  VBCPS has 64 schools with outdoor teaching gardens, 72 schools with environmental clubs, and over 60 schools that partner with third-party environmental organizations.  Participation in various programs and initiatives are promoted through the district’s own Sustainable School Recognition Award.  Sustainability education includes meaningful watershed experiences -- funded in part by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; student participation in an Urban Tree Canopy project; and LEED design as part of the middle school curriculum.  The district offers an annual sustainability course as professional development for all VBCPS employees, as well as other more specific quarterly options.  VBCPS also expects all architects, engineers, and consultants working on building projects to provide an educational component to their work. >>>>

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Students at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach City Public Schools District participate in a beekeeping club.

Triton Regional High School, Camden, N.J.

Triton Regional High School, constructed in 1957, received EPA ENERGY STAR certification with a score of 83.  The school produces 45 percent of its energy onsite with roof-mounted solar arrays.  Triton maintains two functioning greenhouses that are used to nurture plants from seeds to supply the organic garden housed at another school in the district, which is maintained by the green team, AP Environmental Studies classes, and Horticulture classes.  Triton has discontinued the use of chemicals used to strip flooring, improved indoor air quality by installing filters in HVAC systems, and improved recycling and composting behaviors with the help of Organic Diversion, a company that mentors students and staff on how to collect materials, reports on collection quantities, and strategizes to improve composting and recycling efforts.  Students have taken part in the Thirst Project, which collects money to establish freshwater wells in historically malnourished areas of Africa.  The AP Environmental Science class created environmentally-sound solutions for unused land in the community, and presented them to the town council for consideration.  Horticulture students learn how to propagate lemon geranium from cuttings, which then are used as a natural pesticide.  Nutrition and culinary and hospitality courses discuss nutritional concepts, food contamination, and organic foods.  Marine culminates the course by studying human effect on the oceans, and sustainable ways to interact with the ocean’s resources.  Students compete in Envirothon, as well as the Sea Perch competition, whereby students develop a submarine that can simulate a Navy mission. >>>>

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Over the course of the last four school years, Triton Regional High School has reduced waste and enhanced sustainability learning through a proactive approach to conservation, recycling, and education.

Prescott Elementary School, Lincoln, Neb.

Prescott Elementary, constructed in 1922, was renovated with LEED Silver specifications as a guide, and has an ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager score of 83.  The school has reduced greenhouse gas emissions 29 percent and energy use 23 percent over just three years, and features ground source heat pumps.  To date, Prescott has diverted over 261,000 pounds of recyclables from the landfill.  The school oversees safe walk and bike to school programs, including a walking school bus effort.  Prescott was a 2013 HealthierUS Schools Challenge awardee, and offers both cooking and gardening clubs.  Its wellness committee meets monthly, and the school uses Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools.  In October 2015, Prescott hosted a districtwide farm to school summit, inviting district staff and community members to learn more about the farm to school movement and to explore opportunities for engaging students in outdoor classrooms and garden spaces.  Prescott students experience instructional units in plants, seasons, animals and habitats, soil, prairie, ecosystems, and water and wetlands.  Prescott families, staff, and community have collaborated to build and provide a Nature Explore Certified Outdoor Classroom on Prescott Park.  >>>>

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Prescott Elementary includes a walking path, rain garden, bridge, weather station, raised vegetable beds, designated learning areas, an arbor, stage, gazebo, and fossil dig area.

Resources and Opportunities

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Webinars

The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues All 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.

Oct. 11, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm  Parent Advocacy:  School Food Change (CAF)

Oct. 11, 2016, 5:00-6:00 pm   NASA Literacy Resources in Earth Science (NASA)

Oct. 12, 2016, 4:00-4:30 pm  Portfolio Manager - Ask The Expert (EPA)

Oct. 12, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  NASA Weathering the Storm – Atmosphere (NASA)

Oct. 17, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  NASA Weathering the Storm – Space Weather (NASA)

Oct. 18, 2016, 6:00-7:00 pm  NASA Weathering the Storm – Snow? (NASA)

Oct. 19, 2016, 4:00-4:30 pm  Portfolio Manager - Ask The Expert (EPA)

Oct. 19, 2016, 5:00-6:00 pm  NASA Weathering the Storm –Hurricanes (NASA)

Oct. 20, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR (EPA)

Oct. 20, 2016, 1:00-2:30 pm  Campus Food Recovery Programs (CURC)

Oct. 20, 2016, 1:00-2:30 pm   Funding to Address and Prevent IAQ Issues (EPA)

Oct. 24, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  NASA Weathering the Storm—Weather to Fly By (NASA)

Oct. 25, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 101 (EPA)


Oct. 25, 2016, 5:00-6:00 pm  NASA Weathering the Storm – Hurricanes (NASA)

Oct. 25, 2016, 7:30-8:30 pm  Biomimicry:  Innovation for Today’s Students (Green Teacher)

Oct. 26, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)

Oct. 26, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Weathering the Storm –Meteorology Educator Guide (NASA)

Oct. 27, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm  Portfolio Manager 301(EPA)

Oct. 31, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm  Cosmology 101 (NASA)

Events

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October is National Farm to School Month…

National Farm to School Month was designated by Congress to symbolize the growing importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies, and educate children about the origins of food.  The National Farm to School Network has developed resources and activities to promote Farm to School Month in schools, communities, and media outlets. >>>>

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…And Also Campus Sustainability Month

Campus Sustainability Month (CSM) is a celebration of sustainability in higher education.  During October, colleges and universities organize events on campus and elsewhere to engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to become sustainability change agents.  Events include teach ins, sustainability pledge-drives, zero energy concerts, waste audits, green sporting events, letter writing campaigns, and service projects.  >>>>

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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.  >>>>

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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Toddler Green Ribbon kid tests (and approves!) the truck park at Jenkintown School District while on the Green Strides Tour in Pennsylvania.

October Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 10-12-16)

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WSGN: Farm to School             (Posted: 10-12-16)

So, What Is Farm to School?

October is National Farm to School Month, so you may have been hearing that phrase a lot lately. But what is farm to school?
  • It’s an elementary school cafeteria full of kids eating pasta with sauce made from tomatoes grown in their school garden.
  • It’s locally sourced milk served daily with lunch.
  • It’s a sixth grade class biting into apples donated by a local orchard to celebrate The Great Lakes Apple Crunch.
  • It's kindergarteners singing about the dirt that made their lunches.
  • It’s a high schooler yanking a carrot from the school’s garden bed before feeling it crunch between her teeth.
  • It's eating a bean while talking about the plant it came from and the soil it grew in.
  • It’s your school's garden.
Farm to school is all about helping kids access healthy foods through a combination of health and agricultural education, hands on garden-based learning, and incorporating locally produced foods.
 
And we’re so thrilled to be part of it. School and community youth gardens can be an integral component of farm to school initiatives, from seed-to-plant connections, to hands-on learning opportunities, to cultivating enthusiasm for snacking on veggies.
 
Below you’ll find great resources, stories, and ideas to help you, your students, and your community get involved in Farm to School Month.
 
Are you planning an activity or lesson to celebrate Farm to School Month? Send us us your story or tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #F2SMonth!
 
-Renata, WSGN Communications Manager

Resources

Home Grown Taste Test Guide

Crispy or soft, tart or sweet, russeted or smooth: all apples are not created equal! Introduce Crunch participants to more than one kind of apple variety for a deliciously educational experience with the Taste Test Survey on pg. 9 or guidance in this Apple Handout. Or simply have tasters vote for their favorite variety!
 

Celebrate Farm to School Month Fact Sheet

This is your go-to resource for facts and ideas about Farm to School Month, including activities for teachers, schools, and organizations. And you can even enter a drawing for $1000 towards your farm to school project. Want more information from www.farmtoschool.org? Check out some of the helpful blog and social media accounts listed in the document. Farm to School Toolkits

The Wisconsin Farm to School Toolkits from the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems are interactive. They include a wealth of information to help you plan your farm to school program, source locally grown fruits and vegetables, work out purchasing details, estimate quantities, educate students, develop strong community partnerships, and more.

Garden Trivia Game

Even without access to a youth garden, kids can play and learn fun facts about the foods they love with this garden trivia game. Use the trivia cards provided or have students make their own as an assignment. This game is easily adaptable for elementary school kids of any age. Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch

Having trouble identifying a local apple orchard to source apples from? Here are some helpful resources:
-Wisconsin's Apple Growers Association has a map of the state's orchards.
-Farm Fresh Atlas is organized regionally with dozens of producers listed for each region.
-Local Harvest has an extensive list of small and mid-sized farms, searchable by product. Food Day School Curriculum

Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate Food Day. This curriculum offers five lessons to teach children the importance of eating real, fresh food and advocating for a healthier community. The lessons can be easily adapted for older or younger students.

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Events & Grants ... visit our Events page for more

October is National Farm to School Month! Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch
October 13, 2016

CRUNCH! We can't wait for it! We're so excited to celebrate National Farm to School Month with our friends at Farm to School by biting into a local or regional apple this October! Sign up (it's free!) to be part of the crunch, and receive a guide to sourcing local apples, event promotion materials, and more. This event is fun, and is a great way to promote (or begin) your Farm to School program!

Sign up to CRUNCH! NAAEE National Conference
October 19-22, Madison, WI

Madison, Wisconsin has been chosen as the location for the 2016 North American Association for Environmental Education Conference! The conference theme is "From Inspiration to Impact." Join other Environmental Educators as this national conference comes to Wisconsin!

Learn more about the conference

Food Day 
October 24, 2016

Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets for the better and to improve food policies. Every October 24, thousands of schools across the country participate in Food Day with a variety of activities including using the Food Day School Curriculum in the classroom, taste tests introducing children to new and healthy options, and health fairs.

Find a Food Day event near you or to register your own food day event here! Roots & Shoots Mini-Grants
November 11, 2016

Roots & Shoots Mini-Grants award $200-$400 for projects serving people, animals, and/or the environment. Students can help get the process started by mapping out their service campaign together.

Scholarships for Growing Power's Urban and Small Farms 2016 Conference 

Join Growing Power's Lead Farmer and Master Composter Will Allen and other experts in community based approaches to growing fertility on November 17, 2016. This is a unique 'master compost' level training and skills building experience. Then stay for the Urban and Small Farms Conference November 18-20, 2016

Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply for a scholarship to attend the conference here.

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

Garden Joke of the Month

Why should you never tell secrets on a farm?

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Back to School: Local School Gardens Help Kids

Fall means back to school -- and back to the garden! Check out this story and video about the Hatley Elementary School and Community Garden in Marathon County, where kids are growing tasty treats from seeds. 

Success Story: Sheboygan Falls High School

Sheboygan Falls High School: A Farm, A School, and 1,200 Pounds of Tomatoes

At Sheboygan Falls High School, the farm to school program is as local as it gets. Each year, the agricultural education program feeds students’ minds and bodies, growing 1,200 pounds of tomatoes, as well as hundreds of pounds of cucumbers, peppers, carrots, kohlrabi, lettuce, garlic, and herbs, all grown on the school’s third-of-an-acre farm.

Bruce Brunner, agricultural instructor at Sheboygan Falls High School, saw a gap in his students’ education. “Every year, it seems we’re a little further removed from where we grow our food – from that agricultural or farm setting,” Brunner explains.
 
Now, thanks to a robust agricultural education program, nearly a quarter of the high school’s students are involved in the farm. Students can choose from 9 agricultural courses and 3 culinary arts classes integrated into the agricultural program. From a horticulture class planting seeds in a 20 ft. x 50 ft. hot house in March to harvesting tomatoes well into November from the 72 ft. x 30 ft. high tunnel greenhouse, students spend much of the school year experiencing firsthand how to grow their own food.
 
But the lessons don’t stop with chomping down on a freshly picked cherry tomato. Thanks to culinary arts teacher Diana Woodworth and dedicated support staff, the farm’s produce is used to teach students what happens next in farm to table progression. Culinary arts students process hundreds of pounds of the farm’s vegetables into tomato sauce and salsa to freeze and serve in the school’s cafeteria.
 
And tomatoes are only the beginning. This month, students are expecting to harvest 100 pounds of honey from their two bee hives, and Woodworth says her culinary arts students are already thinking about how to incorporate honey into recipes. Students even prepare food from the farm – which includes a flock of 100 chickens – as a catering service and provide dinner at school functions.
 
This extensive programming, while invaluable, can be costly. Efforts to make the program self-sustaining offset much of the expense. The school buys produce from the farm for the cafeteria and culinary arts classes, much as they would if the food were grown by a local farmer. The honey, along with pickles made from the farm’s cucumbers, can be sold to back to the community for fundraising, as well. These funds are used for farm upkeep and improvement, such as drip lines for irrigation or supplies for the horticulture classes. The farm is also able to save money on compost by using composted materials from culinary arts classes. Eventually, Brunner hopes, half of the budget for the school’s agricultural education will be covered selling produce grown on the farm.
 
Seeing hundreds of pounds of harvested and processed vegetables is very satisfying. But for Brunner and Woodworth, the real satisfaction comes from seeing how the farm can unearth interests that students never knew they had. “You never know what’s going to be a trigger for a student,” Brunner recalls. “I had a student who was forced into taking one class with me. She ended up in college at UW Madison. She told me before she left that she thought she was just going to major in business, but she ended up minoring in environmental studies and now she works for a nonprofit that does food-related work.”

Read other Wisconsin school garden success stories

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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This Week In the Media: Children & Nature Network's News Roundup             (Posted: 10-12-16)

Click HERE.

Green Link Suggestions             (Posted: 10-5-16)

Sustainability Hub.
Green Living: A Family Guide to Going Green.

Great Places: Join a Climate Chat with Our CEO             (Posted: 10-5-16)

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October Littoral News             (Posted: 10-5-16)

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Raritan Headwaters: Clydesdales, Camp and Other Cool Happenings             (Posted: 10-5-16)

October 2016
Country Fair Is Just Around The Corner!
           
Join us Sunday, October 9, 11:30am to 4:30pm at 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 more. Read all about it!
Admission is just $25 per vehicle, so load up the car with your favorite people and join us. Save time, buy your ticket online!
Do You Know What's In Your Water?
           
RHA's Fall Community Well Test Program is underway! The basic kit, which tests for coliform bacteria and nitrates, is $60. You can also test for arsenic, radon, lead, pesticides and more at discounted prices. Here's where you can purchase a test kit.
Questions? Call 908-234-1852, ext. 401, or email welltesting@raritanheadwaters.org.
The Results Are In!

During the month of August, our science staff and volunteers sampled impaired monitoring sites and non-regulated swimming areas in our watershed for E.coli bacteria to determine whether water quality is meeting federal standards for recreational use under the federal Clean Water ActHere's what we found. 
Registration Is Open
 
RHA is offering a two-day mini-Nature Day Camp for children ages 6-10 during the teachers' convention days on November 10th and 11th from 10 am to 2 pm. Campers will enjoy hikes, crafts with autumn leaves, stream and wildlife exploration, stories around the campfire, orienteering, bird watching, games, and more!
 
Learn more and sign up today!
Wyndham Rocks!
On a beautiful late summer day, more than 70 employees of Wyndham Worldwide joined our staff in sprucing up Fairview Farm, and organizing program and event materials in preparation for a very busy fall season here at RHA.
We are so thankful to Wyndham and all the other volunteer groups who give so generously of their time and energy.
Interested in scheduling a workday with RHA? Contact George Schaberg, Land Projects Manager.
Newest Addition to the RHA Team
 
We're pleased to welcome Jody Marcus to the staff as Development Coordinator. She comes to us from the Morris Museum, where she was Curator. Prior to that, Jody served as Director of Development and Membership at Morris County Tourism Bureau, and was founding member and executive director of the Community Children's Museum in Dover.
If you missed our September 15 Morning Call breakfast meeting on lead, you can read about it here.
 
Come to our next Morning Call on November 17, beginning at 8:30am at Fairview Farm, to learn more about chromium--a new reported threat to our water supplies.  
 
Did You Know?

RHA and Brayden Donnelly, 2014-2015 Raritan Scholar, have created a South Branch Water Trail Map for paddlers, with suggested trips, access information, known restrictions and more. 
 
Fall is a great time to be out on the River...so grab your map and go!

Events & Happenings

Fall 2016

October 9
 
November 10 & 11
November 13
Lantern Walk - Save the Date!

November 17
Morning Call - Save the Date!

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.

NAAEE: eeNEWS for September 29, 2016             (Posted: 10-5-16)

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Welcome to the Children & Nature Network Research Library and Digest             (Posted: 10-5-16)

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EPA Requests Applications to Reduce Diesel Emissions from School Buses             (Posted: 10-5-16)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of approximately $7 million in rebates to public school bus fleet owners to help them replace or retrofit older school buses. Upgrading buses with older engines reduces diesel emissions and improves air quality.

"Modernizing school bus fleets across the country with retrofits, replacements, and idle reduction practices helps reduce children's exposure to air toxics," said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "With the amount of time kids spend on buses, we need to protect them from the harm older diesel engines can cause."

EPA standards for new diesel engines make them more than 90 percent cleaner than older ones, but many older diesel engines still in operation predate these standards. Older diesel engines emit large quantities of pollutants such as particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), which have been linked to serious health problems such as aggravated asthma and lung damage.

EPA will accept applications from September 29 to November 1, 2016.

This is the fourth rebate program to fund cleaner school buses offered under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) reauthorization. Nearly 25,000 buses across the country have already been made cleaner as a result of DERA funding.

To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility, selection process and informational webinar dates, visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates.

Questions about applying may be directed to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov.

Fall Edible Garden Essentials             (Posted: 10-5-16)

Fall has officially arrived in the northern hemisphere. It’s harvest season here: summer fruits are in abundance, seeds are being saved, and compost piles are being built as our summer plants die back. While we are surrounded by this bounty, it’s often challenging to remember that the end of a season is also the beginning of another.

 

Whether you’ve had a garden for decades or are growing one for the first time, this is an optimal time of year to begin making a list of winter projects and begin thinking about next year’s summer garden. What would we do differently? Would we grow that variety again? Which areas of the garden should be cover-cropped this winter? Which crops should be rotated? Where is the garlic patch going to be planted this fall? Are we going to use season-extending row covers? Are you tight on space and thinking about developing a vertical garden?

If you’re looking for some fun garden inspiration, see this how-to guide for developing 5 kinds of gardens that we co-authored with the Center for Ecoliteracy, commissioned by Annie’s Homegrown.

To help you plan improvements to your garden space and production areas, we’ve also put together a Edible Garden Site Assessment Matrix for you to use in identifying priorities for the coming seasons. This resource is adapted from materials made available by the Washington DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education or "OSSE." While some of the elements of this list might be more relevant for educational programs, we hope that backyard and community gardeners will find them equally useful.

Happy Growing!

We love Sarah Henry's new book "Farmsteads of the California Coast"
University of Florida study finds that college "students who had gardened as children consumed about 15 percent more fruits and vegetables than those who hadn’t."

Read full article from Modern Farmer here

347th Edition September 30, 2016             (Posted: 10-5-16)

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Discover DEP Podcast: Environmental Education             (Posted: 10-5-16)

This week's episode of Discover DEP is now live on the DEP website. It focuses on DEP's active role in promoting environmental education throughout New Jersey and provides information on how and where educators can find a wide variety of environmental education resources. Tanya Oznowich, Environmental Education Supervisor, sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss this program and the benefits it has to New Jersey.

This episode can be found HERE.

For more information on environmental education resources, please visit SEEDS. You may also contact Tanya Oznowich at 609-984-9802 or Marc Rogoff at 609-292-1474.

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

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

News from KidsGardening.org             (Posted: 10-5-16)

As many of you may know, KidsGardening.org has re-launched as an independent non-profit with a new mission, focus, and leadership. 

We are continuing many of our earlier programs and grant opportunities for school and youth gardens. 

We hope that you will stop by and say hello and use and contribute to any and all of the following resources: 

Our main web site is at http://www.kidsgardening.org

Our staff and guests blog is at http://blog.kidsgardening.org

Our grants programs are at http://www.kidsgardening.org/garden-grants/.  Watch for our upcoming Youth Garden Grant which should be opening sometime in mid to late October. 

Our curriculum books, including the LIFE series, Math in the Garden, and Books in Bloom can be purchased at http://www.gardeners.com/buy/kids-gardening/books-and-curriculum-for-kids/

We recently welcomed our new Executive Director Emily Shipman. 

Finally, we have a busy Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KidsGardening.org which gathers many of our resources in one place.  

We would love to hear from you! 

Larry Keyes and the team at KidsGardening.org

larryk@kidsgardening.org

(802) 660-4601 

SJ4S: Organize Now for 2017 Certification             (Posted: 10-4-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
207 Districts     513 Schools     Participating

Organize Now for 2017 Certification!   Attend our upcoming series of Thursday webinars geared to get your 2017 certification efforts off to a great start! Webinars will be held live from 3-4pm and available as a recording on our website the next day. 
Successful School Green TeamsSeptember 29th, 3:00-4:00pmParticipants will learn from other schools and districts about tools to enhance green team participation and strengthen partnerships. Additional clarification and guidance will be offered on fulfilling the requirements for the mandatory "Green Team" action.  Register here.

Preparing for Certification
October 6th, 3:00-4:00pm
Is your school or district participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program? Whether you are already certified or just getting started, this webinar will provide helpful tips for making progress toward making your school or district more sustainable. Register here.

The webinar will provide: * A brief overview of the program and the Sustainable Jersey for Schools website 
* Tips for selecting and documenting actions at both the district and schools' level 
* Timeline for the certification cycle for 2017 
Navigating the Application for First Time UsersOctober 13th, 3:00-4:00pmRegistered districts and schools will walk through the basics of the online application process to achieve bronze or silver certification for 2017. Learn how to add contributors to your application, search actions, upload documentation, and submit your materials for review.  Register here.
 
 
$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.  

Informational Webinar
View the recorded informational webinar here.
 
 Application Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016 at midnight
  • Click HERE for the $10,000 application
  • Click HERE for the $2,000 application




Wanted: Innovative NJ Sustainable Energy Projects
  The Gardinier Environmental Fund is contributing $150,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program cycle for both municipalities and school districts.  This cycle will award two (2) $30,000 grants and nine (9) $10,000 grants.   

For this cycle, the Gar
dinier Environmental Fund will fund energy projects focused on conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy.   One example of an acceptable energy project is a solar canopy on a parking lot or rooftop solar on a school. For other project ideas, view the recorded informational webinar presentation.   
    To learn more about eligibility requirements for school districts, click HERE.   

Application Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016 at midnight 

USDA Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications Now Available   
The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. Visit USDA the information page here.   
Informational Webinar: September 29, 2016 
Application Deadline: December 8, 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
Radon Awareness Program for Schools 
Did you know radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after cigarette smoking?  Testing for school radon is easy, and schools with high levels of radon can be addressed (mitigated).

Schools may request a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Radon Section, for up to $2,000 to be used toward school testing costs.  A limited number of grants are available, and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis and will be awarded to a school (not a district).  This grant can help schools complete the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Radon Testing and Mitigationaction.  For more information about the program, click here.   Application Deadline: As funding allows
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
 Essex County
Bloomfield Board of Education
 Gloucester County
Glassboro High School
Thomas E. Bowe Elementary School
 Salem County
Mannington Township School District
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM, GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE, HAMILTON, NJ NJ Arts Education Collective"Advocacy & Opportunity"  Learn about "ARTS ED NOW" a statewide campaign to increase participation in arts education, launching in September 2016.  Participate in workshops and presentations designed to help teaching artists find opportunities in schools and communities.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM, WEBINARNational Association of Chronic Disease Directors"Leveraging School Improvement Plans to Strengthen Health & Wellness"  This webinar will provide an overview of school improvement plans (SIP) and highlight the opportunity to leverage these plans to strengthen student health and wellness. It will describe the general process schools use to develop SIPs, the variability across school districts and states, and how the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model provides a valuable framework for the SIP assessment, planning and development process
OCTOBER 20, 2016 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM, CHATHAM, NJ  NJ Department of Environmental ProtectionProject WET Curriculum Guide Workshops for Educators  OCTOBER 20, 2016 8:00-5:00 PM NEWARK, NJOCTOBER 21, 2016 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM, LYNDHURST, NJ Newark Environmental Sustainability Institute (NESI)Building Partnerships: Education & Community as a Path to Urban Sustainability
SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING 2016-2016NJ Association for Designated Persons, NJDEP, NJ School Buildings & Grounds Association
Throughout the state, every month beginning in November. See the complete schedule for dates & locations  here. 
  Download Program Resources

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

The Nature Conservancy Science Update: Watch Salmon Live             (Posted: 10-4-16)

Click HERE.

NAAEE: eeNEWS for September, 2016             (Posted: 10-4-16)

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Eco-Schools USA: Get Involved During Back to School             (Posted: 10-4-16)

Click HERE.

SJ: September Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 10-4-16)

Click HERE.

September Brings Spectacular STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative             (Posted: 9-30-16)

September
2016
Please be aware that Diane Genco, Executive Director of NJSACC, is now the Collaborative Lead for the Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative. NJSACC is the Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities.
September Brings Spectacular STEM News at Girls STEM Collaborative 
(GSGSC)
 
Greetings from GSGSC! The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative is the New Jersey initiative of the National Girls Collaborative Project, a program focused on providing high quality STEM activities to girls. Our primary goal is to strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes, products and by connecting formal and informal educators, business and industry in order to maximize the resources that can positively influence our girls.
As always, this newsletter is for you as members of the Collaborative. It can serve as a forum to promote events and to highlight the good work that you all do, so please let me know what is going on so we can include your program in upcoming issues.
 
In this issue:
  • IEEE Photonics offers FREE educational LightBlox kits - Introduce a Girl to Photonics 
  • STEM After School: How to Design and Run Great Program Activities 
  • Apply to the SciGirls CONNECT Partnership Program by FRI 9/16
  • Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM or STEAM in Afterschool!
  • Join The Connectory 
 
Diane Genco
Collaborative Lead, Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative
IEEE Photonics offers FREE educational LightBlox kits - Introduce a Girl to Photonics
Click here to learn more!

The IEEE Photonics Society is holing an "Introduce a Girl to Photonics" in conjunction with IEEE Day, an international outreach celebration in honor of IEEE's birthday. IEEE Photonics has free educational LightBlox kits, goodies and grant funding opportunities for outreach groups, like ours. The kits come with K-12 curriculum that any educator or adult could adapt into lesson plans, at home or within after school activities. They are designed to be used in groups, one kit can be used for 5-8 students and you will be able to keep the kits for future demos.

The kits are recommended for ages 8+ but IEEE Photonics volunteers have put together lesson plans for free download that can reach 5 and up. The light experiment kit contains: 
  • LED light sources - Red, Green and Blue
     
  • lenses - concave, convex and trapezoid 
     
  • A diffraction grating - 500 lines/mm
     
  • mirrors with stands
     
  • A protractor
     
  • An activity guide with 10+ lessons and demonstrations!
If you haven't reserved kits, IEEE is asking groups to complete an intake form in order to keep track of the # of students reached as well as the # of kits needed. 

Click here to learn more!

* If interested, apply soon. There is a limited supply of kits.
STEM After School: How to Design and Run Great Program Activities
Click here to learn more (PDF)

Check out this FREE guidebook by clicking here and by all means, please use this in your afterschool programs! 

What's in the guidebook?

This guidebook contains information, ideas and resources that can help you design a science program that matches your kids' needs and interests and fits within your program. The resources described here can help you increase student engagement in science using methods specifically designed for after-school settings. Updates in this second edition include a section on partnerships authored by staff from the New York Academy of Sciences, and new resources, like the ExpandED Schools family engagement guide, Click2Science PD from the University of Nebraska and a checklist for helping programs assess their assets and constraints related to STEM, called the STEM Readiness Reflection.

Who should use this guidebook?

You do not have to work in an after-school program to benefit from this information. Principals, classroom teachers, community leaders, museum educators, parents, volunteers or people who work in STEM fields can use this guide to support out-of-school time programs in their schools or communities. At the same time, this guidebook aims to help after-school leaders and professional youth workers who want to improve the quality of their programs and engage kids in science learning opportunities.

Click here to learn more (PDF)
Apply to the SciGirls CONNECT Partnership Program by FRI 9/16
Click here to learn more and apply by 9/16

If you have a commitment to gender-equitable programming with girls ages 8-13, the SciGirls CONNECT Partner Program is for you!

All Partners receive:
  • A full-day SciGirls Professional Development Training with up to 30 educators in your community
  • Take home copies of SciGirls educational resources
  • A $200 stipend for materials
  • Access to the SciGirls CONNECT online community
  • And more!
Organizations must submit an application by September 16, 2016.

For more information and to review application questions, click here to visit our website.

Questions? Contact SciGirls Sr. Outreach Coordinator, Niki Becker, at: atnbecker@tpt.org .

SciGirls: Changing how girls think about science, technology, engineering and math!

Click here to register today!
 Got STEM? Let us Know How You're Supporting STEM or STEAM in Afterschool!
Click here to get started

NJSACC knows that a lot of great things are being achieved through STEM education in afterschool programs, but we need to know more. Help us make a difference by pinpointing STEM activity taking place in your programs and let's find out what is being accomplished!

With that in mind, please take a moment and fill out our quick survey to express your interests in incorporating STEM or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) into your programs or how you are currently implementing STEM. Please note that programs that do not currently offer STEM are encouraged to complete the survey as well. We'd like to hear from all of you!

We encourage as many programs to respond as possible, whether or not you have strong involvement with STEM.

Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Click here to access the survey and begin!
Join The Connectory
Click here to begin

Use The Connectory to collaborate with STEM programs and promote your upcoming STEM opportunities to families. Programs are organizations providing STEM opportunities. Opportunities are time-bound STEM events such as summer camps, one-day events, workshops, career fairs, and competitions, and are automatically promoted to visitors based on their location.

Add your opportunities now so they will be available to the families across the country accessing The Connectory!
  • Join: Make an account profile
  • Create: Add your organization/program
  • Approval: Your program listing will be approved so it can be searched for by program providers
  • Add: Add all your STEM opportunities
  • Approval: Your time-bound opportunities will be approved so they can be searched for by families
  • Discover: Search for other programs providers to connect with
  • Opportunities are visible publicly to families. Programs are visible to other STEM providers.
The National Girls Collaborative Project Program Directory is now The Connectory.
Please be aware that Diane Genco, Executive Director of NJSACC, is now the Collaborative Lead for the Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative. NJSACC is the Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities.
Contact
Diane Genco 
Collaborative Lead  
Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative 

SJ: Celebrate This Year's Certified Schools             (Posted: 9-30-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
205 Districts     511 Schools     Participating
 
83 New Jersey Schools Achieve Sustainability Certifications 
Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced today the 83 schools that achieved the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. The 83 schools come from 24 different school districts across 13 New Jersey counties. In two years, 118 schools have achieved Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.  A total of 509 schools and 204 school districts are participating in the program overall. View the list of newly certified schools here.

Organize Now for 2017 Certification!   Attend our upcoming series of Thursday webinars geared to get your 2017 certification efforts off to a great start! Webinars will be held live from 3-4pm and available as a recording on our website the next day. 
Successful School Green TeamsSeptember 29th, 3:00-4:00pmParticipants will learn from other schools and districts about tools to enhance green team participation and strengthen partnerships. Additional clarification and guidance will be offered on fulfilling the requirements for the mandatory "Green Team" action.  Register here.

Preparing for Certification
October 6th, 3:00-4:00pm
Is your school or district participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program? Whether you are already certified or just getting started, this webinar will provide helpful tips for making progress toward making your school or district more sustainable. Register here.

The webinar will provide: * A brief overview of the program and the Sustainable Jersey for Schools website 
* Tips for selecting and documenting actions at both the district and schools' level 
* Timeline for the certification cycle for 2017 
Navigating the Application for First Time Users October 13th, 3:00-4:00pmRegistered districts and schools will walk through the basics of the online application process to achieve bronze or silver certification for 2017. Learn how to add contributors to your application, search actions, upload documentation, and submit your materials for review.  Register here.
 
Meet Sustainable Jersey's Sustainability Hero for September: 
NANCY YARD, ED.D. Principal and Green Team Coordinator Holland Township Elementary School (Hunterdon County)
From her open water diver certification achieved at the Southern Belize reef system to her Earthwatch expedition to track the effects of climate change on caterpillars in Costa Rica to surveying horseshoe crabs at the Jersey shore, Dr. Nancy Yard definitively brings a unique perspective to school leadership. She has been integrating sustainability into her work while serving as an educator for the last 25 years. Dr. Yard just led her school green team to achieve silver-level Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification this summer with only one school in New Jersey receiving more certification points. Read Dr. Yard's entire story here. 
 
30 Schools from 18 NJ Counties Receive Grants 
to Fund Health and Wellness Actions
Sustainable Jersey for Schools announces the thirty New Jersey schools that were selected to receive a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant of up to $4,000 funded by the New Jersey Department of Health. These grants will support school health and wellness initiatives
"Sustainable schools are healthy schools, and schools that promote health and well-being will see benefits," said Donna Drewes, who co-directs Sustainable Jersey with Randall Solomon. "These grants funded by the New Jersey Department of Health will support schools as they tackle important health and wellness actions."
The New Jersey Department of Health is funding the grants through its Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant. NJDOH has three regional partners that will provide assistance and support to help schools successfully carry out the funded project. AtlantiCare (south), EmPoWER Somerset (central) and The Center for Prevention and Counseling (north).
Proposals were reviewed by an independent Blue Ribbon Selection Committee. 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. Since 2015, $706,000 in grants has been provided to New Jersey districts and schools.
View the list of successful grant projects here.
 
 
$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.  

Informational Webinar
An informational webinar will be held September 14, 2016, from 3:00pm - 4:00pm to guide applicants through the application process.
REGISTER 
 
 Application Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016 at midnight
  • Click HERE for the $10,000 application
  • Click HERE for the $2,000 application




Wanted: Innovative NJ Sustainable Energy Projects
  The Gardinier Environmental Fund is contributing $150,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program cycle for both municipalities and schools.  This cycle will award two (2) $35,000 grants and eight (8) $10,000 grants.  
For this cycle, the Gardinier Environmental Fund will fund energy projects focused on conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy.   One example of an acceptable energy project is a propane bus fleet, which can save between 40% - 50% on fuel costs.  This type of project can be applied to Sustainable Jersey for School's School Carbon Footprint action.  For other project ideas, view the recorded informational webinar presentation.     To learn more about eligibility requirements for school districts, click HERE.   

Application Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016 at midnight 

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 
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
 Monmouth County
Brielle Borough School District
 Morris County
Jefferson Elementary School (Roxbury)
Kennedy Elementary School (Roxbury)

 Sussex County
Florence M. Burd Elementary School (Andover)
Frankford Township Elementary School (Frankford Twp)
Long Pond Middle School (Andover)
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM, GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE, HAMILTON, NJ NJ Arts Education Collective"Advocacy & Opportunity"  Learn about "ARTS ED NOW" a statewide campaign to increase participation in arts education, launching in September 2016.  Participate in workshops and presentations designed to help teaching artists find opportunities in schools and communities.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM, WEBINARNational Association of Chronic Disease Directors"Leveraging School Improvement Plans to Strengthen Health & Wellness"  This webinar will provide an overview of school improvement plans (SIP) and highlight the opportunity to leverage these plans to strengthen student health and wellness. It will describe the general process schools use to develop SIPs, the variability across school districts and states, and how the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model provides a valuable framework for the SIP assessment, planning and development process
OCTOBER 20, 2016 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM, CHATHAM, NJ  NJ Department of Environmental ProtectionProject WET Curriculum Guide Workshops for Educators 
OCTOBER 20, 2016 8:00-5:00 PM NEWARK, NJOCTOBER 21, 2016 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM, LYNDHURST, NJ Newark Environmental Sustainability Institute (NESI)Building Partnerships: Education & Community as a Path to Urban Sustainability
SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING 2016-2016NJ Association for Designated Persons, NJDEP, NJ School Buildings & Grounds Association
Throughout the state, every month beginning in November. See the complete schedule for dates & locations  here. 
  Download Program Resources

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

Great Places: Can an App Get You Closer to Nature?             (Posted: 9-30-16)

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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
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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.  >>>>

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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

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

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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
 
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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.

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)

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