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CONTENTS:
SJ4S: Second Certification Application Deadline April 10th
Science Update: Save Bats, Save Tequila
NJ Clean Communities News: March 2017
C&NN: Start Your Journey Today
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for March
Barnegat Bay Subaqueous Soil Survey Now Available Online
SJ: March Sustainability Hero Announced
Celebrate Spring! Volunteer, Attend a Seminar, Plant a Tree
SJ4S: Never Underestimate the Power of A Small Grant
Eco-Schools USA: Road to the Final Fur
Great Places: The Challenges Ahead
Children & Nature Research Digest | February 2017
March Littoral News
Screen SEED: The Untold Story in your Community!
SJ This Week: Local Action-Collective Impact, Save the Date for NJ Sustainability Summit
Notes from the New Nature Movement for 02/28/2017
New Jersey is #15 for LEED in the US + More
Raritan Headwaters Newsletter: It's March already?
Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
Science Update: Turtles on Ice
Winter 2017 Issue of Conservationist for Kids Now Online
The Time is NOW to Start Planning your Certification and Recertification
Green Knight Newsletter - February 2017
River-Friendly Reflections
CWF: February E-News 2017
NAAEE: Environmental Education Research Bulletin
Great Places: Core Principles for a Time of Change
Children & Nature Research Digest | January 2017
Combat News Fatigue With Winter Gardening!
February Littoral News
Raritan Headwaters: Think Spring!
Bald Eagle Annual Report Posted
SJ E-News: Hooray for the 78%
States Nominate for 2017 ED-GRS by February 1
Green Knight newsletter - Upcoming events for January
American Littoral Society: A Brand New Website
CWFNJ: January E-News 2017
SJ4S: Is Your Green Team Ready for Certification?
NAAEE: eeNEWS for January 11, 2017
January Littoral News
Raritan Headwaters Newsletter: Happy New Year!
The Nature Conservancy - Great Places: Sparks of Hope in 2016
Duke Farms: Community Garden Plots Available
SJ4S: Second Certification Application Deadline April 10th             (Posted: 3-22-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
250 Districts     615 Schools     Participating
Second Certification Application Deadline Approaching!
   
                  APRIL 10, 2017

Schools seeking bronze or silver certification with Sustainable Jersey for Schools in 2017 are encouraged to take advantage of multiple review periods in the application cycle. 

Iterative submission of application materials allows your green team to receive valuable feedback on your efforts as you accumulate points towards certification.  

2017 Certification Application Deadlines
April 10, 2017
 Second 2017 Application Submission Deadline

June 29, 2017
Third (FINAL) 2017 Application Submission Deadline
Check out these past webinar presentations for tips and guidance for a successful submission: 
Preparing for Certification (access narrated recording here)
Looking for 10-20 Points via the 
Radon Testing, Education & Mitigation Action?
Check out The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radon Awareness Grants!
   
Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to schools (not a district). Schools can request a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Radon Section to be used toward school testing costs. A limited number of grants is available.

A school has two testing options: send a school staff member for training to receive an exemption so they can conduct the radon testing or contract with a certified radon measurement business to conduct the testing. Long Branch Township schools recently received grants to test nine schools. They provided feedback that the grant process was easy and paid for most of the testing in their schools. Check out the Sustainable Jersey for Schools "Radon Testing, Education & Mitigation Action" to learn more about radon in schools and what to do about it. 

Applications are accepted until all grant funds have been allocated. Review DEP grant information and apply today! For further information or if you have questions, please call (800) 648-0394.
Free Technical Support on Energy Initiatives
   
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is once again partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) to provide trained graduate student fellows to assist municipalities and school districts within NJNG service territory in completing the Sustainable Jersey energy actions. Efforts will be focused on improving building performance through energy efficiency analysis, planning, and upgrades, but may also include renewable energy and other energy-related improvements.  For more information click here.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017, at 11:59pm
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Cape May County 
FieldCarl T. Mitnick Elementary School (Lower Twp)
Charles W. Sandman Consolidated School (Lower Twp)
David C. Douglass Veterans Memorial School (Lower Twp)
Maud H. Abrams Elementary School (Lower Twp)
Morris County
"Going Beyond the Resolution"
NJSBA Sustainability Webinar Series for Board Leaders
 
The New Jersey School Boards Association has designed a free webinar series for school board members who seek a deeper understanding of sustainability, beyond the resolution signed to participate in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Green team members are encouraged to participate in these webinars, as the success of implementing sustainable practices improves with a better understanding by everyone involved in supporting sustainability.

FUTURE WEBINARS IN THE SERIES: 
April 12   10-11am  Strategic Planning: Incorporating Green Initiatives
May 10   10-11am  Education for Sustainability
June 14  10-11am  Arts Ed Now Toolkit: Supporting Compliance with State Requirements
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
RUTGERS MASTER GARDENERS OF MONMOUTH COUNTY SCHOOL GARDEN CONFERENCE
MARCH 24, 2017  8:00AM-2:45PM
Are you interested in learning about school gardens - starting or improving one, or simply taking academics outdoors? The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County School Programs Committee's Third Annual School Garden Conference on March 24th will provide information, demonstrations, resources, support, and guidance, and answer your questions. Everyone is welcome to attend. You do not have to live in Monmouth County. Professional Development Certificate will be provided. For further information, click here.

STUDENT CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE
SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2017 1:00-5:30PM 
High school students are invited to this FREE conference at the Stonybrook Millstone Watershed Association in Pennington, NJ. A variety of workshops will be presented by Princeton University Graduate Students and the Director of the Watershed, including:
Climate Change 101: Myth busting what we know about climate change and how we know it.
Politics & Policy: The current state of climate change politics in the U.S. and the world, and policy options for addressing carbon emissions.
Water: How will the changing climate impact our water resources and what can we do to prepare ourselves?
Technical Solutions for Climate Change: What are the technologies currently available and on the horizon that can help solve the climate problem?
Food & Agriculture: What are the existing and potential future impacts of climate change on food production around the world?
Also, tour a highly energy and water efficient LEED platinum-certified building. Engage with students from other schools.Create an action plan for your school and perhaps win a $500 grant for your project.
Great local food - FREE Pre-registration required: link here.

SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING 2016-2017
NJ Association for Designated Persons, NJDEP, NJ School Buildings & Grounds Association
Throughout the state, every month through May
See the complete schedule for dates & locations here.  

DUKE FARMS CLIMATE SCIENCE & SUSTAINABLE ACTIONS ACADEMY
Participating K-12 educators, administrators and non-formal educators will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ's top experts, and develop NGSS/NJSLS-aligned lesson plans that bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students. Click here 
for more details
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page 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

Science Update: Save Bats, Save Tequila             (Posted: 3-22-17)

Click HERE.

NJ Clean Communities News: March 2017             (Posted: 3-22-17)

 

Why wait until Earth Day to help keep New Jersey litter-free?

 

NJCCC is seeking volunteers now for its “Clean Water Challenge,” a fifth-annual event to raise environmental awareness and organize community-based events throughout the state to clean up our waterways.

 

Clean-ups for the Clean Water Challenge are taking place through April 30. Organizers hope to surpass the number of last year’s volunteers, which included more than 1,000 New Jerseyans.

 

Groups and individuals interested in volunteering for this year’s challenge can register by visiting njclean.org.

 

“The Clean Water Challenge is one of our flagship programs; its success is directly tied to the number of volunteers we can recruit across the state,” said Sandy Huber, NJCCC executive director. “If there is a waterway in your town that you think needs help, work with us during the challenge to make it possible.”

 

Each team will name a captain to ensure all volunteers abide by program guidelines and safety rules. Team captains stake the claim to their cleanup locations, getting sign-off from host municipalities and coordinating with other volunteer groups. Captains will receive free bags and gloves from NJCCC, unless municipalities agree to provide supplies using Clean Communities grant funds.

 

Volunteers will be honored for their outstanding service at the annual Clean Communities Awards Dinner on May 25 at Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange.

 

“Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our efforts,” Huber said. “We hope as many volunteers as possible take our challenge, as we work together to keep New Jersey green and litter-free.”

 

Hundreds of Students to Join Environmental Student Exchange

 

One of the first signs of spring is the annual Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange, in which students from across New Jersey come together for one of the early clean-ups of the year.

 

This year, NJCCC will be hosting hundreds of students representing 10 schools in Toms River, on March 23-24. It will likely be their first glimpse of the Jersey Shore in 2017, as the teens clean up sections of Ortley Beach.

 

There will also be a trash hunt and lunch at Cattus Island. NJCCC educators will be on hand to talk with the students about key environmental issue in the state, join in some robust roundtable discussions, and hash out viable solutions to problems that plague our state, such as littering.

 

 “The way to fight litter is by educating our youngest generations,” said NJCCC Executive Director Sandy Huber. “New Jersey is the state that they will inherit, and we want to do everything we can to educate them about ways to be environmentally friendly. Moreover, we want them to return to their communities and share their experiences with others. It is a way we can amplify our message, and another reason why we do the environmental exchange year after year.”

 

Now Accepting Nominations for 2017 Awards

 

It’s time to be honored for all your hard work.

 

NJCCC is accepting nominations for the 2017 Clean Communities Awards, to be presented at the organization’s 14th-annual conference, May 24-25, in West Orange.

 

Each year, the NJCCC honors government agencies, businesses, community organizations, schools, and individuals who have helped make the state clean and litter-free.

 

“We’re pleased to be in Essex County this year and to honor those who have worked so hard in their local communities,” said NJCCC Executive Director Sandy Huber. “Our annual awards are the way in which we extend our sincerest gratitude for such a commitment.”

 

The deadline to submit nominations for the Clean Communities Awards is April 1. Nominations can be submitted on behalf of someone else’s project or your own.  Visit NJClean.org for the award categories.

 

NJCCC is also accepting nominations for its Kids-Teens Awards, which will be presented at the conference on May 24. The deadline to submit nominations for these awards is April 30 but schools should pre-register by April 1 by calling 609-989-5900 or emailing njccc@njclean.org.

 

Kids-Teens Awards are presented to young people (under the age of 18) who have contributed to a clean New Jersey. The program creates awareness among youth about litter-related issues, promotes a cleanliness ethic, and fosters an understanding of the state’s natural beauty and habitats.

 

Learn more at www.njclean.org

 

 

Clean Communities Conference Goes to Essex County May 24-26

 

We are expecting record turnout this year as school children and policy makers from around the state gather in West Orange in May for our annual conference.

 

For three days, May 24-26, the annual Clean Communities Conference is expected to be one of our best conferences!

 

It all begins May 24 with the Kids-Teens Awards at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. On May 25, our seminars are planned, followed up by our reception and awards dinner at McLoone’s Boathouse. On May 26, we have our Breakfast of Champions at Primavera Restaurant at the Willshire Grand Hotel.

 

Registration information and hotel accommodations will be posted at NJClean.org. You don’t want to miss this!

 

NJ Beach Bird Documentarian Wins Prestigious Media Award

 

On March 1, NJCCC joined with the city of Atlantic City to present Martin Fiedler of Just Right TV Productions LLC with The Summit Emerging Media Award (SEMA) for his video-documentary of the NJ Beach Bird campaign. Congrats Martin!?

 

 

Mark your Calendars

 

NOW through April 30, 2017 - Clean Water Challenge

 

March 23 - 24 - Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange, Toms River

 

May 24 - 26 - Clean Communities Conference, Essex County

  • May 24, Kids Teens Awards, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo
  • May 25, Clean Communities Seminar, McLoone’s, South Mountain Reservation
  • May 25, Awards Dinner, Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange
  • May 26, Breakfast of Champions, Primavera Restaurant, West Orange

June 13, 22, and 23 - NJCCC/Rutgers OCPE Safety Training

  • June 13, Safety Training Workshop, EcoComplex, Bordentown
  • June 22, Safety Training (Cleanup), Perth Amboy
  • June 23, Safety Training (Cleanup), Cumberland County

 

New Jersey Clean Communities is the state’s only comprehensive litter abatement program, serving New Jersey residents and visitors for over 25 years. New Jersey Clean Communities is home to New Jersey’s Adopt-a-Beach and Adopt-a-Highway programs. The Clean Communities Council is calling on volunteers to help clean New Jersey’s streets and beaches. You can make a huge difference in your community. Learn how at www.njclean.org.

 

Sandy Huber, Executive Director

NJ Clean Communities Council

609-989-5900 • njccc@njclean.org • www.njclean.org 

 

C&NN: Start Your Journey Today             (Posted: 3-22-17)

Click HERE.

Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for March             (Posted: 3-22-17)

Click HERE.

Barnegat Bay Subaqueous Soil Survey Now Available Online             (Posted: 3-16-17)

Rob Tunstead of USDA-NRCS has notified us that the subaqueous soil survey for Barnegat Bay is now available in its entirety on NRCS’s Web Soil Survey (https://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/HomePage.htm).  It's great to see this joint BBP-NRCS funded project being put to good use.

The subaqueous soil maps are a tremendous resource with the potential to help improve the health of the estuary.  They can be utilized for:

-Sub-aquatic vegetation (SAV) restoration; 

-Oyster bed restoration;

-Hard clam restoration;

-Identifying potential acid sulfate soils/dredging activities;

-Determining current sequestered blue carbon in the bay; and

-Aiding in the design living shoreline projects.

Web Soil Survey is NRCS' official information web portal for soils data.  Additionally, the California Soil Resource Lab has produced applications to further enhance a variety of uses of NRCS Soil Survey information.  On their website (https://casoilresource.lawr.ucdavis.edu/soilweb-apps/), they are currently hosting some tools that may interest many of you, some of which can be used even when out working in the field.  (A simple Google search in the field for “Soil Web Apps” will get you to the CA Soil Resource Lab webpage.)

California Soil Resource Lab’s SoilWeb app (https://casoilresource.lawr.ucdavis.edu/gmap/ ) can be used with smartphones and PCs.  Under the menu you can use the “zoom to location” and utilize location services on your device.  You can then click on a desired polygon and get the soil series components within the delineation.  The soil names become interactive; you can click on them to get a near representative picture of a typical soil profile.

California Soil Resource Lab’s SoilWeb Earth app involves downloading and saving a KMZ file for use with Google Earth.  Once again, this app can be used on a smartphone or PC.  You can open Google Earth and open the KMZ file at your saved location, zoom to a desired location of interest, and begin.

BBP staff have started exploring the California Soil Resource Lab’s applications.  There is an incredible amount of available information on a very fine scale, so it is important, especially when using mobile devices, to zoom in to an appropriate scale and give the server time to access and process the soil database.  You’ll be amazed by the information you can access!

As you use these resources, if you find soils information that may be incorrect or potentially needs improvement, please let NRCS know. 

Collecting the soil survey information from the Barnegat Bay represents a tremendous effort.  Rob Tunstead and staff at the NRCS 3-HAM Soil Survey Office and supervisors Debbie Anderson (director at the Raleigh, NC Soil Survey Regional Office, Region 3) and Richard Shaw (State Soil Scientist for NJ) were instrumental in the project.  BBP partners that assisted NRCS soil scientists with the survey include Save Barnegat Bay, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, Stockton University, ReClam the Bay, Rutgers University, US Geological Survey, and US Fish and Wildlife Service.  In addition, twenty-nine volunteers contributed 800 hours to the project!


Thank you Rob, everyone at the NRCS, and the volunteers from so many different organizations who worked to make this happen.

Making certain this information is put to good use is up to all of us, so please share these resources broadly throughout your own organization and via other networks.

Thank you! 

Barnegat Bay Partnership
Ocean County College, Building #10
College Drive
PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ  08753
Ph:  732-255-0472
Fx:  732-255-0358
bbp.ocean.edu

SJ: March Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 3-16-17)

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Celebrate Spring! Volunteer, Attend a Seminar, Plant a Tree             (Posted: 3-16-17)

"Volunteering with the NJ Tree Foundation has been one of my life's greatest experiences. Where else can you participate in the total transformation of a block of row homes in just three hours?" 

- Anita, Volunteer

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SPRING 2017 NEWSLETTER
 
Volunteer this Spring
Newark, Camden City, and Gloucester City

nullJoin the NJ Tree Foundation and community partners as we reforest Newark, Camden City, and Gloucester City this spring. Volunteers help dig holes, plant trees, and lay mulch.

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


Hire Us in Your Town
State-wide 
 
Hire our Green Streets crew to plant trees, construct rain gardens, prune, mulch or water your existing trees! The Green Streets Crew has over 10 years of experience in urban forestry. 

MaryEllen Lyons of Hackensack's Department of Public Works recently hired our crew in her town. She said, "Your team has done wonderful work! I would, and will recommend them to anyone."

For more information, please contact Lisa Simms at lsimms@njtreefoundation.org

Right Tree, Right Place Seminar
Hopewell, NJ
 
The NJ Tree Foundation is hosting a FREE Right Tree, Right Place seminar in the Mercer County community of Hopewell on March 31st, 2017. Learn the basics of tree planting, NJ One Calls, Emerald Ash Borer, Ash Tree Upcycling, and more.

Who should attend? Mayors, Freeholders, DPW staff, Environmental and Shade Tree Commissions, County officials, and other interested parties. 

Space is limited. Please RSVP by March 24th to Lisa Simms at lsimms@njtreefoundation.org
State Will Celebrate Arbor Day in Camden
The NJ Tree Foundation is proud to be partnering with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Urban and Community Forestry Program and the City of Camden's Office of the Mayor to co-host the state's 2017 Arbor Day event in Camden. This event will commemorate 15 years of tree planting in the City of Camden while also recognizing the forestry accomplishments of cities and towns across the state. Trees will be planted at Camden Day Nursery School in enhanced tree pits designed to absorb stormwater runoff and reduce combined sewer overflows. Arbor Day is April 28th, 2017. 
Plant One Million
Counties of Salem, Burlington, Gloucester, Camden, and Mercer 
 
In six years, Plant One Million partners have reforested the region with 532,000 trees! In 2016, 480 trees were planted in NJ's Plant One Million communities by the NJ Tree Foundation and our partners. Plant One Million is a regional tree planting initiative in southern New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, focused on encouraging individuals and organizations to restore tree canopy by planting and caring for trees. It is the only multi-state million-tree campaign in the nation. 
 
Get involved this spring by volunteering with NJ Tree Foundation and/or registering your newly planted trees at www.plantonemillion.org! Attend the Bartlett Tree Care Update at the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 16!

Businesses: Sponsor a Tree Planting
Do you have a dedicated team that wants to make a difference in a community near you? Sponsoring a tree planting is a great way to make a difference! Learn more about our business sponsorship opportunities here

 

SJ4S: Never Underestimate the Power of A Small Grant             (Posted: 3-16-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
250 Districts     601 Schools     Participating

We've hit another milestone!

40% of all districts & over 600 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program!
Check out our participating schools map

Never Underestimate the Power of a Small Grant
    
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation recently highlighted several Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grant projects on "The Dodge Blog", the foundation's website for stories that inspire and help others to imagine a better New Jersey. Read about the inspiring projects from West Cape May Elementary and C.J Davenport Elementary here.
Free Technical Support on Energy Initiatives
   
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is once again partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) to provide a powerful program to assist municipalities and school districts within NJNG service territory in completing the Sustainable Jersey energy actions.   Efforts will be focused on improving building performance through energy efficiency analysis, planning, and upgrades, but may also include renewable energy and other energy-related improvements.  For more information click here.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017, at 11:59pm
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Bergen County 
Englewood Cliffs School District
Fieldstone Middle School (Montvale)
Teaneck Community Charter School
Upper School (Englewood Cliffs)

Camden County
Oaklyn Public School District

Cape May County
Cape May County High School
Lower Township Elementary School District
Ocean Academy (Cape May County)

Morris County
Hanover Park Regional High School District
Mountain Lakes Public School District

"Going Beyond the Resolution"
NJSBA Sustainability Webinar Series for Board Leaders
 
The New Jersey School Boards Association has designed a free webinar series for school board members who seek a deeper understanding of sustainability, beyond the resolution signed to participate in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification Program. Green team members are encouraged to participate in these webinars, as the success of implementing sustainable practices improves with a better understanding by everyone involved in supporting sustainability.

FUTURE WEBINARS IN THE SERIES: 
April 12   10-11am  Strategic Planning: Incorporating Green Initiatives
May 10   10-11am  Education for Sustainability
June 14  10-11am  Arts Ed Now Toolkit: Supporting Compliance with State Requirements
$2,500 Grant Opportunity from Tanger Outlets
Applications Due March 17, 2017
    
Eligibility:
All teachers, guidance counselors, principals, and school employees are invited to complete a grant.
 
Description:
The TangerKIDS Grants Program was designed to satisfy the specific funding needs that schools have, from creating and implementing school-wide programs, to rebuilding equipment or academic materials inventories, to supporting academic clubs, athletic teams or band programs within the schools, as they are expressed by teachers and principals.
Opportunity                       Deadline
Up to $2,500                  March 17, 2017

Apply
Must have the school tax ID number ready
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS


34th ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE NEW JERSEY EARTH SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION3
MARCH 18, 2017  8:30AM-2:00PM
Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences
School of Biological & Environmental Sciences Campus, Rutgers University
"Earth's Systems in Our Classrooms" For further information, click here. 

RUTGERS MASTER GARDENERS OF MONMOUTH COUNTY SCHOOL GARDEN CONFERENCE
MARCH 24, 2017  8:00AM-2:45PM
Are you interested in learning about school gardens, starting or improving one, or simply taking academics outdoors? The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County School Programs Committee's Third Annual School Garden Conference on March 24th will provide information, demonstrations, resources, support, and guidance, and answer to your questions.Everyone is welcome to attend. You do not have to live in Monmouth County. Professional Development Certificate will be provided. For further information, click here.

RUTGERS MASTER GARDENERS OF MONMOUTH COUNTY SCHOOL GARDEN CONFERENCE
MARCH 24, 2017  8:00AM-2:45PM
Are you interested in learning about school gardens, starting or improving one, or simply taking academics outdoors? The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County School Programs Committee's Third Annual School Garden Conference on March 24th will provide information, demonstrations, resources, support, and guidance, and answer to your questions.Everyone is welcome to attend. You do not have to live in Monmouth County. Professional Development Certificate will be provided. For further information, click here.

FREE HIGH SCHOOL CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE- Organized by: Princeton Day School students in partnership with Princeton University Energy and Climate Scholars
SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2017 1:00-5:30PM Stonybrook Millstone Watershed Association, Pennington NJ
Attend workshops by Princeton University Graduate Students and the Director of the Watershed, which will include:
Climate Change 101: Mythbusting What we know about climate change & how we know it.
Politics & Policy: The current state of climate change politics in the U.S. and the world, and policy options for addressing carbon emissions.
Water: How will the changing climate impact our water resources and what can we do to prepare ourselves?
Technical Solutions for Climate Change: What are the technologies currently available and on the horizon that can help solve the climate problem?
Food & Agriculture: What are the existing and potential future impacts of climate change on food production around the world?
Tour a highly energy and water efficient LEED platinum certified building. Engage with students from other schools.Create an action plan for your school and perhaps win a $500 grant for your project.
Great local food - FREE Pre-registration required: link here.

SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING 2016-2017
NJ Association for Designated Persons, NJDEP, NJ School Buildings & Grounds Association
Throughout the state, every month from November to May
See the complete schedule for dates & locations here.  

DUKE FARMS CLIMATE SCIENCE & SUSTAINABLE ACTIONS ACADEMY
Participating K-12 educators, administrators and non-formal educators will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ's top experts, and develop NGSS/NJSLS-aligned lesson plans that bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students. Click here 
for more details. 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page 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.

 

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Stay Connected

Eco-Schools USA: Road to the Final Fur             (Posted: 3-8-17)

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Great Places: The Challenges Ahead             (Posted: 3-8-17)

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Children & Nature Research Digest | February 2017             (Posted: 3-8-17)

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March Littoral News             (Posted: 3-8-17)

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Screen SEED: The Untold Story in your Community!             (Posted: 3-2-17)

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SJ This Week: Local Action-Collective Impact, Save the Date for NJ Sustainability Summit             (Posted: 3-2-17)

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Notes from the New Nature Movement for 02/28/2017             (Posted: 3-2-17)

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New Jersey is #15 for LEED in the US + More             (Posted: 3-1-17)

   

NEW JERSEY is #15 for LEED in the US!

From USGBC: In late January, USGBC released the annual Top 10 States for LEED rankings, spotlighting U.S. states leading the way for sustainable transformation of the places where we live, learn, work and play through LEED. But given how close the rankings were this past year, we didn’t think it was enough to only showcase the first 10 states on our list.

These five states didn’t make the official cut, but are nonetheless driving change by engaging business, nonprofit and government stakeholders to make a demonstrable impact on their residents’ quality of life:

#15: New Jersey

New Jersey rounds out the top 15 states on the list with 10.62 million certified square feet, equal to 1.21 GSF of LEED space per capita. Of the 82 commercial projects certified in 2016, four were certified to the Platinum level, 18 to Gold, 31 to Silver and 29 to LEED-certified. Worth noting are that seven projects are tied to the manufacturing sector, five to education (including both higher education institutions and K–12 facilities), and seven were multifamily/residential projects (under BD+C).

Of the states highlighted in this honorable mention list, New Jersey has by far enacted the most policies at the state and city levels to support green building. Jersey City, which saw eight projects certified in 2016, has two city ordinances that promote green building. Ordinance 09-001 requires all new construction and renovations of public buildings to achieve LEED Silver certification and the EPA’s Energy Star Building Label, and Ordinance 09-002 grants a partial refund of building permit and lands development application fees for new construction and commercial building renovation projects.

Of the state-level policies, Chapter 296 is notable for requiring any new state building over 15,000 square feet to be designed to meet the standards of a “high-performance building”—defined in part as a building that receives at least a LEED Silver certification.  See more from USGBC on the top states for LEED HERE.


ALSO OF INTEREST


March 10 Redevelopment Forum:
New Jersey Future's Redevelopment Forum is a daylong conference that brings together more than 500 municipal and state leaders and leading professionals in planning, development, law, transportation, architecture, construction, environmental conservation and historic preservation to share best practices and lessons learned. Register Now! Questions: contact Marianne Jann at 609-393-0008, ext. 101.





April 22 (Earth Day) Sustainability Night at Red Bull Stadium


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Raritan Headwaters Newsletter: It's March already?             (Posted: 3-1-17)

March 2017
Membership Meeting This Thursday!
     
Time is running out and space is limited, so sign up today for RHA's March 2 Membership Meeting.
Not a member? Join us in our mission to protect the water you rely on.
We're Still in a Drought
 
According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, we remain in a moderate drought. Three months of near-normal precipitation doesn't erase a drought that's nearly two years old. Stream flows are still extremely low and the NJDEP's drinking water supply status for our region remains at "Warning." 
 
RHA continues to monitor conditions in our watershed and will provide periodic updates. Please use water wisely and conserve wherever possible.

Well Testing Numbers Are Growing
 
We are excited to see an ever increasing number of residents testing their drinking water and more towns participating in the Community Well Testing program this spring!

Find out which towns have scheduled their testing dates, and watch for pick up and drop off updates. 
 

Something for Everyone during Earth Week
           
Drop by Fairview Farm on April 15 for a native plant sale, 11am-3pm.
Volunteer at RHA's annual Stream Cleanup on Saturday, April 22. Free t-shirt if you register by March 3. Sign up now!
Party with us at RHA's Boots & Bar-B-Q Earth Day fundraiser the evening of April 22. Buy tickets!
Nature Day Camps Are Filling Fast
           
Another summer of adventure awaits children aged 3 to 16. See this year's camp offerings and sign up today!
Make a Difference!
 
RHA is seeking citizen scientists for our stream monitoring program. We will train new volunteers to collect biological and visual data on April 29, 9am-3pm at Fairview Farm. Space is limited, so register now!
 
Experienced stream monitors can sign up for our April 30 refresher training.

How to Become a River-Friendly Resident
           
It's easy! Simply fill out a survey, which outlines actions you can take at home to protect clean water and the environment, including water conservation, "greening" your lawn and garden, and protecting wildlife habitat.
On the Watchdog Front

Watershed Watchdog
RHA joined a standing-room only crowd at a recent Bernardsville Borough council meeting to encourage officials to adopt an aquifer testing ordinance. By the end of the night, the council agreed to move the ordinance forward for review by the Planning Board and hopefully add Bernardsville to the list of towns in our region with laws that protect residents who rely on wells.

  
Did You Know?

Groundwater Awareness Week Is March 5-11
 
RHA's Well Testing Program Manager Mara Tippett will host Let's Learn About Groundwater, March 8, 6:30-8:00pm at Hoffman's Crossing Campus, Califon.
 
Somerset Country Health Dept. will have information available during National Groundwater Awareness Week at their Administration Bldg. (20 Grove St.) and Human Services Bldg. (27 Warren St.) in Somerville. 
Events & Happenings

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.

Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!             (Posted: 3-1-17)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program
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Water Resources Program Interns join the Peace Corps!
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program strives to encourage our student interns to be successful and overcome challenges we face in protecting water resources in New Jersey. For the first time in our intern history, two interns have been accepted into the Peace Corps, "a service opportunity for motivated change-makers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation." The RCE Water Resources Program staff wish the best of luck to both Adam Cucchiara and Cherish Wanter on their future journeys! We are excited to see how this opportunity challenges them and the impact they will make in Peru and Senegal!

Adam will be departing for Lima, Peru on April 17th to join the Peace Corps for a 27 month commitment. Adam will be working in their Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Program as their water engineer and educator for Lima and surrounding neighborhoods. Adam has taken this opportunity to expand his knowledge in water management and how other regions around the world deal with water resources issues. His hope is to specialize in water management as a future landscape architect and incorporate culturally influenced perspectives into his future work. Adam's decision to take this leap in life to help communities stems from his personal growth goals before settling for a career in landscape architect. Adam looks forward to his two year commitment in Peru and looks forward to sharing his experiences with the RCE Water Resources Program.

Cherish will be departing for Senegal in August to join the Peace Corps. A disproportionate percentage of the human population resides in environments that pose health risks and have limited educational opportunities. From her personal experience in living in the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana for the first eleven years of her life, Cherish suffered from various ailments because her family lived in a community without basic sanitation. They used ruffled paper as toilet paper and a nearby landfill as a public bathroom and means of garbage disposal. During rain events, the stormwater runoff carried these pollutants downstream, flooding and filling homes with fecal matter and garbage. In her aim to uphold Billy Graham's statement, "God has given us two hands - one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoardings; we are channels made for giving," Cherish will utilize her tools and skillsets she's acquired as an undergraduate and the opportunities offered by the Peace Corps to work alongside global leaders. As a Peace Corps Agroforestry agent in Senegal, Cherish will be working with local community leaders to improve the agricultural techniques being used in the community and introduce new techniques that will emphasize sustainable agricultural methods to enhance soil resilience and increase crop yield. Although she recognizes the difficulties associated with serving aboard, Cherish is looking forward to embracing this next chapter of her life.
Municipal Action Teams are Moving Green Infrastructure into Action Across the State

Municipal action teams have been formed in combined sewer system communities to foster community engagement and serve to advocate for green infrastructure. Green infrastructure is one method to reduce the negative impacts associated with combined sewer systems. Municipal action teams are established to bring together local governments, utility authorities, residents, and community organizations to develop a community-based green infrastructure initiative. The goal of these teams is to foster collaboration and collective action that helps the municipality speak with a common voice and achieve a common goal while advocating for green infrastructure. Detailed below is an update on the various municipal action teams across the state.  

Camden: Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) partners have been making plans to convene an Environmental Summit with other Camden Community Collaborative partners.  Look for upcoming notices about the event to be held in June 2017.  This past year has seen the installation of nine new green infrastructure projects.  These projects will be planted and completed this spring and were funded through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust.  Other programs to begin this year include a rain barrel distribution effort for Camden residents and the installation of signage in and around the many green infrastructure projects completed throughout the city over the past six years.   Camden SMART partners recently met on Tuesday, February 14th and meet monthly at the offices of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA).  For more information about Camden SMART, please visit www.camdensmart.com.    

Gloucester City:  The Gloucester City Green Infrastructure Team has been meeting along with the Green Team and the Supplemental CSO Team.  Participants are working to communicate green infrastructure and CSO planning efforts with residents and businesses.  The members prepared an informational brochure that will be mailed to all residents along with their quarterly sewer bill.  Presentations to local boards and committees are being scheduled, and a display is planned for Gloucester City Day in June 2017. The team members last met on February 8th at Gloucester City Hall and will be meeting again in early March.
 
Jersey City: The Jersey City Green Infrastructure Team is reconvening meetings in an effort to highlight the 2017 Year of Water. Participants are working to elevate the last year of planning and designing to be in a position to implement several green infrastructure projects across the city. Partners are also working on elevating community awareness on water and water resources issues through programming and press releases. A resiliency master plan has been drafted, which includes green infrastructure and will be made available for comments at a public hearing to be held on March 23rd. The team members last met on February 20th at the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority and will be meeting monthly on the 4th Thursday of each month. For more information on the 2017 Year of Water, please visit www.innovatejerseycity.org/year-of-water/

Newark: Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green) members are working towards implementation of 11 green infrastructure projects of various scales and with multiple partners in 2017 and 2018. DIG is also actively working with the City of Newark to understand the stormwater utility fee feasibility study. These efforts will help elevate resident concerns during the development of this study as well as identifying opportunities for green infrastructure to be considered as part of an incentive program. Newark DIG has been awarded a grant from the Victoria Foundation to continue outreach to local residents regarding the stormwater utility fee feasibility study and to educate residents on the benefits of green infrastructure. DIG will be presenting at the March 17th Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally and is looking forward to additional events throughout the year including a Quality of Life Summit. Newark DIG recently met on Tuesday, January 24th and regularly meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at Newark City Hall.  For more information about Newark DIG, please visit www.NewarkDIG.org.

Paterson: Paterson SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) partners are designing green infrastructure demonstration project sites and looking to begin construction in spring 2017.  Projects include cisterns at community gardens, rain gardens, depaving, tree plantings at schools, and adding parking lot bioretention islands at parks.  The group is participating in the Supplemental CSO Team in support of the Long Term Control Plan development.  Members of the team are working to schedule a presentation to the City Council and will be participating in the Paterson Falls Earth Day Youth Program in April. The partners recently met on February 22nd at City Hall and regularly meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. For more information about Paterson SMART, please visit www.PatersonSMART.org.   

Perth Amboy: Perth Amboy SWIM (Stormwater Infrastructure Management) partners are working together to design and implement a green infrastructure project at Washington Park and two porous asphalt opportunities on municipal lots. Partners are planning and developing public outreach workshops to engage local residents and the community about the benefits of green infrastructure to address the flooding issues in the area. SWIM members are also working on establishing Earth Day with the city. Activates are being planned to celebrate Earth Day activities beginning on April 17th. The partners recently met on February 16th and meet regularly on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Trenton:  The Trenton Green Infrastructure Partners began meeting in August 2016.  The partners have been working to identify and prioritize green infrastructure opportunities throughout the City of Trenton and align these opportunities with City initiatives.  Current participants are reaching out to others working in Trenton to increase participation and are working to coordinate efforts with the City and its many civic organizations.  The final draft of the Trenton 250 Master Plan has identified green infrastructure programs as a priority for the community, and partners are very excited to learn how to assist in implementing this action in collaboration with city leaders.  The partners recently met on February 21st at the Isles Youth Institute and Center for Energy and Environmental Training facility on Tucker Street and will be meeting again in late April or early May.
  
Technical assistance provided to these municipal action teams by the RCE Water Resources Program is funded in part by the Surdna Foundation with support from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and our local partners. For more information about the RCE Water Resources Program’s New Jersey Technical Assistance Program for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) communities please click here.   

Upcoming Events and Conferences
Complying with New Jersey Stormwater Regulations Workshop on March 6, 2017
The RCE Water Resources Program will be hosting Complying with New Jersey Stormwater Regulations on March 6th with a registration fee of $15 per person. This two-hour workshop is sponsored by the William Penn Foundation and hosted by the Lopatcong Creek Initiative and Phillipsburg Township. The program will highlight steps to guide you and your municipality to ensure that new development is in compliance with the New Jersey stormwater management regulations. We will also focus on the importance and benefits of inventorying your municipality's stormwater infrastructure while complying with the state's municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits. 

This workshop will be held at the Phillipsburg Library's Community Room, located at 200 Broubalow Way, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Registration will begin at 5:30 PM. Registration is $15.00 per person, but free registration is being offered to ANJEC and Trout Unlimited members! To register, please click here.

Questions or concerns, please contact Hollie DiMuro at dimuro@envsci.rutgers.edu or call 848-932-6728.
Municipal Stormwater NJDEP General Permit Public Hearing
Earlier this month, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued a draft renewal of the Municipal Stormwater General Permits. A public hearing has been scheduled for March 22nd. Comments on the draft permit are due to NJDEP by April 3rd. For more information, please click here. 
Right Tree in the Right Place, the Right Way Workshop
The New Jersey Tree Foundation and Public Service Electric & Gas are offering a FREE seminar on planting the Right Tree in the Right Place, the Right Way on Friday, March 31st at the Hopewell Municipal Complex (201 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ) from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Topics include: Emerald Ash Borer, planting the right tree in the right place, the importance of utility mark-outs prior to planting, vegetation management policies to ensure safe and reliable delivery of electric service, and Hopewell Valley Arts Council ash tree re-use. The program encourages mayors, freeholders, DPW supervisors, environmental and shade tree commissioners, county officials, and other interested parties to attend. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Lisa Simms by March 24th.
RCE Water Resources Program | New Brunswick, NJ 08901 | M-F 8:30 - 4:30pm

Science Update: Turtles on Ice             (Posted: 3-1-17)

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Winter 2017 Issue of Conservationist for Kids Now Online             (Posted: 3-1-17)

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The Time is NOW to Start Planning your Certification and Recertification             (Posted: 2-17-17)

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Green Knight Newsletter - February 2017             (Posted: 2-17-17)

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River-Friendly Reflections             (Posted: 2-10-17)

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CWF: February E-News 2017             (Posted: 2-10-17)

OSPREYS CONTINUE REMARKABLE 
SUCCESS IN NEW JERSEY 
Six week-old ospreys sit in a nest while an adult watches from above. 
Sedge Island Wildlife Management Area. July 2016. Photo by Eric Sambol.
Over the past decade, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey has conducted annual nesting surveys for ospreys while working in close partnership with New Jersey's Endangered and Nongame Species Program. These surveys, performed each summer during the peak of their nesting season, cover around 80% of the known population. Results from these surveys help guide conservation efforts to keep the population at a sustainable level. The annual surveys would not be possible without the dedication of our volunteer osprey banders and citizen scientists who monitor nests and report nesting activity online at www.osprey-watch.org. In 2017, the first statewide annual census will be conducted to help get a more accurate estimate of the size and health of the entire population.

Our findings from the past year reveal a total of 515 active nests were documented. A total of 670 young were produced from 376 known-outcome nests, and 361 young were banded by volunteers and staff with USGS leg bands for future tracking. The majority of nests are along the Atlantic Coast, while the most productive nests are located along the Delaware Bayshore. 

Check out the 2016 New Jersey Osprey Project Report for in-depth details about the season.
 
CWF BIOLOGISTS TRAVEL TO BRAZIL TO STUDY RED KNOTS
FOCUS ON THE LARGEST SHOREBIRD POPULATION IN HEMISPHERE
CWF's Shorebird Project Team is at the largest mangrove forest in the world on the Brazilian coastline near the mouth of the Amazon River. The forest extends out into the Atlantic Ocean in long peninsulas tipped by wind swept and mostly inaccessible beaches. The forest, beaches and their long intertidal mud and sandy low tide flats support the largest wintering population of shorebirds in the hemisphere, perhaps the world. The red knot, a listed species in both North and South America, also uses this remote tropical coast. The team will be in the field for the next month surveying the shorebirds and studying their wintering grounds. 

Photo courtesy of Mark Peck.

RARE WILDLIFE REVEALED 
Pine Barrens Tree Frog by James Fiorentino
WHERE CAN YOU FIND THE JAMES FIORENTINO TRAVELING ART EXHIBITION?
Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition is currently at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey. The exhibit will be displayed here until February 28. 

 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
NEW JERSEY'S "FISH HAWK": THE AMAZING OSPREY
Photo courtesy of Northside Jim.

Did you know that in 1974 only 50 osprey nests were left in New Jersey? Today, ospreys are a common sight along the New Jersey shore during the summer. Join us to learn about the life history of ospreys, current monitoring techniques, and their amazing comeback. CWF Habitat Program Manager Ben Wurst will share his experience from working to managing this amazing species over the past 10+ years.

Ben will present at the Upper Branch of Cape May County Library on Thursday, February 9 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
Golden winged warbler
CALLING ALL FOREST LANDOWNERS IN NORTH JERSEY
There will be a workshop on planning and financial assistance opportunities for forest landowners on Wednesday, February 15 at the Sussex County Library Main Branch from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Learn about managing your forestland to create critical habitat for a variety of wildlife species that are currently in decline, and learn technical and financial assistance available to help create young forest habitat on your property.

Contact Kelly Triece for more information or to register for the workshop at 908-852-2576 ext 7524 or kelly.triece@nj.usda.gov.
FIELD EXPERIENCES FOR CHILDREN
KIDS SUMMER PROGRAMS
CWF is proud to offer three week-long learning experiences for children throughout the Garden State for summer 2017.
Learn more about our summer programs below and sign up today!
 
BOY & GIRL SCOUT PROGRAMS
CWF's Scout Programs offers a variety of outdoor educational and recreational field experiences to help New Jersey's Scouts earn their badges while exploring the wonderful diversity of our state's wildlife and the habitats they live, breed and migrate through. CWF is dedicated to helping kids become stewards of our environment to ensure that we are "Keeping Wildlife in our Future."
Learn more about how to get your Scouts involved and sign up today!

NAAEE: Environmental Education Research Bulletin             (Posted: 2-8-17)

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Great Places: Core Principles for a Time of Change             (Posted: 2-8-17)

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Children & Nature Research Digest | January 2017             (Posted: 2-8-17)

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Combat News Fatigue With Winter Gardening!             (Posted: 2-8-17)

I. Prune Your Deciduous Trees and Vines

Effective approaches to pruning trees, vines, and shrubs vary quite widely. There is by no means a “correct” way to prune. And yet, there are some principles of plant growth that help the person with the pruning shears, loppers or saw in hand decide which decisions to make based on acute observation of the tree or vine’s growth. Read our full guide to pruning deciduous tree and vines here.

II. Cover Bare Soil with Mulch!

Mulching is an excellent way to build organic matter in the soil, prevent erosion, prevent weeds from growing, and retain moisture in the ground by preventing evaporation. Ideally, use old straw bales and wood chips, leaves and plant material from the garden as mulch.  Mulching with plant material from the garden is fine too, as long as there are no weed seeds in the mulch. For more mulching tips, check out this video, download or purchase a hard copy of Edible Gardening: 10 Essential Practices for Growing Your Own Food.

III. Plan Next Summer’s Garden

There is something incredibly comforting about sitting inside on a cold rainy (or snowy!) day, looking at beautiful images of vegetables that can only be grown in the opposite season, dreaming about what will grow in the garden next year. See our seed selection suggestions and favorite seed resources here.

Read our founder Benjamin Eichorn's recent article in Bay Nature Magazine entitled, "What Honey Bees Have Taught Me About Xenophobia."
"The American democratic experiment and the survival of the planet may depend on overcoming our fear of foreigners." 
Winter is citrus season! Check out the "Citrus Family Tree" from National Geographic. What's your favorite citrus fruit? Can you trace it back to its ancestors?
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February Littoral News             (Posted: 2-8-17)

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Raritan Headwaters: Think Spring!             (Posted: 2-1-17)

February 2017
Listen Up: Member Meeting March 2nd
     
RHA's annual member meeting will be held at the Oldwick Firehouse. Join us for dinner, a "watershed watchdog" update by Policy Director Bill Kibler and a presentation of awards to outstanding volunteers.
Invitations will be sent out in early February. If you're not a member, please consider joining the individuals and families who support RHA's mission to protect the water you rely on.
NJ Land Conservation Rally Set for March 17
 
RHA's Education Director Lauren Theis and Science Director Dr. Kristi MacDonald will lead workshops at the 21st annual New Jersey Land Conservation Rally in New Brunswick. Join us at this statewide conservation event offering education, networking, training and more!
 

Spring Community Well Testing Kicks Off
 
Find out what's in your water! We're pleased to welcome Washington Twp and Chester to our growing list of Community Well Test partners!
 
Visit our Spring schedule to see where and when you can pick up a test kit. Check back often as some participating municipalities have not yet announced their sale and drop-off dates.


Spend Earth Day with RHA!
           
Join our annual Stream Cleanup on Saturday, April 22, at a site near you!  Last year, 1,350 volunteers removed 14 tons of trash from our waterways. Registration is now open, so sign up today!
Watch for news of our Boots & Bar-B-Q Earth Day Party on the evening of April 22.
Nature Day Camp -- Registration Is Now Open
           
It might be winter, but we're thinking summer! Our popular nature day camps offer fun for children of all ages. The camps fill up fast, so register today!
Dip into Our Stream Data
 
We've updated the interactive stream monitoring map on our website with data from all of our 62 sites, including photos and a summary on the health of our streams over time. 
 

Calling All Scouts!
           
Girl and boy scouts have completed Gold Award and Eagle Level projects at our Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve and other RHA preserves.
RHA welcomes individual scouts and troops to work on a variety of rewarding projects, including our "Adopt a Trail" program.
Interested? Email George Schaberg or call him at 908-234-1852, ext. 328.
On the Watchdog Front

RHA Executive Director Cindy Ehrenclou introduced former NJ Governor Jim Florio at the Green in '17 launch in Trenton.
As a member of the Green in '17 coalition, RHA Policy Director Bill Kibler drafted a Clean Drinking Water position paper and others that will be provided to candidates for governor and the legislature during the 2017 campaign. The Green in '17 campaign is raising awareness about issues affecting environmental protection in the Garden State.
  
Did You Know?

140 species of bird have been identified at Fairview Farm.
 
Birders who frequent Fairview Farm have created a hotspot on eBird. Visit this site and you'll find we have an abundance of Eastern Bluebirds and Broad-winged Hawks, while sightings of other birds, like the American Kestrel and Bald Eagle, are more rare.
 
Events & Happenings

February 13, 20 & 27: Birding Walks at Fairview Farm with Naturalist Alan Rennie



March 9:  Woodcock Watch
 

  
April 22: Boots & Bar-B-Q Earth Day Party. Details to be announced soon!


The banner in this issue is a painting by local artist Daryl Hastings titled, "Morning at the Gorge."
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.

Bald Eagle Annual Report Posted             (Posted: 1-25-17)

The 2016 Bald Eagle Project annual report is available on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.  The population continues to thrive with one hundred seventy-two nest sites monitored (150 documented with eggs). For the full report visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/raptor_info.htm#eagle .
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Bald Eagle Information. Live Eagle Cam (Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ) The bald eagle is a shining example of recovery in New Jersey. In 1973, when the ...

SJ E-News: Hooray for the 78%             (Posted: 1-25-17)

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States Nominate for 2017 ED-GRS by February 1             (Posted: 1-25-17)

Director's Award Deadline Approaching
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Outdoor Play Every Day
At 2012 ED-GRS honoree North Shore Community School in Duluth, MN students play outdoors everyday.

Editor's Note

Tomorrow, our nation will observe the transition from one presidential administration to the next.  Like all other recurring publications of the Department, Green Strides will be on hiatus as it is evaluated by the incoming administration.  In the interim, visit www.ed.gov for the latest news and information. 

In the News

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The 2017 ED-Green Ribbon Schools Director’s Award: Nominations Due March 1st

The Director’s Award recognizes state education authorities’ exemplary efforts to administer U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS).  Annually, the Director’s Award goes to the state education official who does the most to advance sustainable education in his or her state, by such means as running a robust nomination process; connecting more schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions to sustainability resources; amplifying the stories of honorees; helping schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions connect and learn from one another; partnering with a variety of state and non- and for-profit private sector entities; and exhibiting a dedication to exceptional school facilities, health, and environmental education through activities outside of the award.  If you wish to nominate a state education official, please send your nomination and justification to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov by March 1st.  Any state education official who is involved in implementing the ED-GRS award and who has not already won the Director’s Award is eligible for nomination.  Read about the past Director’s Award recipients. >>>>

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States Nominate Now and ED-Green Ribbon Schools Announces 2017 Honorees in April

Participating state education authorities are nominating schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions to U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) by Feb. 1 and ED will announce the 2017 cohort around Earth Day.  Now is a great time to begin preparing for the 2018 application cycle by using resources and programs on Green Strides and to contact your state authority if it does not already make nominations.  Read some common misconceptions about the award dispelled in a blog by the director and review Frequently Asked Questions on all three award categories.  For future cycles, 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 can find award criteria and other state implementation guidance on the ED website and should contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information.   >>>>

Learn from the 2016 Honorees

Resolved to make some sustainable improvements on your school in 2017? Take inspiration from the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and learn more about their work on Green Strides.

Students performing water quality testing in outdoor classroom
Students at Egg Harbor Township High School in Egg Harbor, NJ perform water quality tests in their outdoor classroom.

Egg Harbor Township High School, Egg Harbor, N.J.

The Egg Harbor Township High School (EHTHS) green team introduced students to composting during a series of sustainability science labs and then built a schoolwide program that has students collecting, measuring, and monitoring the process.  A school garden is used as an outdoor classroom where students receive hands-on instruction in designing, planting, maintaining, and harvesting.  The campus includes a wildlife habitat, an educational pond, a rain garden, and an outdoor learning area.  Through students’ efforts, EHTHS increased its recycling by over 4,000 percent.  EHTHS reduced utility costs by 35 percent through energy management and education, as well as the installation of motion-activated and LED lights, efficient appliances, and a 454-kilowatt solar array that generates 15 percent of the school’s energy needs. Students use the data gathered to work on yearly energy projects.  EHTHS has adopted an outdoor air quality index flag program.  Course sequences in Environmental Science and Oceanography are available to all students, and a new course dedicated entirely to the concept of sustainability began last fall.  Students participate in Science League, Recycle-Bowl, and Envirothon competitions.  >>>>

Students gain hands-on experience at LUMCON
Students from Baton Rouge Magnet High School in Baton Rouge, LA gain hands-on experience at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.

Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, La.

The original Baton Rouge Magnet High School (BRMHS) building was constructed in 1926, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  2012 renovations included energy- and water-saving retrofits, leading to a 60 percent reduction in energy use, improved air quality, and a 70 percent water use reduction.  BRMHS has a full-time nurse on staff who coordinates hearing and vision checks, the administration of flu vaccinations, and serves as a sponsor for the Healthy Lifestyles club.  All students in Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge Parish are provided with a breakfast and lunch at no cost.  BRMHS uses vending machines containing salads, sandwiches, and yogurt parfait (also at no cost to students) to offer more healthy choices in addition to the school cafeteria’s hot meal option.  Over the last six years, BRMHS has seen exponential growth in environmental studies enrollment.  BRMHS now teaches 200 students Environmental Science every year and students consistently score higher than average on the AP exam.  Each year, students from the AP Environmental Science class visit a nearby elementary school to provide a hands-on lesson on sustainability and students enrolled in environmental courses are required to design and implement a service learning project. Their teachers present at the North American Association for Environmental Education conference.  >>>>

Cuyahoga Valley EE Center
Sixth grade Urban Community School students attend a four-day, three-night environmental camp at Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center.

Urban Community School, Cleveland, Ohio

Urban Community School (UCS) relocated in 2005 to the near west side of Cleveland, on a brownfield consisting of an unused warehouse and its adjacent property.  The building is occupied by 550 students from preschool through grade eight, 74 percent of whom are eligible for free or reduced price lunch.  UCS features natural light, solar panels, timed computer shut-off, and water bottle refilling stations.  Recycling is routine throughout the school, and composting is underway in the early childhood wing.  UCS partnered with The Refugee Response and the Cleveland Botanical Garden to establish a half-acre learning garden that assists refugees in establishing themselves in the U.S. through produce that is sold to local restaurants.  KaBoom!, a national nonprofit that works to bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, facilitated the installation of a playground designed for primary students.  MetroHealth hospital sponsors a weekly afterschool exercise program, and Urban offers karate classes to students.  Middle school students conducted a West Creek water quality project, working the U.S. EPA.  All students in the sixth grade go to the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center for a four-day, three-night environmental camp, which immerses students in watershed and sustainability concepts.  Upon returning from camp, sixth grade students develop and implement a sustainability project.  >>>>

Events

GSNN

The Green Schools National Conference & Expo is March 21-22 in Atlanta 

The Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE) connects green school champions nationwide for two days of learning and collaboration to support the shared mission of equitable, healthy and high-performing schools, where students can learn how to sustain and improve the world around them.  Green Schools National Network members receive a discount on registration. Learn more about membership>>>>

Lucy School '12 Honoree Class Watering

Children & Nature Network’s Conference is April 18-21 in Vancouver, CA,  

The 2017 Children & Nature Network International Conference and Summit will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from April 18 – 21, 2017. The 2017 conference theme, “Kids Need Nature, Nature Needs Kids,” reflects the Network’s goal of ensuring that all children have access to the many benefits of nature — and the need to inspire new generations of environmental stewards.  The conference will promote meaningful, cross-sector engagement to create a world in which all children have access to nature in their daily lives. >>>>

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Student Conservation Corps & Congress is June 25 - July 1 in Shepherdstown, WV

The Student Conservation Corps & Congress is a week-long leadership training program for 8th to 11th grade students held annually at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s National Conservation Training Center.  Participants spend a week studying and discussing environmental, social, and economic interconnections to address climate change and conservation challenges affecting their generation in an ever changing world.  >>>>

Resources and Opportunities

EPA

President’s Environmental Youth Awards Applications 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

Green Strides Design

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.  

January 23, 4-5 p.m. Balloons and Kites for Elementary Educators (NASA)

January 24, 5-6 p.m. Portfolio Manager 101 (EPA)

January 24, 6-7 p.m. Principles of Flight (NASA)

January 24, 7-8 p.m. Future Flight Equation (NASA)

January 25, 5-5:30 p.m. Portfolio Manager – Ask The Expert (EPA)

January 25, 5-6 p.m. Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)

January 25, 7-8 p.m. Staying Healthy in Space:  Engineering in Life Sciences (NASA)

January 26, 5-6 p.m. Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)

January 26, 8-9 p.m.  How NASA Uses Math (NASA)

January 31, 4-5 p.m.  Teachers Connect: NASA LaRC 100 Webinar (NASA)

January 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Bernoulli’s Principle (NASA)

February 1, 5-5:30 p.m. Portfolio Manager – Ask The Expert (EPA)

February 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Detecting Exoplanets (NASA)

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

Winter Forest

Green Knight newsletter - Upcoming events for January             (Posted: 1-19-17)

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American Littoral Society: A Brand New Website             (Posted: 1-19-17)

We Are Pleased to Announce our Brand New Website

Visit today LITTORALSOCIETY.ORG.

LITTORAL (lit'-er-al): The region along the shore, the intertidal zone

CWFNJ: January E-News 2017             (Posted: 1-13-17)

NEW REPORT REVEALS 2016 SUCCESS 
FOR NEW JERSEY BALD EAGLES
The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey in partnership with the NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Program has released the 2016 NJ Bald Eagle Project Report and the new and improved Eagle Tracking Maps. In 2016, 172 eagle nests were monitored during the nesting
season. Of these nests 150 were active (with eggs) and 22 were territorial or housekeeping pairs. A record high of 216 young were fledged. The success of the NJ Eagle Project is due to the dedicated Eagle Project Volunteers who monitor and help to protect nests throughout New Jersey.

2016 may have come to an end, but eagles all over New Jersey are busy working on their nests in preparation for the upcoming nesting season. Duke Farms Bald Eagle pair is no exception! The Eagle Cam is up and running and the adults are sprucing up their nest for the 2017 season. Check out the Eagle Cam today! 

Stay tuned for updates of the 2016 season on CWF's blog.
NEW JERSEY HAS GAINED ANOTHER ENDANGERED SPECIES
THE RUSTY PATCHED BUMBLE BEE
Rare find, this is a species that has suffered drastic declines since the late 1990's. Photo courtesy of Dan Mullen.
The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee - a valued pollinator of wildflowers and crops - was listed as an endangered species this week after the population plummeted by 90% since the late 1990s according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. 

The multitude of ways that we rely on pollinators - for food, clothes, ecosystem functioning - means that their peril is our own. In New Jersey, the service provided by wild pollinators is valued at $43 million; in the U.S. as a whole, they are worth $3 billion annually. Since the rusty patch (along with other species of bumble bees) is an excellent pollinator of New Jersey crops like blueberries, cranberries, and tomatoes, it is sorely missed from the Garden State.
SUCCESS FOR PIPING PLOVER POPULATION
All of New Jersey's breeding piping plovers are now settled on their wintering grounds in the Southeast U.S. and the Bahamas. The highlights of the 2016 season include a 25% increase in the statewide population over the past two years and three consecutive years of above-average chick production! For a more in-depth look at the season's nesting results, check out the

 
CALLING ALL TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS
BALD EAGLE ECOLOGY FOR TEACHERS (K-12)
Join Conserve Wildlife Foundation's wildlife biologist Larissa Smith on January 21 at Duke Farms from 9AM - 3PM to learn how to use the Eagle Cam to teach about ecology, endangered species or animal adaptations. Larissa has been involved in the state's Bald Eagle Monitoring Project since 2000 and is dedicated to educating the public about how to protect this magnificent species. 

Conserve Wildlife Foundation and Duke Farms will help you to enhance your understanding of the science behind New Jersey's bald eagle management program and discover the many ways this technology can be used in your classroom. Live birds of prey will make an appearance and an opportunity will be announced for one teacher to participate in the spring eagle chick banding at Duke Farms. Register Online for $25.
WILDLIFE CAMS IN THE CLASSROOM
CWF, Duke Farms, and our two winning Eagle Cam Lesson Plan Contest Teachers, Diane Cook and Lauren Kurzius, will be presenting Wildlife Cams in the Classroom at this year's ANJEE conference on January 19 and 20. We hope you will join us! Learn More.


TIGER SALAMANDER SEASON
Volunteers survey for this rare and elusive New Jersey salamander. 

SEVENTH-GRADERS PROTECT BATS
Princeton students partner with CWF to design better bat houses.
 
 

SJ4S: Is Your Green Team Ready for Certification?             (Posted: 1-13-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
232 Districts     579 Schools     Participating
January 18th 2017
The First Step in Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification
 
Schools seeking to become bronze or silver certified with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program for 2017 are encouraged to take advantage of multiple review periods in the application cycle. Incremental submission of application materials allows your green team to receive valuable feedback on your efforts as you accumulate points towards certification.  

2017 Certification Application Deadlines
January 18, 2017
-First 2017 Application Submission Deadline
April 10, 2017
 Second 2017 Application Submission Deadline
June 29, 2017
-Third (FINAL) 2017 Application Submission Deadline

Check out these past webinar presentations for tips, tricks, and instructions for a successful submission: 
Preparing for Certification (access narrated recording here)
Is Your Green Team Ready for Certification? 
 
The formation of a "green team" is the first step in establishing a school sustainability program. Green teams leverage the skills and expertise of team members to develop plans, implement programs, and assist with educational opportunities that support the creation of a sustainable school. All schools participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program must establish a green team or be active participants on a district green team. Sufficient green team documentation is required for all grant applications and is a mandatory action requirement on all certification applications.  The Green Team action documentation requirements include:
  1. Submit only one of the following sets of documentation: 
    • District Green Team: Letter from superintendent that formally establishes the green team. Letter must include district green team members' names and titles and affiliations, and the date the team members were appointed to the committee. Each registered school in the district must have at least one representative on the district green Team. Please be sure to clearly identify the two green team members who were selected by the district union leadership.              OR:
    • District and Individual Green Teams established: Letter from superintendent that formally establishes the green team. Letter must include district green team members' names and titles and affiliations, and the date the team members were appointed to the committee. Also, please provide a letter from each participating school principal that formally establishes their school green team. The school green team appointment letter must include school green team members' names and titles and affiliations and the date the team members were appointed to the team. Letters from both the district and all school green teams registered with the program must be provided. Please be sure to clearly identify the two green team members who were selected by the relevant union leadership for each green team.           OR:
    • School Green Team: Letter from principal that formally establishes the green team. Letter must include green team members' names and titles and affiliations and the date the team members were appointed to the team. This submission requirement applies when no district green team is established. Schools will be responsible for submitting their Green Team Action documentation. Please be sure to clearly identify the two green team members who were selected by the union leadership for your school.
2.  Upload a Green Team Annual Report that includes a summary of activities undertaken by the green team over the previous twelve months that meets the submission requirements noted in "Annual Report Content Requirements" above. The summary should include a list of meetings (at least four annually after the initial establishment year), activities and efforts of the green team, and may also evaluate the team's progress and effectiveness, and identify priorities and focuses for the upcoming year. Please note the green team needs to have met at least quarterly. If your green team has been recently established, please submit a summary of the activities undertaken by the green team since it was established.

Check out this helpful Green Team webinar  & presentation slides on our past webinars page for more helpful hints! You can also see examples of how other certified schools document their green teams using the "search by action" search function on our participating schools map. 
Reminder: PSEG Sponsored Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant Applications due February 3, 2017
    
Visit the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants & Resources page to learn more about funding for registered schools to support action related sustainability initiatives. Grants are available at the $2,000 and $10,000 level. If your school has not received a $2,000 capacity building grant from Sustainable Jersey for Schools, we strongly suggest viewing the informational webinar and submitting an application for 2017. 

Application Deadline is February 3, 2017. Click here for more information. 
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Bergen County
Teaneck Community Charter School
 
Camden County 
Winslow Township School No. 1 Elementary
Winslow Township School No. 2 Elementary
Winslow Township School No. 4 Elementary
Winslow Township School No. 5 Elementary
Winslow Township School No. 6 Elementary

Somerset County
Somerville Public School District

Gloucester County
Bells Elementary School (Washington)
Charles G. Harker School (Swedesboro-Woolwich)
Gov. Charles C. Stratton School (Swedesboro-Woolwich)
Margaret C. Clifford School (Swedesboro-Woolwich)
Walter Hill School (Swedesboro-Woolwich)

Morris County
Morris School District

Field Trip New Jersey Grants
                                  Deadline February 10th
 
Educators at schools in districts serving a majority of low-income students may apply for grants of up to $700 to cover transportation costs for field trips to arts and culture sites, historical landmarks, nature preserves and science institutions in New Jersey, and to visit college campuses throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Each eligible school can apply for reimbursement for one field trip a year
  • Funds must be used during the school year in which funding is requested
  • All schools with more than 65 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch are eligible for FTNJ funding
  • Schools or associated bus companies will be reimbursed upon receipt of invoice
 Visit Field Trip New Jersey information page here.
 
 Application Deadline: February 10, 2017
NJ Agricultural Society Learning Through Gardening Grants
 
The NJ Agricultural Society Learning Through Gardening grant provides teachers with curriculum, training and materials for three raised beds so that they can use the school garden to teach their core curriculum, including math, social studies, language arts, and science. 

Learning Through Gardening grant is awarded to schools planning to launch a schoolwide gardening program during school hours. Grants are not awarded to schools that intend to use the garden solely for after-school or club activities. Grant recipients must assemble a garden management committee of teachers from various grade levels. Garden committees can also include administrators and other stakeholders such as custodians, cafeteria managers, and parents. Grant recipients must plan for the garden to be used by at least two grade levels during the first year, and show plans to expand the garden's use by additional grade levels in future years. Every application must be accompanied by a letter of support from the school principal.
 
Application deadline February 1. 2017
Fun Run Grants Available
 
The New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race is challenging America's schools to collectively run, jog, and walk one billion miles. The New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race is hosted by Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP), an initiative of ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition.  A Fun Run Grant will equip schools with materials to host a race, walk-a-thon, or fun run event for their school communities. The package includes a set of numbered race bibs, a finish line banner, wristbands for student participants, a Bluetooth speaker, an airhorn and a gift card to purchase healthy snacks like fruit and water. 
 
 Application deadline February 15. 2017
"Going Beyond the Resolution"
NJSBA Sustainability Webinar Series for Board Leaders
 
The New Jersey School Boards Association has designed a free webinar series for school board members that seek a deeper understanding of sustainability, beyond the resolution signed to participate in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification Program. Green team members are encouraged to participate in these webinars, as the success of implementing sustainable practices improves with a better understanding by everyone involved in supporting them.

FUTURE WEBINARS IN THE SERIES: 
February 8th 10-11am-  School Foundations Supporting Sustainability
March 8th 10-11am-  Creating School Policies that Support Sustainability
April 12th 10-11am-  Strategic Planning: Incorporating Green Initiatives
May 10th 10-11am- Education for Sustainability
April 6th 10-11am- Arts Ed Now Toolkit: Supporting Compliance with State Requirements
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

JANUARY 21, 2017, 9:00AM- 3:00PM, Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
The Eagle Cam is a wonderful tool for teaching about ecology, endangered species or animal adaptions. Enhance your understanding of the science behind NJ's bald eagle management program and discover the many ways this technology can be used in your classroom. Register for this $25/pp. training here.

JANUARY 19th & 20th 2017, Crowne Plaza Conference Center, Princeton, NJ
"From Inspiration to Impact: Inspiring stories. Compelling Evidence. Meaningful impact." 
ANJEE's 32nd annual conference will link powerful stories of innovation and success in EE from around the state with how environmental education builds community and creates purposeful change. We will celebrate the ways in which our work inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature, contribute to healthy environments and empowered communities, and shape a more sustainable future. Register  here. 

JANUARY 31, 2017 4:30PM-6:00PM, Princeton, NJ (Middle School Teachers)
FEBRUARY 7, 2017 4:30PM-6:00PM, Princeton, NJ (High School Teachers)
OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability In Schools) and the Rutgers University Climate Institute are pleased to offer this free professional development training to help educators improve their understanding of climate science and develop effective teaching and learning practices to teach about climate science. Register for this free training here.

FEBRUARY 4, 2017, 9:00AM- 3:00PM, Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
Teachers will explore the power of PBL as they spend the day working with other teachers at their grade level and will then leave with new tools including a problem-based task, analytic rubric, unit level scaffold, and tools for facilitation to implement a new bald eagle  unit in their classrooms. Register for this $30/pp. training here

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.  
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page 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

NAAEE: eeNEWS for January 11, 2017             (Posted: 1-13-17)

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January Littoral News             (Posted: 1-5-17)

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Raritan Headwaters Newsletter: Happy New Year!             (Posted: 1-5-17)

January 2017
Every Drop Counts
           
A big thank you to all who generously gave to our 2016 year-end appeal. RHA's goal is to raise $80,000 through this appeal for our water, education and advocacy programs, and we're getting close. But we're not there yet. If you haven't sent a gift, please consider donating today!
NEW! River-Friendly Workshops 
     
RHA has partnered with Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association and New Jersey Water Supply Authority to implement a suite of River-Friendly programs. Coming up: Design Your Own Rain Garden (Jan. 18, 25), Composting & Soil Health (Feb. 22), and Rainwater Harvesting (Mar. 22).
For more on the River-Friendly program, visit www.njriverfriendly.org.  
Don't Miss Our Next "Morning Call," January 19
 
RHA's Policy Director Bill Kibler will lead a discussion on "Elections have consequences: Environmental priorities in NJ 2017." Coffee and a complimentary breakfast will be available. Donations appreciated.
 

New Seminar Series for Decision-Makers
 
RHA is hosting the seminar series, Watershed Tools for Local Decision-Makers, in order to provide practical guidance on science, regulations, and funding sources that can be used to understand and protect local water resources. These seminars are for municipal leaders, employees and committee members.
 
The series kicks off January 26 with "Complying with New Jersey Stormwater Regulations," presented by Dr. Chris Obropta, Rutgers Coop Extension. Read more and register (space is limited)!

On the Prowl for Owls
 
Join us February 10, 4:30-6:30pm for an Owl Prowl with a presentation from the Raptor Trust followed by a guided hike with Alan Rennie under the full moon. This event is free, though donations are appreciated.
 

Chemical Monitoring Volunteers Needed
           
Winter stream monitoring will be conducted February 4-20. A number of sites deemed impaired for two consecutive years require additional monitoring, and we need volunteers! Interested? Contact Angela Gorczyca to learn more.
What Have We Learned about the State of Our Watershed?
 
It was standing room only at this year's State of Our Watershed conference held December 3 at the new Hoffmans Crossing campus in Califon.
 
Here are some facts and stats that were shared with conference attendees on the quality and quantity of water in our watershed and across the state.
On the Watchdog Front

On the last day of the legislative session for 2016, the New Jersey Assembly overwhelmingly passed ACR-192, a resolution to help protect drinking water sources in the Highlands. On behalf of RHA, Director of Policy Bill Kibler testified in favor of the resolution, which would block DEP's attempt to weaken existing nitrate standards. The resolution now goes to the Senate, where RHA will work for its swift passage.
  
Did You Know?

RHA's 2016 Stream Cleanup was recently given an American Rivers' National River Cleanup 25th Anniversary River Heroes Honorable Mention in the category of Most Volunteers Mobilized!
 
We are also proud to have received the 2016 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, along with partners Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association and New Jersey Water Supply Authority, for our River-Friendly program. This is the second consecutive year RHA has been honored with this award.
 
Events & Happenings

January 9, 16, 23, 30
Birding Walks at Fairview Farm with Naturalist Alan Rennie, 8am

January 18, 25 

February 10

March 2
Save the Date: RHA Member Meeting

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 - Great Places: Sparks of Hope in 2016             (Posted: 1-5-17)

Click HERE.

Duke Farms: Community Garden Plots Available             (Posted: 1-5-17)

Click HERE.

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