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CONTENTS:
Teaching about Monarchs Toolkit, GreenWorks! Grants Awarded
Water is Life: A Look at the Quality and Accessibility of Clean, Safe Water in K-12 Schools
Teenagers are so full of it (BPA that is)
2018 Petty's Island Programs
Children & Nature Network News
SJ: Mayors Commit to Climate Action
February Littoral News
RH: News from Your Watershed Watchdog
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for February 2018
C&NN News
Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
C&NN: This Week's International News Roundup
Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for January 2018
CWFNJ: January E-News 2018
RH: Wishing You a Green, Clean and Healthy New Year!
NJTF News
OCSCD: Poster Contest, Roundtable, Jersey-Friendly Yards
Cape Atlantic Winter Spring Newsletter
Somerset County News & Events
Great Places: Speak Up for National Monuments
Sustainable Jersey Updates
Children & Nature Network News
News from the Green Schools National Network
CWF: December E-News 2017
C&NN News
January Littoral News
Green Knight newsletter - November 2017 - Now Available
NJ Tree Foundation: Fall Newsletter
National Wildlife Federation News
Where We Learn Matters: A Culture of Sustainability is a Hallmark of a Green, Healthy, Sustainable School
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
Raritan Headwaters: It's People That Make the Difference
SJ4S: Celebrate Our Sustainability Champions & Award Winners
November Littoral News
Great Places: Could Nature Solve Climate Change?
RCE Water Resource Program: Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
C&NN News
Teaching about Monarchs Toolkit, GreenWorks! Grants Awarded             (Posted: 2-16-18)

Water is Life: A Look at the Quality and Accessibility of Clean, Safe Water in K-12 Schools             (Posted: 2-16-18)

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Teenagers are so full of it (BPA that is)             (Posted: 2-16-18)

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2018 Petty's Island Programs             (Posted: 2-16-18)


Connecting people with nature and stewarding the nature of today for the people of tomorrow since 1897.

Welcome to the Petty's Island Newsletter.
If you have previously unsubscribed, or do not wish to receive periodic program updates on Petty's Island, please unsubscribe at the bottom.
Join New Jersey Audubon and our partner organizations for some historic first looks at Petty’s Island!

Situated in the Delaware River between Camden and Philadelphia, Petty’s Island is an oasis for birds and other wildlife.

Please note that registration may be limited to accommodate program requirements.

Access to the island is restricted; Directions are provided upon registration.

Registration is required – no exceptions.

 To register please go to the registration link provided.
Registration links available 4 to 6 weeks prior to 
event.
Sorry, no phone or email registrations accepted.


All participants MUST be 12 years or older. (grade 6 and up)

Email questions about programs or registration to:
Kelly Wenzel
 
Shoreline Cleanup
Saturday, April 7
8:30 a.m. to Noon

Petty's Island is privately-owned and is in the midst of an amazing transformation from an active marine terminal and oil storage facility into a public park. Access to the island is limited, so don't miss this opportunity to see the island and help in its transformation. We will be doing a cleanup of the shoreline where marine debris threatens the health of wildlife and humans.
Children MUST be 12 and older to participate (grade 6+). Registration is REQUIRED for this event; space is limited. Directions and other details are given upon registration. Registration link is open February 12 to April 4
until Noon. Spring Birding On the Delaware
Saturday, April 21
7:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Discover this hidden treasure in the Delaware River! With access granted only a few times a year this urban oasis offers a great variety of wading, shore and woodland birds in addition to views of Bald Eagles. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration. Registration link coming soon.

Petty’s Island History Hike
Saturday, June 16
10:00 a.m. to Noon

Explore this gem with local historian and author, Bob Shinn, on a hike through time on Petty’s Island. Hike along the Delaware River where points of interest will bring history to life. There are plenty of opportunities for spectacular views of Philadelphia and other significant landmarks. Registration is REQUIRED for this trip. Details are given upon registration. Registration link coming soon. www.njaudubon.org

For more information about Petty's Island Programs please visit http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionPettysIslandPreserve/Introduction.aspx

For more information about the NJ Natural Lands Trust and Petty's Island please visit http://nj.gov/dep/njnlt/pettysisland.htm

Children & Nature Network News             (Posted: 2-16-18)

This Week's International News Roundup
How to Experience C&NN's 2018 International Leadership Summit Without Traveling
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SJ: Mayors Commit to Climate Action             (Posted: 2-16-18)

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February Littoral News             (Posted: 2-16-18)

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RH: News from Your Watershed Watchdog             (Posted: 2-13-18)

What We're Watching
   
Here is an update on some of the recent victories and challenges to the state of our watershed from RHA Policy Director Bill Kibler, your "Watershed Watchdog" personified!
 

RHA's science was instrumental in defeating a DEP rule that would have allowed significantly more development in the sensitive Highlands area.

 

The cleanup of Spruce Run from last summer's quarry sludge contamination is now complete. Fines have been levied against the quarry owner.

 

Large ice floes on the South Branch of the Raritan River breached part of the Cole's Mill Dam in Califon.

 

RHA's Member Meeting: The Place to Be Feb. 22
 
Join us from 6-8:30pm at the Oldwick Firehouse for a buffet dinner, Policy Director Bill Kibler's "Watershed Watchdog" update and presentation of volunteer recognition awards.
 
More Watershed Tools Seminars On Tap
                   
Our Spring series for municipal leaders will kick off March 1 with Stream Buffer Restoration Project: Prevent Flooding and Protect Water Quality in Your Community. Register here.
 
Nature Day Camp Registration Is Open!
 
Children ages three through 12 will experience nature first-hand this summer with our week-long nature camps. With the exception of Farm Camp, where campers will be on a working farm in Mendham, all camps will take place at Fairview Farm. Learn more.
 
Camps fill up fast, so register today! Discounts available for siblings and additional weeks.
Stream Cleanup Set for April 14
 
RHA's 28th annual stream cleanup will be held April 14, 9-noon throughout the watershed. We have 50 designated cleanup sites in Hunterdon, Morris and Somerset counties, including new sites this year in Raritan Borough and Hampton Borough.
 
Volunteers who sign up by March 1 will be guaranteed a free T-shirt!
A Big Thank You to Our Donors!
 
Through your generosity, we met our 2017 year-end appeal goal. We are grateful for every gift, which will be used to expand our reach and impact on the environmental health of the communities where we live, work and play. We couldn't do it without you!
Did You Know?

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection has a 24-hour hotline for reporting environmental emergencies. When you encounter something of concern--spills from a construction site, storm drain dumping, removal of a stream buffer--call 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337).
 
After you call NJDEP, you can contact RHA with the case number assigned to your complaint and we'll assist in resolving the issue.
Events and Happenings

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Raritan Headwaters.
  
Just start with smile.amazon.com and choose Raritan Headwaters Association as your charity. Think how much you'll be helping our mission simply by shopping at smile.amazon.com!
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.

Contact us to learn how to become an RHA Social Media Ambassador!

Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for February 2018            (Posted: 2-13-18)

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C&NN News             (Posted: 2-5-18)

Notes from the New Nature Movement for 01/30/2018
Children & Nature Research Digest | January 2018
This Week's International News Roundup

Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!             (Posted: 1-29-18)

JANUARY 2018
WATER PAGES eNEWSLETTER
Royce Brook Green Infrastructure Projects focus on Hillsborough Township

The Royce Brook is a tributary to the Raritan River. Patricia Woods of Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Somerset County, Christopher Obropta and staff of the RCE Water Resources Program, and Tobiah Horton, Extension Specialist with the Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture have been involved in green infrastructure projects to reduce stormwater runoff to the Royce Brook in Hillsborough Township. To best determine where to place green infrastructure practices, the team relied on the RCE Water Resources Program's impervious cover assessment and reduction action plan for Hillsborough (2015) and the Royce Brook Watershed Restoration Plan Stormwater Basin Assessment Summary (2015).

A 2,000 square foot rain garden was installed in May 2015 in the front of the Hillsborough Municipal Complex. The rain garden is 8,270 square feet and disconnects 15,000 square feet of impervious surfaces. As in-kind assistance, the Hillsborough Township Parks Department spent nine days with three men for a total of 131 man hours to help with the rain garden. They also rented a track hoe, which cost $1,805.

A residential rain garden rebate program has provided education to residents and included the installation of rain gardens within the Township. The program consisted of an initial educational session followed by a design session. During the design session, an engineer provided technical assistance to design the garden for the individual home. During the design session, the homeowners also meet with a landscape architect who worked with them to develop a landscape plan for their yard. In its second year, the program focused on the Hunts Pond and Fox Chase Pond area.

The next phases of the grant will seek to restore the shoreline at Hunts Pond and naturalize detention basins in the area.
Homeowner during a rain garden rebate design session with Christopher Obropta discussing a rain garden design
Homeowner during a rain garden rebate design session with Tobiah Horton, Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture, discussing a rain garden landscape design
Rain gardens installed by homeowners who participated in the rain garden rebate program within the Hunts Pond area
Rendering of the Phase I Restoration at Hunts Pond developed by the RCE Water Resource Program
Student interns, Gerardo and Alex, work in pairs to monitor stream flow.
Local wildlife was often found during sampling days along the Neshanic River.
Student interns cross the river to set up their flow measurement markers.
Neshanic River Watershed Water Sampling
During the 2017summer internship cycle, the RCE Water Resources Program interns were tasked with sampling seven (7) locations in the Neshanic River Watershed. The long days of sampling involved learning how to use unfamiliar monitoring equipment, wearing thigh high waders in 90 degree and above weather, and sometimes treading into rough and high waters, and they always managed to do it with a great attitude and eager interest.

The Neshanic River is fed by three smaller tributaries: First Neshanic, Second Neshanic, and Third Neshanic, which are also fed by smaller tributaries. Staff members Chris Perez and Liz Pyshnik led the interns on sampling days to seven locations within the Neshanic River watershed. The sampling sites ranged from narrow tributaries to wide streambeds, and they all had features that changed with the weather. Some days the waters moved at a glacial pace, and on other days they were so deep and wide that stream flow could not safely be measured.

The parameters that were measured were stream flow velocity, width from bank to bank, depth, E. coli, total phosphorus, total suspended solids, temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen. The results of this monitoring can be used to infer stream health, and when recorded over an extended period of time, the results can give a good picture of seasonal fluctuations in stream health. The interns learned how to properly collect these samples safely and without contamination and how to take measurements using a wading rod, a dissolved oxygen meter, and a pH meter. Having the interns help with this project made the collection of data much easier with the addition of their helpful hands and their patience in dealing with summer mosquitos and ticks, wearing waders all day, and occasionally tumbling into the streams. The data they helped collect is currently being analyzed before being reported to our project partner, the North Jersey Resource Conservation & Development Program.

Municipal Action Teams' Green Infrastructure Initiative Updates
Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) partners have been focusing efforts on developing a plan for monitoring and maintaining more than 50 green infrastructure projects now installed throughout the city. A combination of volunteers, trained community members, and contractors will be necessary to ensure that green infrastructure projects continue to provide benefits to the community. In addition, partners are in the early stages of planning the 2018 Camden Environmental Summit. In March, rain barrel workshops and installations will begin again with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and a partnership with the Philadelphia Horticultural Society. The partners are also continuing design efforts in partnership with the Trust for Public Land for green infrastructure improvements at two Camden schools.

Gloucester City Green Team are gearing up for installing green infrastructure projects in spring 2018. Through a NJDEP 319(h) grant to the Camden County Soil Conservation District, the partners are finalizing plans for the implementation of rain gardens, depaving, and tree plantings throughout the city. Projects will be installed in partnership with the Department of Public Works, School District, and the City Tree Committee.

Harrison TIDE (Transforming Infrastructure and Defending our Environment) partners discussed an opportunity to engage the town council to present on the rain garden installation at the Public Library. Partners also discussed grant funding opportunities that can support additional green infrastructure projects and outreach efforts. A rain barrel workshop for Harrison residents is being scheduled for early spring.

Jersey City START (Stormwater Treatment and Resiliency Team) discussed the 2018 Year of Energy efforts that the city will be focused on, but will continue to promote green infrastructure initiatives through the 2017 Year of Water plan. Several green infrastructure projects are being planned for city parks and right-of-way opportunities with various partners, and further discussion was held on engaging residents in the long term control plan process to gain an understanding of the permit.

Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green) partners have worked with the City of Newark to launch an Adopt-a-Catch Basin program and is assisting in identifying volunteers who are interested in being trained on how to install a rain barrel. Partners are working on several green infrastructure projects with various partners, the most recently completed project is the third phase of Riverfront Park expansion by the Trust for Public Land.

Paterson SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) partners are brainstorming education and outreach opportunities for 2018 and engaging residents in the long term control plan alternatives analyses. In the spring, several rainwater harvesting systems will be installed at community gardens supported by an NJDEP 319(h) grant. Partners are working together to develop several grant ideas and will be meeting in March to review past accomplishments and develop a 2018 work plan.

Perth Amboy SWIM (Stormwater Infrastructure Management) partners move into 2018 with major successes to celebrate from the past year. In 2017, SWIM ushered the development of eight green infrastructure projects including five (5) different green infrastructure practices across the city. Together those projects manage a total of 2,240,520 gallons of stormwater annually! Since their inception in 2014, SWIM has developed partnerships with over 15 local, regional, and statewide organizations.

Trenton Green Infrastructure Partners last met in November and focused on plans for demonstration projects, a stormwater management plan, and formalizing efforts of the work group. Demonstration project designs are moving forward on three projects in the city at schools, community gardens, and parks with funding from an NJDEP 319(h) grant. Additionally, community tree planting projects in flood prone areas are being planned. The city, with support from the RCE Water Resources Program, is preparing a stormwater management plan that emphasizes the use of green infrastructure techniques when managing stormwater runoff from new development projects.

C&NN: This Week's International News Roundup             (Posted: 1-29-18)

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Green Knight Newsletter - News and Events for January 2018             (Posted: 1-26-18)

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CWFNJ: January E-News 2018             (Posted: 1-26-18)

The NJ Conserve Wildlife Foundation staff published a wonderful article about their environmental education offerings in the current issue of the New Jersey Education Association's magazine for their members, the NJEA Review.

NJEA Review Cover

CWF's innovative environmental education program served as the cover story for the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Review, a monthly magazine that reaches over 200,000 subscribers, including every public school teacher in the state. Read the story, written by education director Stephanie DAlessio and executive director David Wheeler, highlighting CWF's singular approach to environmental education.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO NJEA
for bringing environmental education to the next generation of scientists, and for helping CWF to keep wildlife in New Jersey's future! 

NEW REPORT REVEALS 2017 SUCCESS 
FOR NEW JERSEY PEREGRINE FALCONS
Results from the 2017 nesting season for peregrine falcons was released in a report from New Jersey Fish & Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program.

New Jersey's population remained stable with 32 active nests (with 34 known pairs) as compared to 2016's results of 30 active nests (35 known pairs). Nest success was slightly better than last year, with 22 pairs producing 52 young as compared to 20 pairs producing 47 young. The productivity rate, which is a measure of the health of the population, was very close to what was observed in 2016 at 1.59 young/active nest.

The Falcon Cam will be up and running soon for the 2018 season. Check out the Falcon Cam and follow the Nestbox News! 
ATLANTIC CITY ELECTRIC BENEFITS WILDLIFE 
ACE Golf Classic Check Presentation

Atlantic City Electric (ACE) presented three nonprofit organizations - CWF, Ranch Hope, and Val Skinner Foundation - with $154,500 raised from the company's 12th Annual Golf Classic. CWF's share of the proceeds will be used to strengthen habitat in southern New Jersey for pollinators and ospreys while promoting wildlife awareness and education. Pictured left to right are Bert Lopez, ACE Public Affairs Manager; Charlie Wimberg, ACE Region Vice President; David L. Bailey, Jr., CEO, Ranch Hope, Inc.; Ben Wurst, CWF Habitat Manager; David Wheeler, CWF Executive Director; Susan Coan, ACE Region Vice President; and Vince Maione, ACE Region President.
BALD EAGLE ECOLOGY FOR EDUCATORS (K-12)
Educators are invited to join CWF and Duke Farms to understand the science behind New Jersey's bald eagle population and discover the many ways eagle ecology can be used across your curriculum for STEM lessons. 

CWF Eagle biologist Larissa Smith will talk about her work with this charismatic species, live birds of prey will make an appearance, and an opportunity will be announced for one lucky teacher to participate in the spring eagle chick banding at Duke Farms. Program fee includes morning coffee and lunch. 

"RARE WILDLIFE REVEALED" ROAD SHOW 
ROLLS ON TO MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY
 
Join CWF and renowned artist James Fiorentino for the Rare Wildlife Revealed traveling art exhibition at Monmouth University's Pollak Gallery for the first show in 2018.  On Friday, February 9, 2018 from 7-9 PM join us for a free reception to welcome the exhibition to Monmouth University and invite thousands more to see the breathtaking art of Mr. Fiorentino. 

Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition will be displayed at Monmouth University from January 13 until February 19, 2018. 
AMPHIBIAN CITIZEN SCIENTIST TRAINING
Join Conserve Wildlife Foundation's CWF wildlife biologist Allegra Mitchell to understand the threats facing the new Atlantic coast leopard frog species. Biologists need your help to find out where it lives! 

Learn about this new frog species and its habitat and practice identifying its unique mating call. Training sessions will also discuss threats to amphibian conservation throughout the state. 

After completing the training, citizen scientists will go out into the field during the mating season in early spring to collect data for a statewide effort to find out where this species lives.

Multiple training being offered:

February 4th, 1 PM at Trailside Nature and Science Center 
452 New Providence Road 
Mountainside, New Jersey

February 11th, 2 PM at NRCS Office
101 Bilby Road, Building #1
Hackettstown, New Jersey

Groveville Road
Bordentown (Trenton for GPS), New Jersey

Fourth training in Salem County - date/location to be announced
THE ATLANTIC COAST LEOPARD FROG - UNCOVERING THE PAST
CWF biologist Allegra Mitchell and GIS Intern Taylor Forster confirm the existence of the newly identified Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog from unidentified specimens at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.

GRASSLAND BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY
PART II: RESTORING CRITICAL BREEDING HABITAT
CWF biologist Meghan Kolk continues with part two of her grassland series and the goal of CWF's new restoration project at one of the most critical breeding sites in New Jersey.
 
 
 
 
 
   

RH: Wishing You a Green, Clean and Healthy New Year!             (Posted: 1-26-18)

January 2018
Cardinal in Winter at Fairview Farm
Small Changes, Big Rewards
 
Making resolutions is a good idea, not just as we ring in the new year...but all year round.
Here at our headquarters on Fairview Farm, we are doing our best to keep our campus as pristine as possible and hope that by adopting "green" policies, we will make a difference in the health of our watershed community. 

So, as we begin the New Year, we are taking some very simple, purposeful steps: 
- replacing standard light builds with LED
- eliminating all bottled water
- using "natural" cleaning products
- installing programmable thermostats
- using non-salt alternatives for deicing walkways
- reducing energy consumption by adding weather stripping and storm doors
 
It's sometimes hard to change behavior, but the folks at Raritan Headwaters are thoughtful environmentalists, and we are all pretty excited to see the results of our "green" resolutions. Small things done by many add up over time. Each one of us can make a difference in the health of our homes, our work places, our community and ultimately our Planet Earth.
Events & Happenings

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Raritan Headwaters.
Just start with smile.amazon.com and choose Raritan Headwaters Association as your charity. Think how much you'll be helping our mission simply by shopping at smile.amazon.com!
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.
NJTF News             (Posted: 1-25-18)


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Trees planted in the spring of 2017, beautifying University High School in Newark.
Ms. Hannemann & Ms. Gray
 Dear tree lover, 

I first met teachers Ms. Monika Hannemann and Ms. Monique Gray in 2013 when Ms. Hannemann applied for trees at Weequahic High School in Newark. Ms. Hannemann and Ms. Gray were instrumental in turning a once barren Chancellor Avenue into a shady tree-lined street. The Weequahic High School planting event had a significant impact on their students, the neighborhood, and the women themselves.

When Ms. Gray was transferred to Barringer High School she saw a new need for trees. In September 2015 the NJ Tree Foundation planted 13 trees around the high school and surrounding streets, with local residents adopting trees as well. Students, the Vice Principal, and the Barringer Football Team, swung picks and dug holes to plant trees that Saturday. The story continues, as Ms. Hanneman was also transferred to a new school in Newark.
 
Barringer Football Team athletes and Vice Principal Abbaleo planting a tree together.
When Ms. Hannemann began teaching at University High School, she saw a need for trees there too. In the spring of 2017, we planted 15 trees with students to line the front facade of their school and the back courtyard. As Principal Mendez mentioned, the hedge maples, ginkgos, and tree lilacs "will grow alongside the students who planted them."

It is incredibly inspiring to work alongside passionate teachers and young adults who are thrilled to help green their neighborhoods. At the most recent planting at University High School, Ms. Hannemann described the importance of planting trees with youth. "I love interacting with students outside of a traditional classroom setting, working towards a common goal. Some students who do not excel as much in the classroom stood out as leaders at this tree planting," she explained with a look of pride.

This beautiful history of greening Newark's schools and connecting urban youth to trees is only possible with your donations. Please help us continue to inspire youth and adults alike while making our cities greener by donating to the NJ Tree Foundation this December.

Thank you,
Elena López
Renaissance Trees Program Director, NJ Tree Foundation

University High School students laugh as they begin spreading mulch and pulling it two inches away from the trunk of this newly planted tree.
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Volunteers ready to plant new trees on Mechanic Street, Camden.
Brother Saleem at the planting.
 Dear tree lover, 

The Masjidun-Nur Islamic Learning Center in the Parkside neighborhood of the City of Camden sits just below the PATCO speedline. On one side of Mechanic Street there are trees which bring shade and beauty to the neighborhood while reducing noise and air pollution from the speedline. On the other side, where the Masjidun-Nur Islamic Learning Center is located, there were few trees, and the street was too hot.

Brother Saleem Muwwakkil had a vision for his Islamic Center. He wanted to plant trees to increase shade and use the trees as an outdoor classroom for their children's program.  This year, Brother Saleem approached the NJ Tree Foundation with an application for trees. His project was one of the first plantings that I took on as the new Program Coordinator for the Urban Airshed Reforestation Program. In the months leading up to the planting, Brother Saleem and I worked together to bring his vision to life. The Center was like a blank canvas! We chose to plant trees of varying heights and types, flowering and non flowering, along the street and inside the Center's lot.

On October 7th, we had 58 dedicated volunteers from businesses, schools, and fellow nonprofits help plant 23 trees on Mechanic Street. Redbuds, little leaf lindens, and American elms were planted to provide shade and beauty. Brother Saleem is so grateful for his new trees and is eager to see how the trees will look years from now, with "Plenty of shade in the streets."

Projects such as this are not possible without your support. Please help us continue to plant trees in the City of Camden and other South Jersey cities in need by making a donation to the NJ Tree Foundation today. We thank you for your support if you have already donated this year.

Sincerely, 

Meredith Brown
Urban Airshed Reforestation Program Coordinator
NJ Tree Foundation
Mechanic Street before & after.

OCSCD: Poster Contest, Roundtable, Jersey-Friendly Yards             (Posted: 1-25-18)

POSTER CONTEST FOR KIDS, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS ROUNDTABLE, $150 FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR HOME GARDENERS  
2018 POSTER CONTEST FOR KIDS:
The Ocean County Soil Conservation District is proud to sponsor the 2018 Poster Contest. This year's theme is "Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home!". Watersheds carry water over land, through the soil, and into creeks, streams and rivers, eventually ending up in the bay. A healthy watershed ensures clean water for drinking, swimming and recreation. The Poster Contest is open to all students in grades 2-12. One Grand Champion Winner will be selected to receive a $50 cash prize, and a $200 prize will be awarded to their school to support a school-based environmental project. Winning posters are submitted to the Statewide Competition. Download the official 2018 Rules & Entry Form. Deadline for Ocean County entries is March 3, 2018. For more information contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, 609-971-7002 ext 114, Education@SoilDistrict.org or visit the OCSCD Poster Contest webpage.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS ROUNDTABLE
SAVE-THE-DATE: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 3:00-7:30pm, at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education, Waretown. Ocean County Soil Conservation District is excited to announce our 21st Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educator's Roundtable. Presenters will demonstrate hands-on lessons that focus on the importance of our watershed's numerous natural resources. Registration opens in January, 2018. For more information please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, OCSCD, 609-971-7002 ext. 114, or Education@SoilDistrict.org or visit the OCSCD Roundtable webpage.

JERSEY-FRIENDLY YARDS - $150 Funding
OCSCD invites all home gardeners residing within the Barnegat Bay watershed to apply for the "Experience Jersey-Friendly Yards" training program. Funded by the Barnegat Bay Partnership, "Experience Jersey-Friendly Yards" invites 10 selected home gardeners to attend 3 intensive training workshops to learn how to plan, design and install a Jersey-Friendly garden using the Jersey-Friendly Yards website as a guide. Once the training has been completed, the selected participants will receive $150 in plant materials to create their own Jersey-Friendly garden at home. Click to download complete instructions and application, or visit the OCSCD "Jersey-Friendly Yards" webpageSubmission deadline is January 13, 2018. For questions, please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, OCSCD, 609-971-7002, ext. 114, or Education@soildistrict.org.  


Cape Atlantic Winter Spring Newsletter             (Posted: 1-25-18)

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Somerset County News & Events             (Posted: 1-25-18)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County Turns 100
On October 10, 2107 Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Somerset County was presented with a proclamation from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders in recognition of the centennial anniversary of the opening of the Somerset County RCE Office.
For the past 100 years, RCE of Somerset County has helped, both youth and adults, improve their knowledge and skills, and resolve problems in the areas of food, nutrition, health and wellness; food safety; agriculture; environmental and natural resource management; and youth development though its Family & Community Health Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Agricultural and Natural Resource programs. RCE is an educational organization within the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University.
RCE of Somerset County first opened its office with an Agricultural Agent, Harry C. Haines, on September 10, 1917. Somerset County was a rural county with many farms; keeping Mr. Haines busy teaching the newest recommendations to improve farming practices. The first County Club Agent, Noyes S. Purrinton, started on January 1, 1919. These boys and girls clubs taught farming practices, cooking and food preservation. The first Home Demonstration Agent, Charlotte Embleton, joined the team on January 15, 1924. Miss Embleton served for 30 years teaching food preservation, healthy eating, clothing construction, efficient kitchen design and parenting.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Somerset County's continuing goal for Somerset County residences is to ensure healthy lifestyles; provide productive futures for youth, adults; enhance and protect environmental resources; ensure economic growth and agricultural sustainability; and improve food safety and nutrition.

Somerset County 4-H Announces Two New Clubs Look for New Members
Somerset County - The Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program of Somerset County announces two new clubs: Photography and Healthy Living Fun. Both clubs are open to youth in grades 4-13. The first meeting for both clubs will be held on February 1st at 7pm
at the Ted Blum 4-H Center. There is no cost to join.
In the 4-H Photography Club, one will learn to shoot photos like a pro, from an experienced photographer, as you take field trips and learn to use digital tools. In the 4-H Healthy Living Fun Club, one will explore the many aspects of living as your best self with a leader knowledgeable in nutrition, yoga & outdoor recreation. You'll hike, bike, practice yoga, cook, and so much more!
The clubs plan to combine some activities, and both clubs will bring adventures in friendship, fun, creativity & health.
If you are interested in joining one or both clubs, contact the 4-H office at 908-526-6644 or somersetcounty4h@co.somerset.nj.us. If this date is not convenient, let us know. The clubs will schedule dates and times to include the most members.

About Somerset County 4-H
The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station -Cooperative Extension, 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status, and any other category protected by law. For additional information, contact: somersetcounty4h@co.somerset.nj.us or www.4hHisTops.org.

Rutgers Master Gardener of Somerset County Program Announces New Classes for 2018-2019
Somerset County - The new season of the Rutgers Master Gardener Program of Somerset County begins in September at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Somerset County Office, located at 310 Milltown Rd. in Bridgewater. Classes will be held once a week on Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 1:00pm from mid-September through March. The program is open to all Somerset County residents.
Course work includes plant propagation, soils and fertilizers, botany, plant identification, native plants, diagnosing plant problems, pest management, pruning, lawns care, annuals and perennials, tree and shrub care, fruits and berries, vegetable gardens and much more. The program also requires community service in such areas as the Garden Helpline, Children's Programs, Public Outreach Events, Extension activities and events throughout the year.
The Master Gardeners receive in-depth training in horticulture from Rutgers University faculty and professional staff. "I originally was drawn to the program to learn about plants to help me in my own garden," said Veronica Guarraia' (Class of '99). "Although I did come away with more plant knowledge, the added benefits were meeting many friends and having a better appreciation of nature and our place in it."
The registration deadline is June 2, 2018. There is a $250 program fee, which covers a Master Gardener Handbook, soil test kit and 60+ hours of training. Those interested in joining the program can call 908-526-6293 for more information or visit http://somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu/garden to download the application.

National 4-H Agri-Science Youth Summit News Release
NEW JERSEY 4-H MEMBERS ATTEND NATIONAL AGRI-SCIENCE SUMMIT

Eighteen New Jersey 4-H members attended the National Agri-Science Youth Summit held January 12-15 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center located in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The purpose of the conference was to provide youth with an opportunity to learn about and develop an understanding of the critical role of agricultural science innovation in addressing the world's most pressing issues.
The New Jersey 4-H'ers joined over 200 youth and adults representing 19 states at the National Agri-Science Youth Summit. New Jersey delegates attending the conference were Olivia Alonso from Caldwell, Cristine Alvarez of Newark, Aidan Aug from Chester, Tyler Braunstein of Long Valley, Theresa Buzzoni from Hillsborough, Kristen Briney of Chester, Kalsey Colotl from Kearny, Heather Doherty of Mine Hill, Sierra Durham from Lake Hopatcong, Joshua Edmunds of Belleville, Jasmine Ferrer from Belleville, Arushi Ghayalod of Lake Hopatcong, Parris Johnson from Dover, Garett Joyce of Jersey City, Michael Medina from West Caldwell, Kelly Nelson of Frelinghuysen, Johanna Pipoli from Randolph, and Annie Rosenzweig of Maplewood.
Today, many young people are generationally and geographically removed from farming and agriculture. Yet, it is vital that these young leaders and future decision makers understand the critical role agriculture plays in our society. Currently, it is estimated that there will be 54,400 annual job openings for those with agricultural college degrees. While the percentage of these opportunities in production agriculture (farming) has declined, 27% of these jobs will be in science and engineering and 47% will be in management and business. A shortfall of graduates for these science and business positions is projected, especially for the anticipated demand in animal and plant biotechnology. These emerging areas of agriculture are addressing some of the world's most pressing issues related to food security, nutrition, energy, and sustainability.
During the summit, participants attended workshops; engaged in hands-on activities; listened to guest speakers; and interacted with agricultural researchers and advocates who helped them to gain knowledge and skills in agri-science related to the production of food, feed, fuel, and fiber as well as learn about career opportunities. "The summit provided the New Jersey delegates to the National Agri-Science Youth Summit with an excellent opportunity to learn about the challenges facing agriculture, including global food security and sustainability, and how they can play a role in addressing these challenges today and in their future" says Jeannette Rea-Keywood, State 4-H Agent, Department of 4-H Youth Development.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station - Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13(one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.
For more information about the New Jersey 4-H Program visit the website at: http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/.

Great Places: Speak Up for National Monuments             (Posted: 1-25-18)

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Sustainable Jersey Updates             (Posted: 1-23-18)

January Sustainability Hero Announced.
Take a Dip in the Funding Pool
Start Your New Year Off Right.
December Sustainabilty Hero Announced.
Six sustainability success stories.

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
292 Districts     715 Schools     Participating
Toms River High School South receives a $10,000 grant to study mosquito microbiology & contribute to national Wolbachia research

NJ School & District Sustainability Grant Awardees Announced
46 grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association will help schools and school districts implement sustainability projects

Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced the forty-six New Jersey schools and school districts selected to receive Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). Eleven $10,000 grants and thirty-five $2,000 grants were distributed to fund a variety of projects including vertical aeroponic tower gardens, agricultural and sustainability curriculum, student green team capacity building, an outdoor classroom, a healthy habits program, enhanced recycling efforts and more.

With this contribution NJEA has provided $750,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. Read more about the grant projects here. 
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Grants Available!

PSEG Foundation is contributing $100,000 to support the current open cycle 
of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program.
Funds will support $10,000 and $2,000 grants to districts and schools for sustainability efforts that help schools gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification and make progress toward a sustainable future. For more information regarding the current opportunity, click here. Deadline February 9, 2018. 
President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) & Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE)

Nominations open through March 1st
Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of projects developed by young individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school), summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness.  Winning projects in the past have covered a wide range of subject areas, including:
  • restoring native habitats
  • recycling in schools and communities
  • construction of nature preserves
  • tree planting
  • installing renewable energy projects
  • creating videos, skits and newsletters that focused on environmental issues 
  • participating in many other creative sustainability efforts
The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award. 
STEAM Tank 2017 Winners Announced; 2018 Applications Open

Sponsored and created by NJSBA and the U.S. Army, the STEAM Tank competition, which is modeled after the TV show "Shark Tank," provides New Jersey students a platform to experience real-world problem solving, allowing them to think like entrepreneurs and design and create whatever they can dream using the fields of STEAM - science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. In STEAM Tank, students create innovative products and solutions to problems, which they enter into competition. Winners at the regional level compete in the finals at NJSBA's annual Workshop, before a judging panel of entrepreneurs and business leaders. Applications for the 2018 competition are being accepted now, due by Feb. 16. Click here for more information.
Welcome Newly Registered Schools!
Bergen County
New Milford School District 

Camden County
Ann A. Mullen Middle School (Gloucester Twp)
Octavius Catto Demonstration School (Camden City)
Union Valley Elementary School (Gloucester Twp)

Cape May County
Glenwood Avenue Elementary School (Wildwood)
Wildwood High School
Wildwood Middle School
Woodbine School District
Woodbine Elementary School
Essex County
Glenfield Middle School (Montclair)

Hudson County
Jersey City Community Charter District

Morris County
Valley View Elementary School (Montville)

Salem County
Oldmans Township School District

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

NEW JERSEY EARTH SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION & DUKE FARMS
"From Phenomenon to Assessment: teaching and learning with NGSS"
February 3, 2018 8:00am-3:00pm  Hillsborough, NJ
Are you comfortable with the architecture and intent of NGSS and ready to create your own NGSS congruent lessons and units? If so, this one-day workshop is for you. We will identify compelling and student friendly phenomena, build lesson sequences around them, and develop assessment tools to measure student proficiency in selected discipline core ideas, crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and performance expectations. Duke Farms will provide inspiration and be our learning laboratory. Participants will receive tools and resources to facilitate the process of creating their own lessons and units.
$25 program fee includes coffee and lunch. Register here.

NEW JERSEY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION 
March 15, 9:00-3:00pm at NJSBA Headquarters, Trenton
Participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Board members will receive four board member academy credits and four sustainability credits for participation in this working session. NJSBA, in cooperation with the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) and the NJ School Building and Grounds Association, is offering six Continuing Education Credits (#CE-00084) toward certification for schools facilities managers attending this program. Attendance can also contribute toward the sustainability training totals for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.  

PEOSH/NJADP STATEWIDE INDOOR AIR QUALITY TRAINING (Free)
February 9, 2018 8am-12:30  Mahwah, NJ
March 2, 2018 8am-12:30 Sicklerville, NJ
April 27, 2018 8am-12:30 Neptune, NJ
May 11, 2018 8am-12:30 Bridgewater, NJ
View 2017-2018 Schedule here

NJADP STATEWIDE INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING (Free)
February 23, 2018 8am-12:30  Mahwah, NJ
March 23, 2018 8am-12:30 Neptune, NJ
April 20,2018 8am-12:30 Bridgewater, NJ
May 4,2018 8am-12:30 Sicklerville, NJ
View 2017-2018 Schedule here
 
EPA "KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION" ON DEMAND INDOOR AIR QUALITY WEBINARS
Recordings available here. 
Topics include: Gaining Buy-in for Optimal Ventilation, Mold Moisture & Money, Using Data to Address Asthma in Schools Healthy Schools & Healthy Students: Improving IAQ.
 
EPA SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEB ACADEMY
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars available 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!
Upcoming Live Webinars in the series  
289 Districts     712 Schools     Participating
Get An Early Start on Your School's
 2018 Application for Bronze or Silver Certification

The first application submission deadline of the 2018 certification cycle is Friday, January 19. Take advantage of multiple opportunities to receive feedback on your action submissions. Applicants for Bronze or Silver certification can submit materials up to three times via an online application to Sustainable Jersey. View our 2018 application cycle deadlines here. 

TOOLS FOR SUCCESS: 
  • Not sure if you have enough points? The Sustainable Jersey for Schools Master Action Tracking spreadsheet is a custom spreadsheet your green team can use to quickly see action submission requirements, expiration dates of actions, and more. Click here to download the spreadsheet
  • Not sure how to navigate your online application? Download the application user guide here.  View a recorded webinar with SJS staff on how to complete your application. 
Webinar: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Options for Schools and Municipalities 

Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:00-2:00pm. 

Join us to discover opportunities for alternative fuel vehicles for your fleets and for your community.  Learn how communities are promoting options from electric vehicle car-sharing to electric school bus fleets.  With New Jersey receiving $72M in the Volkswagen emissions settlement, proposals for projects are being accepted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  Eligible vehicle classes include school and other transit buses, class 4 - 7 vehicles which would include garbage trucks and other service vehicles typically used by municipalities.  Funding is also available for EV charging stations. The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2018. Further details about the Volkswagen settlement and information on how to submit project proposals is available at: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/vw/faq.html . Register here.
Grants Available!

PSEG Foundation is contributing $100,000 to support the current open cycle 
of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program.
Funds will support $10,000 and $2,000 grants to districts and schools for sustainability efforts that help schools gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification and make progress toward a sustainable future. For more information regarding the current opportunity, click here. Deadline February 9, 2018. 
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
 
GREEN BUILDING TOUR- US Green Building Council & NJ Schools Boards Association (Free)
January 16, 2018 5:00-7:00pm  Paterson, NJ
Visit PS 16 Elementary School in Paterson, NJ a school designed to feature green building best practices. PS 16 is a Pre-K - 8 elementary school recently completed by the New Jersey Development Authority as a "Design Build" project, in partnership with the Paterson Public Schools. The project will achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, focuses on the key LEED areas that align with the school's urban setting, and allows the school to maintain sustainable practices within a relatively modest building footprint. For more information please click here.

NEW JERSEY EARTH SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION & DUKE FARMS
"From Phenomenon to Assessment: teaching and learning with NGSS"
February 3, 2018 8:00am-3:00pm  Hillsborough, NJ
Are you comfortable with the architecture and intent of NGSS and ready to create your own NGSS congruent lessons and units? If so, this one-day workshop is for you. We will identify compelling and student friendly phenomena, build lesson sequences around them, and develop assessment tools to measure student proficiency in selected discipline core ideas, crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and performance expectations. Duke Farms will provide inspiration and be our learning laboratory. Participants will receive tools and resources to facilitate the process of creating their own lessons and units.
$25 program fee includes coffee and lunch. Register here.

NEW JERSEY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION 
March 15, 9:00-3:00pm at NJSBA Headquarters, Trenton
Participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Board members will receive four board member academy credits and four sustainability credits for participation in this working session. NJSBA, in cooperation with the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) and the NJ School Building and Grounds Association, is offering six Continuing Education Credits (#CE-00084) toward certification for schools facilities managers attending this program. Attendance can also contribute toward the sustainability training totals for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.  

PEOSH/NJADP STATEWIDE INDOOR AIR QUALITY TRAINING (Free)
January 12, 2018 8am-12:30  Westampton, NJ
February 9, 2018 8am-12:30  Mahwah, NJ
March 2, 2018 8am-12:30 Sicklerville, NJ
April 27, 2018 8am-12:30 Neptune, NJ
May 11, 2018 8am-12:30 Bridgewater, NJ
View 2017-2018 Schedule here

NJADP STATEWIDE INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING (Free)
January 19, 2018 8am-12:30  Metuchen, NJ
February 23, 2018 8am-12:30  Mahwah, NJ
March 23, 2018 8am-12:30 Neptune, NJ
April 20,2018 8am-12:30 Bridgewater, NJ
May 4,2018 8am-12:30 Sicklerville, NJ
View 2017-2018 Schedule here
 
EPA "KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION" ON DEMAND INDOOR AIR QUALITY WEBINARS
Recordings available here. 
Topics include: Gaining Buy-in for Optimal Ventilation, Mold Moisture & Money, Using Data to Address Asthma in Schools Healthy Schools & Healthy Students: Improving IAQ.
 
EPA SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEB ACADEMY
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars available 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!
Upcoming Live Webinars in the series  

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools
SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
288 Districts     709 Schools     Participating
Plan Your Certification Strategy With Our Updated 
Master Action Tracking Spreadsheet

Make a plan to get your school certified in 2018.  The Sustainable Jersey for Schools Master Action Tracking spreadsheet is a custom spreadsheet your green team can use to quickly see action submission requirements, expiration dates of actions, and more. Click here to download the spreadsheet. 

The first application submission deadline of the 2018 certification cycle is January 18th. Take advantage of multiple opportunities to receive feedback on your action submissions. View our application cycle here. 
How to Have an Eco-Friendly Holiday

Are you looking to trim your holiday waistline, ways to "green" the holiday season, and/or reduce your global holiday footprint? Check out the great resources below with tips on how to have an eco-friendly holiday season.

Webinar: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Options for Schools and Municipalities 

Thursday, Jamuary 11, 2018 1:00-2:00pm. 

Join us to discover opportunities for alternative fuel vehicles for your fleets and for your community.  Learn how communities are promoting options from electric vehicle car-sharing to electric school bus fleets.  With New Jersey receiving $72M in the Volkswagen emissions settlement, proposals for projects are being accepted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  Eligible vehicle classes include school and other transit buses, class 4 - 7 vehicles which would include garbage trucks and other service vehicles typically used by municipalities.  Funding is also available for EV charging stations. The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2018. Further details about the Volkswagen settlement and information on how to submit project proposals is available at: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/vw/faq.html . Register here.
Grants Available!

PSEG Foundation is contributing $100,000 to support the current open cycle of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program.
Funds will support $10,000 and $2,000 grants to districts and schools for sustainability efforts that help schools gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification and make progress toward a sustainable future. For more information regarding the current opportunity, click here.



Welcome Newly Registered Districts & Schools!
 

Atlantic County
Pennsylvania Avenue School (Atlantic City)

Bergen County
Lodi School District 

Camden County
Glen Landing Middle School (Gloucester)

Essex County
Forest Avenue Elementary School (Glen Ridge)
Linden Avenue Elementary School (Glen Ridge)
Gloucester County
Plainsboro School District
National Park Elementary School

Morris County
Florham Park Public Schools

Somerset County
Mount Horeb Elementary School (Warren)

Warren County
White Township Consolidated Elementary School
Earth and Environmental Science Educator's Institute: 
Connecting Models and Evidence
(FREE 3-day training with stipend!)
 
Professional development for middle school and high school teachers who teach Earth Science.  Learn the use of Model-Evidence Link (MEL) activities centered on current Earth science topics. These 3-dimensional (core ideas, practices, crosscutting concepts) instructional scaffolds facilitate critical thinking, evidence-based reasoning, construction of scientific explanations, and collaborative argumentation that support scientific reasoning within challenging Earth science topics. 

Pre-Register now to be notified when registration opens. Applications available in February.

Training will be held June 26 to June 28, 2018 at Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
 
PEOSH/NJADP STATEWIDE INDOOR AIR QUALITY TRAINING (Free)
January 12, 2018 8am-12:30  Westampton, NJ
February 9, 2018 8am-12:30  Mahwah, NJ
March 2, 2018 8am-12:30 Sicklerville, NJ
View 2017-2018 Schedule here
 
EPA "KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION" ON DEMAND INDOOR AIR QUALITY WEBINARS
Recordings available here. 
Topics include: Gaining Buy-in for Optimal Ventilation, Mold Moisture & Money, Using Data to Address Asthma in Schools Healthy Schools & Healthy Students: Improving IAQ.
 
EPA SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEB ACADEMY
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars available 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!
Upcoming Live Webinars in the series 
 
NEW JERSEY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION 
March 15, 9:00-3:00pm at NJSBA Headquarters, Trenton
Participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Board members will receive four board member academy credits and four sustainability credits for participation in this working session. NJSBA, in cooperation with the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) and the NJ School Building and Grounds Association, is offering six Continuing Education Credits (#CE-00084) toward certification for schools facilities managers attending this program. Attendance can also contribute toward the sustainability training totals for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.  

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Sponsors 

Children & Nature Network News             (Posted: 1-23-18)

Notes from the New Nature Movement for 11/21/2017
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This Week's International News Roundup
This Week's International News Roundup
The Latest News on C&NN's 2018 International Leadership Summit

News from the Green Schools National Network             (Posted: 1-23-18)

Conference Countdown: 5 Reasons to Register for GSCE 2018 Today.
Read the Winter 2017 Issue of Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly.
Conference Countdown: Exhibit at the 2018 Green Schools Conference and Expo.
Conference Countdown: 2018 GSCE Program Highlight - Track 1: Get Empowered.
Conference Countdown: 2018 Green Schools Conference and Expo Keynote Speaker Announced!.

CWF: December E-News 2017             (Posted: 1-8-18)

2017 NEW JERSEY BALD EAGLE REPORT RELEASED
EAGLES CONTINUE RECOVERY IN 2017
The Conserve Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with the New Jersey Endangered and Nongame Species Programhas released the 2017 NJ Bald Eagle Project Report and the new and improved Eagle Tracking Maps. 

In 2017, 178 eagle nests were monitored during the nesting season. Of these nests 153 were active (118 with eggs) and 25 were territorial or housekeeping pairs. Both the number of nests and active pairs were up slightly from 2016. 190 young eagles fledged, which was down from last year's record high. More importantly, the extensive surveys indicate that bald eagles are maintaining their ongoing recovery - which is only possible due to the dedicated Eagle Project volunteers who monitor and help to protect nests throughout New Jersey.
TRACKING NEW JERSEY EAGLES BY GPS
Eagle D/95 with transmitter
Since 2011 CWF and the ENSP have been
attaching GPS transmitters to young eagles to follow their movements. The data collected from these transmitters allow us to learn more about the life cycle of juvenile bald eagles and how they interact with our human dominated landscape. Most importantly, the data helps biologists to identify and protect communal roost sites. These sites play a significant role in the life cycle of non-breeding, sub-adult eagles. They are protected under a "disturb" clause of the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668-668c). With the data we've collected we are beginning to identify and map these sites so that they can be protected.

Please visit our website to view the
 updated tracking map
, which allows users to more clearly view the movements of the four eagles that we've tracked (no more multicolored spaghetti all over the map!). This project was funded in part by the American Eagle Foundation, and we are extremely grateful for all their support.
DONATE NOW TO KEEP NESTING EAGLES STRONG IN THE COMING SEASON
Right now, eagles are starting to build their nests for this year's nesting season. Our team is needed to find and monitor the nests to keep these eagles safe. 

Our Bald Eagle Project needs your contribution before year-end to offset a funding decrease and allow us to keep this vital project moving forward at full strength for the 17th year!  Any amount would help! And all donations are tax deductible.
CWF VOLUNTEERS ARE THE WILDLIFE HEROES OF 2017
New Jersey Osprey Project Volunteers Wayne Russell, Matt Tribulski and John King repair an osprey platform.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS!
New Jersey ospreys have headed for warmer climates until their return in the spring. New Jersey Osprey Project volunteers are busy repairing and cleaning out nests, adding predator guards and perches in preparation for the nesting season.  It's an endless job as there are 100's of nesting platforms throughout the state and maintenance is always needed. These repairs keep the nests as safe as possible for the nesting ospreys.
2018 SPECIES ON THE EDGE CALENDARS
The 2018 Species On the Edge Calendars have arrived and look great! 

Winners of the 2017 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest are beautifully represented in this full-color 12-month calendar. Be inspired each month as you learn about some of New Jersey's rarest wildlife residents.

Place your order for a 2018 calendar to support CWF Education programs and the you budding artists featured from every county in New Jersey. 
Wild New Jersey
RARE WILDLIFE OF NEW JERSEY: AN OVERVIEW

Join CWF Executive Director and Wild New Jersey author David Wheeler as he reveals a fascinating look at rare wildlife throughout New Jersey
 on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the Cape May City Library.


WINTER DISCOVERY SERIES AT DUKE FARMS 

Countess New Jersey kids have enjoyed Conserve Wildlife Foundation's Wildlife Explorers or many of the other summer programs that Duke Farms offers. But exploring Duke Farms in winter can be just as magical. The Winter Discovery Series at Duke Farms is a four-day program aimed at connecting kids ages 6-12 to nature. The program takes place on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - Friday, December 29, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Each day in the series will focus on a theme of environmental science and give children the chance to learn and explore through experiments, group activities and outdoor play. What better way to spend Winter Break than when fun and learning combine? 

Schedule:
Tuesday: The Web of Life!
Wednesday: Plants, Meadows & Forests!
Thursday: Animals & Adaptations!
Friday: The Water Cycle & Habitats!

**Registration must be completed individually for each day of the program.**


"RARE WILDLIFE REVEALED" ROAD SHOW ROLLS ON TO MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY

 Join CWF and renown artist James Fiorentino for the Rare Wildlife Revealed traveling art exhibition at Monmouth University's Pollak Gallery for the first show in 2018.  On Friday, February 9, 2018 from      7:00 PM - 9:00 PM join us for a reception to welcome the exhibition to Monmouth University and invite thousands more to see the breath-taking art of Mr. Fiorentino. 

Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition will be displayed at Monmouth University from January 13 until February 19, 2018. 
 
2017: PIPING PLOVER NESTING SEASON
How did they do? CWF Wildlife Biologist Emily Heiser writes about the threatened beach nesting bird and their federal protection recovery goals. Can several sites performing well mean a move towards overall recovery?

THE FATE OF CHUMP: OSPREY 78/D
CWF Habitat Manager Ben Wurst shares the unfortunate new of the passing of Osprey 78/D and the harsh reality of life for young ospreys. Osprey 78/D, also know as "Chump", was tagged as part of Project RedBand. 


W34: A NY BANDED EAGLE IN NEW JERSEY
CWF Wildlife Biologist Larissa Smith shares the story of rehabbed and banded New York Bald Eagle W-34 seen in New Jersey. Magnificent photographs by New Jersey Eagle Project volunteer Randy Lubischer accompany this feature.

PHOTOS FROM THE FIELD: CHEESEQUAKE OSPREY PLATFORM REPLACEMENT
Boy scout Dylan Green gives osprey nesting platform a needed upgrade along with his family and fellow Troop 65 scouts. 

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Renaissance Trees Program, North Jersey
Residents on Martin Luther King Boulevard plant a black gum tree that they will watch grow in Newark.

This fall we planted 170 trees throughout Newark and Jersey City.  These trees now line residential neighborhoods and city parks for all to enjoy. Dean, who received a tree in front of his home on Grafton Ave, had such positive things to say about the event, "The planting was very informative, learning how to plant a tree and care for it. I was impressed by the support of volunteers and community leaders." Thank you to the 264 volunteers who donated their time and muscle to beautify and improve the environment!
 
For more information, please visit our webpage. Tree plantings will begin again in the spring.  If you are interested in planting trees in your Newark neighborhood, make sure to check out our website and apply for trees on your block. 
Urban Airshed Reforestation Program, South Jersey
TD Bank volunteers take a break after planting a tree together in Judge Robert Johnson Park in Camden.

The Urban Airshed Reforestation Program had an amazing fall season! We planted 148 trees in Camden, thanks to the support of 249 volunteers. Now Camden residents can watch the leaves change color, and feel joy from new street trees greeting them in front of their homes.
 
In September, the Urban Airshed Reforestation Program ran our third Fruit Tree Farmer workshop and giveaway, which taught Camden residents how to grow and care for urban fruit trees. At this event we gave away over 130 large fruit trees to Camden community and backyard gardeners! Next summer there will be hundreds more apricots, apples, cherries, peaches, pears, and plums growing throughout the city. 

Thank you to the many volunteers and partners who donated their time and talents to help us plant trees in Camden! For more information about Urban Airshed Reforestation Program or to see past events, please visit our webpage here. The planting schedule for the Spring will be posted in early 2018. If you are a Camden resident and would like to apply for street trees, please fill out an application here
Green Streets Program, Statewide
Our Green Streets crew planting tree whips to reduce flooding in the Watson-Crampton neighborhood of Woodbridge.

Our Green Streets crew has been working hard this season. Here are some highlights:
- 252 street trees planted in ten towns 
- 1,000 tree whips planted in a flood zone
- 1,200 shrubs & perennials for Woodbridge floodplain habitat restoration with Rutgers
- Two rain gardens constructed and planted in Jersey City 
- 12 rain gardens maintained in Camden

Our Crew planted trees in Haddonfield this fall, and we are not the only ones loving their work. A Department of Public Works employee told us he received a call from a resident complimenting how well the trees were planted. He said this was a first, as the calls he gets are usually complaining about trees. Thank you Haddonfield, for hiring our Green Streets Crew to plant your trees right! 
Hire Green Streets to plant and maintain your trees! 


Volunteer Spotlight
Rutgers Newark M.A.P.S. members pose after planting trees on Garside Avenue in Newark.

We want to thank all of our amazing volunteers who dug holes, planted trees and sweated through the warm season. While all of our volunteers are incredible, a special shout out goes to M.A.P.S. (Minority Association of Premedical Students) Rutgers Newark for your commitment to planting with us this season. M.A.P.S. is a group of minority premedical students dedicated to community engagement, academic development, social justice and mentorship. A group of 15 M.A.P.S. students joined us in Newark for our first tree planting of the season, eager to work and full of energy. After staying until the very end, they expressed their interest to do it again soon, and that they did! M.A.P.S. brought large groups of volunteers to two consecutive plantings after that, always getting the job done with a great attitude. Amir Gamil, the Community Service Coordinator at M.A.P.S., loved his time planting with us, "Our experience this semester was amazing! It was the members' favorite event to attend! Every time, we arrived happy, and left happy. It was truly a great experience."  M.A.P.S. brought large groups of volunteers to two consecutive plantings after that, always getting the job done with a great attitude. Thank you, M.A.P.S.!
 
Right Tree, Right Place
Over 120 people attended our Right Tree Right Place seminars this season. These events teach attendees about proper tree planting, management, pest issues, and properly conducting a NJ One Call. We try our best to make sure people understand why it is important to plant the right tree in the right place, and we know we are making an impact. At the seminar in Essex County, we overheard someone say, "Now I finally understand why my town is planting pretty little trees under the utility wires...so their heads don't get chopped off." The NJ Tree Foundation: preventing trees from losing their heads, one properly selected tree at a time.

A Special Thanks To
Our Fall Funders:

 

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Lisa Simms
Executive Director
PSEG
James Cunningham
Forestry Technician
Rutgers Cooperative Extension,Water Resources Program 
Elena López
Program Director 
Program Coordinator 
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Beth Kwart                        
Development Coordinator
Henry E. Niles Foundation
USDA Forest Service
Johanette Wallerstein Institute


MKM Foundation
William Penn Foundation



National Wildlife Federation News             (Posted: 11-17-17)

Water for Birds in the Winter
Young Reporters for the Environment

Where We Learn Matters: A Culture of Sustainability is a Hallmark of a Green, Healthy, Sustainable School             (Posted: 11-17-17)

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This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 11-17-17)

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Raritan Headwaters: It's People That Make the Difference             (Posted: 11-9-17)

November 2017
Special Thanks to Our Country Fair Volunteers
 
We appreciate each and every person who so generously supports Raritan Headwaters in a variety of ways, and would especially like to give a big round of applause to these volunteers who helped make this year's Old Fashioned Country Fair a smashing success.
 
Corporate Volunteers Work It!
 
Several area companies, large and small, pitched in this year on projects at Fairview Farm. They helped clean and organize our barns, groom our trails, remove invasive plants from our fields, assemble outreach materials for programs and events...and more. Read all about it.
 
If your company is interested in a workday with RHA, contact Land Projects Manager George Schaberg.
Pingry Student Keeps on Giving
 
Jacob Gruber, a senior at Pingry School in Basking Ridge, chose RHA to fulfill his 10 hour community service responsibility. Since starting in May, he has dedicated 27 hours to RHA and continues to return to work on a variety of projects. Learn more about Jacob.
 
RHA Welcomes Rutgers Raritan Scholar
 
We're delighted to welcome Anthony Adams, our Rutgers Raritan Scholar for the Fall 2017 semester. Anthony is working with RHA's science staff to identify target areas in our watershed for stream buffer restoration. Read more.
 
We'll Light up the Night Nov 5 (Rain date Nov 12)
 
This Sunday evening, we'll continue our tradition of celebrating "Lanternenlaufen," a historic European festival marking the end of the agricultural year and the beginning of the harvest, with a Lantern Walk through the meadows of Fairview FarmJoin us!
How's the Water?
 
Find out on Dec 2 at RHA's State of Our Watershed conference, where you'll learn about the health of the water in our local streams and underground aquifers. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christopher Obropta from Rutgers University. Read more and register.
On the Watchdog Front

On Tuesday, November 7th, don't forget to vote the entire NJ ballot, including State Public Question 2: Constitutional Amendment Dedicating Moneys from State Environmental Contamination Cases.
 
For more information, visit njquestion2.com.
Did You Know?

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Raritan Headwaters.
  
Just start with smile.amazon.com and choose Raritan Headwaters Association as your charity. Think how much you'll be helping our mission simply by shopping at smile.amazon.com!
Events & Happenings

Banner photo: Students from the Pingry School tackle invasive plants at Fairview Farm.
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.

Contact us to learn how to become an RHA Social Media Ambassador!

SJ4S: Celebrate Our Sustainability Champions & Award Winners             (Posted: 11-9-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
280 Districts     695 Schools     Participating
 
2017 NJ School and District Sustainability Awards Announced
Award recipients from Delran Township Schools, Lawrence Township Public Schools 
and Long Branch School District

Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced the three schools and two school districts that are the recipients of the 2017 Sustainable Jersey for Schools special awards. Awardees are from Delran Township Schools, Lawrence Township Public Schools and Long Branch School District. Representatives from these schools and districts accepted their awards at a reception during the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Workshop 2017 on October 24th in Atlantic City. Read their stories here.

2017 SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION AWARDS:
Three schools from Long Branch School District (Monmouth County)
George L. Catrambone Elementary School with 485 points (silver-level certification)
Long Branch Middle School with 355 points (silver-level certification)
Long Branch High School with 285 points (bronze-level certification)

2017 SUSTAINABILITY MAKES $ENSE AWARD:
 Lawrence Township Public Schools (Mercer County)
Lawrence Township Public Schools in Mercer County received the Sustainability Makes $ense Award that recognizes a district that has made exemplary progress in sustainability resulting in cost savings to the school district. 

2017 GREEN TEAM COLLABORATION AWARD: 
Delran Township Schools Green Team and 
the Delran Township Municipal Green Team (Burlington County)
Delran Township Schools in Burlington County received the Green Team Collaboration Award that recognizes municipal and school green teams working together to advance sustainability.
New Grants Announced to Fund Sustainability Projects
PSEG Foundation is contributing $100,000 to support another cycle 
of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program.
Funding supports efforts to implement projects that help schools gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification and make progress toward a sustainable future. For more information regarding the current opportunity, click here.
Application Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018


Learn About New Actions for 2018

Webinar: "New Actions & Updates for 2018" Thursday November 16, 2017 3:00-4:00pm
Join the Sustainable Jersey for Schools staff and members of the iSTEAM, Health & Wellness and Energy task force as we provide an overview of new program actions for the 2018 certification Cycle. Regsiter here. 

Download the Sustainable Jersey for Schools 2018 Certification Cycle Timeline here.


Sustainable Jersey for Schools Presentations 
at NJ School Boards Workshop now available online
Visit the "Events & Training" page on our website or click here.
  • FUNDING YOUR SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES
  • SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPIONS
  • BEHAVIORAL CHANGES OR BUILDING UPGRADES? TWO PATHS TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN YOUR DISTRICT
  • DIG IN!  HOW WASTE AUDITS CAN IMPROVE YOUR RECYCLING RATEBUILDING A CULTURE TO HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND LIFE
  • FREE RESOURCES & SIMPLE STEPS TOWARDS SAFER ROUTES TO SCHOOL FOR YOUR STUDENTS
Grants for K-12 Schools
Deadline 5pm ET November 3, 2017

The Nature Conservancy is awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include: access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.

Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to 60 public or charter schools across the United States. See the detailed grant description linked on this page for full requirements, guidelines, important dates, and online application information. Samples of an application, an applicant commitment letter, and an administration letter of support are also available. Visit the application website here. 
EPA 2017 School Bus Replacement and Retrofit Rebates
Deadline November 14th

This EPA rebate program encourages school bus fleet turnover so more children can ride buses with the cleanest emissions standards or buses that have been retrofitted to reduce emissions. The 2017 School Bus Rebate Program will provide over $7 million to public and private fleet owners for the replacement or retrofit of older school buses. Up to $1 million of the funding total will be available for retrofit funding requests in the selection process.  
Funds to Support STEAM Education at your School
Deadline November 9th

A National contest designed to boost interest and proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), through challenging public school teachers and students in grades 6-12 to show how STEAM can be applied to help improve their local community. 

Contest applicants will have a chance to win a share of $2 million in Samsung technology* for their school throughout the competition. http://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/index.html
New Jersey Natural Gas Annual Kids & Conservation Poster and Video Contests
 
11
th Annual Poster Contest
The poster contest is open to fifth grade classes within NJNG's service territory. 

Three students each will have a chance to win the following prizes: 
* An individual tablet
* Exciting and interactive Brain Show school assembly
* $1,000 contribution to their school toward an energy or environmental conservation project
* $100 gift card for their teacher 
 
Seventh Annual Video Contest
The video contest is open to high school students (13 years and older) in NJNG's service territory.

Students can submit videos as an individual or group project for a chance to win:
* $500 for an individual video project
* $2,500 for a group class or club project
* $1,000 contribution to their school toward an energy conservation or environmental project
* $500 for the Viewer's Choice Award (selected by the public on the Asbury Park Press Web site, app.com)
 
Click here for additional information, fliers and rules. All entries need to be received by 
November 17, 2017.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
 
VERMONT ENERGY INVESTMENT CORPORATION 
Nov 8, 2017 1:00pm 
Of the nearly 400,000 yellow school buses operating in the United States, nearly all of them are powered by diesel fuel. Diesel school buses emit harmful pollutants, including particulates and greenhouse gases that negatively affect children's health and the overall environment. The adoption of new low or no emission electric school buses reduces children's exposure to diesel pollutants, reduces transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions, and helps lower fuel costs for school districts.
The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation's (VEIC) Transportation Efficiency team will be sharing what we have learned from our extensive experience, including managing the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources electric school bus pilot project. Learn more here. 

PEOSH/NJADP STATEWIDE INDOOR AIR QUALITY TRAINING (Free)
Nov 17, 2017 8am-12:30  Waretown, NJ
Dec 15, 2017 8am-12:30  Metuchen, NJ
View 2017-2018 Schedule here
 
EPA "KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION" ON DEMAND INDOOR AIR QUALITY WEBINARS
Recordings available here. 
Topics include: Gaining Buy-in for Optimal Ventilation, Mold Moisture & Money, Using Data to Address Asthma in Schools Healthy Schools & Healthy Students: Improving IAQ.
UPCOMING LIVE WEBINAR November 9, 2017 1:00-2:00pm "A Proactive Approach to IAQ: Saving Monday & Protecting Health with Preventative Maintenance"  Register here.
 
EPA SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT WEB ACADEMY
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars available 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!
Upcoming Live Webinars in the series 
 
NEW JERSEY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION 
March 15, 9:00-3:00pm at NJSBA Headquarters, Trenton
Participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Board members will receive four board member academy credits and four sustainability credits for participation in this working session. NJSBA, in cooperation with the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) and the NJ School Building and Grounds Association, is offering six Continuing Education Credits (#CE-00084) toward certification for schools facilities managers attending this program. Attendance can also contribute toward the sustainability training totals for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.  

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Sponsors 

November Littoral News             (Posted: 11-9-17)

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Great Places: Could Nature Solve Climate Change?             (Posted: 11-9-17)

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RCE Water Resource Program: Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!             (Posted: 11-8-17)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program
Water Pages eNewsletter
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Urban and Community Forestry Program Announces 2017 Green Communities Achievement Awards
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program is a recipient of a 2017 Green Communities Achievement Award! This award recognizes the RCE Water Resources Program for our contributions to urban and community forestry and was presented at the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation's 92nd Annual Conference Dinner in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Along with the RCE Water Resource Program, James Cunningham from New Jersey Tree Foundation, Joseph McCartney from West Orange Open Space Commission, and the City of Clifton were also recognized. We are thrilled to be among those recognized for improving the environment in New Jersey's communities through wise management of trees and forest resources, raising awareness of the value of urban and community trees and forests in the state through education and outreach, and contributing to the field of urban and community forestry in New Jersey.
Harrison TIDE and Volunteers Plant the Town's First
?Rain Garden at the Public Library
Harrison TIDE (Transforming Infrastructure and Defending our Environment) is a collaboration of the Town of Harrison, New Jersey Future, The Lions and Elks Club, Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC), RCE Water Resources Program, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection whose goal is to improve the water quality and the quality of life of residents by addressing combined sewer and stormwater pollution, flooding, and economic development through identifying opportunities to implement green infrastruture, engage community members in educational programming, and public outreach.

Harrison TIDE has spent the past couple of months reviewing the Green Infrastructure Feasibility Study for the Town of Harrison, which was developed in partnership with PVSC and the RCE Water Resources Program, to identify the town's first demonstration green infrastructure project. TIDE identified the Public Library as an opportunity to not only disconnect rooftop runoff from the building, but also to provide an ongoing educational opportunity to the frequent visitors to the library. In September, the RCE Water Resources Program designed two mirroring rain gardens surrounding the entrance to the library with input provided by TIDE partners and community feedback from National Night Out. Earlier this month, Fields Construction Company began the construction of the two rain gardens by excavating and removing the existing soil, disconnecting and redirecting the downspout from the building into the rain garden area, and adding bioretention mix soil to fill in the rain gardens at the required depth and completing the rain gardens by adding mulch. On October 28th, volunteers joined Harrison TIDE partners to plant the rain gardens and fill them with native species that will attract wildlife and promote infiltration of stormwater from the library's roof. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out and supported this very important project. A special thank you to the Harrison Lions Club, Harrison Elks, the Environmental Clubs from the Harrison High School and Washington Middle School, National Honor Society, Boy Scout Troop 305, and Fields Construction Company. Thank you also to Harrison TIDE partners who made this project possible: the Town of Harrison, PVSC, Jersey Water Works, New Jersey Future, and the Surdna Foundation. To learn more about Harrison TIDE, please click here.
Municipal Action Teams are Moving Green Infrastructure into Action Across the State of New Jersey Update
Municipal action teams have been formed 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. 
Harrison TIDE (Transforming Infrastructure and Defending our Environment) partners have recently installed two 200 square foot rain gardens at the Harrison Public Library. Volunteers were gathered for a morning planting on October 28th where native species such as the blue flag iris, soft rush, and goldenrod were planted. With one successful project completed, TIDE partners will be moving forward with other outreach opportunities including rain barrel workshops for residents to engage in managing stormwater runoff.

Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green) partners continue to be a part of the city's combined sewer system permit process through participation in the regional team hosted by Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission and the City of Newark's public meetings. DIG partners discussed the importance of communicating to residents on how green infrastructure can be applied across the city and engage residents to participate in the adopt-a-catch basin program or rain barrel programs for city residents. DIG partners also continue to implement green infrastructure projects across the city. Lafayette Street School's playground and the Riverfront Park expansion include several green infrastructure projects to manage stormwater on site which is being led by the Trust for Public Land. The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission has also completed a cistern installation at Hawkins Street School and is currently implementing several green infrastructure projects in their facilities to demonstration the benefits of managing stormwater through green infrastructure practices.

Paterson SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) partners completed a tour of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC), one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the east coast and where the city's combined sewer system is connected to in Newark, New Jersey. This tour was one of the first tours provided by Paterson SMART members to further understand how the city's stormwater and wastewater get to PVSC and the heath hazards that combined sewer overflow events have on residents in the city. The partners also completed planting three rain gardens at three public schools and engaged youth on selecting and planting native species in the garden. The green infrastructure projects were captured by Paterson TIMES in a few articles since the announcement to the city council was made.

Perth Amboy SWIM (Stormwater Infrastructure Management) partners gathered volunteers to plant over 800 native plants in the rain garden at Washington Park. SWIM partners were joined by the Royal Garden Club, Girl Scout Troop 81610, and local residents to complete the planting earlier this month. In addition to Washington Park, two porous asphalt projects are being installed in the city to further improve the city's stormwater management strategies and continued efforts to include green infrastructure practices. Perth Amboy's Office of Recycling was also the recipient of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Outstanding Achievement in Recycling award for their ongoing efforts to engage residents on best management practices to not only keep the streets clean, but the water cleaner.
Imagine A Day Without Water was held on October 12th as an annual campaign to celebrate the importance of water in day to day activities and raise awareness of the value of water. Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) and the Jersey City START (Stormwater Treatment and Resiliency Team) partners, along with the City of Hoboken and Jersey Water Works, participated in the annual campaign. The day began with Imagine a Day Without Coffee at local cafes followed by a green infrastructure tour in Jersey City and Hoboken. The Michael Conti Public School 5 in Jersey City also had the opportunity to learn about how municipal utility authorities function and how they inspect their catch basins. Students were also given a tour of their newly installed green infrastructure practices along the front entrance and learned about how water moves through various medias differently. In Camden, students from the Brimm Medical Arts High School engaged with Camden SMART partners to understand green infrastructure practices and the importance of stormwater management and then participated in maintaining bioretenetion systems in the city. Camden students also painted several rain barrels to highlight water conservation and continue celebrating the value of water.

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 New Jersey Technical Assistance Program for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) communities, please click here. 

Upcoming Workshops and Programs
Complying with New Jersey Stormwater Regulations Using Green Infrastructure as a Stormwater Management Strategy

The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) is partnering with the RCE Water Resources Program to deliver this two-hour workshop in Succasunna, New Jersey on Wednesday, November 1st from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Leaarn about how to lessen the impacts of flooding through better stormwater management. The workshop will highlight steps to guide you and your municipality to ensure that new development is in compliance with the New Jersey stormwater management regulations. There will also be an opportunity to ask specific questions on new development plans in your community.

Decision makers across the state are encouraged to participate in this workshop. The workshop will be held at the Roxbury Senior Center located at 72 Eyland Avenue in Succasunna. Registration fee is $15 per person (if your commission/committee is on the ANJEC Workshop Plan, there is no charge to attend). To register, please email ANJEC or call (973)539-7547.
Third Annual 2017 Jersey Water Works Conference

The Jersey Water Works (JWW) conference will be held on December 1, 2017 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. This day-long event will bring together 300 state and local decision-makers, practitioners, and stakeholders to amplify the importance of addressing New Jersey's water infrastructure, explore innovative solutions, and celebrate the JWW collaborative as an effective, comprehensive approach to achieving statewide impact.

The event will take place from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM with a registration fee ranging from $30 to $100 per person. Kishia L. Powell, Commissioner for the Department of Watershed Management for the City of Atlanta, Georgia will be the keynote speaker highlighting Atlanta's Water Future. To learn more about the conference and to register please click here.
RCE Water Resources Program | New Brunswick, NJ 08901 | M-F 8:30 - 4:30pm

C&NN News             (Posted: 11-8-17)

Announcing C&NN's 2018 International Leadership Summit
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
Children & Nature Research Digest | October 2017
Guest Blogs and Commentary from the New Nature Movement
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup

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