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CONTENTS:
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
2 EE articles for teachers and students
New High School Category for Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament
How Small Steps Can Create Outdoors Experiences In Schools
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
DEP Wins International Award for Mobile App That Lets Public Report Non-Emergency Environmental Incidents
SJ: February Sustainability Hero Announced
Guest Blogs and Commentary from the New Nature Movement
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
SJ4S: Celebrating a Sustainability Hero
Hackensack Riverkeeper Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Celebration Year
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
Gamify the Grid! New EPA game Generate! Helps Students Understand the Relationship between Climate Change and Energy Production
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
DEP Release: Christie Administration Awards $14.3 Million in Recycling Grants to Promote Local Recycling Efforts
EPA Rebates Will Fund Cleaner School Buses in 88 Communities
DEP Release: High Point State Park in Sussex County Offers Slate of Outdoor Family Friendly Programming Throughout January
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
Notes from the New Nature Movement for 12/20/2016
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
Christie Administration Honors Winners of Annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup
This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 2-21-17)

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This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 2-10-17)

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2 EE articles for teachers and students             (Posted: 2-10-17)

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New High School Category for Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament             (Posted: 2-8-17)

A new high school team category has been added to the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament to be held on May 21. Students can enter the tournament as a team of two to five (2-5) students. The tournament entry fee is waived for student teams, and admission to the park is free for registrants.
For details visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/gsft.htm#teens on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

How Small Steps Can Create Outdoors Experiences In Schools             (Posted: 2-8-17)

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This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 2-8-17)

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DEP Wins International Award for Mobile App That Lets Public Report Non-Emergency Environmental Incidents             (Posted: 2-8-17)

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SJ: February Sustainability Hero Announced             (Posted: 2-1-17)

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Guest Blogs and Commentary from the New Nature Movement             (Posted: 2-1-17)

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This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 2-1-17)

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SJ4S: Celebrating a Sustainability Hero             (Posted: 1-25-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
234 Districts     582 Schools     Participating
Celebrating a Sustainability Hero 

The January 2017 Sustainability Hero is our very own Donna Drewes, the Co-Director of Sustainable Jersey. Read about Donna's work over the last thirty-seven years as she has managed and created powerful programs that bring coalitions together to move sustainability forward, including the Sustainable Jersey program. See how the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, craft beer, Maple Shade High School and the South Branch Watershed Association fit into the story on the  Sustainable Jersey Heroes page.  

To capture the stories of our local leaders, we recognize a monthly Sustainability Hero. If you would like to recommend someone on your green team, municipal staff, school staff or task force who is a sustainability hero, complete the submission form and e-mail it to us at  info@sustainablejersey.com.

Join us for Donna's Retirement Celebration 

All are welcome to attend Donna Drewes' retirement celebration on Friday, February 3, from 5:30pm - 8:30pm at The College of New Jersey in Ewing.  You will enjoy a hearty selection of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages; cash bar. The cost per ticket is $40 per person, which includes a contribution towards a gift. It is a great way to spend some time with your friends and colleagues engaged in Sustainable Jersey and help thank Donna for all she has contributed to the movement.

Please  REGISTER no later than Thursday, January 26. 
Reminder: PSEG Sponsored Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant Applications due February 3, 2017
    
Visit the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants & Resources page to learn more about funding for registered schools to support action-related sustainability initiatives. Grants are available at the $2,000 and $10,000 level. If your school has not received a $2,000 capacity building grant from Sustainable Jersey for Schools, we strongly suggest viewing the informational webinar and submitting an application for 2017. 

Application Deadline is February 3, 2017. Click here for more information. 
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Camden County 
Sterling Regional School District


Monmouth County
Shore Regional High School District

Morris County
Lafayette Elementary School (Chatham)
Salem County
Mannington Elementary School

Somerset County
Central Elementary School (Warren)

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

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING 2016-2016
NJ Association for Designated Persons, NJDEP, NJ School Buildings & Grounds Association
Throughout the state, every month beginning in November
See the complete schedule for dates & locations here.  
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page here.
NJ DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, Podcast series (ongoing)
"Discover DEP" 

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

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Hackensack Riverkeeper Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Celebration Year             (Posted: 1-25-17)

 Captain Bill Sheehan founded clean water advocacy group in 1997

Hackensack, NJ – Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the river that bears its name, celebrates a milestone anniversary this year. It was on June 10, 1997 that the group’s founder Captain Bill Sheehan received his license from the then-Alliance of River, Sound and Baykeepers to begin the work of Hackensack Riverkeeper. Then, as now, that work focuses on the river that begins in the shadows of the High Tor Mountains of Rockland County, NY and runs forty-five miles through Bergen and Hudson Counties to Newark Bay at Kearny Point. 

Along the way the river and its tributaries include four reservoirs, which supply drinking water to over one million people and surrounded by nearly 4,000 acres of woodlands; pass through or alongside sixty municipalities; and comprise the unique urban wilderness that is the New Jersey Meadowlands – some 8,400 acres of protected wetlands and waterways. Taken together, the Hackensack River Watershed includes some 210 square miles of land and water - much of it now accessible for recreation and wildlife-watching. 

“The organization literally started at my dining room table in Secaucus because that was the only place where I had enough room to spread out the maps, meet with like-minded people and plan strategy,” recalled Sheehan. “At the start our main focus was the Meadowlands and the threats it faced but it soon became obvious that there was more to do. A lot more.”

 The vast majority of conservation victories taking place within the watershed since 1997 have been due in large measure to the ongoing work of Hackensack Riverkeeper to protect, preserve and restore the river, its habitats and wildlife. While the organization expects there will be ample opportunities for environmental advocacy this year and for the foreseeable future, Captain Sheehan and his crew are making sure that 2017 is also a year of celebration. Among the celebratory events already confirmed are: 

  • March 30: 20th Anniversary Beefsteak Dinner at the Holiday Inn Hasbrouck Heights, featuring Special Guest comedian Bill Ervolino of The Record;
  • April 22 (Earth Day): Re-opening of Overpeck Park Kayak Center in Teaneck, NJ andPaddling Center at Laurel Hill Park, Secaucus, NJ;
  • May 6 through October 15: Hackensack Riverkeeper Open Eco-Cruises take place out of Laurel Hill Park;
  • June 3: Ninth annual Reservoir Challenge paddling event in Haworth, NJ at Oradell Reservoir in partnership with SUEZ – the first of three such events;
  • June 22: Captain’s Circle Reception and wine tasting at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ;
  • June 24: Annual Summer Solstice River Cleanup and BBQat Laurel Hill Park – just one of what is expected to be upwards of thirty cleanups in 2017;
  • September 23: Second annual RiverFest- Pirates of the Hackensack fishing derby at Laurel Hill Park;
  • October 19: Eighteenth annual Gala & Awards Celebrationat the Estate at Florentine Gardens, River Vale, NJ.

 Many other events are in the planning stages and will be announced when confirmed. All Hackensack Riverkeeper events and activities can also be found on the organization’s website: www.hackensackriverkeeper.org 

“Whatever it is that our fellow watershed citizens like to do – whether it involves craft beers and beefsteak or fine wines and schmoozing or getting dirty at a cleanup, or paddling your heart out in a kayak race – whatever it is, we invite you to do it with us,” says Sheehan. “This Twentieth Anniversary belongs to them as much as it does to us, so let’s celebrate!”

This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 1-25-17)

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Gamify the Grid! New EPA game Generate! Helps Students Understand the Relationship between Climate Change and Energy Production             (Posted: 1-25-17)

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This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 1-19-17)

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This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 1-12-17)

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DEP Release: Christie Administration Awards $14.3 Million in Recycling Grants to Promote Local Recycling Efforts             (Posted: 1-5-17)

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EPA Rebates Will Fund Cleaner School Buses in 88 Communities             (Posted: 1-5-17)

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today awarded more than $7.7 million to replace or retrofit 401 older diesel school buses. The funds are going to 88 school bus fleets in 27 states, each of which will receive rebates through EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The new and retrofitted buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and lung damage.

"Thanks to DERA funding, we are protecting our children from breathing diesel emissions as they travel to school," said Christopher Grundler, director of EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality. "Nearly 17,000 of our country's schools are located within steps of a heavily traveled road, potentially exposing more than six million children to traffic-related pollution at a time when their developing lungs are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of air pollution."

Applicants replacing buses with engine model years of 2006 and older will receive rebates between $15,000 and $25,000, depending on the size of the bus. Applicants also had the option of retrofitting school buses with engine model years between 1994 to 2006 with a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst plus Closed Crankcase Ventilation system (DOC plus CCV) to reduce toxic emissions. EPA will fully fund the cost of these devices up to $4,000.

EPA has implemented standards to make newer diesel engines more than 90 percent cleaner, but many older diesel school buses are still operating. These older diesel engines emit large amounts of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, which are linked to instances of aggravated asthma, lung damage and other serious health problems.

Since 2008, the DERA program has funded more than 700 clean diesel projects across the country, reducing emissions in more than 70,000 engines.

The NJ 2016 DERA school bus rebate recipients are:

City                             Selectee                                                                        Funding                           Buses
Orange                        Belair Transport Inc.                                                      $145,000                        7
Lakewood                   Klarr Transport Service Inc.                                          $200,000                        10
North Brunswick         North Brunswick Township Board of Education             $85,000                          5
Wall                            Student Transportation of America                                 $200,000                        10
Toms River                  Toms River Regional Schools                                        $180,000                        9

For more information about this rebate program, visit http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates

DEP Release: High Point State Park in Sussex County Offers Slate of Outdoor Family Friendly Programming Throughout January             (Posted: 1-5-17)

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This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup (2 weeks)             (Posted: 1-5-17)

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Notes from the New Nature Movement for 12/20/2016             (Posted: 12-23-16)

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This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 12-23-16)

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This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 12-12-16)

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Christie Administration Honors Winners of Annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program             (Posted: 12-12-16)

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This Week In the Media: C&NN's News Roundup             (Posted: 12-12-16)

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