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& Classroom Materials
Wetland Informational Materials
RU Ready to Farm TM a New Extension Program for Beginner Farmers
The latest i-Tree News includes new tool features, learning opportunities and more.
SJ: MARK YOUR CALENDARS - Upcoming Webinars for Schools and Districts
2016 New Jersey Science Convention - Don't miss the Professional Development opportunities
OCSCD: Education Programs: Sept-Dec
Rain Garden Phone Apps!
NAAEE: eeNEWS for August 24, 2016
NWF: Fall GLOBE Training for Eco-Schools
PLT: Back to School Resources
CAMDEN - OPPORTUNITIES FOR 4TH GRADERS
PLT: Summer is the perfect time to prepare, browse our new resources now!
EE at EPA: Watershed Sleuth, Clean Air Award, Scientific Diving, New Exhibit
ANJEE Online: 345th Edition July 25, 2016
Water So The Soil Can Dry Out
PLT: New GreenSchools Investigations
Duke Farms August-October Professional Development
NAAEE: eeNEWS for July 13, 2016
Microbiome Four-Part Seminar Series
SJ4S: New Trainings, Resources & Other Program Announcements
Eco-Schools USA: Green STEM in Action
PLT GreenSchools: Green ideas for things to do over the summer
32nd Annual New Jersey Environmental Education Conference: January 20, 2017
|Wetland Informational Materials
The Wetlands Protection Program at USEPA Region 2 has a collection of wetland informational materials that we would like to share.
If your organization would like to have any of these materials, please send us a request. Please find additional information below:
· Please be advised that the EPA Wetlands Division / EPA Region 2 produced the posters and postcards a number of years ago and the contact and telephone information noted
That said, the images and messages remain relevant, addressing the importance of wetlands and wetland protection, and as such these materials may be useful to you in your wetland
· Please identify ‘Wetlands Outreach Material Request’ in the email subject line, and note within the email which item(s) and the number of each you would like.
The numbers in parentheses beneath each depiction clarify how items should be requested. You can request some items in singles or more (e.g., 1 or 6); in bulk of 10 or more (e.g., 10 or 20),
|RU Ready to Farm TM a New Extension Program for Beginner Farmers
RU Ready to Farm™
Module One: The Basics of Getting Started
3-Day Program includes: Class Instruction, Farm Tour & Demonstrations
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Rutgers, the State University
Class Instruction: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd, Bordentown Township, NJ 08505
1) Saturday, October 22, 8:00am-5:00pm
2) Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6:00pm-9:00 pm
Farm Tours and Demonstration: TBD
3) November 5, 2016 8:00am-1pm meet at the farms TBD
Dress for outdoor activity for the farm tour day
All participants receive a program certificate
Qualified undergraduates can register to receive
one Rutgers University credit
• Traditional and Organic farming, funding, and land opportunities in NJ
• Organizations that provide support for beginner farmers
• Basic overview of farm business planning and recordkeeping
• Determining options for production of crops and raising animals
• Regulatory issues and important considerations for beginners
• Future training opportunities and on-farm training
• Visits to two successful small farms with on-farm demonstration
Registration On-line at: www.cpe.rutgers.edu/readytofarm
$150 Adults, $100 high school students, $225 for 2 business partners or 2 family members, University Students register through Rutgers Class Registration for 1 credit 11 020 490 under
Food Systems Practicum
Outreach Coordinator, Rutgers Urban Forestry Program
|The latest i-Tree News includes new tool features, learning opportunities and more.
|SJ: MARK YOUR CALENDARS - Upcoming Webinars for Schools and Districts
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Upcoming Webinars for Schools and Districts:
(All are from 3:00-4:00 PM)
NJEA Small Grants webinar – September 14, 2016: 3-4 PM
School districts and schools registered with Sustainable Jersey for Schools are eligible to apply for ten $10,000 and forty $2,000 grants for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification and make progress toward a sustainable future. Webinar participants will walk through the essentials of the online Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant application process. Applications are due October 30, 2016.
Successful School Green Teams – September 29, 2016: 3-4 PM
Participants will learn from other schools and districts tools to enhance green team participation and strengthen partnerships. Additional clarification and guidance will be offered on fulfilling the requirements for the mandatory "Green Team" action.
Preparing for Certification (Schools' webinar) – Oct. 6, 2016: 3-4 PM
Is your school or district participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program? Whether you are already certified or just getting started, this webinar will provide helpful tips for making progress toward making your school or district more sustainable.
Navigating the Application for First Time Users – Oct. 13, 2016: 3-4 PM
Registered districts and schools will walk through the basics of the online application process to achieve bronze or silver certification for 2017. Learn how to add contributors to your application, search actions, upload documentation, and submit your materials for review.
VISIT US AT:
THE NJ SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION “WORKSHOP 2016” (October 25-27, 2016) and
THE NJEA CONVENTION (November 10-11, 2016). We will be exhibiting and speaking at both.
VISIT US AT THE NEW JERSEY LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES CONFERENCE – November 15-17, 2016. The Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon is on November 15, 2016. Sustainable Jersey has 9 sessions at the NJLM Conference. For more information, click here:
CHECK THE SUSTAINABLE JERSEY CALENDAR and THE SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS CALENDAR ON OUR WEBSITES FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND MORE INFORMATION ON UPCOMING EVENTS or to REGISTER FOR EVENTS! Learn about regional hub events, co-sponsored events, and events where Sustainable Jersey is speaking, as well as events of interest to municipal green teams. You can also follow us on Facebook.
|2016 New Jersey Science Convention - Don't miss the Professional Development opportunities
|OCSCD: Education Programs: Sept-Dec
|Rain Garden Phone Apps!
|NAAEE: eeNEWS for August 24, 2016
|NWF: Fall GLOBE Training for Eco-Schools
|PLT: Back to School Resources
|CAMDEN - OPPORTUNITIES FOR 4TH GRADERS
Below, you will find a link to free passes for all 4th graders and their families to federal parks, lands and waters from Sept 1-Aug 31.
Here is the link to lesson plans and free passes for educators/whole classes of 4th graders:
|PLT: Summer is the perfect time to prepare, browse our new resources now!
|EE at EPA: Watershed Sleuth, Clean Air Award, Scientific Diving, New Exhibit
|ANJEE Online: 345th Edition July 25, 2016
|Water So The Soil Can Dry Out
Without water, plants cannot absorb nutrients. To water the garden is to allow the roots of plants to access the nutrients surrounding them in the soil. By watering, we also stimulate the growth of beneficial soil-dwelling microorganisms. It may sound simple, but watering is actually one of the gardening tasks that demands the most precision and experience to get right - especially during a drought or in a desert climate.
In the fourth of 10 video chapters of Edible Gardening: 10 Essential Practices for Growing Your Own Food, Grow Your Lunch founder Benjamin R. Eichorn guides beginners through the basics of successfully watering their gardens by hand. View more Edible Gardening videos here.
|PLT: New GreenSchools Investigations
|Duke Farms August-October Professional Development
When: August 15 & 16, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
|NAAEE: eeNEWS for July 13, 2016
|Microbiome Four-Part Seminar Series
THE CHEMISTRY OF MICROBIOMES - A FOUR SEMINAR SERIES
|SJ4S: New Trainings, Resources & Other Program Announcements
SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
197 Districts 478 Schools Participating
Five Schools Awarded Education for Sustainability Scholarships
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is proud to announce the award of training scholarships
offered to five schools and districts registered with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. The subsidized training registration fee was made possible through a grant from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Scholarship recipients will participate in a five-day Education for Sustainability Curriculum Design Studio facilitated by Jamie Cloud, president and founder of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education taking place at Duke Farms from June 27 through July 1. Find out more here.
Sustainability Summit School-Related Presentations Now Available
If you were unable to attend the 2016 Sustainability Summit, or want to review the school-related topics discussed during the breakout sessions, the presentations are now available and can be found on the Plenary & Breakout Session Presentations page. School-related presentations include:
PowerSave Schools Opportunity
Once again Sustainable Jersey is partnering with New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) to bring the PowerSave Schools program to schools within NJNG's service territory. NJNG will fund direct program costs for 13 schools continuing with the program and 9 new applicants interested in joining the program for the 2016-2017 school year. The ASE will implement the
PowerSave program, providing tools and resources to ensure a successful program outcome. Participating schools receive a $1,000 program grant. For more information click here.
Application Deadline: Monday July 18th at 11:59 pm
Sustainable Jersey for Schools Upcoming Webinar
Pathways to Financing Clean Energy
An energy efficient home or office not only saves money, it also makes your living space or workplace healthier and more comfortable. Upgrading heating and cooling equipment, increasing insulation, and making sure the building envelope is properly air-sealed can also significantly improve indoor air quality by reducing allergens, mold, and other pollutants.
Join us for this educational webinar to learn more about energy efficiency incentives offered by utility companies in your area. Incentives are available for homeowners, businesses, non-profits, and local government agencies. You will learn about the latest changes in the New Jersey Clean Energy Program as well as incentives available to help finance energy efficiency upgrades to municipal buildings and schools. Hear about Sustainable Jersey's Pathways to Clean Energy guidance concept, to help you identify the most cost effective pathway to achieving energy savings.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sustainability Night with Major League Soccer's Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls will host a sustainability night when they face the Montreal Impact August 13. Enjoy the game with your fellow school and municipal green team friends and other sustainability -minded people. As you watch the New York Red Bulls take on the Montreal Impact, you can share ideas for sustainable programs and make new connections with leaders from across the state. The groups/green teams with the most attendees will be announced on the board during the game.
Saturday, August 13, 2016, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
600 Cape May Street, Harrison, NJ 07029
PSEG Science SPARK Partners Program
The PSEG Foundation supports programs that spark curiosity and build a continued passion for science, technology, engineering and math learning. Proposals will be considered from out-of-school time providers, including afterschool, summer and youth development programs, to develop new or enhance existing STEM learning opportunities for their students. Recipients can earn up to $20,000 to implement STEM initiatives. Only schools within the PSEG service territory are eligible to apply. For more information, visit their website.
Application Deadline : Monday, August 8, 2016 at 11:59pm
Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards
Applications for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)'s 2016 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards is now available. The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey's premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. These awards recognize individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey. To learn more about the nomination categories, please visit their website.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by 5:00pm
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Henry B. Milnes Elementary School (Fair Lawn)
Anthony Rossi Intermediate School (Vineland)
Irvington Board of Education
Bunker Hill Middle School (Washington)
Chestnut Ridge Middle School (Washington)
Innovation High School (Jersey City)
Secaucus Board of Education
West Milford School District
West Milford High School (West Milford)
Frankford Township Consolidated School District
Montague Township School District
Newton Public School District
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
OCTOBER 20 2016 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM CHATHAM, NJ
JULY 21, 2016 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM WEST WINDSOR, NJ
US Green Building Council NJ Chapter & NJ School Board Association
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Download Program Resources
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
|Eco-Schools USA: Green STEM in Action
|PLT GreenSchools: Green ideas for things to do over the summer
It’s hard to believe summer ishere! We hope your school year was a great one. As you get ready to head out of school, here aresome ideas for things you and your students might do during summer break.
Green Your Home Checklists
If you’relooking for more ways to incorporate environmental education into your classroom, Project Learning Tree’s new online workshops may be a great solution. Over the last 40 years, we’vetrained 675,000 educators to help students learn how to think about complex environmental issues.Now, online trainings that you can complete in your own time are available for early childhood, K-8, and how to become a GreenSchool.
Keep inquisitiveminds sharp over the summer! From informative nonfiction reads to silly fictional tales, this listwill help all ages – including adults! – stay on top of their summer reading.
P.S. Don't forget, it's never too early to start planning for a GreenSchools action project at your school next year. Project Learning Treeoffers funding to help cover the cost! Apply for agrant.
Project Learning Tree
|32nd Annual New Jersey Environmental Education Conference: January 20, 2017
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