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CONTENTS:
Afterschool advocacy and public policy news, October 2017
Back by popular demand: Raptor Identification series.
Rowan University, Holistic Engineering, Barcelona Declaration News
SJ4S: Make a Plan for Certification in 2018
PRISM Science Workshops -New Workshop Added - Register Now!
2018 Green Schools Conference and Expo Registration Pricing Announced
NJ Eco-Schools October Newsletter: Grants, Training and More!
Enjoy the latest edition of i-Tree News
Afterschool advocacy and public policy news, September 2017
"Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard" Event to Feature Doug Tallamy
Invitation to the 2017 New Jersey Science Convention
Sustainable Jersey for Schools News
Rutgers Mini-MBA: Maximizing the Human Side of Sustainability
Join ED on the 2017 Green Strides Tour in Georgia
NAAEE eeNEWS
Twelve Engaging Science Apps for Middle and High School Students
Sustainable Jersey News
New curriculum, professional development, and a new home for PLT!
eeNEWS for August, 2017
Monarch Butterfly Workshop Opportunity
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power - Be the First to Get Our Climate Education Resources
Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans
Afterschool advocacy and public policy news, October 2017             (Posted: 10-16-17)

October 2017 Issue

Hello Everyone and Best Wishes for a Fantastic Fall Season!Photo of ED Diane Genco

 

We're delighted to share good news and exciting new updates related to advocacy and public policy in afterschool.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch. - Diane

Register today for "Thinking Outside the Box" NJSACC's Annual Afterschool Conference November 17 & 18, 2017

Click here to register by Friday, November 3, 2017!

This year's conference, Thinking Outside The Box, celebrates long-term success in the ever-changing landscape of Afterschool, S.T.E.A.M. and Expanded Learning.

The conference features over 50 workshops aimed at improving the quality of afterschool programs.

Registration is NOW OPEN!

Workshops fill up quickly so register early!

Conference Fees:
2 days - $273
1 Day - $163

Conference Location and Accommodations:
The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540

Accommodations:
Room Rates: $119 per night
Reservations must be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott Reservations at 800-228-9290 or 609-452-7800.

Room reservations must be made on or before Friday, November 3, 2017.

When you call, make sure to mention the NJSACC Conference and the dates of the conference in order to receive the conference rate.
Oldies But Goodies: Imagine: Afterschool Space that Works

Every month, we will feature an NJSACC resource that you may not have explored!

Children arrive at afterschool from different classrooms, sometimes from different schools - and they've already had a long day. The afterschool space offers children a sense of place and an understanding of the values and customs in the program. The environment can exert a powerful influence on their experiences and attitudes.

This booklet encourages afterschool professionals to think differently about the spaces in which they work. It offers practical, concrete advice on how to invest time and resources in creating attractive, exciting and more effective afterschool environments.




Announcements from the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment 
New Webinar on Supporting Families Experiencing Homelessness: Requirements and Resources


 Join this webinar to explore the requirements in the CCDBG Act regarding services to families experiencing or at risk for homelessness, innovative state strategies to implement requirements, and resources for states and child care providers. This webinar will be held on Thursday, October 19, at 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT and is jointly hosted by the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment, the National Center on Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability, and the Child Care State Capacity Building Center.

NCASE Resource Library Showcases Research and Information on Key Topics in Afterschool & Summer Learning


The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) Resource Library is a growing collection of tools, information, and examples of promising practices. These resources are meant to inform and support efforts to increase access and improve the quality of programs for school-age children. NCASE provides training and technical assistance to State, Territory and Tribal Child Care and Development Fund agencies and their networks and stakeholders.  Resources included in the NCASE Resource Library are free and easily accessible. Come visit the NCASE Resource Library and learn more about key topics in out-of-school time, including systems-building, quality improvement, family engagement, and professional development.  NCASE periodically adds resources and information of interest to a range of stakeholders.
NJ Afterschool Action
In This Issue
Training Calendar

(click here to view)

October is....
 Lights On Afterschool!



Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their role in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn and helping working families. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and annually sees more than 1 million Americans celebrate at more than 8,000 events nationwide.





Thank you for reading this edition of NJ Afterschool Action.  We always want to hear from you, so please send your questions, comments, and ideas to: action@njsacc.org.  

Sincerely,

Diane Genco
Executive Director 

Lee McDermott Schaefer
Policy Director

NJSACC works to build lasting public support for quality afterschool programs across New Jersey. Led by a public-private partnership,

NJSACC enhances public awareness and support; offers guidance for parents, providers, and advocates; strengthens relationships with policymakers, funders, practitioners, and parents, and shares best practices in the field.
Diane Genco
New Jersey School Age Care Coalition
908-789-0259
www.njsacc.org

Back by popular demand: Raptor Identification series.             (Posted: 10-16-17)


Cornell Lab Bird Academy logo

 

Raptors return!

Hawks, eagles, vultures, and falcons are all on the move. Fall migration is in full swing.

What better time to build your hawk identification skills?

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Get up-to-speed quickly with Bird Academy

To celebrate the season, we have re-issued online recordings of our 6-part webinar series on Hawk and Raptor Identification, last presented live in 2015.

More than six hours of video instruction help you get to know the markings and behaviors of all the common hawks and raptors found in North America, 34 species in all.

The entire series is only $29.99. You get unlimited access to all the archived video material plus downloadable handouts for each session to help you take notes.

 

Learn More

What students from the live event had to say:

"I learned many new things about raptors"

"It was excellent. Packed a lot of information into each hour."

“Even though I am an experienced birder I am surprised at how much I learn from these webinars and I look forward to more of them.”

"Kevin has a voice that is easy to listen to. He adds bits of information from his years of experience that make the whole presentation fascinating."

“This will help me with all my bird watching."

 

Happy birding, 
 
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Kevin McGowan
Manager for Distance Learning · Cornell Lab of Ornithology · birdacademy@cornell.edu
 
 
 
  
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd. Ithaca NY 14850

Rowan University, Holistic Engineering, Barcelona Declaration News             (Posted: 10-16-17)

For those interested in an upcoming event on sustainability and engineering:

For the first time in its 15-year history, the Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) Conference will be held in the United States, at the Henry M, Rowan College of Engineering, Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ) June 3-6, 2018. The Conference theme is “Creating the Holistic Engineer”, and it is co-sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) . It appears that keynote speakers are Dr. Domenico Grasso, Provost of the University of Delaware and author of the book Holistic Engineering Education: Beyond Technology (Springer 2010) and Dr. Stephanie Farrell, Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University and President-Elect of the ASEE.

This exciting and prestigious event brings together some of the world’s leading experts in sustainability, engineering education, and environmental stewardship.  If you are interested  in participating or submitting an abstract be aware that Rowan University is presently welcoming abstract submissions from a broad and diverse network of academic disciplines. To learn more about the conference and to submit your abstract, please visit http://eesd2018.org/ and/or contact person below

Dr. Mariano J. Savelski, Ph.D.
EESD2018 Conference Coordinator
Professor and Department Head of Chemical Engineering
Rowan University

For those engaged in Service Learning projects that impact both the communities in which they operate, please also be aware of the Barcelona declaration of education principles for sustainable engineering

http://eesd2018.org/conference/the-barcelona-declaration/

Of notable interest are the list of operating principles and one could ask how do service learning approaches contribute to the achievement of the below and have a superior impact on the community that is concrete and measurable in terms of actionable outcomes, including environmental and social benefit. 

“Today’s engineers must be able to:
Understand how their work interacts with society and the environment, locally and globally, in order to identify potential challenges, risks, and impacts.
Understand the contribution of their work in different cultural, social, and political contexts and take those differences into account.
Work in multidisciplinary teams, in order to adapt current technology to the demands imposed by sustainable lifestyles, resource efficiency, pollution prevention and waste management.
Apply a holistic and systemic approach to solving problems and the ability to move beyond the tradition of breaking reality down into disconnected parts.
Participate actively in the discussion and definition of economic, social and technological policies, to help redirect society towards more sustainable development.
Apply professional knowledge according to deontological principles and universal values and ethics.
Listen closely to the demands of citizens and other stakeholders and let them have a say in the development of new technologies and infrastructures.
Engineering education, with the support of the university community as well as the wider engineering and science community, must:
Have an integrated approach to knowledge, attitudes, skills and values in teaching.
Incorporate disciplines of the social sciences and humanities.
Promote multidisciplinary teamwork.
Stimulate creativity and critical thinking.
Foster reflection and self-learning.
Strengthen systemic thinking and a holistic approach. Train people who are motivated to participate and who are able to take responsible decisions.
Raise awareness for the challenges posed by globalization.
In order to achieve the above, the following aspects of the educational process must be reviewed:
The links between all the different levels of the educational system.
The content of courses.
Teaching strategies in the classroom.
Teaching and learning techniques.
Research methods.
Training of trainers.
Evaluation and assessment techniques.
The participation of external bodies in developing and evaluating the curriculum.
Quality control systems.
These aspects cannot be reviewed in isolation. They need to be supported by an institutional commitment and all decision makers, in the form of:
A redefinition of institutions’ and universities’ missions, so that they are adapted to new requirements in which sustainability is a leading concern.
An institutional commitment to quality.
An institutional support for changing educational paradigms and objectives research funding.”

SJ4S: Make a Plan for Certification in 2018             (Posted: 10-16-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
277 Districts     690 Schools     Participating


Make a Plan for Certification in 2018

194 schools across New Jersey have become certified in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. Certification provides many benefits and sends a message about your school community.  These resources will provide guidance with the application process and introduce new program actions:
 
Webinar: "Preparing for Certification" Wednesday October 18, 2017 3:00-4:00pm
Learn more about the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification process, navigating the application website and involving your green team for a successful certification application. Register here. 

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.

Here are a few reasons certification should be part of your Green Team's plan for 2018: 

Save money. Get money.
Schools will implement practices that lead to cost savings in energy, water and garbage bills. The program will help improve efficiency, cut waste and free up money for the classroom. Participating schools/districts will be alerted to available grant money.

Gain access to training, tools and expert guidance.
Participating schools will have access to clear guidance and NJ specific tools and resources for developing a comprehensive sustainable school program. Training workshops, webinars and leadership meetings will provide your school with the opportunity to connect with experts in important school sustainability issues.

Get recognized. Promote your school.
Participants in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program are promoted on our website, in our publications, in the media and at events. Schools that achieve certification are provided a customized logo that can be used on the school's promotional materials. Schools will be honored at an annual event and awards recognize those schools that excel in leadership, innovation and collaboration. Program participation will enhance your efforts to achieve U.S. Department of Energy Green Ribbon recognition and/or EcoSchools Green Flag status. 

Improve your school and district.
Research shows that sustainable practices positively impact student academic performance. Kids learn best when there is good natural classroom light and excellent indoor air quality. Sustainable practices help create healthier learning environments that lower illness and absenteeism.

Conserve valuable resources. Protect the environment.
New Jersey is facing issues of climate change, energy crises, water shortages and environmental pollution. Schools need to be a part of the solution to these challenges and demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship. Participants in the program will provide an opportunity for students to connect with curricula in environmental and science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) education which can also serve as a tool for interactive lessons. By becoming certified, you align your school/district with your community's values while saving your resources as well as nature's.
Dig In!  How Waste Audits Can Improve Your Recycling Rate
Sustainable Jersey for Schools Session Spotlight
Workshop 2017 will feature Sustainable Jersey for Schools sessions on each day of Workshop along with NJSBA sustainability support programs for schools.

NJSBA member districts can send up to 18 attendees to Workshop as part of their membership package. Speak with your district business office to register as part of your district member group. For more information about NJSBA Workshop 2017 "Education for a Common Purpose", visit http://workshop.njsba.org/. 
Review all of the Sustainable for Schools Workshops:

Session Spotlight: Dig In! How Waste Audits Can Improve your Recycling Rate: http://sched.co/BJdB 
Where: NJSBA Workshop in Atlantic City, NJ
When: Wednesday 10/25/17, 9:30-10:30, Room 418:
In order for a school facility to proceed with a waste reduction and recycling plan it must first identify materials that need to be reduced, recycled, re-purposed, or disposed of. A comprehensive waste audit establishes a baseline for all other waste management actions at both individual schools and school districts. Learn about the process of conducting a waste audit and how the results can be used to improve your school or school district's recycling rate.
1QPA: Green Purchasing; 1 CEFM CE #00152; .5BMA credit: .5 Green Leader credit

New Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Funding Available

The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), as a Sustainable Jersey for Schools program Underwriter, is contributing $180,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program cycle.  With this contribution, NJEA has provided $750,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state.

  • Ten (10) $10,000 project grants to school districts and schools 
  • Forty (40) $2,000 grants to schools to support green teams
Applicants must be registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program which is free and voluntary. The funded projects will serve as practical and innovative models for the rest of the State and make measurable contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey. 
Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at midnight

View the recording of our informational webinar here. 
$150,000 in Funding for Energy Projects: 
Funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund

$150,000 in grant money is now available to fund energy projects focused on energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. Grant proposals are being accepted from school districts registered with Sustainable Jersey. For this grant cycle, Sustainable Jersey is offering $30,000 and $10,000 grants. 
DEADLINE:  October 31st, midnight

For more information about the grant program and details on how to apply visit: http://bit.ly/2017GardinierCycle . View the recording of our informational webinar on this grant opportunity here.
Welcome Newly Registered Schools!
Monmouth County
Shore Regional High School
Ocean County
South Toms River Elementary School

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.  
New Jersey Natural Gas Annual Kids & Conservation Poster and Video Contests
 
11th 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.
Additional Field Trip Funding Available for 2017

The Field Trip New Jersey fund is re-opening its application process, with additional funding available for field trips taking place in 2017. If you missed the original deadline, or are learning about this opportunity for the first time, now is your chance to seize a unique opportunity for your students.
To apply, click here. The deadline is October 15th, with grant announcements expected in mid-November.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
 
 
NEW JERSEY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION 
Oct 12, 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. This session will be offered again March 15, 2018. 

PEOSH/NJADP STATEWIDE INDOOR AIR QUALITY TRAINING (Free)
Oct 27, 2017 8am-12:30  Washington, NJ
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 
September 28, 4:00pm "Go Far, Walk Together: Community Engagement as Transformative Practice" Register here.

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

PRISM Science Workshops -New Workshop Added - Register Now!             (Posted: 10-13-17)

2017 - 2018 Science Workshops
https://goo.gl/forms/oheAkboSCyIBF1SU2

NEW Workshop Cancellation policy: If you are unable to attend a workshop for which you are registered, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations received less than five (5) business days from the date of the workshop will not be eligible for a credit or refund and will be billed. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Questions? Call 973-655-7753 or email prism@mail.montclair.edu

November 3 8:30am- 2:30pm
NGSS Fundamentals For Teachers, Gr K-5
The Next Generation Science Standards have been implemented for K-5. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the foundation of the standards: the 3 dimensions and the performance expectations, as well as how to prepare for their implementation. This workshop is for those to whom the NGSS are new and who need to learn the pedagogical and strategic thinking behind them. Teachers are encouraged to bring portable devices (smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks)
Facilitator: Christopher Hunninghake ? Cost: $150

November 28 8:30am- 2:30pm
NGSS and the Common Core Language Arts: Maybe you're already doing it!, Gr K-5
One of the principles of the NGSS is to teach how a scientist actually does the work of science, and how that work is related to the rest of the curriculum. The eight scientific and engineering practices outline a structured approach to understanding new situations. They teach students to act and think in a logical, scientific manner, whether observing natural phenomena and recording findings, structuring an experiment to test a hypothesis or presenting findings to a group. While these practices are presented as specific to science, they are in fact applicable across disciplines. You may already be doing it! Come to this workshop where we will work through an example story (not science!) and identify the science practices that are there. You will then use the same techniques on stories, articles and/or assignments you currently use to find the science practices in them, integrate science in a meaningful way in your teaching - and learn some science as well! BRING: stories, articles and/or assignments you currently use.
Facilitator: Joanne Kornoelje ? Cost: $150

December 1 8:30am- 2:30pm
NGSS-Beyond the Basics, Gr K-5
This workshop will take classroom teachers and curriculum developers beyond the introductory level of aligning with the NGSS. We will experience Integrating the three dimensions of the NGSS to craft comprehensive educational designs. Examples will show how the science and engineering practices and cross-cutting concepts are infused into units and support learning the disciplinary core ideas. Lessons and units will be dissected to show how the 5-Es work with the NGSS and help us use the NGSS evidence statements as part of the embedded assessment process. Teachers are encouraged to bring portable devices (smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks)
Facilitator: Christopher Hunninghake ? Cost: $150

December 8 8:30am - 2:30pm NEW
"Ooh NOT Eww!" NGSS -aligned Organism Study for Elementary Students Gr K-5
Experience first-hand a living organism investigation that you can use directly with your young scientists in your classroom. Our investigation will be driven by observations, questions, experiments, data analysis, and literature. You will take home a differentiated student notebook, a curriculum unit and resources to support your student work back in your classrooms.
Facilitator: Jean Myers ? Cost: $150

December 15 8:30am - 2:30pm (by popular demand) Additional date
NGSS-aligned Engineering Challenges for Elementary Students, Gr K-5
Participate in an engineering design challenge based on NGSS Engineering Practice. Experience first-hand the engineering design process and learn about a number of practical examples of classroom-tested elementary engineering challenges. Examine a variety of hands-on science and literacy materials, classroom videos, and student work from elementary engineering challenges, from river erosion prevention, ice cube keeper, to an alarm device. Learn strategies to develop engineering challenges for your classroom that you can embed in your science curriculum. Take home differentiated student notebook templates and access online pre-designed unit and engineering resources for support.
Facilitator: Jean Myers ? Cost: $150

January 12, 2018 8:30am - 2:30pm NEW
"Who stole the chocolate?" NGSS -aligned CSI for Elementary Students Gr 1-5
Experience first-hand a Crime Scene Investigation that you can take back directly to your young detectives using simple materials. Be a detective and learn how to solve crimes by collecting evidence and analyzing it in labs activities. You will take home a differentiated student notebook, and curriculum unit, and resources to support your student work back in your classrooms.
Facilitator: Jean Myers ? Cost: $150

January 24, 2018 8:30am - 2:30pm JUST ADDED
NGSS Engineering for Grades K-8
Apply the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices with carefully selected engineering design challenges for the classroom. Build your knowledge of freely available resources and refine your selection skills when choosing meaningful challenges that provide engaging, student-centered experiences with content. Learn how Engineering Design seamlessly integrates with ELA and Math practices. Try design challenges during the workshop and return to school with ready to use resources.
Facilitator: Karen Woodruff Cost: $150

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As you may know the Department of Education has almost completed the procurement of a statewide science assessment vendor. The vendor plays a limited role in the process of developing the science tests. In addition to the vendor, the production of science assessments depends on the members of the science assessment advisory committees. I cannot overstate this, the voice of educators is essential to insuring that the statewide science tests are of the highest quality. We need educators across grade bands and with expertise in physical, life, and Earth and space sciences. I am reaching out to ask that you and your colleagues apply for membership in a science assessment advisory committee. The deadline for application is October 12, 2017.

We know that many teachers need board of education or superintendent approval before they can commit to serving on a committee. Because the work on the statewide assessments is launching very soon, we encourage you to take care of the internal approval process and send in your application simultaneously. If an applicant does not receive approval from their school district after submitting their application, there is no harm done.

The New Jersey Department of Education is currently accepting nominations/applications for the science assessment advisory committees. The link below will take you to the Broadcast Announcement regarding the committee applications. We look forward to receiving your application.

Broadcast memo regarding the Science Advisory Committee:
https://homeroom5.doe.state.nj.us/broadcasts/2017/SEP/26/17074/Request%20for%20Nominations%20for%20Members%20to%20Serve%20on%20Science%20Advisory%20Committee%20for%20Elementary,%20Middle%20and%20High%20Schools.pdf

Science Advisory Committee Nomination Form:
http://www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/njask/SolicitingNominationForm.pdf

If you have any questions please feel free to contact John Boczany, Science Assessment Coordinator, at (609) 292-5622 or at John.Boczany@doe.state.nj.us

2018 Green Schools Conference and Expo Registration Pricing Announced             (Posted: 10-13-17)

Click HERE.

NJ Eco-Schools October Newsletter: Grants, Training and More!             (Posted: 10-13-17)

New Jersey Eco-Schools Newsletter - September 2017
NEW PATHWAYS
WOW: Watersheds, Oceans, & Wetlands
The WOW pathway focuses on the unique needs and concerns of water outside of the school building including watersheds, oceans and wetlands. LEARN MORE
LEAF: Learning Everything About Forests
The LEAF Pathway looks at all functions of a forest – ecological, economic, social and cultural. LEARN MORE
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 AWARD RECIPIENTS!
Green Flag Awards

Silver Awards
Franklin L. Williams MS, Jersey City Public Schools
Frog Pond ES, Little Egg Harbor Public Schools
Kresson ES, Voorhees Public Schools
Memorial MS, Eatontown Public Schools
Parkway ES, Ewing Public Schools

Bronze Awards
Antheil ES, Ewing Public Schools
Chapin School, Princeton Private School
Craig HS, Boonton Private School
Frances C. Smith Early Childhood, Elizabeth Public Schools
Lore ES, Ewing Public Schools
M.A.S.T., Monmouth County Voc. and Tech. Schools
Pennsville Memorial HS, Pennsvile Public Schools
Yinghua International School, Kingston Private School
ECO-SCHOOLS IN THE NEWS
Egg Harbor Township High School
Do you have a story you'd like to share?
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
Field Trip Funding - October 15th Deadline
Looking to take a field trip to a New Jersey Audubon Center? Field Trip Funding is available to select schools.

Outdoor Classroom Grants - Don't miss out!

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, International Paper and National Geographic Explorer! classroom magazine have partnered to provide $2,000 to at least 100 schools. LEARN MORE! 
NJ ECO-SCHOOLS BY THE NUMBERS
2.8 Million kWh Hours Saved
New Jersey Eco-Schools have reduced electricity use by 2,846,356 kWh. That's enough energy to power 7,951 42" plasma TVs for a year. Learn how you can unplug with the Energy Pathway.
JOIN NOW!
241 Participating NJ Schools!
Schools are engaging students in authentic learning experiences to positively impact their environments using the Eco-Schools 7-Step Framework. Join this FREE program now!
 
NJ Eco-Schools October News
$2,000 Grants for Green Infrastructure Projects
Nature Works Everywhere, presented by The Nature Conservancy, is accepting applications from public or charter schools in an urban setting. Deadline November 3rd
An Inconvenient Sequel - Classroom Viewing Kits
NWF is the educational partner for Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power movie with a viewing guide and curriculum resources: https://www.inconvenientsequeleducation.org/educators/
Organizing Action for Sustainability in Schools - North NJ Chapter
Sustainability coordinators, facilities managers, and educators in North Jersey are invited to attend the OASIS (Organizing Action for Sustainability in Schools) meeting in Montclair on November 2. Find details here or contact Ben Rich at brich@MKA.org to reserve your spot. 
In the News!

When the historic Red Oak trees outside of Pennsville Memorial High School started dying from Bacterial Leaf Scorch (BLS), the school wasted no time in turning the situation into a learning opportunity for students with ecological and economic benefits for the school. More

CO2 Emissions Reduced by 1.2 Million lbs
Congratulations! New Jersey Eco-Schools have reduced carbon emissions by 1.2 Million lbs. per year. That is the equivalent of taking 36,144 cars off the road. Learn more about the Climate Change Pathway.
Eco-Schools USA in NJ is Supported by:
Contact Allison Mulch, Eco-Schools USA Coordinator 
NJ Audubon's Plainsboro Preserve in Cranbury, NJ

Enjoy the latest edition of i-Tree News             (Posted: 10-12-17)

Click HERE.

Afterschool advocacy and public policy news, September 2017             (Posted: 10-12-17)

September 2017 Issue

Hello Everyone and Best Wishes for a Fantastic School Year!Photo of ED Diane Genco


We're delighted to share good news and exciting new updates related to advocacy and public policy in afterschool.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch. - Diane

Register today for "Thinking Outside the Box" NJSACC's Annual Afterschool Conference November 17 & 18, 2017

Click here to register by Friday, November 3, 2017!

This year's conference, Thinking Outside The Box, celebrates long-term success in the ever-changing landscape of Afterschool, S.T.E.A.M. and Expanded Learning.

The conference features over 50 workshops aimed at improving the quality of afterschool programs.

Registration is NOW OPEN!

Workshops fill up quickly so register early!

Conference Fees:
2 days - $273
1 Day - $163

Conference Location and Accommodations:
The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540

Accommodations:
Room Rates: $119 per night
Reservations must be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott Reservations at 800-228-9290 or 609-452-7800.

Room reservations must be made on or before Friday, November 3, 2017.

When you call, make sure to mention the NJSACC Conference and the dates of the conference in order to receive the conference rate.
Oldies But Goodies: NJSACC Resources
Schoolyard Ecology: Creating a Butterfly Garden for NJ Schools and Afterschool Programs



Every month, we will feature an NJSACC resource that you may not have explored!

In 2010, NJSACC published Schoolyard Ecology: Creating a Butterfly Garden for NJ Schools and Afterschool Programs. Butterfly gardens can increase student engagement and curiosity in the classroom. By planting a butterfly garden you have created an interactive classroom for children to be engaged in the natural world.

Click here to access Schoolyard Ecology: Creating a Butterfly Garden for NJ Schools and Afterschool Programs.

Are you using the NJ Quality Standards for Afterschool to improve your program? This is a great resource for Outdoor Environment and Programming & Activities.
Attention Atlantic County, Cumberland County & Cape May County SACC programs! Kids Safe Open House Oct 2nd


The Kids Cafe Program is a great way for eligible afterschool programs to provide nutritious meals to youth!

Please note: this event is only for Atlantic County, Cumberland County and Cape May County SACC programs!

Please register directly with Briana Lyons, Child Feeding Program Manager at: blyons@cfbnj.org or 609-383-8843.
Take Action: Don't Cut Afterschool for 100,00 kids!

Click here to take action!

In July, the House Appropriations Committee voted to approve a $192 million cut to 21st Century Community Learning Centers, putting 192,000 kids at risk of losing their afterschool programs. At a time when 20 million families want and need more afterschool and summer learning opportunities, these cuts hurt families and kids in every part of the country.

But the fight isn't over yet! An amendment to the FY2018 appropriations bill has been introduced to restore funding to the Community Learning Centers program to the authorized FY2018 level.

Your representatives need to hear what afterschool means to your community! Contact your representatives on Capitol Hill and ask them to restore the funding for afterschool.
NJ Afterschool Action
In This Issue
Training Calendar

(click here to view)
What's Happening in September?

There are many month-long observations that occur in September to raise awareness about important issues!

Attendance Awareness

Attendance Awareness Month encourages schools and communities to remember that engagement matters for attendance. Under this year's theme, Engagement = Attendance, we are emphasizing the important role everyone can play in creating a welcoming and engaging school environment that motivates students and families to come to school every day. 

Hispanic Heritage

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.


Library Card Sign-up

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.


Thank you for reading this edition of NJ Afterschool Action.  We always want to hear from you, so please send your questions, comments, and ideas to: action@njsacc.org.  

Sincerely,

Diane Genco
Executive Director 

Lee McDermott Schaefer
Policy Director

NJSACC works to build lasting public support for quality afterschool programs across New Jersey. Led by a public-private partnership,

NJSACC enhances public awareness and support; offers guidance for parents, providers, and advocates; strengthens relationships with policymakers, funders, practitioners, and parents, and shares best practices in the field.
Diane Genco
New Jersey School Age Care Coalition
908-789-0259
www.njsacc.org

"Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard" Event to Feature Doug Tallamy             (Posted: 9-22-17)

Saturday, October 14, 2017 o 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Ocean County College (Gateway Building Lecture Hall)
Toms River, New Jersey

Fall is a great time to plant and prepare for next year's growing season. It's also the perfect time to learn how to create a beautiful, healthy, low-maintenance, and eco-friendly yard. Get tips from the experts at the "Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yard" event on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Ocean County College.

This event will feature the comprehensive "Landscaping for a Healthy Environment" resources and tools of Jersey-Friendly Yards, a statewide website developed by the Barnegat Bay Partnership with a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The day will include a native plant sale and eco-friendly exhibitors - return home with some native plants and plenty of information to get started on your own Jersey-Friendly Yard!

The keynote speaker will be Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and author of "Bringing Nature Home" and "The Living Landscape," books that have sparked a national conversation about sustaining healthy communities by planting native species at home. Other speakers will talk about how to maintain healthy soil, reduce fertilizer and pesticide use, conserve water, and provide valuable habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

Visit www.jerseyyards.org/workshop to register for the event and to see an agenda. There is a $35 registration fee, which includes admission, morning refreshments, and lunch.

The following organizations are generously sponsoring the "Bringing Nature Home to Your Jersey-Friendly Yards" event: Native Plant Society of New Jersey, Pinelands Direct, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County, and Barnegat Bay Partnership.

Invitation to the 2017 New Jersey Science Convention             (Posted: 9-22-17)

Click HERE.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools News             (Posted: 9-22-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
275 Districts     683 Schools     Participating
New! September 2017 Sustainability Hero
 
The September 2017 Sustainability Hero is Sandy Sandmeyer-Bryan, an educator and green team coordinator at Cape May City Elementary School. Read about how Sandy has made an impact in the school, the community and in the personal lives of Cape May residents. See how a wind turbine, an edible garden, Education for Sustainability, the U.S. Coast Guard and the solar eclipse fit into the story. Read her story: http://ow.ly/tBsa30eVFCZ

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

New Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Funding Available


The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), as a Sustainable Jersey for Schools program Underwriter, is contributing $180,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program cycle.  With this contribution, NJEA has provided $750,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state.

The 2017 NJEA Schools Small Grants Program cycle will award:
  • Ten (10) $10,000 project grants to school districts and schools 
  • Forty (40) $2,000 grants to schools to support green teams
Applicants must be registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program which is free and voluntary. The funded projects will serve as practical and innovative models for the rest of the State and make measurable contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey. 
Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at midnight

An informational webinar will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2017 from 3:00-4:00pm to review the application process and eligibility requirements. Register here.
$150,000 in Funding for Energy Projects: 
Funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund

$150,000 in grant money is now available to fund energy projects focused on energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. Grant proposals are being accepted from school districts registered with Sustainable Jersey. For this grant cycle, Sustainable Jersey is offering $30,000 and $10,000 grants. 
DEADLINE:  October 31st, midnight

For more information about the grant program and details on how to apply, visit: http://bit.ly/2017GardinierCycle . A free informational webinar on this grant opportunity will take place on September 19, 2017 from 3:00-4:00pm, visit http://bit.ly/2017GardinierWebinar to register.
Welcome Newly Registered Schools!

Burlington County
Mount Laurel School District

Passaic County
North Haledon School District
Monmouth County
Asbury Park School District
Asbury Park High School
Barack Obama Elementary School (Asbury Park)
Bradley Elementary School (Asbury Park)
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School (Asbury Park)
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School (Asbury Park)

NJ Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Mini Grants

NJAHPERD's goal is to support quality program development in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in New Jersey's Pre-K - 12 schools and Colleges and Universities. The mini grant provides financial assistance up to $1000 for new program development or to expand an existing program. Grants may be used to purchase equipment, software, or other materials that focus on student learning in Health, Physical Education, Recreation or Dance. Grants may not be used for salary, honorarium, food, travel, accommodations or convention registration.

Deadline: September 30th  For more information visit NJAHPERD's website.
 
What Does an Arts Ed Ambassador 
Look Like? 

Answer the question with a 3-photo "storyboard" on social media and be entered to win an Amazon Gift Card for your classroon.  Nine gift cards available ranging from $50-250.  Three for each level: Elementary, Middle & High School. 

Deadline: September 17th (at the end of Arts Ed Week!) Find out more online at ArtsEdNow.org.
 
Get Recognized! Applications now open for statewide awards programs & contests

The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards honor and recognize individuals, businesses, educators, institutions, communities, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey. To date, 160 award winners have been recognized since the program was established in 2000. Applications are due September 29th. Click here for more information. 

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

NEW JERSEY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION
Sept. 19, 9:00-3:00pm at NJSBA Headquarters, Trenton 

ALLIANCE FOR NEW JERSEY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (ANJEE) Autumn Conference 
Sept. 29, 2017 at Duke Farms, Hillsborough

NEW JERSEY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION 
Oct 12, 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. This session will be offered again March 15, 2018. 

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 
September 28, 4:00pm "Go Far, Walk Together: Community Engagement as Transformative Practice" Register here.

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
277 Districts     688 Schools     Participating
91 SCHOOLS ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS CERTIFICATION IN 2017!
 
Sustainable Jersey for Schools has announced the 91 schools that achieved the prestigious Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. The 91 kindergarten through twelfth-grade schools come from 43 different school districts across 18 New Jersey counties. In three years, 194 schools have achieved Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. A total of 679 schools and 273 school districts are participating in the program overall. Schools will be honored at the Sustainable Jersey for Schools awards ceremony on October 24th at the NJSBA Workshop in Atlantic City.  Read more and see the list here. 

Interested in Getting Certified in 2018? Check out the application submission timeline here 
Need more information? Join us for a "Preparing for Certification" webinar on October 18th at 3pm. Register here. 
Sustainable Jersey for Schools Sessions at the 2017 New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Workshop
Oct 23-26, 2017 Atlantic City Convention Center
 
Workshop 2017 will feature Sustainable Jersey for Schools sessions on each day of Workshop along with NJSBA sustainability support programs for schools. NJSBA member districts can send up to 18 attendees to Workshop as part of their membership package. Speak with your district business office to register as part of your district member group. For more information about NJSBA Workshop 2017 "Education for a Common Purpose", visit http://workshop.njsba.org/. Review all of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Workshops here.
 
Sustainable Jersey for Schools SESSION SPOTLIGHT for Tuesday, 10/24/17:
11:00-12:00, Room 418: Funding Your Sustainability Initiatives
Sustainable Jersey for Schools has provided over one million dollars in Small Grants to participating schools. Learn about the exciting projects being undertaken by schools & districts and how your district can obtain funding for sustainability projects.
 
2:30-3:30, Room 418: Sustainability Champions
Learn from schools and districts in the forefront of sustainability. This session will highlight best practices and case studies from award winning districts and schools participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.
 
4:00-5:00, Room 418: Behavioral Changes or Building Upgrades? Two Paths to Energy Efficiency in Your District
This session will focus on two different but often complementary approaches to saving energy and money in your schools. Come hear about the impressive results achieved through the PowerSave Schools program that demonstrates the effectiveness of behavioral changes on energy savings in schools. Sustainable Jersey is working to turn the results of this program into a new action for schools. 

New Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Funding Available

The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), as a Sustainable Jersey for Schools program Underwriter, is
contributing $180,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program cycle.  With this contribution, NJEA has provided $750,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state.


The 2017 NJEA Schools Small Grants Program cycle will award:
  • Ten (10) $10,000 project grants to school districts and schools 
  • Forty (40) $2,000 grants to schools to support green teams
Applicants must be registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program which is free and voluntary. The funded projects will serve as practical and innovative models for the rest of the State and make measurable contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey. 
Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at midnight

View the recording of our informational webinar here. 
$150,000 in Funding for Energy Projects: 
Funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund

$150,000 in grant money is now available to fund energy projects focused on energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. Grant proposals are being accepted from school districts registered with Sustainable Jersey. For this grant cycle, Sustainable Jersey is offering $30,000 and $10,000 grants. 
DEADLINE:  October 31st, midnight

For more information about the grant program and details on how to apply visit: http://bit.ly/2017GardinierCycle . View the recording of our informational webinar on this grant opportunity here.
Welcome Newly Registered Schools!

Cumberland County
Millville School District

Ocean County
Pine Beach Elementary School (Toms River)
Toms River- Intermediate East
Somerset County
Orchard Hill Elementary School (Montgomery)
The Village Elementary School (Montgomery)

Warren County
Knowlton Township School District

September 2017 Sustainability Hero
 
The September 2017 Sustainability Hero is Sandy Sandmeyer-Bryan, an educator and green team coordinator at Cape May City Elementary School. Read about how Sandy has made an impact in the school, the community and in the personal lives of Cape May residents. See how a wind turbine, an edible garden, Education for Sustainability, the U.S. Coast Guard and the solar eclipse fit into the story. Read her story: http://ow.ly/tBsa30eVFCZ

To capture the stories of our local leaders, we recognize a monthly Sustainability Hero. If you have recommendations for someone on your green team, municipal staff, school staff or task force that's a sustainability hero, complete the submission form and e-mail it to us at info@sustainablejersey.com.
NJ Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Mini Grants

NJAHPERD's goal is to support quality program development in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in New Jersey's Pre-K - 12 schools and Colleges and Universities. The mini grant provides financial assistance up to $1000 for new program development or to expand an existing program. Grants may be used to purchase equipment, software, or other materials that focus on student learning in Health, Physical Education, Recreation or Dance. Grants may not be used for salary, honorarium, food, travel, accommodations or convention registration.

Deadline: September 30th  For more information visit NJAHPERD's website.
Toolbox for Education®
 Grants

The Lowes Charitable & Education Foundation  provides funding opportunities for public schools for the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements.Toolbox grant requests can range from $2,000 to $100,000. Applications are due September 29th. Click here for more information. 
Additional Field Trip Funding Available for 2017

The Field Trip New Jersey fund is re-opening its application process, with additional funding available for field trips taking place in 2017. If you missed the original deadline, or are learning about this opportunity for the first time, now is your chance to seize a unique opportunity for your students.
To apply, click here. The deadline is October 15th, with grant announcements expected in mid-November.
Get Recognized! Applications now open for statewide awards programs & contests

The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards honor and recognize individuals, businesses, educators, institutions, communities, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey. To date, 160 award winners have been recognized since the program was established in 2000. Applications are due September 29th. Click here for more information. 

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
 
ALLIANCE FOR NEW JERSEY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (ANJEE) Autumn Conference 
Sept. 29, 2017 at Duke Farms, Hillsborough

NEW JERSEY SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION 
Oct 12, 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. This session will be offered again March 15, 2018. 

PEOSH/NJADP STATEWIDE INDOOR AIR QUALITY TRAINING (Free)
Oct 27, 2017 8am-12:30  Washington, NJ
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.

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 
September 28, 4:00pm "Go Far, Walk Together: Community Engagement as Transformative Practice" Register here.

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Rutgers Mini-MBA: Maximizing the Human Side of Sustainability             (Posted: 9-22-17)


 
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Sustainability-Aligned Leadership and Strategy
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Greetings!,
 
Maximizing the Human Side of Sustainability
 
What if your leaders and managers could better garner employee commitment, unleash employee passion, fuel innovation and maximize performance, all while doing business for good in the purpose economy?
 
The  Rutgers Mini MBA: Sustainability-Aligned Leadership and Strategy provides new business models which are fundamentally transforming the way work gets done, with exciting case studies to show you the way to make that happen in your own organization!
 
 
Drawing on cutting-edge research and practice, participants gain new knowledge about emerging business models and innovations that are disrupting industries and advancing sustainability, such as the circular and sharing economy.
 
Using experiential learning, gamification and practical assessments, participants learn how to apply new mental models, systems thinking, and leadership skills to understand the planet, society and the economy as interdependent nested systems.
 
With these mindsets, values, and skills as your foundation, leaders see improvements in many people-related areas of your business, including: employee attraction, retention, engagement, collaboration, creativity, innovation, and productivity, maximizing the human side of sustainability for your company.
 
This program is presented in partnership with Rutgers University and Transitioning to Green.

Align your Leadership by joining us December 4th-8th.

For more information on our program click here

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at  jwirtenberg@transitioningtogreen.com or 973-335-6299
   
Best regards,
 
Jeana Wirtenberg,PhD.
CEO
TransitioningtoGreen
jwirtenberg@transitioingtogreen.com 

Join ED on the 2017 Green Strides Tour in Georgia             (Posted: 9-22-17)

See some ED-GRS Honorees for Yourself!
Green Strides Design

 

          U.S. Department of Education

   Green Strides

In the News

Join ED on the 2017 Green Strides Tour in Georgia!

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and its Green Strides outreach initiative share promising practices and resources in the areas of safe, healthy, and sustainable school environments; nutrition and outdoor physical activity; and environmental and sustainability education.  To bring additional attention to honorees’ practices, ED-GRS conducts an annual Green Strides tour, allowing schools, school districts, and postsecondary institutions to share their work with community leaders and policymakers and celebrate their achievements.  

View the tour schedule here, contact ED.Green.Ribbon.Schools@ed.gov with any questions, and please join us.  All visits are open to the public.  (Read “Why I Can’t Wait to Get Back to the Green Strides Tour.”)  We invite you to share tour photos and impressions with us on Twitter (EDGreenRibbon) and Facebook (EDGreenRibbonSchools) using hashtag #GreenStridesTour. >>>>

UGA Students Watershed Education
Students engage in watershed education at 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Postsecondary Sustainability Awardee University of Georgia.

Blog From ED-GRS Director: Debunking Myths Behind U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Five years ago, I was tasked with developing what came to be called U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS).  The ED-GRS recognition award is now known for honoring sustainable schools annually.  “What is a ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ school?,” you ask.  Well, we established a federal definition when we created the award.  State education authorities voluntarily nominate up to five schools and school districts and up to one postsecondary institution each year to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for consideration.  We announce the ED-GRS honorees on or near Earth Day and then invite them all to a special ceremony in Washington D.C. the following summer.  That is what most people know.  What I’d like to discuss are the common misconceptions about ED-GRS. >>>>

Meet More of the 2017 Honorees!

As you head back to school, take inspiration from the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for ideas for the coming year.  View the honorees and read about their work on Green Strides.  Also catch a blog about the 2017 ceremony.

Kromrey Invasive Species Removal
Students at Kromrey Middle School work to remove invasive species.

Kromrey Middle School, Middleton, Wisconsin

Located within the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, the new Kromrey Middle School building, constructed in 2013, continues the sustainability initiatives for which it has received district recognition.  The school was awarded ENERGY STAR certification in 2016, with a score of 91, and U.S. Middle School Design Project of the Year 2016.  Even before construction of the new facility, the school achieved ENERGY STAR recognition in its old facility each year from 2008–13.  The new building has geothermal heating and cooling, solar hot water, and LED or fluorescent lighting, plus daylighting to reduce the need for artificial lighting.  More than a quarter of the landscaping is native, and building materials were sourced locally when feasible.  There are many places inside and outside the school for students to gather in natural lighting and with views of nature, including an outdoor amphitheater and a living wall on the edge of a nature conservancy.  Wellness activities are offered for Kromrey staff both at the school and at other district buildings.  Mindfulness techniques are embraced and used in classrooms and staff trainings.  English classes go outside to compose poetry and other observational writing.  In the summer of 2016, Kromrey staff partnered with Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy to develop outdoor inquiry units for fifth and sixth grades.  All sixth-grade students spend two days at Upham Woods Environmental Learning Center each year.  Classes, ranging from choices and careers to technology and engineering to social studies, address environmental sustainability. >>>>

Mushroom spawn plugs
Fourth-grade Portland Waldorf School students add mushroom spawn plugs to a log.

Portland Waldorf School, Milwaukie, Oregon

The Portland Waldorf School (PWS) is an alternative private school that serves early childhood through high school students.  PWS’s environmental education program assures that sustainability projects are woven into both the curriculum and extracurricular activities for all ages. The PWS community invests its funds and staff in an innovative environmental education program, called the LivingLAB, that actively engages students with a wide variety of sustainability-related projects. These projects are implemented by students in conjunction with their academic studies, which are integrated into the long-term site design.  Students oversee projects harvesting the natural water flow on campus; remediating runoff water from parking lots; promoting biking and public transit; recycling; gardening; composting; and encouraging best practices for reducing waste and energy use, including changing all lightbulbs to LED.  Daily food compost chores, tending to gardens with various themes—including dye plants, food forests, wetland plants, native plants, medicinals, pollinator-attractants, and edible landscaping—and regular use of a wood-fired oven for a variety of subject lessons engage students directly with activities that model regenerative practices and develop healthy habits.  Nutritious cooking activities are integrated into classes for all ages.  This past year, students constructed gravity-powered water pumps to irrigate gardens and a bike shelter. They also built a rainwater catchment system that flows into the early learning play, so that even the youngest students can interact in a hands-on way with this resource-efficient technology.  Water bottle filling stations, bioswales, and xeriscaping are employed to reduce environmental impact.  Students pack waste-free lunches, bring reusable dishware from home, compost, and recycle.  The school encourages handmade crafting, using natural materials and products, which are available through the school store.  Biomimicry, permaculture, and biodynamics provide important frameworks for students to understand such topics as appropriate technology, science, and nutrition with greater complexity.  >>>>

Fairfax Co Schools Energy Star
Fairfax County Public Schools has more ENERGYSTAR certified schools than any district in the nation.

Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia

Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS’) comprehensive environmental education and sustainability program has been expanded into a systemic collaboration dubbed Get2Green.  Get2Green’s mission is to promote student learning and action using the environment as a foundation.  Get2Green has created competitive programs running division-wide awareness campaigns, provided annual student internships with authentic sustainability experiences, and engaged 150 schools in student-driven stewardship activities, such as recycling, building wildlife habitats, conserving energy, and growing food.  Dashboards and an interactive website provide data on energy, recycling, and Eco-School USA progress in a way that encourages student and teacher engagement and competition among schools.  The Fairfax Department of Facilities and Transportation Services invests one third of every project dollar into sustainability infrastructure.  Through Get2Green and FCPS’ partnership with the energy conservation company Cenergistic, FCPS has realized $10 million in energy savings in two years.  FCPS has low-flow water fixtures and drought-resistant native plants, as well as automated sensors in bathrooms, rain barrels, and cisterns to conserve and collect water.  The district sponsors bus-pass programs for use on public transit as well as on the county school bus system.  The FCPS Safe Routes to School program has helped promote walking and biking to school through pedestrian and bike safety lessons for over 15,000 students.  There are vegetable gardens at 78 FCPS schools.  Schools incorporate their gardens into the curriculum by weighing what they grow, doing cost/benefit analyses, studying the growth cycle of plants, and conducting research to create informational signs.  FCPS has over 100 elementary science lessons that ask teachers to take students outside for investigations, and a guide to these lessons is available to teachers.  At the secondary level, FCPS life science students in seventh grade participate in a meaningful watershed educational experience by visiting a local stream and conducting a variety of qualitative and quantitative tests, which they use to evaluate the field site’s health.  The district introduced outdoor backpacks in fall 2016 to facilitate outdoor education for students in all grade levels  >>>>

Resources and Opportunities

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Join This Year’s Green Apple Day of Service

Green Apple Day of Service is an opportunity to join schools across the world in celebrating the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of sustainability leaders. A school’s day of service event improves the health and safety of the learning environment while strengthening student civic leadership, environmental literacy, and project management skills. Since it began in 2012, the Green Apple Day of Service has inspired over 790,000 volunteers in 73 countries to act in support of sustainability at their schools. With one in eight people around the globe attending a school every day, there is more work to be done! Schools and the community leaders who support them can choose their own dates for their projects, and they have access to mini-grants and personalized guidance to help them bring their projects to fruition. Sign up to participate at greenapple.org. >>>>

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Apply for Captain Planet Foundation Small Grants by Sept. 30

Captain Planet Foundation’s small grants fund environmental stewardship and service learning projects that engage children in critical thinking, research, inquiry investigations, and real-world environmental problem solving.  Grants provide educators with the funding needed to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies.  >>>>

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Recycle-Bowl and America Recycles Day Open Registration

Keep America Beautiful offers two fall events to educate and engage school communities: 1) Recycle-Bowl (Oct. 16–Nov. 15) school registration opens Aug. 1, and 2) register to organize an America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) event.  >>>>

Webinars

Green Strides Design

The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues This Fall

The Green Strides Webinar Series promotes sessions that provide free tools to reduce schools' environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education.  Consult the webinar calendar, and submit suggestions of free webinars related to school, district, and postsecondary sustainability to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov for listing. (Note: All times listed are EDT.)

Sept. 7, 23 p.m.  Trending Topics in Farm to School: Farm to School in Native Communities (National Farm to School Network)

Sept.7, 67 p.m.  There’s Space in Your Classroom for Cross-Curricular: STEAM-rolling Through Space (NASA)

Sept.12, 12 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 101 (EPA)

Sept.13, 12 p.m.  Just Add WaterSense to Your Energy Efficiency Efforts (EPA)

Sept. 13, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Hold an Energy Efficiency Treasure Hunt for Green Apple Day of Service (EPA)

Sept.14, 12 p.m.  Energy Star and Green Building Rating Systems (EPA)

Sept.18, 6:307:30 p.m.  There’s Space in Your Classroom for Cross-Curricular: MarsBound (NASA)

Sept.19, 12 p.m.  Trends in Tracking Waste Data in Portfolio Manager (EPA)

Sept.19, 6:307:30 p.m.  Cosmology 101 (NASA)

Sept. 20, 12–1:30 p.m. Reducing Lead in Drinking Water (EPA)

Sept. 20, 56 p.m.  A Cross Curricular Lesson: Who Will Feed the World? (NASA)

Sept. 20, 67 p.m.  National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series: Manta Rays: Studying an Ocean Icon (NOAA)

Sept. 21, 12 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)

Sept. 21, 67 p.m.  Hurricanes in Your Classroom:  Ask a Hurricane Hunter Pilot (NASA)

Sept. 27, 6:307:30 p.m.  The Adventures of Amelia the Pigeon K–2 (NASA)

Sept. 27, 7:308:30 p.m.  Green Teacher Webinar Series: Best Practices in School Gardens (Green Schools National Network)

Sept. 28, 12 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)

Sept. 28, 45 p.m.  Go Far, Walk Together: Community Engagement as Transformative Practice (NAAEE)

Sept. 28, 6:307:30 p.m.  The Adventures of Amelia the Pigeon 3–5 (NASA)

Events

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The 2017 AASHE Conference and Expo Is Oct. 15–18 in San Antonio, Texas

The AASHE Conference and Expo brings together some 2,000 campus administrators, sustainability staff, students, faculty, businesses, media, and others to explore more than 400 educational sessions, workshops, tours, and keynote addresses that advance sustainability in higher education.  This year's theme, “Stronger in Solidarity,” will focus on how the campus sustainability community can break down walls, build bridges, and continue to make progress toward a healthy and equitable future for all.  >>>>

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The NAAEE Conference Is Oct. 18–21 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

For more than four decades, the North American Association for Environmental Education has convened one of the leading annual conferences for environmental education professionals, including classroom teachers and teacher educators, nature center staff, climate science researchers, and everyone in between. Averaging 1,000 participants each year, the event is designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and the dissemination of best practices.  This year’s conference on the theme “Imagine a World” is in San Juan, Puerto Rico. >>>>

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The Association for Learning Environments Conference Is Oct. 26–29 in Atlanta, Georgia

The Association for Learning Environment’s mission is to connect those with a passion for creating the best possible learning spaces to empower students to succeed in a rapidly changing world. These spaces encourage innovation, critical thinking, collaborative teamwork, and other skills. This year’s conference includes educational sessions, keynotes, and a showcase of state-of-the-art tools that move learning into the future. >>>>

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EDspaces Is Oct. 25–27 in Kansas City, Missouri

EDspaces is the gathering place for architects, facility planners, designers, administrators, and dealers to learn about trends in school facilities, and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning.  >>>>

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Greenbuild 2017 Is Nov. 8–10 in Boston, Massachusetts

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. It features three days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops, and tours of the host city's green buildings. >>>>

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PLT Launches New E-Units
 
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Treemendous Science! for K–2, Energy in Ecosystems for grades 3-5, and Carbon & Climate for grades 6-8. These new units are available online to educators across the country, just in time to plan for the upcoming school year. 
 
 
 
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Almost everyone who attends a PLT in-person workshop praises the experience. Now, in our continual efforts to innovate based on educator needs, PLT offers online professional development for its new e-units.
 
 
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PLT helps educators use the environment to teach many disciplines – from STEM to civic skills and green careers – and inspires the next generation to care about forests and sustaining our natural resources. In our new partnership with SFI, we look forward to expanding environmental and sustainability education in diverse ways, both in the U.S. and abroad.
 
 
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             GreenSchools! Update
                                  July 2017

PLT's GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community

We hope you are enjoying your summer! See below for some GreenSchools highlights and news from Project Learning Tree.

PLT GreenSchools Honored at U.S. Dept of Ed Green Ribbon Awards Ceremony
Last Wednesday I had the privilege of attending, for the 8th year, this prestigious event to honor all the schools, teachers, and students who have worked so hard to green their school and incorporate environmental education into their curriculum. Read more.

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George Mason HS Honored with President’s Environmental Youth Award
A group of 11 students in Falls Church, VA, will receive the 2016 President’s Environmental Youth Award for grade levels 6-12 for their work with healthy and sustainable farming practices. Through hydroponics and aquaculture projects, George Mason students are contributing fresh lettuce and in the future, fresh fish to their high school cafeteria. Read more.

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Project Learning Tree has a New Home with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative
PLT helps educators use the environment to teach many disciplines – from STEM to civic skills and green careers – and inspires the next generation to care about forests and sustaining our natural resources. In our new partnership with SFI, we look forward to expanding environmental and sustainability education in diverse ways, both in the U.S. and abroad. Read more.


Green Tips of the Month

Green-Tips-of-the-month-PLTHave you checked out PLT's new e-units yet? This innovative, online curriculum has been released just in time to help you plan for the upcoming school year.


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James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
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