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CONTENTS:
OCSCD News & Events - February
ANJEC News
Earth Day Network wants to feature your art
New Milestone! 900 Schools Now Participating
Children & Nature News
January 2020 Green Strides Newsletter
NWF: Inspiration for Spring Gardening
SJ: Gain Recognition for Your Sustainability Efforts
ANJEC News
RH: 2020 Coming Attractions
PEEC Winter Newsletter: Animal Myths, Suet Cakes, And More!
Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
NJTF: Thank you for making our planting season "fall-tastic!"
December 2019 Green Strides Newsletter
The latest news from New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium
NWF News
CWFNJ: Help us plan for wildlife - just 10 min of your time?
CWFNJ: E-News
Green Knight Newsletter - Short Reader Survey - 2019
SJ: Four sustainability success stories
Green Schools National Network News
January Littoral News
C&NN News
AfterschoolNJ news & more you should know, brought to you by NJSACC - 12/6/19
RH: 'Tis the Season
TNC - December: Nature News
December Littoral News
The World in Our Classrooms: Integrating Diverse Perspectives in 21st Century Learning
Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!
SJ: 2019 Certification & Award Winners Announced
C&NN News
Arts Enhanced Curriculum on the Waste Stream in Passaic County Elementary Schools
ANJEC News
NWF: 10 Years: An Eco-Schools USA Story
RH: November News from Your Watershed Watchdog
Stossel in the Classroom: November Newsletter
The Green Strides Tour Special Edition
SJ: Last Chance to Participate in our Online Visioning Process!
NAAEE: eeNEWS for November 13, 2019
C&NN News
News from the Nature Conservancy
Advice for when your kid asks about the climate crisis
November Littoral News
Interesting Article: Equity and Inclusion at National Parks
OCSCD News & Events - February             (Posted: 1-30-20)

February 2020
OCEAN COUNTY SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICT NEWS, PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Soil is the foundation of all life on earth! Attend one of OCSCD's educational programs, or engage with our many environmental education partners throughout Ocean County. Experience nature at its roots!
Seed Swap Day at Insectropolis
Insectropolis, the "Bugseum" of New Jersey, is hosting their 2nd annual "Community Seed Swap Day" on Sunday, January 26, 11am-2pm. Join Ocean County Soil Conservation District and an array of environmental and garden-focused organizations for seed swapping, workshops, demonstrations, exhibits and more. Bring seeds to swap or purchase some from onsite vendors. FREE! Location: Insectropolis, 1761 Route 9, Toms River, 08755. For more information contact (732) 349-7090 or visit www.insectropolis.com.
Build a Better Yard: Jersey-Friendly Yards Program Series
The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting a 2020 series of Jersey-Friendly Yards programs in collaboration with OCSCD and Barnegat Bay Partnership. Gain knowledge about selecting appropriate native plants, water conservation and other sustainable gardening practices. Attend one, or all 4 programs. Location: Cousteau Coastal Center at 130 Great Bay Blvd., Tuckerton. To register contact Kaitlin Gannon (609) 812-0649 x206 or gannon@marine.rutgers.edu

February 3, 6:00-7:30pm: The Importance of a Healthy Watershed. An introduction on watersheds, as well as green infrastructure, pollution reduction, and bay water quality monitoring.

February 10, 6:00-7:00pm: Jersey-Friendly Yards. How to choose the right native plants using the Jersey-Friendly Yards website.

February 17, 6:00-7:00pm: Start With Healthy Soil. Learn about the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of soil, soil testing, plus the fundamentals of composting.

February 24, 6:00-7:00pm: Water Wisely. Water conservation techniques, as well as storm water management, rain barrels, rain gardens and more.
Great Backyard Bird Count
It's free, it's fun, it helps scientific research! Join Ocean County Parks & Recreation naturalists and the Barnegat Bay Partnership at this Great Backyard Bird Count event at Cattus Island County Park on Saturday, February 15, from 8:30am-11:00am. Naturalists will begin with a short talk about how to spot and identify bird species that spend the winter here, followed by a bird walk and count. Everyone from beginning bird enthusiasts to expert birders are welcome. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them (there will be some binoculars available for sharing). For more information contact Karen Walzer (732) 255-0472 ext. 2 or kwalzer@ocean.edu
Poster Contest for Kids
The NJ Conservation Poster Contest is an annual contest sponsored by the NJ Department of Agriculture, the New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts and the Ocean County Soil Conservation District. It aims to promote a better understanding of the connection between natural resources and humans, in a fun and creative way that engages students throughout the county, state and nation. It is open to all students from grades 2-12. The 2020 theme is: "Where would we BEE without Pollinators?" The Ocean County Grand Champion Winner will receive a $50 cash prize. Find out more about the contest, the prizes and how to enter. All Ocean County entries must be received by March 1. Contact Becky Laboy (619) 971-7002 ext. 114 education@soildistrict.org 
Program Series: Get the Dirt on Your Soil!
Healthy lawns and gardens start with healthy soil. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County is hosting a 2020 series of programs focusing on SOIL. Learn more about your soil and how to keep it healthy. Attend 1, 2, Location: Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County, 1623 Whitesville Road, Toms River, 08755. Please register by calling (732) 505-3671 or tbecker@co.ocean.nj.us Nonrefundable program fee of $10 each day.
March 4, 6:00-8:00pm:

?Start with Healthy Soil: Don't treat your soil like dirt! This program will teach you the basics about your soil, so you can start building a healthy foundation for your garden! Presented by Becky Laboy, OCSCD

Get the Lay of Your Land: Learn more about the soil under your feet at home. We will walk you through the Web Soil Survey to map your yard or garden's soil. Presented by Dr. Steve Yergeau, Rutgers Extension of Ocean & Atlantic Counties
April 16, 6:00-8:00pm

Digging Deeper: What's Your Soil Telling You?
Get the scoop on your soil by taking a soil test! Come find out the importance of testing your soil, how to conduct a soil test, and how to interpret the results to keep your lawn and garden healthy and happy. Presented by Dr. Stephanie Murphy, Director of the Rutgers Soil Testing Laboratory
May 14, 6:00-8:00pm

?Root Out Soil Compaction: Soil compaction is a major problem impacting your yard and garden. Come learn about what causes compaction, how it affects soil health, and how to correct soil compaction in the home landscape. Presented by Dr. Steve Yergeau, Rutgers Extension of Ocean & Atlantic Counties
Sights and Sounds of the Pines
Joel M. Mott IV, Principal Programs Specialist of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, will offer a virtual walk in the woods showcasing the flora and fauna of the Pinelands. The talk will focus on the importance of water to the area's vegetation, as well as the cultural and historical resources of the region, while revealing this unique but fragile treasure. Thursday, March 5, 6:30-8:00pm in the Mancini Room at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street, Toms River, 08753. Sponsored by the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey and the Barnegat Bay Partnership. For questions and information contact Karen Walzer, Public Outreach Coordinator for the Barnegat Bay Partnership, kwalzer@ocean.edu (732) ext. 114
Pinelands Short Course: Combating Climate Change with a Jersey-Friendly Yard
The NJ Pinelands Commission will once again host their annual Pinelands Short Course - a day-long event featuring educational presentations that explore the unique history, ecology and culture of the Pinelands. OCSCD and Barnegat Bay Partnership are teaming-up to present "Combating Climate Change with a Jersey-Friendly Yard". Learn about the challenges that climate change poses to the residential landscape and how to mitigate the impacts. March 14. Location: Stockton University 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205. Cost: Adult: $50, Senior: $45, Student: $45. For more information, contact Joel Mott (609) 684-7300, ext. 125 or info@pinelands.nj.gov
Jersey-Friendly Yards
This program features spring planting and landscaping tips designed for homeowners that offer easy, yet comprehensive information about creating a healthy and sustainable backyard using native plants. March 25, 2:00-3:00pm. Location: Berkeley Branch of the Ocean County Library, 30 Station Road, Bayville, 08721. Please register through the Library. Free! For more information, contact Becky Laboy education@soildistrict.org or (609) 971-7002 ext. 114.
Barnegat Bay Master Naturalist Program, Spring 2020
If you enjoy learning about wildlife, ecology and traditions of the Barnegat Bay, and sharing what you've learned with others, then the Barnegat Bay Master Naturalist Program is for you! Registration is now open for the Spring 2020 training course offered by the Barnegat Bay Partnership (BBP) through the Ocean County College Continuing & Professional Education Department. Orientation begins April 8, 7-9pm. Field trips take place on Saturdays, lectures are on Wednesday evenings. More details, including exact dates, times and cost can be found on the BBP website. Or contact Karen Walzer, kwalzer@ocean.edu or (732) 255-0472.
Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable
SAVE THE DATE, April 22, celebrate Earth Day with us at OCSCD's 23rd Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable! Engage in a variety of workshops and field trips that support STEM/STEAM-based activities and Next Generation Science Standards. Keynote Speaker, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Kelly Gill of Xerces Society will address pollinator conservation efforts through education. Event highlights also include networking opportunities, resource sharing, light dinner and dessert, and door prizes. Cost: $25. For more information or to register visit our website, or contact Becky Laboy (609) 971-7002, ext. 114 or education@soildistrict.org
2020 Rain Barrel Challenge!
The Barnegat Bay Partnership is taking the lead on organizing the NJDEP's Rain Barrel Challenge. This is an annual art competition with an environmental theme for schools and youth organizations. The Rain Barrel Challenge aims to educate young people about the Barnegat Bay and its 660-square mile watershed and engage them in stewardship actions. The 2020 theme is: "Earth Day - Celebrating 50 Years of Protecting Our Planet!" Visit the BBP's website to learn more, or contact Karen Walzer, BBP's Public Outreach Coordinator, kwalzer@ocean.edu or (732) 255-0472 ext. 2.
Conservation Conversation
Soil is the Foundation of Life on Earth!
Soil Health:
Soil is a living, dynamic resource that supports life. Soil is healthy if it breathes, transforms nutrients, interacts with the environment and purifies toxic substances. Healthy soil is imperative for the successful implementation of "green infrastructure improvement" projects in Ocean County and elsewhere. Soil acts as a filter as it regulates the flow and storage of nutrients, pesticides and other compounds that are dissolved in water. We depend upon soil to perform vital environmental functions that result in clean air, clean water, diverse wildlife habitat and beautiful landscapes.
Downer Soil Series:
Just as New Jersey has a state bird (the American Goldfinch), New Jersey has a state soil. It's called "Downer". Downer soils are well-drained soils formed in loamy fluviomarine deposits in the North Atlantic Coastal Plain. Downer soils naturally support woodlands that include oak, pine, hickory, sassafras, dogwood and holly. Downer soils are desirable to people for growing field crops, vegetables, flowers, fruit trees and other agricultural uses.

Soils Vary:
Soil types vary from place to place and each type has both inherent and dynamic properties that set them apart. Inherent properties reflect the natural ability of soil to function based on what it was "born with" through soil formation processes such as parent material, climate, texture, drainage class or depth to bedrock. These properties are not easily changed or altered by use and management. In contrast, dynamic soil properties reflect human induced changes and are related to how the soil is managed.
Soil Supports Life:
Soils provide habitat for animals that live underground (from groundhogs and mice, to worms and fungi), which account for most of the living things on earth. Soil is capable of supporting plant life, and therefore plays an essential role in the earth's food web. Things that we depend on and need most for daily living include food, clothing, shelter, water and air. Consider how each of these basic needs depend on soil. Without soil, there would be no life on earth!
For more information about education programs and events pertaining to soil, water, conservation and native gardening, please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, Ocean County Soil Conservation District, (609) 971-7002 ext. 114, or education@soildistrict.org. Or visit the Education pages on our website: https://www.soildistrict.org/educational-programs/

ANJEC News             (Posted: 1-29-20)


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  • Plastic bag, foam container ban in New Jersey dies as Assembly declines to vote
  • Climate change: 2019 was 10th warmest year on record for New Jersey
  • Murphy jolts NJ’s electric vehicle industry with driver rebate plan
  • Five 2020 energy predictions: Solar surge, coal crash, gas exorcism, clean energy incentives, public mobilization
  • Lawmakers ink constitutionally mandated increase in open-space funding
  • Deadly wildfires in Australia raise concern: Can it happen in NJ?

Earth Day Network wants to feature your art             (Posted: 1-29-20)

Earth Day Network’s new initiative, Artists for the Earth™, is inviting artists and arts organizations around the globe to join with Earth Day 2020 and the 50th Anniversary by featuring their work on our pages.

We’re looking for creative pieces focused on the natural world—whether addressing an environmental issue or exalting its wonder and beauty. If you’re an artist who has a work celebrating the planet, we’d love to add your project to our gallery.

(And if you’re not an artist but know of any artists or arts organizations who would like to participate, please forward them this link: https://action.earthday.org/afte)

Art is a crucial way of reaching people. It operates in ways that science alone cannot, making the difficult subject of climate change personal, engaging people’s hearts and inspiring the will to change.

We are eager to give artists everywhere a platform for their work, a way to join the environmental movement and to be part of the celebration of Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary!

For our planet,

Shelley Rogers
Artists for the Earth Coordinator

Earth Day Network · 1752 N St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036, United States

New Milestone! 900 Schools Now Participating             (Posted: 1-29-20)

New Sustainable Jersey for Schools Milestone!

900 Schools Now Participating

We're pleased to announce that 900 of New Jersey's schools located within 346 school districts have demonstrated their leadership and commitment to sustainability by registering with Sustainable Jersey for Schools.

Currently, 36 percent of all New Jersey public schools are participating in the program. Registered schools and school districts are represented in all twenty-one of New Jersey's counties. Visit our Participating Districts and Schools map to review the list of the 900 schools registered.

Heather McCall, program director for Sustainable Jersey for Schools said, "New Jersey is surely on the right track—we’re excited to announce 900 schools have voluntarily stepped up to lead the way on sustainability actions. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools program is definitely resonating in school communities across the state. This strong participation shows that schools and school districts are blazing a path and making a difference."

Contribute to a Complete Census Count and

Earn Sustainable Jersey for Schools Points!

Did you know $23 billion in federal funding for New Jersey depends on Census counts, including support for school programs and services such as special education, free and reduced lunch, class size reduction, classroom technology, after-school programs, Head Start and more? Updated information from the 2020 Census could have a significant impact on New Jersey’s share of the pie.

As a teacher, principal, superintendent, school board member and education advocate, you are already engaged in school outreach efforts, you can help contribute to a complete count by sending information to students’ homes, already available on the US Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS)website that explains how and why to complete the 2020 Census and the importance of counting all children, especially those under age 5 or those living in complex households. An improved and complete count across all populations in the state will enable schools to receive appropriate funding and program support over the next ten years. Get started with the resources below.

·        SIS Partner Toolkit

Earn Sustainable Jersey for Schools Points

There are two ways schools and districts engaged in Census efforts can earn certification points in Sustainable Jersey for Schools. One is through outreach to the school community, which qualifies for points in the Community Education and Outreach action. The other is the integration of SIS activities into student learning which qualifies for points in the Student Learning suite of actions. Sample classroom activities are available on the SIS website. These activities bring school subjects to life using real-world Census Bureau statistics to create materials for use year after year at all grade levels. Activities were developed by teachers, are easy to use, customizable, and supportive of existing lesson plans, enhance learning, boost statistical literacy and prepare students for a data-driven world. Classroom activities are available for numerous subjects including math, English, history, geography, and sociology. Get started with the resources below.

 

For more information about how your green team can get involved in 2020 Census education and outreach efforts, download the flyer.

Census 2020 Webinar: Earn Points by Making Sure Your Community Counts

 

As a trusted voice, municipalities and schools can play an important role in making sure the 2020 Census accurately reflects your community. This is critically important since the Census data will dictate how federal funding is allocated and political maps are drawn for the next ten years. Learn more about the 2020 Census, the variety of resources and tools you can use to educate your community, how your efforts will pay off with certification points today, and the equitable distribution of federal funding and political representation for the next decade.

 

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

2020 Certification: More than 100

Applications Received in 1st Round

The first certification application deadline was January 17, and 116 applications were submitted for review. But there is still plenty of time for your school to work towards certification. The earlier you submit, the higher likelihood for success.

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Friday, March 27, 2020 - Second certification application deadline

Friday, June 22, 2020 - Final certification application deadline

To view more details about the 2020 certification cycle, click here. If you are unsure where to begin with the application process, check out our Green Team Resources page, which includes our Master Action Tracking Spreadsheet template to help you keep track of your points, Application User Guide and recorded certification webinars. If you have any further questions feel free to reach out to us at schools@sustainablejersey.com.

Making a Difference Award

Nominations Now Open

Since 1997 the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award has honored 366 individuals whose extraordinary service to others has made New Jersey a better place. These unsung New Jersey heroes help others in need, solve problems and transform neighborhoods, bring hope to those who feel forgotten, stand up for the rights of others, create opportunities for young people to succeed, and protect the environment. Up to ten awards will be given: a top award of $50,000, two $25,000 awards and seven $7,500 awards. For more information, visit the website.

Nomination Deadline: February 21, 2020

Roots for River Reforestation Grant

and Technical Assistance Program Re-Opened!

In order to help The Nature Conservancy reach its goal of planting 100,000 trees by 2020, a second application period has been opened for the 2020 Roots for Rivers Reforestation and Technical Assistance Program. Learn more here. Applications will be accepted until March 2, 2020. We recommend interested applicants submit their applications as soon as possible. The project requirements and application guidelines remain the same for this extended application.

All applicants must apply through The Watershed Institute’s application portal available here. There will be two fields that are not applicable to all applicants applying as a school district: upload a W-9 form and evidence from the IRS that your organization is a non-profit. Please upload a PDF stating “school district applicant” instead of these forms so that you can submit an application. If you require more assistance, you can download the Application Information Packet here and watch the webinar here.

For questions regarding the application and online portal, please contact Priscilla Oliveira at poliveira@thewatershed.org or 609-737-3735 x 27. For project-related questions, please contact Michelle DiBlasio of The Nature Conservancy at michelle.diblasio@tnc.org or call 908-955-0342.

Application Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020

Roots for Rivers Grant 2018

Funding Available for Schools and Municipalities

The PSEG Foundation is contributing $100,000 to support a schools grants program cycle and $200,000 to support a municipal grants program cycle.

The school grant cycle will award four (4) $10,000 grants for school or school district projects, and thirty (30) $2,000 grants to support school sustainability efforts. For more information, click hereThe schools' application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020.

Schools are encouraged to collaborate with their municipality on these projects. The municipal cycle will award four (4) $20,000, eight (8) $10,000 and twenty (20) $2,000 grants to support efforts related to Sustainable Jersey actions. For more information, click here. The municipal application deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020. 

Informational Webinar

Click here for a recorded webinar that reviews the application process, eligibility requirements and eligible projects, describes the online submission procedures, and shares tips for how to create a successful Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant application.

To learn more about this opportunity and to access the online grant applications, click here. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Kaitlyn Vollmer, Grants Program Coordinator, at grants@sustainablejersey.com or at 609-771-3189.

Share Your Success Stories for the

New Jersey Sustainability Summit

Sustainable Jersey works hard to identify the model “stand out” achievements of our program participants. We need your help in identifying success stories to showcase for this year’s Sustainability Summit on June 12 at Bell Works in Holmdel.

If your municipal or school green team has a successfully implemented a project or initiative that you feel has moved the needle on an important sustainability issue, please complete the success story submission form by January 31.

Submission Deadline:Friday, January 31, 2020

Sustainable Practices Working Session

New Jersey School Boards Association, in collaboration with Sustainable Jersey for Schools, is offering members and school district personnel opportunities to attend a one-day Sustainable Practices Working Session as part of its commitment to helping schools across New Jersey reach their sustainability goals. Pre-registration is required and seats are limited. For more information click here

Participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Board members will receive and four Board Member Academy credits and four Green Leader credits for participating in a working session.

Thursday, February 20, 9:00am - 3:30pm

Atlantic County Utilities Authority

6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

Welcome Newly-Registered Schools!

Atlantic County

Warren E. Sooy, Jr. Elementary School

 

Bergen County

Benjamin Franklin Middle School

Glen Elementary School

George Washington Middle School

Roy W. Brown Middle School

Wyckoff Township Public School District

Calvin Coolidge Elementary School

Burlington County

Bordentown Regional School District

Bordentown Regional High School

Cumberland County

Lakeside Middle School

Middlesex County

Carteret Middle School

Morris County

East Hanover Township School District

Madison Jr. Middle School

Sussex County

Franklin Borough School District

Franklin Elementary School

Other Upcoming Events and Training

Indoor Air Quality Training

The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey has arranged to provide assistance to public employers in meeting the Designated Persons Training requirements contained in the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health (PEOSH) Indoor Air Quality Standard (IAQ) by arranging training sessions throughout New Jersey. There will be one training each month until June. This program will address any questions/changes about the IAQ Standard as well as the roles of the school nurse in these standards. This training supports the Asthma Friendly Schools and Indoor Air Quality Review Sustainable Jersey for Schools actions. For more information and registration, click here.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Mahwah, NJ

Friday, March 6, 2020

Westampton, NJ

Friday April 3, 2020

Bridgewater, NJ

Friday, April 24, 2020

Newark, NJ

Friday, May 22, 2020

Washington, NJ

Friday, June 5, 2020

Neptune, NJ

Integrated Pest Management Training

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training sessions are offered for school IPM Coordinators and other school personnel with administrative responsibilities in accordance with the new IPM laws. IPM Coordinators receive certification of attendance to fulfill the mandatory training requirement as stated in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Pesticide Control Program regulations. These sessions help IPM Coordinators implement the new IPM law with regards to such things as: non-pesticide pest management, parental notification, the 72 hour notification rule, low-impact pest management; record keeping, and dealing with pest emergencies. Participants will receive 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This training support the Integrated Pest Management action toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. For more information and registration, click here.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Mahwah, NJ

Friday, March 13, 2020

Metuchen, NJ

Friday, April 17, 2020

Bridgewater, NJ

Friday, May 8, 2020

Paterson, NJ

Friday, May 15, 2020

Newark, NJ

Environmental Sustainability Education Teacher Summit

This second-annual event, hosted by the College of New Jersey, will bring together p-12 educators, school administrators, preservice teachers, and college faculty for a day of collaboration and networking. Featured workshop topics include Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), inquiry-based teaching, hydroponic gardens, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Exceptional Student Education (ESE) curriculum, integrating sustainability with STEAM, and urban/suburban Farm to School programs. This event supports a number of Sustainable Jersey for Schools actions including Education for Sustainability, School Gardens, iSTEAM, Curriculum Mapping, and Social Emotional Learning Integrated Unit. For more information, click here or email esesummittcnj@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 8:30am - 1:00pm

School of Education at The College of New Jersey

2000 Pennington Road

Ewing Township, NJ 08618

Green Infrastructure Champions Program

Green Infrastructure Champions are key players in implementing green infrastructure as a stormwater management approach town by town. Through this program, offered by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, participants can attend one or more of the ten low-cost classes from January to May to learn how to identify green infrastructure locations, perform installations and maintenance, and more. A session will be held on March 27 on green infrastructure projects for schools. For more information, including all training topics, days, and times, visit thewebsite.  

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Friday, March 27, 2020, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Duke Farms

1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

REGISTER – Fee applies

Other Funding Opportunities

 

NJBPU Clean Fleet Electric Vehicle Incentive Program

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is offering grant funding to support the purchase of up to two (2) eligible electric vehicles (EVs) and one (1) dual-port Level 2 electric vehicle charging station for local government authorities in New Jersey. Eligible applicants are local government authorities, which includes school districts, counties, municipalities, and local utility authorities in New Jersey.

Local governments can apply for:

·    A $4,000 grant toward the purchase of a battery electric vehicle;

·     $1,500 toward the purchase of a dual-port Level 2 charging station

The primary goal of the grant is to improve New Jersey’s air quality and assist local government authorities’ transition to electrically fueled fleets. The application deadline for the program is April 15, 2020, or until all of the funding is awarded. To learn more, click here

 

To make it easier for local governments to add electric vehicles to their fleets, EVs were recently adding to the State Purchasing Contract. Please review Sustainable Jersey’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Procurement Guide for further details. Sustainable Jersey for Schools points can be earned for the new Sustainable Fleets action in the Green Purchasing category. 

Green Team Resources

 

Energy Tracking and Management

The New Jersey Clean Energy Learning Center has added a new section on Sustainable Jersey which will feature videos on how to successfully complete energy actions. The first video in the series is on Energy Tracking & Management. This video series explains how to earn 10 to 20 points for completing the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Energy Tracking and Management action.

Mark Your Calendars!

2020 Sustainable Jersey for Schools events, trainings, funding opportunities, and more!

·     Feb. 6:2020 Census Webinar

·    Feb. 20: Sustainable Practices Working Session

·    March 2: Roots for Rivers Reforestation Grant Deadline

·    March 14: Sustainable Jersey for Schools PSEG Grant Application Deadline

·     March 27:Second Application Deadline for 2020 Certification Cycle

·     June 22: Final Application Deadline for 2020 Certification Cycle

Download Program Resources

·     Brochure

·     Fact Sheet

·     District Registration Instruction

·     School Registration Instruction

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 | SI@TCNJ, P.O. Box 7718 |, Forcina Hall, 3rd Floor,
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

Children & Nature News             (Posted: 1-29-20)

Celebrating our 1000th Abstract in the January Children & Nature Network Research Digest
This Week's International News Roundup

January 2020 Green Strides Newsletter             (Posted: 1-17-20)

Green Strides Design

 

          U.S. Department of Education

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In the January 2020 Green Strides...

In the News

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States Nominate for U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools by Feb. 14

State education authorities can submit school, district, and postsecondary institution nominees for U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) between now and Feb. 14.  ED will announce the 2020 selectees in May.  Honored institutions will be invited to send up to five representatives to a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. 

For institutions that have not already been honored (this is a one-time award), now is a great time to begin preparing for the 2021 application cycle by using resources and programs on Green Strides and contacting your state education authority. For future cycles, interested colleges and universities should contact their state higher education authorities, while schools and districts should contact their state education agencies.  Schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions are only eligible if nominated by state authorities.  State education authorities can find award criteria and other state implementation guidance on the ED website and should contact U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for more information.  

Penny Taylor 2018 Director's Award Recipient

The 2020 ED-Green Ribbon Schools Director’s Award: Nominations Due March 1

The Director’s Award recognizes state education authorities’ exemplary efforts to administer U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS).  Annually, the Director’s Award goes to the state education official who does the most to advance sustainable education in his or her state. If you wish to nominate a state education official, please send your nomination letter to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov by March 1.  Any state education official who is involved in implementing the ED-GRS award and who has not already won the Director’s Award is eligible for nomination.  Read about the work of past ED-GRS Director’s Award recipients

Meet the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

This spring, we'll be announcing the 2020 honorees.  In every Green Strides edition until then, continue to learn from the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.  View the honorees and read about their work on the Green Strides website and on the ED awards page.  Three of the honorees are spotlighted below.  

Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool winter nature walk

Students at Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool spend 50–100 percent of their time outdoors on a daily, year-round basis, unless the temperature is below zero degrees Fahrenheit or there is lightning.

Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Nature Preschool at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is a LEED Gold certified building that uses geothermal, solar electric, and solar thermal energy sources to generate 50 percent of total energy use on-site and sell renewable energy back to the local utility.  The preschool uses as many recycled, upcycled, natural, and environmentally sustainable products in the classroom as possible, from educational materials to cleaning supplies. It uses an educational three-bin compost system. Schlitz has a dishwasher and sanitizer that allows it to avoid paper plates and utensils and serves food family style.  Preschool students begin each day outside in nature-based play areas, including gardens, trees, logs, a water area, digging area, mud kitchen, trees for climbing, and loose parts such as rock, sticks, and branches.  Students are provided tools that help the children learn to interact with nature, and each other, in positive ways, including shovels, spades, watering cans, dishes, twine, scoops, brooms, trucks, and wheelbarrows.  Schlitz installed a rain catchment system alongside one of the play areas to catch and hold 90 percent of the water from the nature center rain gutters. The water is held in a cistern. When the spout to the cistern is opened, the water runs along a funnel system, through the play space, and out into an educational rain garden. Water conservation, early childhood play, and education are seamlessly blended. 

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago offers over 1,300 courses that address sustainability. The University’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability is creating solutions to the issue of climate change by combining environmental science with policy, business, and public health.

Loyola University Chicago, Illinois

Loyola University Chicago is a gold rated university in AASHE’s STARS and is home to 11 LEED certified buildings across three campuses.  A transformation of the Loyola campus infrastructure has reduced carbon emissions by 38 percent from a 2008 baseline.  Loyola features dashboards, signage, and a “campus as lab” program that allows students to work on improving the infrastructure all around them.  Loyola’s student-run biodiesel program fuels shuttle buses and provides restroom soap, both made from waste vegetable oil. Two campuses feature large-scale geothermal installations.  The Lake Shore Campus of Loyola is a model for coastal development and stormwater management with green infrastructure including rain gardens, permeable paving, native gardens, and more green roofs than any university in the Midwest.  Loyola has reduced food waste by 30 percent with tray-free dining, smaller portions, and a food-recovery network chapter.  The Retreat and Ecology Campus includes a student-run farm, ongoing ecological restoration, and a low- and high-ropes course.  The undergraduate core curriculum was updated in 2012 to incorporate foundational environmental literacy concepts for all students.  To address its endowment management, Loyola has updated its investment policy with “Responsible and Sustainable Investing Principles.” 

Gadsden Elementary School water bottle filling

Gadsden Elementary School installed water bottle filling stations to reduce single-use plastic bottle waste and encourage healthy hydration.

Robert W. Gadsden Elementary School Savannah, GA

Robert W. Gadsden Elementary School features a 6400 square foot, 30kW photovoltaic system. Gadsden was ENERGY STAR certified in 2014 with a Portfolio Manager score of 91.  A running club was established for students to exert energy before the school day.  A nonprofit community health center provides primary care, dentistry, behavioral health, and patient assistance at an onsite clinic. A local community garden and the YMCA partner with GES to grow garden produce.  Through a partnership with Savannah State University (SSU), Gadsden has implemented a curriculum that exposes students to marine science, urban farming, horticulture, and other agricultural sciences and careers, making use of the school’s new greenhouse and aquaponics lab.  Pre-K students visit Oatland Island each year to explore wildlife, conservation, and habitats. K-5 students learn about the environment and coastal wildlife through a Tybee Island Marine Science Center partnership. 

Webinars

Green Strides Design

The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues Through Winter

 

The Green Strides Webinar Series has promoted over 1,000 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 for listing additional free, publically available webinars related to school, district, and postsecondary sustainability to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov. (Note: All times listed are EST.)

January 21, 1–2 p.m.  How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR for U.S. Buildings (EPA)

January 29, 1–2 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)

January 29, 1:15–2:15 p.m.  Energy Justice and Solving Climate by 2030 (NAAEE)

January 29, 3–4 p.m.  STARS 2.2 Data Quality Boot Camp (AASHE)

January 29, 7–8 p.m.  Explore Humans in Space:  Mass vs Weight (NASA)

January 30, 5–6 p.m.  Explore Life in Extreme Environments (NASA)

February 4, 1–2:15 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 101 (EPA)

February 4, 6–7 p.m.  X-Plane Glider Challenge (NASA)

February 5, 12–1 p.m.  Portfolio Manager – Ask the Expert (EPA)

February 6, 5–6 p.m.  Explore Science Literacy and STEAM Activities with Earth Observatory Kids (NASA)

February 10, 4–5 p.m.  Embedding SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) in School Climate and Culture (Green Schools National Network)

February 11, 1–2 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 201 (EPA)

February 12, 1–2 p.m.  ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems (EPA)

February 13, 1–2 p.m.  A New Coast:  Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas (NAAEE)

Resources and Opportunities

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Spotlight on a Green Strides Resource

Launched in 2015, thanks to generous support from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, Green Strides is ED’s portal for sustainable schools resources.  The Energize Schools Program provides holistic services to engage, inspire, and empower K-12 students to become environmental leaders in their communities, green their facilities, and conserve resources through hands-on learning. This includes no-cost curriculum, teacher training, and direct instructional support to build student awareness and skills for energy and sustainability careers.

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Register for the Annual Carton 2 Garden Contest

The sixth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest, sponsored by Evergreen Packaging, is accepting registrations. Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from home, the community, or the cafeteria.  Fifteen entries will be selected to receive prize packages for their efforts. Entries are due by April 1. 

Events

GSCE

Green Schools Conference & Expo Registration Continues

The 2020 Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE) will be held March 2–4, 2020 at Hilton Portland (Oregon) Downtown.  Connect with U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools staff while you're there!  GSCE is the only national event to bring together all the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build, and teach in U.S. schools.  Attendees engage in hands-on learning, participate in in-depth discussions and problem solving, and get inspired by speakers at the forefront of connecting sustainability and education.  

Farm to School Northwest

National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

The 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will be held April 20 – 24, 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event convenes stakeholders engaged in farm to cafeteria activities who are working to source local food and promote a culture of food and agricultural literacy across the country.  Conference registration will open in the coming weeks.

Circle Time Raintree School

2020 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference

The Natural Start Alliance’s annual conference is the nation’s largest professional event for teaching, administration, research, educator preparation, and advocacy in nature-based early learning. Next year’s conference will take place July 29 – August 1, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Take part in engaging presentations, experiential workshops, site tours, and professional networking with nature-based early childhood professionals from around the country and beyond.  The deadline to submit a proposal to present at the conference is Feb. 7, 2020.

Junior Elementary School Sledding

In the winter months, students at Junior Elementary School, a 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School in Belington, West Virginia, participate in sledding and other snow activities, and tap sugar maple trees.

NWF: Inspiration for Spring Gardening             (Posted: 1-14-20)

SJ: Gain Recognition for Your Sustainability Efforts             (Posted: 1-14-20)

Share Your Success Stories for the
New Jersey Sustainability Summit
Sustainable Jersey works hard to identify the model “stand out” achievements of our program participants. We need your help in identifying success stories to showcase for this year’s Sustainability Summit on June 12 at Bell Works in Holmdel.

If your municipal or school green team has a successfully implemented a project or initiative that you feel has moved the needle on an important sustainability issue, please complete the success story submission form by January 31.

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 31
Making a Difference Award
Nominations Now Open

Since 1997 the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award has honored 366 individuals whose extraordinary service to others has made New Jersey a better place. These unsung New Jersey heroes help others in need, solve problems and transform neighborhoods, bring hope to those who feel forgotten, stand up for the rights of others, create opportunities for young people to succeed, and protect the environment. Up to ten awards will be given: a top award of $50,000, two $25,000 awards and seven $7,500 awards. For more information, visit the website.

Nomination Deadline: February 21, 2020
Sustainability Hero: The College of New Jersey
The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a Sustainable Jersey founding partner and the home of the Sustainability Institute, which administers Sustainable Jersey. For over ten years, TCNJ has provided Sustainable Jersey with resources, faculty support and access to talented college students. Learn more on the Sustainable Jersey Heroes page.
Funding Available for Municipalities and Schools
The PSEG Foundation is contributing $200,000 to support a municipal grants cycle and $100,000 to support a schools grants cycle.
 
The municipal grants cycle will award four (4) $20,000, eight (8) $10,000 and twenty (20) $2,000 grants to support efforts related to Sustainable Jersey actions. For more information, click here. The municipal application deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020.

We encourage collaboration between municipalities and schools on sustainability efforts. The schools PSEG grants cycle will award four (4) $10,000 grants for school or school district projects, and thirty (30) $2,000 grants to support efforts related to Sustainable Jersey for Schools actions. For more information, click here. The school application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020.

Informational Webinar
 
An informational webinar was held on December 10 to review the online application process, requirements, and tips for successful applications. A recording of the webinar is available here.
 
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Kaitlyn Vollmer, Grants Program Coordinator, at grants@sustainablejersey.com or 609-771-3189.
2020 Certification Cycle & Webinars

To better assist municipalities and allow more time for updates between the first and second round of review, we have adjusted the 2020 initial submission deadline. The initial certification deadline has been set to Sunday, May, 17, 2020.
 
To further assist you in this process, listed below are a series of certification webinars we will be hosting. If you have questions about your 2020 application, contact info@sustainablejersey.com.
 
 
What's New in 2020? Program Updates Webinar
 
Find out what is new in the Sustainable Jersey program for the New Year! This webinar will cover program updates, including revised actions since 2017, and shed light on new actions to be released in 2020.
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm
 
 
Making a Game Plan for Getting Certified 
 
Have you been thinking that 2020 is the year your town will join the over 200 Sustainable Jersey certified municipalities that are making progress toward a more sustainable future? Would you like to receive the prestigious Sustainable Jersey certification at this years' League of Municipalities Conference? This webinar will share proven strategies and tools to help map out a path to certification within six to twelve months.
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
 
 
Stay in the Game! Strategize Your Recertification
 
Is your town's certification expiring in 2020, and/or does your municipality wish to maintain its green team activities and certification? Now is the time to start planning for recertification! This webinar will provide information to help you avoid a lapse and/or maintain your certification. For your convenience, we have provided two dates for this webinar, both providing the same content.
 
Monday, February 10, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm

 
Moving up to Silver Certification
 
Municipalities that are interested in attaining silver certification (whether they are currently certified at the bronze level or are just beginning to work on their certification) should attend this webinar to get tips from silver certified municipalities and Sustainable Jersey staff. Hear about how other towns have achieved the prestigious silver designation, and learn about actions that can fast track you on the path to silver!
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm
 
 
Green Team 2.0: Building Your Capacity & Promoting Your Team
 
At this webinar, we will discuss recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers; promoting the work of your green team; keeping your green team active during transitions; and the pros and cons of starting your own 501(c)3 non-profit.
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sustainable Jersey Regional Hub Event
Energy Efficiency Summit
 
The Tri-County Sustainability Alliance, a Sustainable Jersey regional hub, will hold an Energy Efficiency Summit which will focus on programs, incentives and strategies to save money while lowering individual & community greenhouse gas emissions. This event will teach attendees how to identify where their business or home is wasting energy with little-to-no cost solutions, lower utility bills, make living spaces more comfortable, and secure rebates for old appliances. This will include a chance to network as well as a session featuring speakers from New Jersey's Clean Energy Program and South Jersey Gas. For more information, click here.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Haddonfield Borough Hall 
242 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
453 Municipalities Participating

Welcome new registrant Rumson Borough in Monmouth County to the Program. We look forward to certifying you! Nearly 90% of the state's population and 80% of the municipalities are participating in the Sustainable Jersey program. Find out the status of your town on the Participating Communities Map. You can also search the map to find towns approved for actions that your municipality would like to accomplish.
NJBPU Awards More than 75 MW of Community Solar Projects
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) approved 45 applications to participate in the first year of its Community Solar Energy Pilot Program. A community solar project is a solar array whose output is divided among multiple participants, known as subscribers. A subscriber can be a home or business that wants to use renewable energy but does not have an array on-site. One hundred percent of the approved renewable energy projects will serve low-to moderate-income (LMI) households in the state. The Board Order, which includes the list of approved projects, is available here, and the press release is available here.  The approved projects will all be located on landfills, brownfields, rooftops, or parking canopies.  Please address any questions to communitysolar@njcleanenergy.com.
 
Municipalities can apply for Sustainable Jersey points for community solar projects under the Community-Led Solar Initiatives action.
Other Funding Opportunities
 
Sustainable Forestry Initiative Community Grants

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® (SFI) Community Grants support and promote collaboration with the SFI Network to support local communities' understanding of the value and benefits of sustainable managed forests. Community grants are awarded for collaborative community-based projects, activities or events supporting SFI's mission to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations, across the United States and Canada. All projects must be submitted by an SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) or non-profit organization.
 
Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:59pm
 
 
NJBPU Announces New Incentives to Expand Local Government Electric Vehicle Fleets
 
To jump-start the electrification of local government vehicle fleets, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has created the "Clean Fleet Electric Vehicle Incentive" program, which offers local governments $4,000 per battery electric vehicle and $1,500 for one dual-port Level 2 EV charging station. The application window opened on December 1, 2019, and the program will award grants on a rolling basis until April 15, 2020 or until the funding is fully committed.
 
To make it easier for local governments to add electric vehicles to their fleets, EVs were recently adding to the State Purchasing Contract. Points can be earned for the Purchase Alternative Fuel VehiclesMeet Target for Green Fleets, and Public Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure actions. 
 
More information can be found here and the application can be accessed here. If you have questions about the incentive program, please send an email to EV.programs@bpu.nj.gov.
 
 
It Pay$ to Plug In: New Jersey's Electric Vehicle Charging Grants Program 
 
It Pay$ to Plug In provides grants to offset the cost of purchasing and installing electric vehicle charging stations. The program is designed to expand New Jersey's growing network of electric vehicle infrastructure, allowing residents, businesses, and government agencies to purchase and drive electric vehicles. EVs dramatically reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality for everyone.
 
It Pay$ to Plug In has expanded its eligibility criteria to include workplaces, public places, and multi-unit dwellings (apartments, condominiums, and townhouses). The program is open to businesses, governments, non-profit organizations, and educations institutions. Private residential dwellings other than multi-unit dwellings are not eligible for grants.
 
Upon completion of work in accordance with the eligibility criteria, New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will reimburse each applicant for a percentage of eligible costs up to a maximum of:
  • $750 per Level 1 charging station
  • $5,000 per single-port Level 2 charging station
  • $6,000 per dual-port Level 2 charging station
All application forms can be found on DriveGreen NJ. Please direct questions to the Bureau of Mobile Sources at DriveGreen@dep.nj.gov. 
 
Installation of electric vehicle charging stations by the municipality qualifies for points under the Public Electric Vehicle Infrastructure action. Your municipality may also consider using the siting opportunity for the charging station(s) to Make Your Town Electric Vehicle Friendly for additional points. 
Green Team Resources
 
Energy Tracking and Management

The New Jersey Clean Energy Learning Center has added a new section on Sustainable Jersey which will feature videos on how to successfully complete energy actions. The first video in the series is on Energy Tracking & Management. This video series explains how to earn 10 to 20 points for completing the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Energy Tracking and Management action.

Home Energy Upgrades for You and Your Residents

If your environmental/green team is looking to obtain points towards the Sustainable Jersey Residential Energy Efficiency Outreach action to promote Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®, please contact Kimberly Hoff at Kimberly.hoff@NJCleanEnergy.com or call her at 732-218-3410. Kimberly is a Market Outreach Manager with New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™ and can meet with your team to brainstorm on the best way to reach your residents.

New Jersey’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program (HPwES) offers generous rebates and low-interest loans to homeowners to upgrade their homes to more energy efficient and comfortable dwellings. HPwES, which is administered by the Board of Public Utilities and its Clean Energy Program, has upgraded the energy efficiency of over 30,000 homes in NJ since 2006. HPwES not only saves energy and money, it also addresses health and safety issues prior to making a home more energy efficient.
Mark Your Calendars!
2020 Sustainable Jersey events, trainings, funding opportunities, and more!

  • Jan 29: What's New in 2020? Program Updates Webinar
  • Feb. 5: Making a Game Plan for Getting Certified Webinar
  • Feb. 11: Stay in the Game! Strategize Your Recertification Webinar (Evening)
  • Feb. 12: Stay in the Game! Strategize Your Recertification Webinar (Morning)
  • Feb. 14: Sustainable Jersey Grants funded by the PSEG Foundation Application Deadline
  • Feb. 19: Moving Up to Silver Certification Webinar
  • March 4: Green Team 2.0: Building Your Capacity & Promoting Your Team Webinar
  • May 17: Certification Deadline
For more information visit www.sustainablejersey.com 

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RH: 2020 Coming Attractions             (Posted: 1-14-20)

January 2020
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"Get Your Feet Wet!" Kicks Off Jan. 15
   
Garden Planning 101 is the first of many fun and educational events we have planned this year through our Get Your Feet Wet! program. Check back often, or visit our Events Calendar for updates and registration information.
Jan. 9 Watershed Tools Workshop on HABs
   
Municipal leaders are invited to learn practical tools for managing stormwater runoff and preventing Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). This free seminar is also open to the general public. Learn more and register.
Are You River Friendly?
   
Raritan Headwaters offers "River Friendly" programs designed to promote clean water and a healthy environment through voluntary action by individuals and institutions. Learn how you, your business or your school can apply for River-Friendly Certification.

Visit our Calendar to sign up for River-Friendly Resident programs that include organic gardening, creating backyard habitats, rain barrel workshops, and more!   
Calling All Members!
   
RHA's annual Member Meeting will be held Feb. 27, 6-8pm at the Oldwick Firehouse. Join us for a buffet dinner, "Restoring the Health of Our Rivers" presented by RHA Policy Director Bill Kibler and NRCS Biologist Evan Madlinger, and our volunteer appreciation award ceremony. Learn more and register.

On the Watchdog Front


Are you or is someone you know an effective communicator who is passionate about advocating for safe, clean water? Raritan Headwaters has an immediate part-time policy internship available
Did You Know?


+ RHA been protecting water in the region for 60 years
1.8 million people depend on the water we protect
+ 15,000 kids were educated in 2019
+ 2,200 volunteers partnered with us in 2019
+ 1,300 trees have been planted
+ 17 tons of trash was removed from our waterways during our 2019 Stream Cleanup

Raritan Headwaters' success relies on volunteers, advocates, donors and members. All contribute to ensuring RHA remains an effective, strong leader in conservation. Thank you for your support!
Events and Happenings


Raritan Headwaters, a nonprofit conservation organization, protects clean water in the North Branch and South Branch regions of the Raritan River, serving the residents of 38 municipalities within Morris, Somerset and Hunterdon Counties and beyond to include more than 1.5 million people who live and work in New Jersey's more urban areas.

PEEC Winter Newsletter: Animal Myths, Suet Cakes, And More!             (Posted: 1-14-20)

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Check out the latest Water Pages eNewsletter!             (Posted: 1-13-20)

December 2019
WATER PAGES eNEWSLETTER
Wishing You Happy Holidays and
?a Wonderful New Year!
Congratulations to the Bridgewater-Raritan High School Green Infra Team, recipients of the
2019 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award in
Student-led Environmental Education!
Congratulations! The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority - Wallkill River Watershed Management Group have been awarded a 2019 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award in the category of Environmental Education for the McKeown Elementary School Stormwater Summer Camp. 
Green Infrastructure Training is Back!
Starting on Friday, January 17, 2020, the highly successful Green Infrastructure Champions Program will be offered in partnership with Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey. We piloted this program last winter into the spring, and 37 people were certified as Green Infrastructure Champions. The pilot program was made possible by support from New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Jersey Water Works. This year we will add Duke Farms as a partner.  

Green Infrastructure Champions will be key players in implementing green infrastructure as a stormwater management approach town by town. Green Infrastructure Champions will be able to:

• Enhance their knowledge through green infrastructure workshops, seminars, and personal research

• Engage community leaders to adopt green infrastructure as a stormwater management solution by updating ordinances and municipal master plans

• Encourage local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and schools to incorporate green infrastructure in their existing landscaping

• Secure funding for green infrastructure 

• Publicize implementation of green infrastructure through social media channels

The RCE Water Resources Program will dedicate resources to support the Green Infrastructure Champions in their efforts to advocate for green infrastructure and implement demonstration projects.

For additional details about the Green Infrastructure Champions Program as well as the topics discussed at each session, please visit us at:

The 2020 Green Infrastructure Champions Program will be held at Duke Farms, Hillsborough, New Jersey, on Fridays from 10AM to 12NOON starting January 17, 2020. Register here! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-infrastructure-champions-tickets-78185331431)


?All 10 classes are available for a single fee of $150, or you can purchase individual workshops for $20 each. A minimum of five (5) workshops are required for a certification.
Municipal Action Teams' Green Infrastructure Initiative Updates
Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) met on December 11th. Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) presented on the Long-Term Control Plan which details the goal of reducing CSO events by 85% in a 30-year plan. CCMUA is looking at an approach of plant and pump station upgrades along with a 10% reduction in Directly Connected Impervious Area (DCIA) using green infrastructure. The group heavily discussed how Camden SMART's existing green infrastructure program can be expanded to reach this target and how the public can be educated about the plan. An early concept of what the Harrison Avenue green street design could look like was shared with the group who gave feedback that will be used to improve the design. The next monthly meeting is planned for Wednesday, January 8th at 2PM at Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority. 

Gloucester City Green Team met on December 11th. The group discussed that an estimate was received for the Gloucester City High School project for installation in the spring or summer. Issues with flooding in the city were talked about looking at how sea level rise and upstream flows are contributing to worse flooding and how these issues could be dealt with either through infrastructure changes like raising roads or by trying to reduce upstream flows by reducing the amount of impervious cover generating runoff from upstream areas. The next monthly meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 12th at 1PM at the Gloucester City Municipal Building.

Jersey City START (Stormwater Treatment and Resiliency Team) met on December 12th at 10AM at the JCMUA. Members discussed the progress on several green infrastructure projects that are in the planning phase at this time and will be completed in 2020: McGovern Park rain garden, Lafayette Park rain garden, Bayside Park rain garden, and the MLK Boulevard enhanced tree pits. They also discussed community feedback gathered during the community outreach events held throughout the fall to discuss the CSO Long Term Control Plan with members of the public. The next meeting will be on Janurary 9th at 10AM at the JCMUA.

Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green) met in Newark City Hall at 11AM on November 26th. DIG partners received a presentation by an engineer from HDR, Inc. on the selection of alternatives for Newark’s CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) LTCP (Long Term Control Plan). Discussed were regional alternatives and the need for site specific locations for each alternative as requested by DIG partners. Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program is in the design phase of a street greening and stormwater management project on Bergen Street and Springfield Avenue. For additional information and upcoming public meetings about the LTCP and combined sewer overflow (CSO) issues, visit the webpages of Newark Stormwater Solutions and Newark DIG. Newark DIG meetings are held at 11AM on the fourth Tuesday of every month in Newark City Hall.

Paterson SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) met at 10AM on December 11th in Paterson City Hall. The group received a presentation on the status of the CSO Long Term Control Plan from the city consultant, PS&S. The group also discussed the ongoing plan to submit an application for the city to become a Community Rating System (CRS) community. The concepts for a green street demonstration project on Fair Street were presented to the group by the RCE Water Resources Program. The next meeting in January will be announced by email.

Perth Amboy SWIM (Stormwater Infrastructure Management) did not meet in December. There will be a CSO Supplemental Team meeting on December 18th at 6PM, at the Perth Amboy Fire Department. The next SWIM meeting will be in January and announced via email.

Trenton Green Infrastructure Partners (GIP) did not meet in December. The next meeting will be in January.

NJTF: Thank you for making our planting season "fall-tastic!"             (Posted: 1-13-20)

Fall 2019 Season Update
Volunteers big and small stand proudly next to their newly planted tree in Camden.
The NJ Tree Foundation thanks all volunteers, tree recipients, and partners for a great fall 2019 planting season! Together, we planted 820 trees. Special thanks to the 468 volunteers who came out to plant trees throughout New Jersey. We couldn't do this work without you! Below are a few of our favorite stories from the planting season. We are already dreaming big for spring 2020, so stay tuned for an updated schedule. Until then, if you have any questions about the Renaissance Trees Program, contact Crystal Wessel at cwessel@njtreefoundation.org. To find out more about the Urban Airshed Reforestation Program, contact Meredith (Brown) Pichini at mbrown@njtreefoundation.org. Once again, thank you for greening New Jersey, one tree at a time!
Urban Airshed Reforestation Program
The autumn colors were front and center at our Gloucester City tree planting on October 16th!
The NJ Tree Foundation's Urban Airshed Reforestation Program planted 133 trees in parks throughout Gloucester & Camden cities. We worked with 239 volunteers, many of whom attended multiple tree planting events. One of our standout stories was our Gloucester City tree planting, held with the City, the Gloucester City Green Team, the Water & Sewer Department, and Shade Tree Board. Shane Chapman Memorial Park had zero trees before this planting. The park also sits on a proposed segment of the Circuit Trail. The Circuit Trail is an 800+ mile network of trails spanning NJ & PA, with miles of trails in Camden & Gloucester cities. On October 16th, 30 volunteers from YouthCorps, Rutgers Camden, and Gloucester City High School came out in force to plant eleven trees. The NJ Watershed Ambassador Program taught volunteers about local ecology and wildlife. Rhonda Bennett, resident tree recipient and teacher at Gloucester City High School, brought her Life Skills class to the tree planting. The students were able beautify a park in their community and learn about how trees better the environment in Gloucester City. We at NJTF thank Rhonda, her Life Skills class, our partners in Gloucester City, and all volunteers who came out to plant trees at Shane Chapman Memorial Park!
Renaissance Trees Program
Students from the Burlington County Special Services School District and Arthur Aston, Executive Director from Jake's Place proudly show off their tree.
The Renaissance Trees Program was busy planting in cities around the state this fall! We held three planting events in Newark, and one each in Jersey City, Atlantic City, Gloucester City, and Delran. We couldn't have done any of it without the help of 229 amazing volunteers who planted 149 trees across the five cities. We partnered with TD Bank to organize three large park plantings as part of the TD Tree Days program, TD Bank's flagship volunteer and urban greening program with funding administrated by the Arbor Day Foundation. One of our most memorable plantings was in Delran, where we planted 20 trees around the Jake's Place playground. Jake's Place is an all-inclusive playground designed so children of all abilities can play together. Students from the Burlington County Special Services School District helped plant the trees - the students regularly visit the playground as their school does not have one. They were so excited to be able to bring trees to their playground, and will be able to watch them grow with each field trip. We also had volunteers from Berkshire-Hathaway Home Services/Fox & Roach, who helped to fund the building of the playground. These trees will provide much-needed shade around the playground, as well as beauty and fresh air to make breathing easier for everyone.
Green Streets Crew Update
The Green Streets crew planting a tree in Highland Park.
Our Green Streets Crew planted 538 trees in twelve towns this fall! Your town can hire our Green Streets crew to plant trees, construct rain gardens, or prune, mulch, and water your existing trees! We are currently accepting bids for the spring season. Please submit bid packages to Lisa Simms at lsimms@njtreefoundation.org
Honorary Memorial Giving
Tribute and memorial gifts offer a meaningful way of honoring a loved one, family member, or colleague. Celebrate a special occasion, honor a memory, or pay tribute to someone special by making a tax-deductible gift to the NJ Tree Foundation that will make an immediate impact on New Jersey’s environment. Donors will receive a letter of acknowledgement, along with the option of having a card sent to the honoree or relevant family members. Making a donation in someone's honor is a unique holiday gift that gives back!
A Big "Thank you!" to our Grant Funders and Volunteers!
NJ Tree Foundation | www.njtreefoundation.org

December 2019 Green Strides Newsletter             (Posted: 1-13-20)

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In the December 2019 Green Strides...

In the News

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Honoring Classified School Employees

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) will hold its inaugural competition in 2020 for the Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award to honor and promote classified school employees who provide exemplary service. 

The award will recognize a school employee in a state or any political subdivision of a state, or an employee of a nonprofit entity, in any of the following occupational specialties: paraprofessional, clerical and administrative services, transportation services, food and nutrition services, custodial and maintenance services, security services, health and student services, technical services, and skilled trades.

The Department invites the governor in each state, as well as the chief executive of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Outlying Areas, to nominate up to two individuals who demonstrate excellence in all of the following: (1) work performance; (2) school and community involvement; (3) leadership and commitment; (4) local support (from coworkers, school administrators, community members, etc., who speak to the nominee’s exemplary work); and (5) enhancement of the classified school employees’ image in the community and the schools.

The Department will recognize the honoree and communicate the single national selectee’s story in order to inspire excellence and innovative practices among classified school employees.  More information is available online.  Governors offices may contact RISE@ed.gov with any questions.

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States' Deadlines for Green Schools Applicants Fast Approaching!

Many states' application periods for 2019–20 cycle nominees to U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) will be closing around the holidays. These deadlines vary by state.  State education agencies often collaborate with other state agencies and partners to administer the program and will ultimately nominate their selections to the Department by Feb. 14, 2020.

Check to see if your state participates in ED-GRS by locating your state recognition award administrator here.  Alternatively, you can contact your chief state school officer.  Often, hearing from interested schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions helps states determine whether to participate. 

Ivy Academy Alternative Transportation Day

Alternative Transportation Day at Ivy Academy includes school community members not only biking, but also horseback riding and kayaking to school.

Brogan at Ivy Academy

Assistant Secretary of Education Visits 2013 Honoree Ivy Academy

In November, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan visited 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Ivy Academy in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, where students spend at least 50 percent of their day learning outside.  High school students can specialize in veterinary science, environmental audio/video production and natural resource management.  Service-learning courses monitor school and home energy usage.  Every year, all teachers participate in environmental education professional development.  All students go on daily hikes on the trails that run along the North Chickamauga Creek.  Every quarter, students participate in a daylong 8–10 mile hike.  Students maintain an on-campus garden and participate in a daily gardening class.  “I continue to be impressed with the innovative practices that U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate across the country to reduce environmental impact, improve health and wellness, and teach hands-on, engaging environmental education," said Brogan.  

Penny Taylor 2018 Director's Award Recipient

The 2020 ED-Green Ribbon Schools Director’s Award: Nominations Due March 1

The Director’s Award recognizes state education authorities’ exemplary efforts to administer U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS).  Annually, the Director’s Award goes to the state education official who does the most to advance sustainable education in his or her state. If you wish to nominate a state education official, please send your nomination letter to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov by March 1.  Any state education official who is involved in implementing the ED-GRS award and who has not already won the Director’s Award is eligible for nomination.  Read about the work of past ED-GRS Director’s Award recipients

Meet the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Congratulations to the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.  View the honorees and read about their work on the Green Strides website and on the ED awards page.  Three of the honorees are spotlighted below.  

Troy University SPIN bike and scooter share program

To encourage alternative transportation, an app-based bike and scooter share program at Troy University loans 100 bicycles and 20 scooters to university community members.

Troy University, Troy, Alabama

Troy University enjoys ongoing recognition by Tree Campus USA for its responsible stewardship of campus forests and trees, which includes a 75-acre arboretum and its 180-acre Pocosin Nature Preserve.  The university provides the Trojan Shuttle Service, which enables students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of alternative transportation both on- and off-campus.  In 2015, Troy University became Food Recovery Verified, which is a program of Food Recovery Network that recognizes businesses and events for sending their surplus food to people, not landfills. Over 26,000 pounds of food have been reclaimed and apportioned into more than 15,000 meals.  Interdisciplinary academic options that are available include a first-year learning community on public service and sustainability for incoming freshmen. Additionally, programs on recycling and waste reduction, conservation, biodiversity, and campus sustainability are offered to students. Annually, the university hosts Environmental Week in April in conjunction with Earth Day.

Eden Hall facility master plan

Eden Hall Upper Elementary School students analyze their school facility and grounds master plan with a view toward their next sustainability project.

Eden Hall Upper Elementary School, Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

At Eden Hall Upper Elementary School (EHUES), murals and an interior color scheme represent the Earth’s biomes — desert, grasslands, aquatic, tundra, and forest. The school’s 30-plus acres are part of the learning experience; they feature an amphitheater, retention pond, and walking trails.  Inside the school are six live trees representing creativity, achievement, knowledge, respect, responsibility, health, and wellness. In addition, the school contains two recycled water features.  EHUES participated in a districtwide initiative to track consumption on all utilities in order to identify areas to improve efficiency.  In 2017, a group of students initiated a plan to begin recycling efforts at EHUES.  They partnered with a corporate sponsor, obtained resources, and now regularly collect recyclables from classrooms.  Fifth grade students raise brook trout from eggs to fingerlings.  Sixth grade students participate in a sustainable design challenge working with Chatham University.  

Quail Lake Environmental Charter School garden math

Quail Lake Environmental Charter School students in every grade have garden lessons every two weeks that not only focus on gardening skills, but also tie into state standards.

Quail Lake Environmental Charter School, Clovis, California

Quail Lake Environmental Charter School (QLECS) has a science instructional support provider spearheading the effort to integrate environmental science and sustainability into all content areas.  QLECS environmental education field trips include a zoo education center, a nature center, an outdoor education center, Sequoia National Park, Sequoia Lake, a water treatment facility, and a three-day trip to Sierra Outdoor School.  QLECS middle school students take electives focused on such areas as agricultural business and energy and the environment.  The school grounds include 4,000 square feet of garden space featuring an outdoor classroom, a 2,000 square foot butterfly garden, a 17x35-foot greenhouse, and planter beds.  In the summer of 2016, QLECS installed a 137-kW photovoltaic system to offset 62 percent of the site’s annual energy usage, resulting in approximately $25,000 in annual savings. QLECS' remaining electrical needs are met by the local utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, which has a 27 percent renewable portfolio minimum.  QLECS has aimed to go paperless in as many areas as possible. School communications are sent out electronically. Students in grades one through eight use 1:1 iPads.  QLECS recycles 60 cubic yards per month and composts 10 cubic yards per month, achieving a waste diversion rate of 78 percent. 

Resources and Opportunities

Sustainable Gardening Library

Spotlight on a Green Strides Resource

Launched in 2015, thanks to generous support from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, Green Strides is ED’s portal for sustainable schools resources.  The Sustainable Gardening Library is an online, curated collection of resources on how to grow flowers and food in planet-friendly ways. The documents, images, illustrations, maps, and videos located here are provided by public gardens, arboreta, and other nonprofit educational organizations; colleges and universities; and government agencies.  

EPA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Calls for Applications from Students, Educators, and Schools

The application period is now open for the 2020 President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) program and the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). The PEYA program recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship projects by K–12 youth, promoting awareness of our nation's natural resources and encouraging positive community involvement. The PIAEE recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for student learning. Applications for both programs are due Jan.15, 2020. 

Also open are the EPA's Environmental Education Grants, designed to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.  The application deadline for grants is Jan. 6, 2020.  Since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2 and $3.5 million in grant funding per year, supporting more than 3,700 grants. 

Webinars

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The Green Strides Webinar Series Continues Through Winter

 

The Green Strides Webinar Series has promoted over 1,000 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 for listing additional free, publicly available webinars related to school, district, and postsecondary sustainability to ed.green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov. (Note: All times listed are ET.)

December 16, 6–7 p.m.  Moon to Mars:  Mission and Resources Overview in Spanish (NASA)

Dec. 17, 1–2 p.m.  Portfolio Manager 301 (EPA)

Dec.17, 6–7 p.m.  Moon to Mars:  Mission and Resources Overview (NASA)

Dec.18, 12–1 p.m.  Portfolio Manager – Ask the Expert (EPA)

Dec. 18, 6–7 p.m.  NASA Commercial Crew Program:  Mission and STEM Resources Overview (NASA)

Dec.19, 6–7 p.m.  Life Sciences in Space (NASA)

Jan.13, 5–6 p.m.  A Day in the Life Aboard the International Space Station (NASA)

Jan. 14, 6–7 p.m.  Managing National Marine Sanctuaries in a Changing Ocean (National Marine Sanctuaries)

Events

GSCE

Green Schools Conference & Expo Registration Is Open

The 2020 Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE) will be held March 2–4, 2020 at Hilton Portland (Oregon) Downtown.  Connect with U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools staff while you're there!  GSCE is the only national event to bring together all the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build, and teach in U.S. schools.  Attendees engage in hands-on learning, participate in in-depth discussions and problem solving, and get inspired by speakers at the forefront of connecting sustainability and education.  An early-bird registration discount applies through Dec. 20.  (Note: Green Schools National Network members receive early-bird pricing regardless of when they register.)  

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The latest news from New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium             (Posted: 1-13-20)

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is an affiliation of colleges, universities, and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment through innovative research, education, and extension programs. For more information and updates, please follow NJSGC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit our website.
A quick inside look...
Interested in becoming a Knauss Fellow?
The deadline to apply for 2021 is Friday, February 21, 2020 (5 p.m. EST). Students are highly encouraged to contact NJSGC’s Acting Director Dr. Peter Rowe at least one month prior.

For more information on the application process, please visit our website.
Clean Vessel Act Marina Survey 2019
At the conclusion of this NJSGC-led inspection, the majority of facilities were found to have operational boat sewage pumpout units. For a complete list of results, please visit our website.
"Jersey Shore" 2020 photo contest calendar
NJSGC's free downloadable desktop calendar is coming soon! A limited number of print copies will also be available for purchase. Please contact our Communications Specialist for more information.

NWF News             (Posted: 1-10-20)

CWFNJ: Help us plan for wildlife - just 10 min of your time?             (Posted: 1-10-20)

Help us plan for the future of wildlife in New Jersey - be a part of our strategic plan with a quick 10-minute survey

Hello Marc,

Together the Conserve Wildlife community has made great strides for wildlife in the Garden State. Our staff, board, partners, volunteers, donors and supporters have come together to protect species as diverse as tiny piping plovers, majestic raptors, majestic bobcats, endangered reptiles and beneficial bats.

?We're always striving to do more for New Jersey's wildlife and that is why we are undertaking a strategic plan to guide our future. Your input is a crucial part of a successful strategic plan and we need your help.

Please take this 10 minute survey and speak up for a healthy future for New Jersey's imperiled wildlife.

A small investment of your time now will help wildlife for years to come.

Best,

David Wheeler
Executive Director
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey

P.S. Thank you for investing just 10 minutes of your time to take our survey and help with Conserve Wildlife Foundation's strategic plan.

CWFNJ: E-News             (Posted: 1-9-20)

December 2019
Cautious Optimism for New Jersey’s Endangered
Piping Plovers in 2019 Report
A piping plover chick tests out its wings. Photo courtesy of Bill Dalton.
A new report from Conserve Wildlife Foundation and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife shows that the state’s piping plover population increased in 2019, leading to cautious optimism for the birds’ long term prospects. The piping plover is listed as threatened federally and endangered in New Jersey.

One hundred fourteen pairs of piping plovers nested in New Jersey in 2019, a 19% increase over 2018’s 96 pairs. The 2019 population is slightly below the long-term average of 117 pairs and well below the peak of 144 pairs in 2003.
Turtle Gardening for Great Bay's Terrapins
A female terrapin nesting along Great Bay Boulevard.
Northern diamondback terrapins are a coast hugging, saltmarsh living, shellfish eating, aquatic turtle. Their ultimate survival depends on the ability of adult females to safely access nesting areas during summer months. Since 2010 CWF has worked to document and reduce roadkills of terrapins on roads in southern Ocean and northern Atlantic Counties. 

To help give females a better chance of successfully reproducing, CWF has partnered with New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife to create a half-acre “turtle garden” at a former marina called Rands Boats. We kicked off the project in November by installing roughly 300 feet of split rail fence.
2020 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest
? for 5th Graders Now Open
The Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest empowers 5th grade students to advocate for an endangered or threatened species from New Jersey through a well-researched, creative essay and original art piece.

Students are invited to select one of more than 80 endangered or threatened New Jersey species, write an essay and create an optional art piece, creatively advocating for that animal.

?Participants become champions for New Jersey wildlife by learning where they live, what they look like, and what threatens their futures, allowing a diverse range of learners to engage in a real-world research project where writing and art take on significance beyond the walls of the classroom.

Entries for the 2020 contest are being accepted until January 31, 2020. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in May. 
Citizen Science Project: Get in the Field for Frogs
Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog. Photo by Brian R. Curry
Amphibians are among the most vulnerable and rapidly declining wildlife groups in the world. Do you want to get out in the field and help frogs here in New Jersey? Join CWF biologist Allegra Mitchell and be a part of the Kauffeld’s Calling Frogs Citizen Science Monitoring Project.

In order to understand the threats facing this species, biologists need your help to find out where it lives. CWF is hosting four training sessions for the Kauffeld’s Calling Frog project:
  • January 8 at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, 6 pm
  • January 11 at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Galloway, NJ, 1 pm
  • January 16 at the Ridge Street School, Newark, NJ 3:30 pm
  • January 22 at the NJ School of Conservation, Sandyston, NJ, 6 pm

Learn about this new frog species and its habitat and practice identifying its unique mating call. The January 16 training in Newark is part of a special school program for Ridge Street School students sponsored by the Victoria and PSEG Foundations. Members of the greater Newark Community are invited to join Ridge students, teachers and parents to gather data in Newark.

No experience required! Training and data collection materials will be provided. To register for any of the four training sessions, contact Allegra Mitchell at allegra.mitchell@conservewildlifenj.org,
Soaring with STEAM highlights conservation careers for middle schoolers
Back row, left to right: Stephanie DAlessio, Conserve Wildlife Foundation; Nancy Sadlon, Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery; Alexander Braunstein, Tenafly Nature Center; Mary Phillips, Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery; Kim Case, NJ STEM Pathways Network Manager. Front row: Students from Linden's McManus Middle School.
The third year of ‘Soaring with STEAM’ (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) educational programs in Union County and the Linden Public Schools is a great success thanks to program sponsor Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery.

Conserve Wildlife Foundation and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders are honored that Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, located in Linden, New Jersey, sponsored a third year of educational programs at Linden Public Schools with a donation of $25,000. This sponsorship brings no-cost wildlife education events to administrators, teachers, students, and families in Linden and other locations in Union County, New Jersey.
Beach nesting birds kick off new CWF
?climate change podcast series
Conserve Wildlife Foundation is excited to introduce the ‘State of Change’ podcast that explores how climate change is affecting wildlife in our state. Hosted by CWF executive director David Wheeler and produced by Matt Wozniak, each episode highlights a different climate change issue - and every story helps paint a portion of the big picture of our changing world.

New Jersey has more people per square mile than any other state by far. It’s not an easy place for wildlife to survive. Yet countless wildlife species from bald eagles to bobcats are doing just that. But what happens when you inject climate change into the mix? Superstorms and sea level rise, coastal erosion and salt water intrusion, invasive species, disrupted life cycles and wildlife disease.
From The Sandpaper: Poached Terrapins Returned to Great Bay Wilds

It was a good ending to a two-year investigation into illegal trafficking of protected diamondback terrapins, many of them taken from local salt marshes in Little Egg Harbor Township.

Stockton University staff and longtime Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey project manager Ben Wurst released several terrapins back to the Great Bay Wildlife Management salt marsh. The terrapins were illegally collected as breeders for the pet trade. They were confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2018 as the perpetrator attempted to export them through the postal service. Stockton staff cared for them during the investigation, which is now over. Continue reading.

From HeyBoro: Conserve Wildlife Foundation's Women & Wildlife Event Honors 5 Extraordinary Women

New Jersey’s conservation community came together on November 13, 2019 to celebrate five extraordinary women and their accomplishments in wildlife conservation. New Jersey’s First Lady Tammy Murphy delivered a stirring keynote address, noting the growing risks of climate change to wildlife and humans alike. Continue reading.
January 2020
Award-Winning Program Frees Horseshoe Crabs from Potentially Fatal Rubble
Photo by Sandra Anderson
reTURN the Favor Honored with 2019 New Jersey Governor’s Excellence Award

Conserve Wildlife Foundation has been a partner in the reTURN the Favor (RTF) program since its establishment in 2013. This multi-partner program organizes a large group of trained and dedicated volunteers who collectively spend thousands of hours covering miles of Delaware Bay beaches to rescue stranded horseshoe crabs.

In December, RTF was honored with a New Jersey’s Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, the state's premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects, in the Healthy Ecosystems & Habitats Category.

RTF volunteers rescue horseshoe crabs from all sorts of precarious situations that would otherwise be deadly to contribute to the recovery of this important keystone species whose population plummeted after being overharvested in the 1990s. 
A Peek into the Lives of Nesting Bald Eagles
Wondering what bald eagles are up to during the winter? CWF Biologist Larissa Smith says bald eagles all over New Jersey are starting to work on their nests for the upcoming breeding season.

You can keep an eye on eagles from the comfort and warmth of your home via eagle cams on the CWF website.
Major Increase in Endangered Seabeach Amaranth Plants
Measuring seabeach amaranth. Photo by NJDEP
An annual plant census along New Jersey’s coastal beaches south of Sandy Hook shows a significant surge in the number of seabeach amaranth, a federally threatened and state endangered plant species.

Conserve Wildlife Foundation and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection biologists counted 7,195 plants, a more than 600 percent increase from the 2018 total of 1,053 plants. In Island Beach State Park 1,591 plants were counted, compared with 307 found there in 2018 — a more than 500 percent increase.
2020 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest
? for 5th Graders Now Open
The Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest empowers 5th grade students to advocate for an endangered or threatened species from New Jersey through a well-researched, creative essay and original art piece.

Students are invited to select one of more than 80 endangered or threatened New Jersey species, write an essay and create an optional art piece, creatively advocating for that animal.

?Participants become champions for New Jersey wildlife by learning where they live, what they look like, and what threatens their futures, allowing a diverse range of learners to engage in a real-world research project where writing and art take on significance beyond the walls of the classroom.

Entries for the 2020 contest are being accepted until January 31, 2020. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in May. 
Citizen Science Project: Get in the Field for Frogs
Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog. Photo by Brian R. Curry
Amphibians are among the most vulnerable and rapidly declining wildlife groups in the world. Do you want to get out in the field and help frogs here in New Jersey? Join CWF biologist Allegra Mitchell and be a part of the Kauffeld’s Calling Frogs Citizen Science Monitoring Project.

In order to understand the threats facing this species, biologists need your help to find out where it lives. Learn about this new frog species and its habitat and practice identifying its unique mating call. CWF is hosting four training sessions for the Kauffeld’s Calling Frog project:
  • January 8 at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, 6 pm
  • January 11 at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Galloway, NJ, 1 pm
  • January 16 at the Ridge Street School, Newark, NJ, 3:30 pm
  • January 22 at the NJ School of Conservation, Sandyston, NJ, 6 pm

The January 16 training in Newark is part of a special school program for Ridge Street School students sponsored by the Victoria Foundation and PSEG Foundation. Members of the greater Newark Community are invited to join Ridge students, teachers and parents to gather data in Newark.

No experience required! Training and data collection materials will be provided. To register for any of the four training sessions, contact Allegra Mitchell at allegra.mitchell@conservewildlifenj.org,
New State of Change Podcast Episode
The Red Knot's Journey
Conserve Wildlife Foundation is excited to release The Red Knot's Journey, the second episode of ‘State of Change’, our podcast exploring how climate change is affecting wildlife in our state. Biologist Stephanie Feigin joins host David Wheeler and podcaster Matt Wozniak for a discussion on red knots facing expanding threats from climate change and other factors at every stop along their impressive migration.

The red knot's migratory lifestyle takes them from breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic to the southern tip of Argentina - one of the longest migrations of any bird species on Earth. During the migration to and from breeding and wintering grounds, red knots rest and refuel in the Delaware Bay here in New Jersey.

The peak number of red knots stopping at the Delaware Bay has dropped significantly since the late 1990s, generally attributed to a decline in their main food source, horseshoe crab eggs.

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December 2019 GSNN Member Newsletter

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AfterschoolNJ news & more you should know, brought to you by NJSACC - 12/6/19             (Posted: 12-12-19)

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Voices of the Field: Wed 12/18 - join this fantastic...

Join NJSACC and your colleagues on the date below, at 12:00pm in an informal discussion of field news, best practices and program challenges. NJSACC staffers will also be available to provide technical assistance in any related areas.

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Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest - ends 1/31/2020

Empowers 5th grade students to advocate for an endangered or threatened species from New Jersey through a well-researched, creative essay and original art piece. THE 2020 SPECIES ON THE EDGE ART & ESSAY CONTEST FOR 5TH GRADERS IS NOW OPEN!...

Read more
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FREE Trauma-Informed-Care Workshop Series

Are you an educator, youth development worker, teaching artist or healthcare professional that serves youth in Newark? Do you want to learn more about trauma-informed care? This special hands-on series, a result of a year-long collaboration at...

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How Out-Of-School Time Can Help Students See Themselves...

Recently, in NIOST's home state of Massachusetts, it was the second annual STEM Week, with the theme of "See Yourself in #STEM." Here are some ways out-of-school time (#OST) programs around the country are helping students do just that, as...

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Save The Date for Full #STEAM Ahead 5 - mini-conference...

Full STEAM Ahead 5: A mini-conference on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math for Afterschool Professionals Thursday March 12, 2020 Kean Univer

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Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the NEGRO LEAGUES in 2020

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Negro Leagues in 2020, this traveling exhibit, on loan from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, showcases African American baseball from the 1800's through the 1960's.

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Afterschool Alliance: HHS requests feedback on way to...

This fall the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that they are seeking input from the public and interested stakeholders on strategies to improve access to high quality,...

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Save The Date for 2020 Soaring Beyond Expectations: A...

This Afterschool Showcase will highlight best practices of NJ's 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Programs This event is open statewide to anyone interested in utilizing afterschool, before school, or summer school as a strategy ...

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Learn what's available inside the Afterschool Tech Toolkit

Welcome to the Afterschool Tech Toolkit! Created by the National AfterSchool Association with support from Google, the toolkit will provide you with resources and strategies to enhance your current programming. Go through the toolkit so you can...

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Afterschool Alliance Offers FREE Afterschool Webinars -...

Learn from experts and fellow practitioners on the latest in afterschool, including program funding, research and analysis, practical guides, and how to's. Register to attend an upcoming webinar or watch a previous webinar. Below are some of the...

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RH: 'Tis the Season             (Posted: 12-12-19)

December 2019
Our Success Depends on You
   
Raritan Headwaters Association's success relies on the support of volunteers, advocates, donors and members. All contribute to ensuring RHA remains an effective, strong leader in conservation. Our work is never done. As 2019 comes to a close, please help us meet this year's goals and sustain our programs into 2020 with a gift to our year-end appeal.
Help Save the Bugs!
   
There is an "Insect Armageddon" going on in many parts of the world, according to Dutch researcher Dr. Hans de Kroon speaking to a standing-room only crowd on Nov. 23 at Raritan Valley Community College. But, he reassured the audience that changes in human behavior can reverse this alarming trend for the insects that pollinate plants and feed songbirds.

Healthy Water = Healthy Lives
   
700+ residents tested their drinking water this fall through RHA's Well Testing Program. Community Well Test events were held in Bridgewater, Clinton, Delaware, Kingwood, Mendham, Raritan, Readington, and Tewksbury townships.

In addition to the recommended annual testing for bacteria and nitrates, many homeowners took advantage of our program to test their drinking water for lead. Read more.
Did You Know?

The New Jersey Department of Education has a website containing drinking water lead testing reports for NJ schools. Read the nj.com article. To view lead testing results by school district, visit the website.

RHA's "Get the Lead Out!" campaign encourages all residents to test for lead in their drinking water--simply and affordably. Learn more.
Events and Happenings


Save the Date! 
Annual RHA Member Meeting, Feb 27, 2020
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November 2019
WATER PAGES eNEWSLETTER
The RCE Water Resources Program Goes to Taipei, Taiwan
Over the years, the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program has been sharing our work on the international stage through presentations to foreign delegations that have visited the United States. These presentations have resulted in Dr. Obropta being invited to Taipei, Taiwan to share the Water Resources Program’s efforts with designing and implementing community-based green infrastructure. Dr. Obropta and Zack Chen, an Engineering Technician for the Water Resources Program, spent seven-days as the guests of the Taiwan Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They toured Taipei in the surrounding areas to see the green infrastructure that has already been installed in Taiwan along with other environmental efforts put forth by the Taiwan government. The main green infrastructure demonstration project in Taipei was installed at its largest wastewater treatment plant and included porous asphalt, a rain garden, a rainwater harvesting system, and grass pavers. After the two-day tour, Dr. Obropta gave a presentation to the Deputy Directors and Senior Administrators of the Taiwan EPA. Taiwan has begun to adopt a “Sponge City” concept to address stormwater problems in the City. This work is very similar to the efforts of the Water Resources Program to incorporate green infrastructure in the cities of New Jersey. While Taiwan is trying to install large green infrastructure projects as part of its “Sponge City” concept, they were very intrigued by our community-based efforts of installing many small projects to provide a cumulative positive effect at reducing the impacts from stormwater runoff. While in Taipei, Dr. Obropta also presented at the two-day 2019 Water Environmental Symposium hosted by the National Taipei University of Technology. University faculty from China and Japan also presented at the symposium. The “Sponge City” concept originated in Beijing, China. The interesting component of the “Sponge City” concept is its ability to combine gray and green infrastructure, not only to manage the smaller storm events, but to also reduce flooding impacts from typhoons that can dump several feet of rain over the course of a single day. This model can prove to be very useful in the United States to help manage runoff from hurricanes, nor’easters, and the 100-year storms that have become more frequent due to climate change. The RCE Water Resources Program’s hope is to work with our colleagues in Taiwan to better understand the “Sponge City” concept and possibly adapt components of this model to help the United States become more climate resilient. Taipei is a beautiful city with very friendly people and unbelievable food. We can’t wait to return there very soon.
Green Infrastructure in Schools – Not Just a Unique Idea to New Jersey
Throughout New Jersey, the RCE Water Resources Program has been working closely with schools to implement green infrastructure practices. We have worked with elementary, middle, and high schools, both public schools and private schools, and charter schools. Every project we install is not only fully functional at managing stormwater runoff, but also provides a great educational opportunity for the students, their parents, and their teachers. In New Jersey, these projects are mostly rain gardens due to the low-cost of installation and their ability to engage the students in helping with the rain garden design and planting. In some places, bioswales, rainwater harvesting systems, and porous asphalt are also the green infrastructure practices that have been installed. At the 2019 Water Environment Symposium in Taipei, we learned that we are not the only ones working to improve school campuses with green infrastructure! Dr. Chen, a Professor at the National Taipei University of Technology, has implemented a demonstration project in Taipei at the Beitou Elementary School that includes permeable pavements, a rainwater harvesting system, and several rain gardens. This project even includes a monitoring system that allows the students to see how much water these green infrastructure practices manage. Wouldn’t it be exciting if we could link the students from green schools in New Jersey with green schools in Taiwan? The students could share their experiences and learn from each other. The world could become a much smaller place.
Green infrastructure at the Beitou Elementary School in Taipei, Taiwan
(Photo courtesy of Dr. Chen)
The Ocean Township Community Pool has a New Rain Garden!
On September 4, 2019, staff from the Ocean Township Department of Public Works attended a Department of Public Works Rain Garden Training session, delivered by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program at the Long Branch Public Library. The session prepared them to install a rain garden designed by the Water Resources Program for the Ocean Township Community Pool with grant funding from the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. On October 15th, a crew from the Ocean Township Department of Public Works arrived at the Ocean Township Community Pool with a backhoe, dump truck, soil amendments, river stone, mulch, and an eagerness to try something new by installing their first rain garden! The excavation and installation preparation for planting was complete by the end of the day, with construction oversight provided by the Water Resources Program. On October 16th, native plants purchased by the Ocean Township Environmental Commission arrived. The rain garden was then planted by volunteers from the Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association and Water Resources Program staff. We are grateful for the combined efforts of all our partners!
Municipal Action Teams' Green Infrastructure Initiative Updates
NOVEMBER 2019
Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) met on November 13th. The meeting began with a discussion about Camden's Environmental Summit on Thursday, November 21st from 9AM-2:30PM. Reports of localized flooding at 33rd and Westfield and Morgan Boulevards were brought up. Notably, Morgan Boulevard was tested to confirm it is only stormwater, and the flooding appears to be due to catch basins that need to be cleaned. News about an executive order that creates a climate change task force at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) was discussed with hope that it will aid in climate change mitigation plans since Camden is particularly vulnerable to impacts of climate change. The Water Resources Program brought up its plans to implement the projects at Higher Ground and Camden Tool in the spring. Harrison Avenue and North 36th Street were brought up as potential places for a green street design that the Water Resources Program is looking to create conceptual designs for. The next monthly meeting is planned for Wednesday, December 13th at 2PM at Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority.

Gloucester City Green Team met on November 13th. The group discussed the recently installed projects at the Water Department which included the rain garden that was planted with high school students and the redesigned enhanced stormwater management tree pits installed at the First Baptist Church by New Jersey Tree Foundation. The planned construction at the Gloucester City High School is moving forward with a contractor providing estimates for a spring installation. The next monthly meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13th at 1PM at the Gloucester City Municipal Building.

Harrison TIDE (Transforming, Infrastructure and Defending our Environment) met on November 14th. The group discussed the success of the Washington Middle School rain garden project that was installed and funded by Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) and planted with students. A cistern was also installed to use for watering the existing vegetable garden. The combined sewer overflow (CSO) long term control plan continues to move forward as the consultants are working on a revised report to address NJDEP's comments on the Development and Evaluation of Alternatives Report. The next monthly meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 12th at 2PM at Harrison Town Hall.

Jersey City START (Stormwater Treatment and Resiliency Team) members met on November 14th at the JCMUA. The group discussed the four community outreach meetings hosted by the JCMUA and START and plans for meeting times and procedures in the spring. The city’s planning board approved the flood overlay zone proposed by the Division of City Planning, which will hold developers accountable for stormwater management in new developments in the flood zone. The next START meeting will be December 12th at the JCMUA at 10AM.

Paterson SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) did not hold a meeting during the month of November due to the usual meeting time coinciding with the League of Municipalities conference. The next meeting time will be December 11th at 10AM in City Hall in the Business Administration office. The Long Term Control Plan and plans for the group in 2020 will be discussed.

Perth Amboy SWIM (Stormwater Infrastructure Management) members met Thursday, November 21st at the Perth Amboy YMCA in the Faith Room on the main floor. Members continued discussions on when and how to proceed with the Long Term Control Plan outreach over the next year before the final plan is submitted. The Community Forestry Management is a priority for group members as well, and engaging city officials in completing and submitting the document will be a priority for early next year. The final CSO Supplemental Team meeting will be held in early December and announced via email to the SWIM listerv. The next meeting will be in January and announced via email. 

Trenton Green Infrastructure Partners (GIP) met in conjunction with the Trenton Green Team on November 19th at the Isles Youth Build Institute at 3 PM. Members discussed plans for signage designs for new green infrastructure projects throughout the city and identifying priority green infrastructure projects for 2020. The next meeting will be in January.
 
OCTOBER 2019
Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green) met in Newark City Hall at 11AM on October 22, 2019. Public meetings were scheduled and planned to discuss the opportunities for green infrastructure in the Development and Evaluation of Alternatives Report for the CSO (combined sewer overflow) Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) with city officials and the general public. The Newark Office of Sustainability discussed a green jobs training program in partnership with the Newark Workforce Development Board and Ironbound Community Corporation, licensed by the NGICP (National Green Infrastructure Certification Program). Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program is helping to install green stormwater infrastructure as a part of a “Model Block” street greening program on Fairmount Avenue, led by the Urban League of Essex County. For additional information and upcoming public meetings about the LTCP and CSO issues, visit the webpages of Newark Stormwater Solutions and Newark DIG. Newark DIG meetings are held at 11AM on the fourth Tuesday of every month in Newark City Hall.

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Arts Enhanced Curriculum on the Waste Stream in Passaic County Elementary Schools             (Posted: 11-20-19)

The Grand Falloons together with the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Passaic County Solid Waste and Recycling Program will be collaborating on Quantitative Analysis studying the effectiveness of Arts Enhanced Curriculum on the Waste Stream in Passaic County Elementary Schools.

Funding and oversight is provided by the Passaic County Office of Solid Waste & Recycling Programs

This will be a rigorous and control based study examining the effectiveness of STEAM based curriculum initiatives. If you are interested in more information, contact us at Stephen@grandfalloons.com

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