91 schools achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in 2017
Middletown, NJ – Middletown High School North (MHSN), one of two high schools in the Middletown Township School District, has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. MHSN joins a group of 91 schools that achieved the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in 2017. Middletown is one of only 18 schools that received certification in Monmouth County, with a total of 679 schools and 273 school districts participating in the program overall.
“As students and teachers head back to school this year, they will learn the good news that their hard work has paid off,” said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “Becoming certified with Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a significant achievement for schools and their school district. The number of schools participating in the program is truly remarkable.”
"At Middletown High School North, the administration, teachers and the students are committed to preserving and improving our environment. Beyond what we have accomplished to be recognized as a Sustainability NJ Bronze Certification Award recipient, we are collaboratively working to earn a grant for our greenhouse project, proactively recycling all eligible items and actively helping to reduce our carbon footprint. The future belongs to all of us, and at Middletown High School North we are committed to being good stewards of our environment," stated Dr. Patricia Vari-Cartier, the Principal of Middletown High School North.
Sustainable Jersey for Schools, a program for kindergarten through twelfth-grade public schools in New Jersey, is voluntary, but achieving certification is not easy. Each school that is certified at the bronze level must submit documentation to show it has completed a balanced portfolio of the program’s sustainability actions, attaining a minimum of 150 points. Silver-level certification requires a minimum of 350 points of sustainability actions. Over 2,700 sustainability actions were completed by schools and districts participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program - from performing energy audits and boosting recycling efforts to integrating sustainability into student learning and promoting student and staff wellness.
“We are proud of the leadership provided by the boards of education and their superintendents, as well as the contributions of principals, teachers, education support professionals and parents, that made this important milestone a reality,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, New Jersey School Boards Association executive director. “We congratulate the schools on achieving Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.” On October 24, 2017, the certified schools and their districts celebrated at a reception held during NJSBA Workshop 2017 in Atlantic City. Workshop 2017 featured Sustainable Jersey for Schools sessions along with NJSBA sustainability support programs for schools.
About Middletown High School North
The Middletown High School North Community is committed to developing each individual’s maximum potential for acquiring, using, and enjoying knowledge so that each may become a productive and caring member of our society. In order to provide quality programs and excellent facilities that support each student’s academic and social growth, our school is committed to a strong participatory partnership with staff, the community, students and their families. Learn more at www.middletownk12.org.
About Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for public schools in New Jersey. It was launched by Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability programs. To date, 274 school districts and 679 schools are participating in the program. The district participation has grown to include 46 percent of all New Jersey school districts.
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is underwritten by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). The 2017 Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grants program is funded by the PSEG Foundation, NJEA, the Gardinier Environmental Fund and the New Jersey Department of Health. Founding Sponsor contributors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and NJM Insurance Group. Bayer Foundation and Investors Bank are Silver Sponsors.
Program partners include: NJSBA, NJEA, New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO), New Jersey Parent Teacher Association (NJPTA), New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association (NJSBGA) and The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).
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