All Schools Achieve Sustainability Certification
Posted on 09/19/2018
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Three more schools in the Princeton Public School District have met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. Riverside Elementary School, Community Park Elementary School and Princeton High School are part of a group of 111 schools that achieved the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in 2018. A total of 779 schools and 303 school districts are participating in the program overall.  To date, 242 schools have been certified. Johnson Park Elementary School, Littlebrook Elementary School and John Witherspoon Middle School previously achieved bronze certification.

“It is an honor to now have all six schools in the Princeton Public School District receive this distinction,” said Superintendent Steve Cochrane. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work of our dedicated staff and commitment of our school community to becoming a more sustainable and environmentally friendly district.”  School-based Green Teams are leading efforts to increase sustainability practices throughout the district.
“We applaud the schools that have achieved certification this year. Their leadership and hard work will help New Jersey continue to evolve through their advancement of equitable, sustainable and innovative practices,” 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.”
Sustainable Jersey for Schools, a program for pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade public schools in New Jersey, is voluntary, but achieving certification is not easy. Each school that is certified must submit documentation to show it has completed a balanced portfolio of the program’s sustainability actions.  With most actions worth ten points each, bronze-level certification requires a minimum of 150 points and silver-level certification requires a minimum of 350 points. Over 3,048 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.
“Sustainable schools provide a healthy environment, conserve resources and continually improve the well-being of the community. We are proud of the leadership of the boards of education and their superintendents, as well as the contributions of principals, teachers, education support professionals and parents in this effort,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, New Jersey School Boards Association executive director. “Congratulations to the 111 schools that achieved Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in 2018.” On October 23, 2018, the certified schools and their districts will be celebrated at a reception held during NJSBA Workshop 2018 in Atlantic City. Workshop 2018 will feature Sustainable Jersey for Schools sessions along with NJSBA sustainability support programs for schools.