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Sustainability and Green Team

Sustainability

The Princeton Public School District is actively working to become a more sustainable and environmentally friendly district. Our district Green Team leads the way in finding innovative, creative, and practical ways to implement sustainable practices throughout our school system. Our school-based Green Teams analyze avenues for increasing sustainability practices at a school level, from implementing recycling and composting programs to encouraging students to bring reusable water bottles to school.  All initiatives and actions performed by the Green Team are funded by the Gardenier Environmental Fund and the Sustainable Jersey For School Grant funded by PSEG.
A wide variety of sustainability-related learning experiences are woven into the everyday culture and the curriculum throughout the district. Our science curriculum from grades K through 12 addresses sustainability topics, including local food and farming, conservation, and energy. Students participate in assemblies and field trips to go deeper into these topics, and the gardens at each of our schools are hubs of learning and activity. We encourage you to learn more about our sustainability efforts by reading about some of our initiatives that are listed below. 
Sustainability Initiatives
  • All Board documents are now listed in BoardDocs, which has helped us lower printing costs and save on paper. 
  • Our district uses PowerSchool to keep virtual student records as well as track attendance and manage scheduling. 
  • Paper Cut is a program that reduces our paper usage and carbon footprint. For any scheduled printing, the software will assign the most efficient printer for the project in order to reduce paper, energy, and ink usage.
 

Sustainable Jersey Certification

Congratulations to Community Park Elementary School, Riverside Elementary School, and Princeton High School in receiving the Bronze Certification from Sustainable Jersey for Schools for 2018! Johnson Park Elementary School, John Witherspoon Middle School, and Littlebrook Elementary School previously achieved certification. 
To see some of our green initiatives that helped our schools earn Bronze Certification, please explore the photo galleries below. 
Sustainability at Princeton Public School
Sustainability at Princeton Public School
Here are some of the key actions our schools took in order achieve bronze certification for sustainability from Sustainable Jersey for Schools.
  • Riverside School Garden 
  • Community Park Composting 
  • Littlebrook Creatively Green Family Arts Festival 
  • Johnson Park Move-a-Thon  
  • Water filling station- PHS 
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Initiatives

Riverside

Riverside School Garden

The riverside school garden
Riverside Elementary has a wonderful garden where they grow fresh fruits and vegetables. The Students learn about the different insects that are there in the garden as well as how the fruits and vegetables are grown. The garden also provides as a healthy source of fruits and vegetables for the students as well as the staff.
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The riverside school garden
Riverside Elementary has a wonderful garden where they grow fresh fruits and vegetables. The Students learn about the different insects that are there in the garden as well as how the fruits and vegetables are grown. The garden also provides as a healthy source of fruits and vegetables for the students as well as the staff.
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The riverside school garden
Riverside Elementary has a wonderful garden where they grow fresh fruits and vegetables. The Students learn about the different insects that are there in the garden as well as how the fruits and vegetables are grown. The garden also provides as a healthy source of fruits and vegetables for the students as well as the staff.
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The riverside school garden
Riverside Elementary has a wonderful garden where they grow fresh fruits and vegetables. The Students learn about the different insects that are there in the garden as well as how the fruits and vegetables are grown. The garden also provides as a healthy source of fruits and vegetables for the students as well as the staff.
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The riverside school garden
Riverside Elementary has a wonderful garden where they grow fresh fruits and vegetables. The Students learn about the different insects that are there in the garden as well as how the fruits and vegetables are grown. The garden also provides as a healthy source of fruits and vegetables for the students as well as the staff.
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The riverside school garden
Riverside Elementary has a wonderful garden where they grow fresh fruits and vegetables. The Students learn about the different insects that are there in the garden as well as how the fruits and vegetables are grown. The garden also provides as a healthy source of fruits and vegetables for the students as well as the staff.
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Community Park

Community Park Composting

Teacher holding a recycling bin
In September Community Park School was not recycling any food waste. In the fall we ordered composting bins for every classroom and two centralized bins for the cafeteria and the staff lounge. We distributed green food waste buckets to every classroom and taught the students what food waste we could compost.
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CP Staff member Recycling
In September Community Park School was not recycling any food waste. In the fall we ordered composting bins for every classroom and two centralized bins for the cafeteria and the staff lounge. We distributed green food waste buckets to every classroom and taught the students what food waste we could compost.
Recycling bin at CP in a class room
In September Community Park School was not recycling any food waste. In the fall we ordered composting bins for every classroom and two centralized bins for the cafeteria and the staff lounge. We distributed green food waste buckets to every classroom and taught the students what food waste we could compost.

Littlebrook

Littlebrook Creatively Green Family Arts Festival

LB staff member making art from junk
Parents and students at Littlebrook worked with recycled products to make art with the goal of learning the importance of environmental sustainability.
Students looking at Art
Parents and students at Littlebrook worked with recycled products to make art with the goal of learning the importance of environmental sustainability.
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Students looking at Art
Parents and students at Littlebrook worked with recycled products to make art with the goal of learning the importance of environmental sustainability.
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LB student making art from junk
Parents and students at Littlebrook worked with recycled products to make art with the goal of learning the importance of environmental sustainability.
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Johnson Park

Johnson Park Move-a-Thon

Student and teacher smiling outside
Day during school hours where students move through stations, jumping rope, dancing, gaga pit. Proceeds from this event directly benefit JP’s PTO Residency Programs for Pupils.
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Student playing outside
Day during school hours where students move through stations, jumping rope, dancing, gaga pit. Proceeds from this event directly benefit JP’s PTO Residency Programs for Pupils.
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Student playing outside
Day during school hours where students move through stations, jumping rope, dancing, gaga pit. Proceeds from this event directly benefit JP’s PTO Residency Programs for Pupils.
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Student playing outside
Day during school hours where students move through stations, jumping rope, dancing, gaga pit. Proceeds from this event directly benefit JP’s PTO Residency Programs for Pupils.
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Student playing outside
Day during school hours where students move through stations, jumping rope, dancing, gaga pit. Proceeds from this event directly benefit JP’s PTO Residency Programs for Pupils.
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Student playing outside
Day during school hours where students move through stations, jumping rope, dancing, gaga pit. Proceeds from this event directly benefit JP’s PTO Residency Programs for Pupils.
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Student playing outside
Day during school hours where students move through stations, jumping rope, dancing, gaga pit. Proceeds from this event directly benefit JP’s PTO Residency Programs for Pupils.
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Princeton High School

Princeton High School Water Stations

A water fountain
Princeton High School installed several water filling stations across the school providing a good source of clean water. The school also handed out water-bottles to all students that they can use at the filling stations.
A water fountain at PHS
Princeton High School installed several water filling stations across the school providing a good source of clean water. The school also handed out water-bottles to all students that they can use at the filling stations.
a Princeton water bottle
Princeton High School installed several water filling stations across the school providing a good source of clean water. The school also handed out water-bottles to all students that they can use at the filling stations.
PHS staff member using a water bottle and giving a thumbs up
Princeton High School installed several water filling stations across the school providing a good source of clean water. The school also handed out water-bottles to all students that they can use at the filling stations.

John Witherspoon Middle School - Composting and Recycling

Students at John Witherspoon Middle School created an instructional video to teach their classmates how to recycle and compost.
 

Energy Usage

View real time energy usage at our elementary schools.