In the inaugural year of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program, an impressive 59 schools achieved certification. This includes 54 bronze and 5 silver certified schools. The Alternative High School has achieved Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification at the bronze-level. Schools that earn this certification are considered by their peers, professional associations, experts, and civic organizations in New Jersey to be among the leading schools in the state! Five school districts emerged as sustainability leaders by successfully supporting the efforts of multiple schools in their district to achieve program certification including: Egg Harbor Township, Cherry Hill, Medford, Readington, and Wayne.
Bronze certification means a school has made a commitment to sustainability and succeeded in implementing significant first steps. Each school certified at the bronze-level must submit documentation to show it has completed a balanced portfolio of the program's sustainability actions, achieving a minimum of 150 points. These certified schools excel in areas such as improving energy efficiency and health and wellness, integrating sustainability into student learning and reducing waste.
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for New Jersey public schools that want to go green, conserve resources and take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time. Launched in fall 2014, the nonprofit organization provides tools, training, and financial incentives to support and reward schools as they pursue sustainability programs.