Edison Receives $20,000 Grant to Build 'Learning Greenhouse' at J.P. Stevens High School

Gathered recently at the 2015 PSE&G Sustainable Jersey grant award program dinner are (L to R) Richard Dovey, Chair of Sustainable Jersey’s Board of Trustees;  Russell Furnari, PSE&G Manager Environmental Policy; Chris Mazauskas, Edison Township grant writer; Meredith Quick, J.P. Stevens assistant principal; Lisa Gleason, PSE&G Specialist; and Randall Solomon, Director of Sustainable Jersey. Credits: Edison Township

EDISON, NJ - Edison Township has been awarded a $20,000 grant from a statewide nonprofit organization to fund construction of a “learning greenhouse” for students at J.P. Stevens High School.

Once built, the learning greenhouse will be used to teach J.P Stevens students to grow organic foods for use in their cooking, nutrition and environmental science classes, and to promote curriculum that helps students make “green and sustainable” choices in their daily lives.

Edison was among 32 New Jersey municipalities to receive grants from Sustainable Jersey with funding from the PSE&G Foundation. Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit group that offers training and financial incentives to help communities become environmentally friendly and more livable.

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“This significant new grant from Sustainable Jersey emphasizes just how much towns and school districts can achieve when they work cooperatively,” Mayor Thomas Lankey said.

Chris Mazauskas, Edison’s resource development officer, collaborated with J.P. Stevens assistant principal Meredith Quick to write the proposal that secured the Sustainable Jersey grant.

“Working together, we will provide a terrific new educational benefit for students and we will do it without tax dollars,” Mayor Lankey said.

Edison was among only four communities to receive $20,000 grants from Sustainable Jersey. The others were Atlantic City, Rutherford and Madison. Eight communities received $10,000 grants and 20 others towns received $2,000 grants.

Since 2009, Sustainable Jersey has distributed more than $1.7 million in grants to New Jersey municipalities.

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