Montclair NJ – Sustainable Jersey for Schools and the New Jersey Education Association
(NJEA) announced that Edgemont Montessori School has been awarded a Sustainable Jersey for
Schools capacity-building grant. The $2,000 grant is intended to assist the school green team as
they lead and coordinate sustainability activities.

"We are honored to receive this Sustainable Jersey grant. With this funding, we will be able to
begin to construct an outdoor learning environment that is aligned with Edgemont’s
environmental curriculum and with the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori,” said Edgemont
Principal Jeffrey Freeman. “We appreciate the support from Sustainable Jersey for Schools and
the NJEA and are very excited to work with them. These funds, along with the hard work and
dedication of our stakeholders, will make it possible to achieve an environmentally responsible
school and a sustainable future for our students."

With this contribution, NJEA has provided $1.25 million to support a sustainable future for
children across the state through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. “It is our
responsibility to care for our planet, protecting it, making sure that the ways in which we interact
with it are sustainable,” said NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller. “As educators, we bear a
heavier mantle of responsibility because not only do we need to care for our own footprint but
educate our students and communities to do the same – to become engaged citizens, global
leaders in saving and protecting our planet. NJEA is honored to continue our work with
Sustainable Jersey as we direct resources into our schools that will support these innovative
programs.” In addition to grant funding, NJEA supports Sustainable Jersey for Schools as a
program underwriter.

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“These grants encourage our schools and districts to foster innovative sustainability initiatives
that make their schools better stewards in their communities,” said Sustainable Jersey Executive
Director Randall Solomon. “Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants catalyze school-centered
sustainability programs and support the creative superintendents, principals, teachers, students
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and parents who are leading them.” Proposals were judged by an independent Blue-Ribbon
Selection Committee. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants are intended to help school
districts and schools make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically
toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.

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, an organization that provides tools, training and financial
incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability
programs. To date, 346 school districts and 905 schools are participating in the program.
Sustainable Jersey for Schools has awarded over $2 million in grants to schools and school
districts. To learn more, visit

Photo caption: Pictured at the 2019 Sustainable Jersey for Schools and NJEA Grant Awards
Brunch (from left to right): Michael Rollins, Field Representative in the Organizational
Development Unit, New Jersey Education Association, Jeffrey Freeman, Edgemont Principal;
Petal Robertson, Montclair Education Association President; Sean Spiller, Vice President,
New Jersey Education Association; Renee Haider, Deputy Director, Sustainable Jersey, Gary
Sondermeyer, Vice Chairperson, Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees