Morristown, NJ – Unity Charter School has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. The school was part of a group of 147 schools that achieved the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in 2020. Unity was the only charter school recognized this year.
“Unity Charter School stakes a claim as a model of public school innovative teaching, one that can be scaled and isn't dependent on inherent knowledge. Our hands-on approach to learning with education for sustainability infused across our curriculum allows our students to graduate Unity with a global perspective and the confidence to become lifelong learner who make a positive difference in the world and for other people. This recognition is reflective of our commitment to developing a sustainable future, as well as our commitment to the environment”, said Connie Sanchez, Executive Director. She went on to say, “We are honored to receive this recognition and to continue the work we do in collaboration for Sustainable Jersey for Schools.”
Sustainable Jersey for Schools, a program for pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade public schools in New Jersey, is voluntary, but achieving certification takes commitment and collaborative effort. Each school that is certified at the bronze level must submit documentation to show it has completed a balanced portfolio of the program’s sustainability actions, attaining a minimum of 150 points. This year, six schools achieved certification at the more advanced silver level which requires a minimum of 350 points of sustainability actions.
Review the list of schools that achieved certification in 2020: 2020 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certified Schools. To see each school’s complete certification application, visit: Participating Districts and Schools. Currently, a total of 969 schools and 352 school districts are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program overall.
“We were not sure what to expect after this difficult year, but the response has been inspiring. We’ve seen an increase in the number of certified schools since last year,” said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “I commend the teachers, administrators, staff, parents and students for their commitment and vision for the future. Becoming certified with Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a significant achievement and these schools are leading the way to a more sustainable New Jersey, right when we need it the most.”
At Unity Charter School, our focus on sustainability makes us unique, but how and why we teach it define our distinction. Our educational philosophy is focused on the development of the whole child—academic, social and emotional—and is approached in immersive ways that foster the development of confident, capable global citizens and 21st century leaders.
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, 352 school districts and 969 schools are participating in the program. The full list of participating and certified schools and school districts is available: Participating Districts and Schools. Sustainable Jersey for Schools has awarded over $2.2 million in grants to schools and school districts.
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