NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city school system has received two awards for efforts to promote healthy environmental policies and for providing educational programs for a digital society.

The entire district received a bronze level of achievements from Sustainable Jersey for Schools, a program based in the Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey in Ewing. The four-year-old certification program provides training for schools to conserve resources.

Sustainable Jersey cited the city school district's “creating a green cleaning policy,” as well as the district creating a "green team" to identify and implement environmental conscious policies and procedures.

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“Throughout our district, we’re committed to conserving resources,” said city schools Superintendent Dr. Aubrey Johnson in a statement. “I’m extremely proud of how we continue to highlight opportunities that exist for our students to be environmentally conscious.” 

This was the first level of achievement in the sustainability certification.

Aubrey said the district next year will attempt implementation of additional environmental efforts and seek a silver certification.

Of the nearly 600 school districts in New Jersey, there are 310 districts participating in the certification program, according to the Sustainable Jersey website. In those districts there are 227 bronze certified schools.

The non-profit agency says districts that achieve certifications will cut costs for energy, water and garbage bills, and will receive tools and resources through training and workshops to develop sustainability programs.

Separately, three city schools - Lincoln Annex School,  Woodrow Wilson School and Livingston School each received certification from "Future Ready Schools," a program run by a coalition including the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the New Jersey School Boards Association, and the state Department of Education.

This coalition supports efforts in school districts to use resources that "best prepare their students for success in the digital age."

Lincoln Annex School received a silver certification, and Woodrow Wilson and Livingston schools each received a bronze certification.