RAHWAY, NJ – Sustainable Jersey for Schools and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) announced that all six Rahway Public District Schools have been awarded a Sustainable Jersey for Schools capacity-building grant. The six $2,000 grants ($12,000 total) are intended to assist the school green teams as they lead and coordinate sustainability activities.

We are excited about our new partnership with NJEA and the Sustainable Jersey movement. Our district wide “Green Team”, supported by the Superintendent and the Board of Education, is a “grassroots” effort that will grow as it provides positive health and environmental impacts for our students, staff, and community.

With this contribution NJEA has provided $500,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. “NJEA is proud to continue to work with Sustainable Jersey on this important program that directs resources into our schools,” said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller. “It is our job to help create a new generation of engaged citizens and leaders. By emphasizing the value of sustainability, we also help ensure that we leave a better world for our students.” In addition to the grant funding, NJEA supports Sustainable Jersey for Schools as a program underwriter.

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“Sustainable Jersey grantees help advance our continued goal to create a more sustainable New Jersey and world,” said Donna Drewes, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. “We look forward to the innovative projects and work that these schools and school districts will accomplish and we will share the tools, models and activities with other schools across the state.”

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.

The Rahway Schools project will involve both waste reduction and energy savings. This grant will allow us to install high efficiency hand dryers in all large student lavatories in all six schools.  This replacement of paper towels will dramatically reduce paper usage and provide a more sanitary environment.

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, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability programs. To learn more, visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com

About NJEA
NJEA is the state’s largest association of education professionals, representing over 200,000 elementary and secondary teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, educational support professionals, retirees, and students preparing to become teachers. To learn more, visit www.njea.org.