Hilldale, Valley View and Woodmont Schools Attain Bronze Level Certification from Sustainable Jersey
The Three Elementary Schools Join Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Achieving Outstanding Sustainable Actions
Three Montville Township Public Schools have met rigorous requirements to achieve the prestigious Bronze Level Certification by Sustainable Jersey for Schools. These schools form part of a group of 111 schools across the state that achieved the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in 2018. A total of 779 schools and 303 school districts are participating in the program overall.
The three district schools that achieved certification are: Hilldale Elementary School, Valley View Elementary School and Woodmont Elementary School. These schools join Robert R. Lazar Middle School, which also received the Bronze Level Certification in 2017.
"We applaud the schools that have achieved certification this year. Their leadership and hard work will help New Jersey continue to evolve through their advancement of equitable, sustainable and innovative practices," said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. "Becoming certified with Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a significant achievement for schools and their school district."
Sustainable Jersey for Schools, a program for pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade public schools in New Jersey, is voluntary, but achieving certification is not easy. Each school that is certified must submit documentation to show it has completed a balanced portfolio of the program's sustainability actions. With most actions worth ten points each, bronze-level certification requires a minimum of 150 points and silver-level certification requires a minimum of 350 points. Over 3,048 sustainability actions were completed by schools and districts participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program -- from performing energy audits and boosting recycling efforts to integrating sustainability into student learning and promoting student and staff wellness.
Sustainable Jersey is a prestigious designation that is earned through undertaking a number of sustainable actions which include policy development, assessment activities such as energy audits, school projects and curriculum activities.
Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit organization providing tools, training and financial incentives to support communities and schools. The mission of the organization is to assist efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity.
According to the Sustainable Jersey website, “Since 2009, Sustainable Jersey has empowered municipalities through training, financial incentives and support to develop sustainability programs that will build a better tomorrow one community at a time.”
Sustainable Jersey for Schools empowers communities to build a better world for future generations.
"Sustainable schools provide a healthy environment, conserve resources and continually improve the well-being of the community. We are proud of the leadership of the boards of education and their superintendents, as well as the contributions of principals, teachers, education support professionals and parents in this effort," said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, New Jersey School Boards Association executive director. "Congratulations to the 111 schools that achieved Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in 2018."
On October 23, 2018, the certified schools and their districts will be celebrated at a reception held during the New Jersey School Boards Association’s [NJSBA] Workshop 2018 in Atlantic City. Workshop 2018 will feature Sustainable Jersey for Schools sessions along with NJSBA sustainability support programs for schools.