WTHS Awarded $2,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant from the PSEG Foundation
Washington Township High School has been selected as the recipient of a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools capacity-building grant from the PSEG Foundation. The grant is one of 30 $2,000 grants distributed to support on-the-ground, sustainability and capacity-building projects in schools and districts across New Jersey. An additional four $10,000 grants also were distributed. WTHS teacher and SAVE club advisor Donna Pancari attended a ceremony at the PSE&G Development Center in Edison on June 4, 2019, to accept the grant.
The grant monies will be used to fund the purchase and installation of additional water refill stations throughout WTHS.
“On behalf of Washington Township Public Schools and our school’s Green Team at Washington Township High School, we are grateful to be selected as recipients of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant,” WTHS principal Jonathan Strout said. “The generosity of this group and the PSEG Foundation will support our efforts to improve building-level recycling initiatives. This funding will allow us to offer for our students and staff additional water refill stations that will help us to reduce waste that is so prevalent with disposable water bottles. We are very excited to see this plan come to life.”
“Sustainable Jersey recognizes the innovative sustainability work happening in New Jersey schools. By supporting these efforts, we celebrate the impact being made while working toward solutions for many of the big sustainability concerns that are reaching a crisis point,” said Randall Solomon, the executive director of Sustainable Jersey. He extended his congratulations to all of the schools and districts that received grants.
The PSEG Foundation has contributed $1.9 million dollars in funding to the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program. “The PSEG Foundation is passionate about its aim to support and invest in education and workforce development and build and sustain thriving communities,” said Barb Short, president, PSEG Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Sustainable Jersey, an organization bringing about real positive change for our state, to help fund projects that foster sustainable neighborhoods, economic development and education. By supporting sustainable education in schools, we can help guide children and engage entire communities in the ways to help create opportunities and transform the environment.”
Proposals were evaluated 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. Currently 331 districts and 864 schools have registered to work 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, 331 school districts and 864 schools are participating in the program. Sustainable Jersey for Schools has awarded over $1.8 million in grants to schools and school districts. In 2019, Sustainable Jersey is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a year-long campaign that will include special events to educate and engage the Sustainable Jersey community and create a vision for the future.
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