Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced on September 15, 2020, that all 7 Montville Township Public Schools achieved the Bronze Certification for 2020.
Overall, 147 public schools in New Jersey achieved certification in 2020. This total marks a milestone for the most schools certified by Sustainable Jersey for Schools in an application cycle since the program began in 2015.
All 7 MTPS schools previously qualified for Bronze level, and have maintained that designation into the new academic year. In 2020, of the 147 schools that achieved certification, 80 schools did so for the first time and 67 schools, like the 7 MTPS schools, were recertified.
“I am beyond proud all seven of the Montville Township Public Schools. To achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools Bronze Certification represents a dedicated commitment on the part of students, faculty, staff and administrators to the future of our community, state, nation and the world,” said Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar. “Sustainability is necessary for today and the future. The tools and practices initiated and taught within our schools has a positive and lasting impact.”
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a program for pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade public schools in New Jersey. It 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.
To review the list of schools that achieved certification in 2020 the public is encouraged to visit: 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.”
The 7 MTPS schools are: Montville Township High School, Robert R. Lazar Middle School, Cedar Hill Elementary School, Hilldale Elementary School, Valley View Elementary School, William Mason Elementary School and Woodmont Elementary School.
The 2020 Virtual Sustainable Jersey for Schools Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. All 147 schools from across New Jersey that have earned this prestigious Sustainable Jersey for Schools 2020 certification award will be recognized. Each of the 7 Montville Township Public Schools will be a part of the upcoming event on October 28.
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.
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is underwritten by the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the PSEG Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association. The 2020 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program is underwritten by the PSEG Foundation, NJEA and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. Platinum and founding sponsors are South Jersey Gas and New Jersey Natural Gas. The gold and founding sponsor is the NJM Insurance Group. The silver sponsor is Investors Bank. The bronze sponsors are Gabel Associates, the ECG Group and Maschio’s Food Service Inc.