The Bellmawr School District is honored to announce that all three of the district’s schools — Bell Oaks, Bellmawr Park and E.M. Burke, have received Bronze level of certification in just their first year of participating in Sustainable Jersey For Schools.
Sustainable Jersey certification is a prestigious designation.
According to Sustainable Jersey for Schools: “Bronze certification means a school has made a commitment to sustainability and succeeded in implementing significant first steps, while silver certification means a school has made significant progress in a number of categories toward sustainability and is a state-wide and national leader.”
In just eight short months, all three schools in the Bellmawr School District have achieved the Bronze designation by accomplishing certain requirements — including establishing a Green Team, participating in mini greenhouse gardening, holding a Green Fair, serving “Breakfast After the Bell,” and hosting a Walk to School Day.
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for New Jersey public schools that want to go green, conserve resources, and take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time. Launched in the fall of 2014, Sustainable Jersey For Schools is a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward schools as they pursue sustainability programs.
Sustainable Jersey for Schools helps schools to pursue a balanced sustainability program one policy, program, or resource audit at a time.
There are a number of levels of certifications that schools can strive to achieve.
Schools accumulate points for taking actions in a variety of categories in the respective certification level. Along with attaining a certain number of points, a number of “priority actions” must be completed in order to qualify for certification.
As the district is about the begin the 2017-18 academic year, be on the lookout for future projects as there are plans to expand efforts throughout Bellmawr and we hope you will join us.
(Source: Media Release)