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Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Posted on 10/22/2020
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Somerville Elementary School
Achieves Sustainability Certification


Somerville Elementary School has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. This school forms part of a group of 147 schools that achieved the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in 2020.

“I am thrilled that we have earned a designation as a Sustainable School - Bronze Level," said Dr. Lorna Oates-Santos, principal of Somerville Elementary School. “The team of teachers and parents who worked hard to document the robust initiatives at Somerville School are committed to continuing to reflect on our practices and refine our work around how we both educate all in the community about the impact we have on the health of the environment and the power we have to make positive change around us!  We believe that this work is not a temporary activity but, rather, planting seeds for lifelong practices that honor a healthy coexistence of humans and nature!”

Sustainable Jersey for Schools, a program for pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade public schools in New Jersey, 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. This year, six schools achieved certification at the more advanced silver level which requires a minimum of 350 points of sustainability actions.

2020 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certified Schools

To view the complete press release, visit the Communications page on the district website.

Patch - Ridgewood Glen Rock Article

Ridgewood News E-Edition Article

Congratulations to the Somerville Green Team!




Somerville Elementary School was awarded a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey capacity-building grant funded by the PSEG Foundation. 
The grants fund on-the-ground, sustainability and capacity building projects such as sustainable food production programs, waste reduction and recycling initiatives, health and wellness programs, outdoor classrooms and more.

To read the press release, click here.


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