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Sustainable Jersey for Schools Group Session [clear filter]
Tuesday, October 24


Funding Your Sustainability Initiatives
SJS has provided over one million dollars in Small Grants to participating schools.  Learn about the exciting projects being undertaken by schools & districts and how your district can obtain funding for sustainability projects.


Amy Hogan

Amy Hogan, Lead School Health Specialist, AtlantiCare

Samantha A McGraw

Program Manager, Sustainable Jersey

Sean Spiller

Secretary-Treasurer, NJEA

Maria Spina

Corporate Responsibility Stakeholder & Compliance Specialist - Corporate Citizenship & Culture, PSEG Foundation

Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424


Sustainability Champions
Learn from schools and districts in the forefront of sustainability.  This session will highlight best practices and case studies from award winning districts and schools participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.


Ann Degnan

Facilities Manager, Long Branch Board of Education

Michael Salvatore Ph.d.

Superintendent, Long Branch Board of Education

Jonathan Trzeszkowski

Teacher, Long Branch School District, Long Branch Middle School

Christopher Volpe

Principal, Long Branch Public Schools, Catrambone Elementary School

Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424


Behavioral Changes or Building Upgrades? Two Paths to Energy Efficiency in your District
This session will focus on two different but often complementary approaches to saving energy and money in your schools. Come hear about the impressive results achieved through the PowerSave Schools program that demonstrates the effectiveness of behavioral changes on energy savings in schools. Sustainable Jersey is working to turn the results of this program into a new action for schools. The session will also highlight the multitude of opportunities and financial incentives available for districts to make facilities upgrades that will reduce energy use over the long-term.


Tony O'Donnel

Economist/Project Coordinator, Sustainable Jersey

Michael Thulen

ESIP Coordinator, NJBPU

Tuesday October 24, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424
Wednesday, October 25


Dig In! How Waste Audits Can Improve Your Recycling Rate
In order for a school facility to proceed with a waste reduction and recycling plan, it must first identify materials that need to be reduced, recycled, re-purposed, or disposed of. A comprehensive waste audit establishes a baseline for all other waste management actions at both individual schools and school districts. Learn about the process of conducting a waste audit and how the results can be used to improve your school or school district’s recycling rate.


Gary Conover

ACUA Solid Waste Director, Atlantic County Municipal Utilities Authority

Samantha A McGraw

Program Manager, Sustainable Jersey

Gina Oh

Biology & Environmental Studies Teacher, Cherry Hill High School East

Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424


Building a Culture to Help Students Succeed in School and Life
To succeed in school and life, students need to be given opportunities for developing strong social and emotional skills.   Research shows that students in schools with a positive culture and climate, that are focused on social and emotional learning, have fewer behavior problems and higher levels of academic achievement. Learn best practices for assessing your school environment and implementing strategies to help your students thrive – emotionally, socially, physically and academically – and develop the skills needed to be employable, successful and happy adults.


Renee Haider

Deputy Director, Sustainable Jersey

Elizabeth Hansen Warner

Co-Director School Culture and Climate Initiative:, New Jersey School Health and Climate Coalition United Way of Northern New Jersey

Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424
Thursday, October 26


Free Resources and Simple Steps toward Safer Routes to School for your Students
Walking and bicycling to school is a healthy start to the day when students arrive ready to learn. Hear from schools that have made walking and bicycling to school a priority and received grant funding to make routes to school safer for their community. Schools will share their secrets to success and inspire your school to hold walk-to-school days and bike rodeos, create policies and plans, and apply for grant funding. Get the low down on free resources and technical assistance available to help you take simple steps toward safer routes for everyone.


Leigh Ann Von Hagen PP AICP

Senior Research Manager, Alan M Voorhees Transportation Center Planning Healthy Communities Initiative
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Mark Krieger

Board Member, Highland Park BOE

Trish Sanchez

Project Coordinator NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center, NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center

Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424