Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Show Us Your H2O Rain Garden Contest – deadline 6/8/13

Monday, May 20th, 2013

In an effort to raise awareness about local water sources, we are challenging school groups and civic organizations in five NJ counties to “Show Us Your H2O” by submitting creative entries that answer the question “Where does your water come from?” School groups and tax-exempt community groups from Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Middlesex or Somerset counties can choose various formats including photo essay, artwork, map, report, or multi-media presentation to display what they learned.

Two winners, one from a school and one from a civic group, will be selected to have a rain garden designed and installed by the Conservancy on their property as a way to improve their local natural water supply and to serve as a hands-on educational tool for the surrounding community. The contest, which is supported by Johnson & Johnson through the Johnson & Johnson Foundation launched May 8 and has a final deadline of June 8, 2013.

Click here for the promotional ad, press release and website for the contest!

The idea is to attract as many people as possible to the contest in order to increase awareness of our local freshwater resources . We are posting the ad in local newspapers, online community newspapers and doing direct emailing to civic groups and schools. But to help make this contest a success, we need to spread the word far and wide and would love to have the NJ staff contribute. Here’s how you can help:

We think that personally directing people to the website will generate the most support. Here’s how you can help:

  • Call any key contacts you have in these counties, describe the contest and direct them to the contest website. Think environmental commissions, watershed associations, school boards, etc.
  • Email the promotional ad to colleagues in our target counties
  • If you live in or near one of these 5 counties, print out copies of the promotional ad and hand out to your own local community groups
  • Also if you live nearby, post copies of the ad in local establishments in any of these 5 counties like libraries, coffee shops, bookstores

Please remember that family members of Conservancy employees and Johnson & Johnson employees are not eligible for this contest. All details for the contest are thoroughly listed on the webpage.

Register for Sustainable Jersey’s Webinar Series ‘Energy Tracking and Management Tools: Part II’ 2/27/13

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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Rising energy costs and societal concerns over the environment and the need for energy independence are motivating schools to re-evaluate the way they track, manage, and teach about energy.

Sustainable Jersey is hosting two webinars highlighting tools schools can use to conveniently track and manage their energy consumption and also use school facilities as learning laboratories to teach students about conservation.

Webinar Features:

  • Overviews of the Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE), See the Light (STL), and School Dude energy tracking and management tools
  • Approaches to engaging students and staff in conserving energy, tracking success, and creating learning opportunities
  • Case studies presented by NJ school administrators that have implemented these programs and approaches

Presenters Include:

  • Tony O’Donnell, Sustainable Jersey
  • Connie Corielle, Franklin Township
  • School District
  • Gary Markowitz, Kilojolts Consulting
  • Group
  • Joshua Loveland, Neptune School
  • District
  • Brad Hunter,

Click here to register!

RSVP: 100 Women Leaders in STEM TownHall Conference Call 3/6/13

Monday, February 18th, 2013

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100 Women Leaders in STEM

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, RSVP today to be part of a special call where different 100 Women Leaders in STEM honorees will share with us their story, their challenges and what their organization is doing to promote more women and girls in STEM careers. The TownHall Conference call will take place virtually (WebEx platform) on March 6th from 1:00PM – 2:30PM EST.

You can’t miss it! A special announcement that will affect millions of women and girls will be announced! Please share this invitation with your colleagues and networks so more and more people gets involved in showcasing STEM careers to girls.


The STEMconnector team

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ANJEE is offering free training in the NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education for K-12 Learners and for Early Childhood Education

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Here is a great opportunity for teachers!

To support the development of an Environmental Literacy Plan for New Jersey, ANJEE will be sponsoring three FREE trainings on the NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence in  February and March.

These FREE workshops are made possible by a grant from NAAEE and EECapacity.  Continuing education credits are available for each full-day workshop.

Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (K-12) 

The Guidelines for Learning (K –12) set a standard for high quality EE across the  country, based on what an environmentally literate person should know and be able to do. They draw on the best thinking in the field to outline the core ingredients for EE.

Join in an interactive full-day workshop to develop an in-depth understanding of the Guidelines for Learning, how they relate to the ELP, and how they can help you    improve your programs and instruction.

Saturday, February 23
NJ Audubon Plainsboro Preserve, Plainsboro, NJ

Tuesday, March 19
Benjamin Moore  Paints, Flanders, NJ

Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs – Guidelines for Excellence 

Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence  contains a set of recommendations for developing and administering high-quality EE programs for young children from birth to age eight, with a focus on ages three to six. These guidelines provide a tool that can be used to ensure a firm foundation for new programs or to trigger improvements in existing ones.

Monday, February 25
Kateri Environmental Center, Collier Youth Services, Wickatunk, NJ

For more information, or to register, please contact Roberta Hunter, Director of Advancement at:

NASA and PBS offer free professional development in STEM Education and Climate Change

Monday, January 28th, 2013


NASA and PBS have partnered up to offer professional development opportunities to middle school and high school teachers. Launching the “Global Climate Change Modules” on their website, they have developed an online STEM Education Resource Center, offering free resources on climate change education. Each module covers various aspects of global warming including the coastal consequences of rising sea levels, the warming arctic and even some STEM career preparation.

This professional development experience was funded by NASA’s Global Climate Change Education initiative and was designed to improve the quality of the nation’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and enhance students’ and teachers’ literacy about global climate and Earth system change from elementary grades to lifelong learners.

Click here for more information and to get started!