[Updated May 1, 2013] A resolution endorsing "Principles of Sustainability" was adopted by the Princeton Public Schools (PPS) Board of Education at its April 23rd meeting at the JW Middle School cafeteria. Kudos to the School Board and members of the Green Schools Coalition in supporting this important step forward for our school district!
The resolution is based on a model developed by Sustainable Jersey and emphasizes the role of the school district in building a sustainable community. Under the resolution, PPS would join the Town of Princeton and Sustainable Princeton in supporting and encouraging:
- Student participation in learning experiences dedicated to sustainability, such as in class work, school gardens, health and wellness programs, and field trips.
- Professional development opportunities that will support educators in preparing students for a sustainable future.
- Sustainable practices related to energy efficiency, waste management, composting, recycling, and procurement and maintenance in Princeton Public Schools’ facilities.
If you would like more information about the resolution, please contact Karen Nathan or Stephanie Chorney, the co-chairs of the Green Schools Coalition.
Green Schools Coalition
Sustainable Princeton's Green Schools Coalition serves as the voice for parents and others in the Princeton who seek to advance sustainability in our schools. As illustrated in the chart below, the group's initiatives fall into two broad areas: Energy & Waste, and Health & Wellness. Specific goals and projects supported by the Green Schools Coalition include:
- composting of organic waste
- field trips and films to promote clean energy and waste reduction
- school gardens and cafeterias as health/science engagement opportunities
- tracking of energy efficiency improvements
- green food service (e.g. local food, eliminate styrofoam)
- cost savings from waste reduction and energy efficiency
- bicycling & walking campaigns
If you can help with any of these efforts, or have other ideas for green schools projects or initiatives, please let us know! Contact Karen Nathan or Stephanie Chorney, Green Schools Coalition co-chairs, or add your name and a note about your interest via the email sign up form on our homepage.