The U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey chapter is accepting nominations for a student award that recognizes the importance of sustainability in education. The award is for a project that demonstrates a student’s efforts and contributions toward building a healthier environment.

The project must fit one or more of the following criteria: Inspires or teaches others about sustainability practices; connects environmental science or education for sustainability to the green building industry; demonstrates actions that help reduce the impact of CO2 emissions through innovative student-designed projects or events; demonstrates the economic and environmental value for sustainable design and construction of buildings; demonstrates leadership that results in the conservation of materials and resources, or in behavioral or policy changes in a school or community; and promotes and informs others about renewable energy sources, energy management strategies or energy efficiency practices.

The award winner will receive $500; and will be honored at the 13th Annual Emerald Awards Gala on Oct. 30.

The award is open to middle and high school students. More information is available on the criteria and nomination form, available here.   For questions or additional information contact John Henry, NJSBA STEM and sustainable schools specialist via email or at (609) 278-5288

Deadline for submission is Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Please submit this form via e-mail to:[email protected] and cc [email protected].