The New Jersey School Boards Association and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) were recently honored by the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter  (USGBC NJ) with the organization’s “Emerald Award,” for an innovative sustainability initiative.

The initiative, the New Jersey Green Program of Study (NJGPOS) is designed to prepare students for emerging green careers.  NJPOS developed curriculum, trained teachers for seven pilot schools, and developed partnerships between industry, K-12 state agencies and higher education to foster programs in sustainable design, energy and construction.  NJSBA assumed the management of the NJGPOS in 2014, after working with the NJDOE to recruit new schools, continue training for teachers and enhance the existing curriculum.

Pictured above, left to right, Marianne Leone, NJSBA consultant; John Henry, NJSBA iSTEAM and sustainable schools specialist; Kimberley Harrington, NJDOE chief academic officer and assistant commissioner of the division of teaching and learning; Marie Barry, director of the NJDOE career readiness office; and Anastasia Harrison, immediate past chair of the USGBC NJ chapter.