Pascack Valley Awarded Sustainability Grant

Pascack Valley Awarded Sustainability Grant
Photo: Sustainable Jersey Certified

Pascack Valley Awarded Sustainability Grant 

Hillsdale, NJ – Sustainable Jersey for Schools and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) announced that Kristen Lindstrom of Pascack Valley High School has been awarded a Sustainable Jersey for Schools capacity-building grant. The $2,000 grant is intended to assist the start up of a school beekeeping program and coordination of sustainability activities. 

Lindstrom, a biology teacher and environmental club advisor, states, “This generous grant from Sustainable New Jersey and NJEA will provide financial support to help establish a beekeeping program at Pascack Valley High School.  This exciting project will connect students with their environment in a deep and authentic way, while providing numerous opportunities to bring students, staff, and the community together.”

NJEA and Lindstrom
The Sustainable Jersey and NJEA staff included in the photos (from left to right) are: Michael Rollins, Field Representative in the Organizational Development Unit, Ms. Kristen Lindstrom, Sean Spiller, Vice President,  Renee Haider, Deputy Director, Sustainable Jersey and Gary Sondermeyer, Vice Chairperson, Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees.


With this contribution NJEA has provided $1.25 million to support a sustainable future for children across the state through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. “It is our responsibility to care for our planet, protecting it, making sure that the ways in which we interact with it are sustainable,” said NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller. “As educators, we bear a heavier mantle of responsibility because not only do we need to care for our own footprint but educate our students and communities to do the same -- to become engaged citizens, global leaders in saving and protecting our planet. NJEA is honored to continue our work with Sustainable Jersey as we direct resources into our schools that will support these innovative programs.” In addition to grant funding, NJEA supports Sustainable Jersey for Schools as a program underwriter.

“These grants encourage our schools and districts to foster innovative sustainability initiatives that make their schools better stewards in their communities,” said Sustainable Jersey Executive Director Randall Solomon. “Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants catalyze school-centered sustainability programs and support the creative superintendents, principals, teachers, students and parents who are leading them.” Proposals were judged by an independent Blue-Ribbon Selection Committee. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants are intended to help school districts and schools make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. 


Sustainable Jersey  About Sustainable Jersey for Schools:
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for public schools in New Jersey. It was launched by Sustainable Jersey, an organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability programs. To date, 346 school districts and 905 schools are participating in the program. Sustainable Jersey for Schools has awarded over $2 million in grants to schools and school districts. To learn more, visit 

NJEA Logo About NJEA:
NJEA is the state’s largest association of education professionals, representing over 200,000 elementary and secondary teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, educational support professionals, retirees, and students preparing to become teachers. To learn more, visit


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