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Bergenfield High School Recertified by Sustainable Jersey for Schools

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Bergenfield High School Recertified by Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Becomes first school recognized twice as sustainability leaders in Bergen County from Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Bergenfield, NJ (December 3, 2019) - Bergenfield High School has once again achieved bronze certification for its sustainability efforts through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. Bergenfield High School became the first school in the county to be certified for a second time by the nonprofit organization, joining a group of 241 schools across the state in 2019. BHS was also the first in the county when it received its first three-year certification back in 2016.

“Our district believes in educating our learning community about the importance of environmental stewardship and conservation. We applaud Bergenfield High School for the sustainability efforts they have implemented. By acting locally and thinking globally, our students are paving the way to make Bergenfield and the global community a better place,” said Dr. Christopher Tully, Superintendent of Schools.

Bergenfield High School evaluated the school’s existing programs and identified ways to reduce waste and increase sustainability. A number of current programs, such as general recycling, before-the-bell breakfast program, and renewable generation system served as a strong platform for the certification process. In recent years, the school installed new uninvent systems that would help control indoor air quality while providing more energy-efficient heat, as well as began utilizing air quality flags in the athletic program to better inform members of outdoor air quality. The high school also received a Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant from PSEG to support a new program that targets collecting food waste and converting it to compost to be used in school gardens and grounds.

Participating schools collaborate with their district to assemble teams comprising key school members, including board representation, administration, faculty and students to implement programs for certification.

Bergenfield High School was honored at a reception during the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Workshop 2019 Conference in October.

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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, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability programs. A total of 887 schools and 340 school districts are participating in the program overall.

BHS Green Team
Several members of the BHS Green Team gathered to display the Sustainable Jersey Schools plaque. Pictured: Melissa Weigl, Chris Langschultz, Dr. Joseph Amara, James Fasano, Doug Lemberg, Janina Zychowski, Katelyn King, Robert Ragasa, David DiPisa, and Dr. Christopher Tully. Team members not photographed include: Paul Whitaker, Julia Guttilla, Joe Verga, and a group of BHS students.