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Announcing the New Jersey Student Climate Challenge

Announcing the New Jersey Student Climate Challenge

Sustainable Jersey for Schools and the Drumthwacket Foundation are pleased to announce the New Jersey Student Climate Challenge pilot program aimed at highlighting the role youth can play in addressing the climate crisis. The program is made possible through funding from Atlantic City Electric and the Excelon Foundation.  The initiative builds on New Jersey’s work to increase climate literacy in young people across the state, including its first-in-the-nation effort to incorporate climate change education across all K-12 Student Learning Standards. This FREE program includes a virtual Climate Summit and a Climate Contest. Schools serving students in grade six and above in the Atlantic City Electric service area are eligible to participate. 

View the list of eligible schools here.

View the program brochure here. Please share this information with eligible schools in your area and think about how your green team can encourage student projects for the Climate Contest. 

The Climate Summit is a FREE, virtual learning experience that includes opening and closing plenaries with keynote speakers, a variety of topic focused student sessions, and teacher professional development sessions held from Tuesday, February 23 to Monday, March 22. Students and their teachers can participate in live virtual sessions to learn about actionable ways to address the climate crisis. The summit will energize and motivate students as they begin to think about the impact of climate change on their own lives and what they can do to address it. Session recordings will also be available on the Sustainable Jersey for Schools website. 

The Climate Contest will recognize student teams that complete a school or community project to address the climate crisis. The contest entry will be a digital story reflecting on how climate change impacts their school or community and what they learned by completing the project. Practical digital story making tips will be provided, as well as resources for teacher mentors and students on topics such as project brainstorming, video techniques and completing the contest application. First, second and third place winners in a middle school and a high school category will be selected by a panel of judges that includes educators and representatives from local non-profits, state agencies and the partner organizations. Schools with winning submissions will receive a grant to support their climate education initiatives: first place $2,500, second place $1,000 and third place $500. An Awards Ceremony hosted by the Drumthwacket Foundation with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy will honor the winning school teams. 

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