Bristol-Myers Squibb Funds Green Schools Fellowship to Help New Jersey
School Districts Create Healthier, More Sustainable Learning Environments
U.S. Green Building Council will place Center for Green Schools Fellow at the
New Jersey School Boards Association to assist districts statewide
PRINCETON, N.J. -- April 22, 2013
A $100,000 grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) will support a
Center for Green Schools Fellow in New Jersey who will work with leaders from
the state’s 586 public school districts to provide direction, training and
resources toward greening school buildings.
The Fellow, who will be employed by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S.
Green Building Council (USGBC) and placed with the New Jersey School Boards
Association (NJSBA), will work with NJSBA staff to address opportunities
involving facilities, curriculum and professional development for school board
members. The fellowship will focus on helping school board members improve the
environmental aspects of New Jersey’s schools and increase awareness about the
importance of building sustainable communities. Following a nationwide search,
the Fellow is expected to begin work in June 2013.
A pilot effort during the 2013-14 academic year will concentrate on the New
Brunswick and Trenton school districts, urban districts that are located near
Bristol-Myers Squibb’s five campuses in Middlesex and Mercer counties in
central New Jersey. The project will later expand to include districts
statewide. Bristol-Myers Squibb’s grant to USGBC funds the first of three
years of the fellowship.
By placing Fellows in school districts across the country, USGBC hopes to
transform practices and culture through a direct line to key decision-makers.
The Center for Green Schools previously has placed Fellows in public school
districts in New Orleans, Sacramento and Boston.
“The Green Schools Fellowship Program gives us an amazing opportunity to
positively and permanentlyimpactthe projects, practices andpoliciesof an
entire school system,” says Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green
Schools at USGBC. “Through thegenerous support of Bristol-Myers Squibb, our
Fellows will continue to touch the lives of thousands of individuals who
attend school every day – students, teachers and staff – and help us further
toward our goal of green schools for allwithinthis generation.”
“This is a critical project that will help identify steps all schools can take
to promote safe and healthy environments and, in the process, have a positive
effect on curriculum, learning and the resources that support education,” says
Lawrence S. Feinsod, Ed.D., NJSBA’s executive director. “Our association looks
forward to this opportunity to advance the sustainability of our state’s
public schools through the USGBC Center for Green Schools Fellow program.”
He continued, “We thank Bristol-Myers Squibb for granting the funds to support
The Center for Green Schools Fellowship is one of several projects to promote
sustainable schools supported by NJSBA. The organization is also sponsoring
the Sustainable Schools Project, a three-year study started in 2011 to
identify the impact that “greening” existing school buildings would have on
operating costs and student achievement. In addition, NJSBA is working with
the Sustainable Jersey program at The College of New Jersey to establish a
certification program for public school districts, similar to one now in place
for municipal governments.
The USGBC Fellow placed at NJSBA will provide information to school districts
to help them achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
certification for school buildings, help align the LEED credit category
subject areas to environmental education and core curriculum standards, and
help schools achieve Sustainable Jersey certification.
“The Center for Green Schools Fellowship program aligns with Bristol-Myers
Squibb’s commitment to improve health and promote sustainability in our
communities,” says Susan Voigt, vice president, Environment, Health, Safety
and Sustainability, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “By supporting the Center’s
collaboration with NJSBA, we can make a significant impact on improving
education, health and environmental outcomes in schools across the state,
including in communities where our employees work and live.”
About Bristol-Myers Squibb
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to
discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail
over serious diseases. For more information, please visit www.bms.com or
follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/bmsnews.
About the Center for Green Schools
The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is making sure every student has the
opportunity to attend a green school within thisgeneration. From kindergarten
to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers,
faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive
the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn,
work and play. For more information, visit www.centerforgreenschools.org or
visit Twitter and Facebook.
About the New Jersey School Boards Association
The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of 586 local boards
of education and includes more than 75 charter school associate members. NJSBA
provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and
promote the achievement of all students through effective governance.
Frederick Egenolf, 609-252-4875
U.S. Green Building Council
Mallory Shelter, 202-742-3806
New Jersey School Boards Association
Frank Belluscio, 609-278-5205
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