Six student teams from New Jersey have been honored by Atlantic City Electric and Drumthwacket Foundation. They are participating in the New Jersey Student Climate Challenge, which offers local solutions to the problem of climate change.
Local student teams were given the task of creating and executing a climate action project in their school or community. The Drumthwacket Foundation, New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy hosted a virtual awards ceremony to recognize the winners and mentors of the student team.
“This generation of students will feel the impact of climate change more than any other and they understand the critical need for innovative climate action,” said First Lady Tammy Murphy. “The creativity, passion and advocacy displayed by our students through their projects fills me with hope for the future and certainty that New Jersey’s youth will be the future leaders of the climate movement for our nation and the world.”
The New Jersey Student Climate Challenge, a pilot program funded by Atlantic City Electric (and its parent company Exelon), was created to promote the growing role that young people play in addressing climate change. The initiative builds on New Jersey’s efforts to increase climate literacy among young people across the state, including its first-in-the-nation effort to incorporate climate change education across all Kindergarten through 12th grade state academic standards.
“The students participating and receiving grants represent the best of the best across South Jersey and demonstrate a bright future for the next generation that will shape our continued efforts to combat the climate crisis,” said Melissa Lavinson, senior vice president of Federal Governmental and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy for Exelon Utility, which includes Atlantic City Electric. “Climate Change continues to impact our communities. From the recent EF3 tornado in Gloucester County to more severe thunderstorms and hurricanes, programs like the New Jersey Student Climate Challenge have never been more important in helping to raise awareness of the need to act and respond.”
The high school category winners are:
- First: Team MM, Winslow Township High school, Winslow Township Schools District, Camden County.
- Second: Penns Grove Locavores Teams from Penns Grove School, Penns Grove – Carneys Point Regional School District. Salem County.
- Third: Clearview Environmental Club, Clearview Regional Hi School District, Gloucester County.
The middle school category winners are:
- First: Plastic Free AC Team at Sovereign Avenue School in Atlantic City School District, Atlantic County
- Second: The Green Team of Winslow Township Middle Schools, Winslow Township School district, Camden County.
- Third: Radical Rugrats Team Winslow Township 5 Winslow Township, Camden County
Sustainable Jersey, the program facilitator, and the Drumthwacket Foundation collaborated to create the contest using a $500,000 grant from Atlantic City Electric. During the inaugural year, the pilot program provided support and recognition to teams of students from public middle and high schools in Atlantic City Electric’s service area.
The panel of judges comprised educators, representatives from local non profit organizations, state agencies, as well as representatives from partner organisations. The winning schools receive a grant to help them with their climate education initiatives.
Details regarding this year’s New Jersey Student Climate Challenge
This year’s New Jersey Student Climate Challenge is now open to New Jersey public schools and students in grades six to 12 across the state. Students in middle and senior high school are encouraged and encouraged to identify and carry out a school- or community-based project that addresses climate change. To highlight their accomplishments, the students create a short video story.
Educational sessions are offered to support and inspire student action. These sessions focus on local climate change impacts and strategies to address them. They also feature success stories about students who are already doing great things. Students are enrolled through their schools.
Participation is free for students and schools.
April 1st deadline for entry
For information, visit bit.ly/NJStudentClimateChallenge.
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