Elementary school recognized for environmental sustainability

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SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS—Spring Lake Heights Elementary School has been recognized by Sustainable Jersey for Schools for its successful completion of a sustainability certification. 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a free, voluntary certification program for K-12 public schools in New Jersey.

When certified, a school is given a bronze or silver certification. The type of certification depends on how many actions, given by Sustainable Jersey for Schools, were taken over the course of the certification. Some of the hundreds of possible actions include installing a ‘green team’, developing a ‘walk to school’ travel plan and conducting a waste audit. Spring Lake Heights Elementary received a silver certification in 2020, but didn’t stop there. 

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Schools that go above and beyond the requirements receive a digital gold star. Gold stars are given to schools who receive a silver certification and complete hybrid training programs based around sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. Spring Lake Heights Elementary is one of the first schools in the area to receive a gold digital star.

The dedication of our staff to being a cutting edge district and providing our students with the best possible education is evident through these two awards,” Superintendent John Spalthoff told The Coast Star. “While we may only be one school district, we have proven that just because you’re small, it doesn’t mean you can’t be mighty.”

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