As part of the partnership between Sustainable Jersey and the Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at The College of New Jersey, we are pleased to announce an opportunity for Sustainable Jersey communities to enlist students from The College of New Jersey to support your municipality’s green team on a specific project that contributes to your Sustainable Jersey certification progress.
We are currently seeking municipalities that are interested in partnering with the Bonner Institute to have TCNJ students' volunteer services for one-day projects.
All applications should be completed online using the link below. Please note the application must be completed in one sitting, and therefore it is recommended to review and prepare you answers ahead of time using the application information packet below.
Online Application Deadline: Monday, August 21, 2017 at midnight
Recipient Announcement Date: Friday, August 25, 2017
The project must occur on one of the following days:
Applicants must be registered with Sustainable Jersey AND have an active green team. Sustainable Jersey Certification is not required. The proposed project must be related to Sustainable Jersey actions.
Municipalities will be selected for volunteer services based on on the criteria outlined below:
In 2016, a group of students and Bonners supported the Ewing Community Garden spring clean up. The Bonner Institute has worked with the community garden for a number of years.
The Mt Holly Green Team and Environmental Committee hosted twenty TCNJ students in a community engaged learning day to help with the long term maintenance and stewardship of the Mount of Mount Holly. In 2013, a forest restoration project, funded by a grant from Sustainable Jersey, utilized a combination of goats and an herbicide treatment to remove invasive English Ivy.
Ewing Community Garden Spring Clean Up
As part of the long term maintenance of the park, residual English Ivy is being removed by manually pulling it out by the roots before it can take hold and re -establish itself. The TCNJ students helped pull Ivy from about an acre area where new sprouts were emerging.
A group of about 20 Bonner and TCNJ students worked with project leader, Margaret Chowdhury, (Master Gardener, Fanwood Environmental Commission and Green Team Organizer) on Fanwood Nature Center Rescue Day. The purpose of the day was to save the Nature Center from the threatening overgrowth of invasive species and poison ivy. Students were educated in invasive species identification and proper removal, as well as the importance of non-chemical and environmentally friendly ways to eradicate invasive species and poison ivy.
All questions regarding the Sustainable Jersey-Bonner Institute Opportunity for Volunteer Services application should be directed to Megan Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-771-2421.