Issue: 15        

December 2014

 

 

South Jersey SRTS Program

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Communities can earn Sustainable Jersey certification points by participating in SRTS!

Communities that participate in the Sustainable Jersey certification program will be pleased to learn that developing a Safe Routes to School program is an eligible 10 point action item!

For more information about obtaining Sustainable Jersey points for creating an SRTS program, contact Cross County Connection at (856) 596-8228 or visit www.sustainablejersey.com.

 

Welcome to Cross County Connection's South Jersey Safe Routes to School Newsletter! These newsletters contain in-depth articles, news items, and examples of Safe Routes to School work in South Jersey. We hope you enjoy!  

 

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program that encourages children to be more physically active and creates safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from their schools. The program also encourages changes in travel behavior, supports increased traffic law enforcement around schools and educates communities about the benefits of active transportation.

 

If your school district or community is interested in learning more about SRTS, contact Cross County Connection, at (856) 596-8228 or ccctma@driveless.com.

 

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools & What Sustainability Means

 

On October 28, 2014, Sustainable Jersey for Schools was introduced at the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Workshop. Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a voluntary certification program for New Jersey public schools that want to go green and conserve resources to ensure a healthier future for students and the communities they serve. Registering for the program is FREE and Schools participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools can complete actions to achieve points towards two levels of certification: Bronze and Silver. 

 

You may be asking yourself, "Why participate?" Sustainable Jersey for Schools guides participants in implementing practices that lead to savings in energy and water bills. The program aims to cut waste and possibly free up money for other uses. By registering, you will also gain access to a myriad of training information, tools and guidance. Webinars and workshops are being coordinated throughout New Jersey. Sustainable practices such as the action items identified by the program will have a positive impact on children, both physically and academically. Participants that achieve Bronze or Silver status are provided a customized logo that can be used on the school's promotional materials and will be honored at an annual event. Finally, Sustainable Jersey for Schools serves as a grant clearinghouse. The program identifies resources to help schools develop a comprehensive sustainability program.

 

Sustainability has become a "buzz word" over the latter half of the decade for planners, engineers, municipalities, and businesses. Unfortunately, many are confused by the term and simply associate it with being "green." Sustainability can be summarized by one very simple principal: everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Depletion of natural resources can have a profound negative impact on future generations by compromising their ability to meet their own needs. Sustainability is viewed by many as a social responsibility that influences economic growth and environmental protection policies.

 

For more information on Sustainable Jersey for Schools, please visit  www.sustainablejerseyschools.com. 

 

If your school is currently participating in Safe Routes to School, you might have already completed an action item toward certification! Cross County Connection will assist any school district in southern New Jersey with action items pertaining to Safe Routes to School programming.

 

Those who are interested can register for a webinar that will explain how to participate in the program, the registration process and website resources. The webinar will also provide basic information on how to communicate, collaborate and organize school district or school green team efforts for certification success!

 

Getting Started with Sustainable Jersey for Schools Webinars:

  • December 17, 2014 | 12:00PM - 1PM
  • January 7, 2015 | 2:30PM - 3:30PM

 

 

 

SRTS Proven to Work

 

A recent study published by the American Planning Association confirms that SRTS programs are effective at increasing the rates of children that chose to walk or bicycle to and from school. The study found that schools that have implemented five years of SRTS encouragement and education activities have seen a 25% increase in walking and bicycling rates, while municipalities that have executed some type of bicycle or pedestrian engineering improvement, saw an 18% increase in walking and bicycling rates to and from school. To review the study, click here.

 

 

 

Crossing Guard Training Modules Now Available


Crossing guards play an integral part in ensuring students get to and from school safely on a daily basis. The New Jersey SRTS Resource Center, supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety with funding from Federal Highway Administration, has developed an interactive website to support school crossing guards and assist their supervisors. The website includes a clearinghouse of New Jersey pedestrian and bicycling laws, crossing guard training materials, a Crossing Guard Manual for Supervisors, and model policies municipalities and school districts can implement to ensure safe practices are being followed.

 

Recently, a new training video has been released for use by crossing guard supervisors statewide that details safe crossing procedures, expectations and duties of crossing guards and the importance of appropriate equipment. The video encompasses the key principal concepts of the New Jersey Crossing Guard Training Program. The New Jersey SRTS Resource Center conducts training programs for Municipal Police Traffic Safety Officers who supervise school crossing guards. Regional training sessions are being held throughout the following months for police officers and crossing guard supervisors. If you would like to receive more information about the training, please email srts@ejb.rutgers.edu or visit www.njcrossingguards.org.  

 

 

 

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