The US Green Building Council New Jersey (USGBC NJ) hosted an Environmental Education Day for children from underserved households on Wednesday, August 15th at Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area.
USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to ecologically sustainable, resilient, profitable, and healthy communities. They accomplish their mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration.
This is the 8th consecutive year that the USGBC NJ has designated funds raised through their Annual Summer Social to sponsor a day of green education for underserved youth from around the state.
The group of children – about 70 school-aged children and their chaperones from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark, Red Bank, and Asbury Park – participated in NJ Sea Grant’s Marsh and Ocean Environments program. This full-day, outdoor program provides an introduction to the salt marsh and barrier beach environment. The kids enjoyed hands-on learning activities at both sites. An overview of the history of Sandy Hook is integrated throughout the program.
Cynthia Banks, Vice President of Operations at the Boys and Girls Club of Newark said about the event, “The children had a WONDERFUL TIME! The BIG HIT was them putting on the [hip waders] and going out into the salt marsh. All of them got to wear outfit and go out into the inlet to collect sea samples. It was great listening to them share their experience with their parents as they were picking them up at the end of day.”
As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC NJ provides educational programs, events, green building tours, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network. Sponsorships and donations to USGBC NJ provide vital support for all of these programs.
Find upcoming tours, networking, and educational events, here: https://usgbcnj.org/event-directory/.