Pollution from single-use plastics harms our planet, our wildlife, and our own health. Much of this pollution comes from plastic items we don't need in our lives at all - from plastic grocery bags to polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) takeout food containers. The plastics project aims to push forward both local and statewide legislation to ban single-use plastic bags. Currently, we are focused on forming key partnerships with other organizations, such as ANJEC and the Plastic Pollution Coalition, & taking action for a state plastics bill to pass through the state Assembly.
Project Coordinator: Purva Bommireddy
The NJ Student Sustainability Coalition (NJSSC) is a youth-run network of college and high school students across the state of New Jersey. This collaborative network shares experience, resources, and expertise to build student power across the state and push forward sustainability initiatives that benefit us all.
WHAT WE DO
We realize our mission through three primary strategies:
Programming - organizing collaborative events, from trainings to conferences, to help our coalition members network and learn how to carry out their work more effectively
Resource Building - connecting schools and environmental groups engaged in similar issues to share best practices, and developing centralized lists of opportunities and tools
Political Action - establishing policy positions and initiating joint projects to elevate youth voices in environmental decision-making
[Currently, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, NJSSC is functioning almost completely virtually]
WHERE WE ARE
Our coalition members are spread all across the northern, central, and southern parts of the state of New Jersey. This interactive map shows the institutions where our members attend school. The map is color-coded to distinguish colleges and elementary, middle, and high schools.
Don't see your school? Become our first member from your institution by filling out the coalition membership form!
NJSSC IN ACTION!
While much of our coalition's coordination and activity currently happens remotely, we have often created opportunities to get together. Whether it's supporting each other at big events that our member groups are running, meeting up at regional conferences, or hosting our own coalition-specific convenings, NJSSC members come together and make real change for our state.
Enjoy a slideshow of our best Coalition In Action photos! And don't feel the fear of missing out: join the fun today by filling out our coalition membership form!
Aug 2020: NJSSC member Avani Prakash did her Girl Scouts Gold Award project on composting, and created this video guide and presentation to teach people how to compost.
NJJSC is always looking for new members to join! Whether you are already an activist with experience or not does not matter: the movement towards a more sustainable Earth could use all the help it could get!
Join today by filling out this interest form!
If you don't hear back after 2 weeks, please send an email with your interest in joining to email@example.com