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06/12/2017 - For Immediate Release

Wall, N.J. — New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) announced it will continue to offer and fund the PowerSave Schools (PowerSave) program for eligible area schools in its service territory for the 2017–18 academic year. Created by the Alliance to Save Energy (Alliance), the program incorporates energy-efficiency as part of the curricula and educates students by way of hands-on projects designed to help schools save energy and money through changes in behavior, operations and maintenance procedures.

PowerSave is open to 15 new schools and now accepting applications from schools within NJNG’s service territory registered with Sustainable Jersey for Schools® — which will facilitate the application process. This nonprofit is a free and voluntary initiative that helps schools go green, conserve resources and contribute to a better future, while earning points toward certification as a sustainable school.

In addition, the program will continue to support 17 returning schools. The Alliance will assign the participating schools with a local project leader who will provide ongoing support, training workshops and resources to guide students and staff in implementing energy-efficiency projects. It will also help initial schools that started in the program three years ago transition to an independent program to further their energy-efficiency efforts. Nationally, PowerSave participating schools reduce consumption an average of 5 to 15 percent annually.

“PowerSave closely aligns with our Conserve to Preserve® efforts and is a natural fit to our commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Anne-Marie Peracchio, director of conservation and clean energy at New Jersey Natural Gas. “We are excited to bring together enthusiastic, like-minded teachers, students and school staff to advance energy-saving efforts, and encourage others to incorporate energy efficiency as a standard practice.” Scott Thatch, vice president for the Alliance to Save Energy, added, “Our strong collaboration with NJNG exemplifies the impact we can have in empowering the younger generation to make a difference by training and educating their peers and community members on best energy practices.”

The program closely aligns with the mission of Sustainable Jersey for Schools to energize the sustainability efforts of New Jersey public schools through training, grants and incentives that help improve efficiency, cut waste and free up money for the classroom. “PowerSave provides another valuable opportunity for our registered schools and their students to advance sustainability, and have a positive impact as members of the community,” added Randall Solomon, executive director at Sustainable Jersey. PowerSave components parallel action items under Sustainable Jersey for Schools and provide the opportunity for schools to earn more than 50 points toward certification.

Schools registered with Sustainable Jersey for Schools are encouraged to apply by the July 31, 2017 deadline. The program will roll out across selected participating schools in September 2017 and continue throughout the academic year. Interested schools can contact Vera Figueiredo, local project leader for PowerSave Schools, at or 908-247-3840 for details.

To access the application online, go to the Grants & Resources tab at and select Resource Opportunities on the right navigation bar.

About New Jersey Resources
New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR) is a Fortune 1000 company that, through its subsidiaries, provides safe and reliable natural gas and clean energy services, including transportation, distribution, asset management and home services. NJR is composed of five primary businesses:

  • New Jersey Natural Gas, NJR’s principal subsidiary, operates and maintains over 7,300 miles of natural gas transportation and distribution infrastructure to serve over half a million customers in New Jersey’s Monmouth, Ocean and parts of Morris, Middlesex and Burlington counties.
  • NJR Energy Services manages a diversified portfolio of natural gas transportation and storage assets and provides physical natural gas services and customized energy solutions to its customers across North America.
  • NJR Clean Energy Ventures invests in, owns and operates solar and onshore wind projects with a total capacity of more than 280 megawatts, providing residential and commercial customers with low-carbon solutions.
  • NJR Midstream serves customers from local distributors and producers to electric generators and wholesale marketers through its 50 percent equity ownership in the Steckman Ridge natural gas storage facility and its stake in Dominion Midstream Partners, L.P., as well as its 20 percent equity interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project.
  • NJR Home Services provides service contracts as well as heating, central air conditioning, water heaters, standby generators, solar and other indoor and outdoor comfort products to residential homes throughout New Jersey.

NJR and its more than 1,000 employees are committed to helping customers save energy and money by promoting conservation and encouraging efficiency through Conserve to Preserve® and initiatives such as The SAVEGREEN Project® and The Sunlight Advantage®.

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About Alliance to Save Energy
The Alliance to Save Energy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded 40 years ago, has pursued the singular goal of promoting energy efficiency through programs and policies to achieve a healthier economy, cleaner environment and greater energy security. The Alliance is a leader in the field of energy efficiency and, for 29 years now, has worked with partners to deliver free-of-cost energy-efficiency education programs to schools and college campuses across the nation, through the PowerSave Schools and PowerSave Campus programs.

Since 1996, the PowerSave Schools program has empowered over 250,000 K-12 students and their teachers in over 2100 schools across the country to save energy in their schools. PowerSave students learn about energy and energy efficiency through standards-linked educational material, by engaging in hands-on projects, and using diagnostic tools to assess energy consumption and identify ways to conserve. By using their school buildings as learning laboratories, students tackle real world problems and generate behavior change, making energy efficiency visible and doable.

About Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for public schools in New Jersey. It was launched by Sustainable Jersey, an organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability programs.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is underwritten by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). The 2017 Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grants program is funded by the PSEG Foundation, NJEA, the Gardinier Environmental Fund and the New Jersey Department of Health. Founding Sponsor contributors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and NJM Insurance Group. Bayer Foundation and Investors Bank are Silver Sponsors. Program partners include: NJSBA, NJEA, New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO), New Jersey Parent Teacher Association (NJPTA), New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association (NJSBGA) and The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

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