2021 May Newsletter

The future of our environment is critically dependent on the youth voices of today as they are the most impacted by current political decisions. Luckily, there is a great influx of youth engagement in activism these days, particularly in environmental action.

A cumulative group of youth environmental leaders and organizations from across the state of New Jersey have all come together to form the New Jersey Student Sustainability Coalition (NJSSC). Through NJSSC, youths have gained a tool to exercise their power in the decisions that determine their future. Founded in December 2018, NJSSC utilizes remote organizing tools to coordinate unified sustainability initiatives, provide resources and mentorship, and facilitate networking and collaboration.

NJSSC aims to play a role in raising youth voices in NJ and creating a climate in which young people are respected to the same extent as the more experienced, and are a meaningful part of the decision-making that shapes their future.


Green Dreamer
Paid intern opportunity!
Green Dreamer, an independent, community-supported podcast and multimedia journal exploring our paths to collective healing, ecological regeneration, and true abundance and wellness for all. They are currently looking for a paid, part-time Production Management Intern for 6 months—with the potential for the opportunity to be extended to a longer-term freelance role. This person will work on a diverse array of organizational, creative, and supportive projects and work closely with the host and audio producer. Visit their website for more information.
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US Forest Service  
The US Forest Service is providing opportunities for youths to get outdoors, gain work experience, explore careers, receive training, and more.
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The Student Conservation Association
Opportunity for high school students from ages 15-19.
The SCA has three types of crews that you can join, giving you the opportunity to work with other people passionate about the environment and make a difference.

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Stay Stoked Award
For those 20 years old or younger this is an opportunity to receive funding for a community project or other endeavor. It could be used for NJSSC or any other great initiative you're part of! 
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Action from the NJSSC Green Amendments Team! 
"We urge everyone to continue emailing their legislators, Senate President Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin urging support of the Green Amendment, either via custom emails or our ActionNetwork page,!"
NJ Transit Environment, Energy, & Sustainability
Summer intern opportunity!
NJ Transit is looking to hire talented students for their Summer Internship Program who can help initiate solution-based business models to the next level. As an intern at NJ Transit, you will oversee projects from concepts to completion. Interns step away from the regular sitting at the desk to having the opportunity at hands-on experience with several other business units within NJ Transit. The ideal candidate is passionate about learning and using creative solutions to make an impact on the lives of others every day.
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National Parks Service Internship and Job Opportunities
The National Parks Service is offering job and internship opportunities for youths. These include Youth Conservation Corps Opportunities, Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates, the Scientists in Parks Program, and much more.
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Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute
Two-week college summer program!
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Pay Up Climate Polluters
Opportunity to participate in a postcard campaign!
NJSSC encourages your participation in a simple, postage-free Pay Up Climate Polluters postcard campaign.  This nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign is backed by The Center for Climate Integrity, urging Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewal to file a lawsuit to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for climate damages. Why? Big Oil & Gas have known since at least the 1960's exactly how their products have caused climate change impacts, but pumped millions into misinformation campaigns to keep making a profit.  Even worse, all of the very expensive costs for climate protection projects have been dumped on us taxpayers while these polluters pay nothing.  Across the country, 26 other governments have already filed suit including Connecticut, Delaware, DC, and more.  You are invited to show support for New Jersey taking legal action by mailing 6 postcards as demonstrated here.  Fill out this postcard order form to have it mailed to your door.  You are invited to fill these out with others during an online postcard party on May 20th at 7:30pm if you wish, and an invite is provided within every postcard pack.

In the link below, you can also sign a pledge!
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Food & Water Watch NJ Organizing Fellowship
Paid fellowship opportunity!
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Action Alert!
Tell Governor Murphy and Senate President Sweeney to hold polluters accountable.

Campaign Updates!

Green Amendment

Team Leads: Margaret Berei & Svanfridur Mura

What has your team been doing?
"Our team has been reorganizing after Earth Month and held a press conference. After focusing most of April on our Earth Week events, we gave the team a brief break before reconvening. Behind the scenes, our leadership has been working on setting goals and refocusing strategy around a lobbying push before having tactic meetings soon. On May 20 we also..."

Browse the NJSSC Website!

Clean Energy Equity Act

Team Lead: Chioma Ibeku

What has your team been doing?
"We haven't done as much this month because we've been waiting to hear from the  Telecommunications and Utilities Committee on whether they will add the bill to the agenda and when they will have the meeting. The original meeting that was ..."

Sign the CEEA Petition!


Team Lead: Dedra Dadzie

What has your team been doing?
"Unfortunately it's been a busy month for the team with finals and ap exams so we haven't been able to do much."
Are there any upcoming events or ...

Member Highlights!

Kelsey Moss
Rowan College at Burlington County 

"When asked, “what I have done for New Jersey Students Sustainability Coalition”? My response is, it is not what I have done for them, it is
what they do for me! This Coalition of like-minded students has given me a platform to display my art on earth day as part of the NJSSC
Earth Day Art Show. This was a privilege and an opportunity I was very grateful to have. Most recently there has been a mental health
space created for students. Having such passion for the environment often leads to feeling discouraged, having anxiety, and becoming
burned out. Together with this space, we will help each other by arranging involved and giving ideas that provide the opportunity for
students to have a safe place to connect. We are planning to have weekly sessions, meditations, open topic discussions, movie nights,
paint therapy, and possibly even monthly motivational guest speakers.
When I started my quest to save the whole world from pollution and plastic, I quickly realized it is something that I cannot do on my own.
I needed help from everyone that lives here on this Earth! When I did a research paper on single-use plastic bags, it destroyed me, so
when presented with the idea to create a mental health space for NJSSC, I was in! It makes perfect sense! When students like myself
research all the harm that is done so carelessly by humans, not only does it hurt, but it has also mentally broken me down. Feeling
defeated, I decided to accept the things I cannot change, and have the courage to change the things I can. So, I decided I cannot take the
trash out of the ocean, but I can off Burlington Island. There is no other place other than nature for my mental health, and Burlington
Island is untouched and protected nature. I was grateful when I was appointed Secretary for the Board of Island Managers. Through my
loyal and proven dedication, I have the privilege to help with trail maintenance to improve safety on this beautiful Island. I hope to have
students from the NJSSC, especially involved with the mental health space, come to Burlington Island. They would receive peace and
serenity from the view of the 100 Acre Lake on the Island and see all the different plants and species in its natural habitat. It truly is a
beautiful place.
I encourage students of NJSSC to check out the new mental health space we created, and I also encourage anyone to reach out to me to
brainstorm ways we could offer sustainability education on Burlington Island. Go to the Board of Island Managers Website
( to find out more or to get involved NOW become a member To Friends of Burlington Island.

*Pictured first is Sunset View on the 100-acre lake on Burlington Island and Above Is aerial of Burlington
Island With Bristol Borough on the left and the City of Burlington on the right


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Check out these books:
  • Change of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change
  • Animal Lover's Guide to Changing the World
  • Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good (Emergent Strategy)
  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
  • Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It
  • Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution
  • Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World
  • As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock
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