Mount Alington Students Present to NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy

Photo Credit to Office of the First Lady

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June 14, 2019  -  Students at the Mount Arlington School had the opportunity to share their sustainability-themed projects with the NJ First Lady Tammy Murpphy.

Mount Arlington School PowerSave Team had an opportunity to shared about the school's Alliance to Save Energy PowerSave Schools Program as well as the school's Pedal-A-Watt system with NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy. The First Lady reached out to the District last week requesting the opportunity to view some of the schools' sustainability theme projects. 


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In March, the First Lady Tammy Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection launched #GoGreenNJ, a social media campaign to promote simple tips that New Jerseyans can do at home to help protect the environment and reduce the impacts of climate change.  

The First Lady will be promoting weekly environmental protection tips on issues such as conserving water, saving energy, and recycling to encourage others to preserve our natural resources.  

“Everyone can do their part to help move New Jersey forward on a path to clean energy and sustainability,” said First Lady Murphy. “This new campaign is designed to remind the public that everything we do, from the actions we take in our homes and offices to the highest levels of government, can have a positive and significant impact on the health of our families, communities, and the environment. We owe it not only to ourselves, but to the next generation as well.” 

 Improving and enhancing New Jersey’s environment is one of First Lady Murphy’s key policy initiatives, with a focus on reducing the impacts of climate change. She is the secretary and a charter member of former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Action Fund and has worked with many think tanks and organizations on issues such as the environment, health care, education, family services, the arts, and trans-Atlantic relations.

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The PowerSave Team conducts energy and water audits of the buildings using equipment provided by the Alliance to Save Energy and coordinated by New Jersey Natural Gas. Through the PowerSave Schools program, students are empowered to grow as leaders, apply academic knowledge to solve the real-world challenge of increasing utility bills, and move their schools and communities toward a greener future with energy efficiency practices and measurable energy savings.  

The Pedal-A-Watt system, which was originally funded by Friends of Mayor Arthur Ondish and by a grant from BASF,  is used in PE classes to generate electricity to a storage battery. The battery then powers the stereo system and fans for physical education classes.  Enrichment/STEM Teacher Julie Crawford commented, "The students were thrilled to share their experiences and expertise with the First Lady.  Her visit helped them to validate the authenticity of their efforts. They gained a more complete understanding about how important environmental awareness is for the future. 

One of the motivating factors for our students is that their research is often community based or involves academic competitions allowing them to problem solve for solutions. They discover how the real world uses data to make decisions for the community which in turn impacts others at regional, state, national, and international levels."

The First Lady also discussed other programs offered by the district including Model UN, Solar Cars, Historical Society, Robotics, Natural Disaster Emergency Planning, Bridge Building and Emissions Carbon Footprints, Musconetcong Watershed Program, and the school's Rain Garden.  

  • Internal school photos by J. Crawford
  • Additional Photo Credits to Office of the First Lady

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