2019 is the Jersey City Office of Sustainability's
Year of Sustainable Neighborhoods.

Jersey City Public Schools are taking part by challenging student teams to identify and solve a sustainability or resiliency related problem in their neighborhood.

Engaging students in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) is one of the most important factors in preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow. The Jersey City STEAM Sustainability Challenge addresses this issue. The challenge offers students the opportunity to be engaged in authentic hands-on experiences that will challenge them to identify, research and solve problems in their neighborhoods. Through this challenge students will explore the world of design and engineering and be afforded the opportunity to collaborate with experts and present their solutions to their peers and community. More than 20 schools district-wide have accepted this challenge to help solve some of the most current and pressing sustainability and resiliency issues in their city.

May 3, 2019



Finalists will pitch projects in a “Shark Tank Style” presentation to funders/staff for possible city implementation.

Walk through projects and interact with green careers professionals.

The Sustainability STEAM Challenge is a partnership between the Jersey City Public Schools Curriculum and Instruction Department and the Jersey City Office of Sustainability, with considerable help from the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation, the Jersey City Office of Innovation, and the assistance of our generous sponsors.

JCPS District Team:

  • Aldo Sanchez-Abreu, Associate Superintendent Curriculum and Instruction
  • Albert Padilla, Project Curriculum Director/JCPS District Supervisor of Science K-8
  • Ann Marley, Reusable bag K-2 Project Art Director/JCPS District Supervisor of Visual Arts K-12
  • Stacy Feszchak, Project Performing Art Director/JCPS District Supervisor of Performing Arts K-12
  • Manisha Shah, JCPS District Supervisor of Science 9-12

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