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N.J.’s Office of Climate Change Education is a first in the U.S.

On Sept. 26, Gov. Phil Murphy, wife Tammy Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Education announced the establishment of the Office of Climate Change Education.

This initiative — the first of its kind in the United States, per a press release from the governor’s office — will exist within the NJDOE’s Office of Innovation and be led by Sarah Sterling-Laldee, a longtime science teacher in Paterson and New Brunswick schools.

“In the midst of some of the worst climate-related events that our country has ever faced, New Jersey is taking a proactive stance in combating climate change, and education is the foundation of our efforts,” Gov. Murphy said. “Through this initiative, we are not only fostering environmental consciousness but also preparing our youth to innovate, lead and shape effective solutions for a greener world.”

According to the governor’s office, the Office of Climate Change Education will support the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for climate change education, collaborate with educators and other stakeholders, and use feedback and insights “to inform professional development opportunities, technical assistance, as well as guidance and resources to facilitate high-quality and innovative learning opportunities for all students.”