Camden County is the first and only county in the state to have an Office and Director of Sustainability. The county’s Office of Sustainability manages a number of greenhouses on the Lakeland Campus in Gloucester Township.They grow approximately 15,000 plants for the Camden County parks, saving the county $10,000 annually. The Camden County branch of the Rutgers Master Gardeners program supplies the expertise and volunteer labor to care for the plants while they’re growing in the greenhouses.\c
Having a sound sustainability program provides a roadmap to conserving resources, promoting innovation and saving money. In addition, as the possibility of having to deal with events like Superstorm Sandy on a more regular basis seems likely, it’s critical to include resiliency and sustainability into all our projects and planning. Practices such as water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction, vehicle fleet management, green purchasing, green building design and investments in innovative technologies, such as renewable energy generation, are all part of a sustainability plan and need to be measured to track our progress against our goals. Read More.
The Camden County Office of Education serves as the local field office and representative for the New Jersey Department of Education. Camden County is home to approximately 511,000 residents of which approximately 76,000 are students that attend one of the 36 school districts (with school buildings), two non-operating school districts (Hi-Nella and Chesilhurst), one Educational Services Commission, and 13 charter/renaissance schools. There are over 150 schools in the county that provide educational services to the children on a daily basis during the school year. The Camden County Office of Education, under the direction of the Executive County Superintendent of Schools, is responsible for the following: Evaluation and ongoing monitoring of school district performance, evaluation of opportunities for consolidation of services within the county including, but not limited to, purchasing, special education and transportation service; Teacher, educational services and administrator license processing and county substitute credential issuance; Review and approval of school district budgets, administrator contracts, pupil transportation contracts and school facilities; Health, safety and security issues in public schools; Education law and code review, interpretation and enforcement; Special education review and approval; Criminal background check review and monitoring; Grants management review and notification. Read More.
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