Pearson Foundation Announces Winners of New Jersey GO GREEN! Challenge

12 March 2012

Garden state youth create compelling public service announcements

TRENTON, New Jersey—The Pearson Foundation today announced the winners of the New Jersey GO GREEN! Challenge. The grand prize was awarded to Scott Nolasco and Alex Schulsinger from Northern Highlands Regional High School (Allendale, New Jersey) for their Public Service Announcement (PSA) entitled, “It’s Your Turn.”

The New Jersey GO GREEN! Challenge was designed to raise awareness among young people, educators, and policymakers about the importance of clean energy sources. Students across the Garden State entered PSAs focused on the need for renewable, carbon-free energy that comes from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heat.

Nolasco and Schulsinger’s PSA featured ways people can be more energy conscious and “go green,” explaining that only individuals can make the decision to go green. The PSA can be seen at http://njgreenchallenge.org/. The students will be presented with a certificate of recognition along with Apple iPads at the School Board meeting today.

Go Green finalists included “Keep On Turning,” by Aleksandre Kosinski and Tom Johnson from Cherry Hill East High School, and “Save The Planet,” by Jenna Cody and Abby Gordon from Princeton High School.

“We are so proud of Scott and Alex,” said Northern Highlands Regional High School Principal Joe Occhino. “These students exemplify the creativity and awareness that is the backbone of what we do here at Northern Highlands Regional High School.”

“We’re pleased with the response we received from students across New Jersey,” said Pearson Foundation President and CEO Mark Nieker. “The New Jersey GO GREEN! Challenge provided a great venue for students to be imaginative and inspire others to think about making small changes in their lives in an effort to go green and protect our environment.”

To view the winning PSAs visit www.njgreenchallenge.org or to learn more about the Pearson Foundation, visit www.pearsonfoundation.org.

About the Pearson Foundation

The Pearson Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning, and great teaching. The Pearson Foundation collaborates with leading businesses, non-profits, and education experts to share good practice; foster innovation; and find workable solutions to the educational disadvantages facing young people and adults across the globe. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org.

Media Contact:

Stacey Finkel, stacey.finkel@pearsonfoundation.org or 703-304-1377