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Winners of the 1st Annual Kean University Sustainability Essay Contest
New Jersey High School students share their vision on Sustainability.
Winners of the 1st Annual Kean University Sustainability Essay Contest

The 1st Annual Kean University Sustainability Essay Contest was launched in order to stimulate interest in sustainability in general and in the new School of Environmental and Life Sciences and the B.S. degree in Sustainability Science at Kean University in particular among New Jersey high school students.

Students were asked to describe the most pressing sustainability issues in: 1) New Jersey, 2) the United States, and 3) the world in a manner that will influence public opinion; articulate how these issues will impact society’s understanding of and attitudes toward sustainability; and offer solutions or actions to address said issues that can be implemented within the next decade.

The awards were: $1,000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, $250 for 3rd place, and $125 for 4th place. Any winner who chooses to enroll in the B.S. in Sustainability Science program at Kean will have her/his award doubled.

From left to right in the picture:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Toney, Dean, College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences
  • Alexander Davis, Elmwood Park Memorial High School, 1st Place
  • Angela Hoover, Kittatinny Regional High School, 3rd Place
  • Michael Fogg, Kittatinny Regional High School, 4th Place
  • Agnesa Redere, Kittatinny Regional High School, 2nd Place
  • Dhara Shah, Matawan Regional High School, Honorable Mention
  • Evan Jackson, Ramapo High School, Honorable Mention
  • Dr. Nicholas Smith-Sebasto, Executive Director, School of Environmental and Life Sciences



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