The ACUA is accepting registrations for the the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program.

Are you concerned about the environment? Would you like to have a positive impact on your community but don’t know how? Consider the Rutgers Environmental Steward Program.

The Rutgers Environmental Steward program is designed to introduce non-scientists to the science behind important environmental issues affecting New Jersey. Stewards then give back to their own communities by helping to tackle local environmental problems. All that’s needed is a passion for the environment, a desire to learn and a willingness to volunteer.

There will be one statewide class for 2021. Current university guidelines restricts all in-person activity due to COVID-19, but the program may include some field sessions in the spring if these restrictions are lifted.

To become a Certified Environmental Steward, participants must complete a 60-hour internship of their choosing. The internship exposes the stewards to real-world environmental issues in their communities.

Online Class Details:

  • Class fee is $200. Scholarships are available to those in need.
  • Please note that you must be 16 years of age to participate. Under 18 requires parent permission and oversight.
  • Classes will be provided via our online course management system, called Canvas. You must have a computer or tablet with a microphone and speaker to participate. A desktop or laptop is preferred.
  • Classes will convene as a group 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays with a content expert who will cover that week’s topic. From 7-8 p.m., classes will break out into regions for the last hour to cover local issues and meet with their coordinator for further discussion and activities.
  • Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 26 and run for 20 weeks, ending June 1.
  • Deadline to register is Jan. 22.

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