NJHEPS | New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability

New Jersey Higher Education Partnership For Sustainability

Sharp Sustainability Education Center

Ramapo College of New Jersey

505 Ramapo Valley Rd.

Mahwah, NJ 07430, USA

(201) 684-7830, njheps@gmail.com, http://www.njheps.org

A Message from the NJHEPS President

Dear Members of the NJHEPS Community,

With the daffodils blooming and winter almost behind us, NJHEPS has great spring initiatives underway.

In this newsletter, I hope you will take notice of our upcoming events including the Student Spring Symposium on April 2 organized by the NJHEPS Student Leadership team and Stevens Institute of Technology; and the Construction, Facilities and Energy Day on April 29.

I also want to take a moment to thank the Ramapo College community for their continued support of NJHEPS. As our gracious host and administrative partner, Ramapo College plays a critical role in the vitally important work of promoting and enhancing sustainability in the Garden State and its’ academic institutions. For this we are truly grateful.

Finally, I would like to congratulate NJHEPS steering committee member Joel Harmon and the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at Fairleigh Dickinson University for achieving their tenth year of promoting sustainable business practices.

We are very excited about this very active time of year. I hope to see you at one of our events!

Shana Weber, Ph.D., President, NJHEPS

Director, Office of Sustainability, Princeton University

NJHEPS Launches Student Internship Program

The NJHEPS Student Intern Committee seeks to partner with businesses, government agencies and non-profits interested in offering high quality internship opportunities to high-achieving college juniors and seniors committed to building careers with positive social and environmental impact. The goal of the NJHEPS Internship Program is to connect top students with internship opportunities at mission-driven New Jersey businesses and social enterprises.

The NJHEPS membership and executive committee welcomes the opportunity to match excellent intern candidates for our partners. NJHEPS will provide full support in the development of the internship position, matching top candidates, orientation, mentoring and assessment, and providing an alumni network.

If you are interested in hosting an internship or participating in the program, please contact Kristie Reilly at njheps@gmail.com or (908)577-6859.

NJHEPS Student Leadership Group is expanding and looking for new members

NJHEPS recently announced the newly created Student Leadership Organization. This new initiative is an opportunity for interested students from our member institutions to apply their talents and ideas to incorporate sustainability to a wide range of academic and career disciplines. The organization focuses on building student programs that provide awareness and opportunities for students to share their campus research and initiatives in sustainability. Their first major undertaking “Spring Student Symposium "Innovations of Sustainable Communities" will take place Saturday, April 2 (see details in the events section of this newsletter).

If you are interested in becoming a member of the NJHEPS student leadership group or would like to support the group in any way, please send an email to Kristie Reilly at njheps@gmail.com and we will be in touch as soon as possible!

NJHEPS Spring Events

Please join us for a great spring of with NJHEPS!

You can view and register for all of these events at www.njheps.org or email us at njheps@gmail.com

Spring Student Symposium "Innovations of Sustainable Communities"

Saturday, April 2, 2016 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Stevens Institute of Technology

NJHEPS and Stevens Institute of Technology welcomes members of the community, faculty, students, facilities, energy and sustainability officers, and all others engaged in or interested in practicing sustainability in our communities.

Please encourage students to participate in our poster session and contest.

Review the event and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovations-of-sustainable-communities-tickets-21451684566 or http://njheps.org/event-2167671

This is a free event.

NJHEPS Facilities, Construction and Energy Day 

“Construction and Energy Cost Control and Best Practices in Sustainability”

Friday, April 29, 2016  8:30 am- 1:45 pm

Middlesex County College, College Center, Upper Level

8:30 am      Registration and Coffee

9:00 am      Panel Discussion “Using an Integrative Design Process to Manage Construction Cost”

10:45 am    Round Table Discussion “Best Practices in Sustainability”

11:30 am    Lunch

12:30 pm    “Save Money and Energy with the New Jersey Clean Energy Program”

1:00 pm      Panel Discussion

                  “Campus Revitalization through ESIP: A Case Study Featuring Salem Community College”

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/njheps-facilities-construction-and-energy-day-tickets-21823403387

This is a free event.

What’s New on our New Jersey Campuses

We’d love to hear from you! Let us help you get the word out about your campus sustainability initiatives…

Fairleigh Dickenson University

Tickets are now on sale for our April 7th celebration of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise’s 10th Anniversary and CHRMS 25th Anniversary held from 7-10pm at the Westin Governor Morris Hotel in Morristown, The goal is to advance ISE’s work as a catalyst for sustainable enterprises and fund scholarships for students to study sustainability.

Join us and your fellow colleagues at this unique 100% green/carbon-neutral event and network with friends, business and NGO leaders, and top civic-minded FDU students. Our featured speakers will be: Jonas Haertle, (Head, PRME Secretariat UN Global Compact), Charlene Wall-Warren (Sustainability Director, BASF), and David Levine (Co-founder, President and CEO, American Sustainable Business Council). They will address sustainability as a cornerstone of future economic development and the critical role of business leaders in implementing solutions to our challenging sustainability issues. We are also eagerly looking forward to sharing more details about the launch of the New Jersey Sustainable Economy Action Roundtable (NJ-SEAR) -- for a greener, cleaner and flourishing New Jersey economy-- which has received high enthusiasm from many business and civic leaders in the state. We look forward to seeing you on April 7.

Note: Special Non-Profit/Academic rate of only $95 ($45 below cost). Any tickets purchased and donate back to us are fully tax-deductible and will allow top students to attend on a complimentary basis.

To purchase tickets and sponsorship and make donations go to www.celebrateise.org

For more information contact Joel Harmon at jharmon444@aol.com

Princeton University

Solar Picnic Table Designed in Architecture Course

Students enrolled in ARC 311 this past fall were enlisted to design a solar picnic table for their final project. Assisted by Dr. Forrest Meggers, the table will allow electronics (e.g. laptops and phones) to be charged off-grid.


Raritan Valley Community College

RVCC earns Silver level rating from AASHE STARS

In 2015, RVCC earned a Silver level rating from AASHE STARS (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking and Rating System). In their annual STARS report, AASHE recognized RVCC as the 2-year college top performer in Waste, a top performer in Planning & Coordination, and a Rising Star for improving over 15 points from our previous report in 2011. They also highlighted RVCC for best practices in the Buildings category.

In 2016, RVCC will open two new LEED Silver buildings, the Science addition and Workforce Development. RVCC’s LEED-designed buildings earn LEED Energy and Atmosphere credits (EAC) for enhanced commissioning and optimizing energy usage by about 15% over ASHRAE 90.1 2007. These buildings have improved air quality and ventilation and reduced contaminants, due to high quality HVAC and filters as well as low VOC materials, paints, and adhesives.

For more information about RVCC’s recent success, please contact Susan Dorward at sdorward@raritanval.edu or Brian O’Rourke at Brian.O'Rourke@raritanval.edu.

Saint Peter’s University

Sustainability Spring at Saint Peter's - Please join us!

April 22, 2016 Students Against Violating the Earth will host Earth Day and Earth Week events including Environmental Jeopardy; Environmental Photo Contest and Exhibit.

For more information contact Marilu Marcillo-Gomez at mmarcillogomez@saintpeters.edu or Eileen Poiani at epoiani@saintpeters.edu

Seton Hall University

SHU offers Environmental Studies, Grow a Greener Campus, MPA Sustainability Track

Seton Hall University's sustainable initiatives encompass a range of efforts, beginning with an undergrad Environmental Studies Program (Michael.Taylor@shu.edu) and a Grow a Greener Campus program, which includes seasonal celebrations (Earth Day Eco-festival, Fall harvest garden festival); increased organic vegetable and herb production in the campus garden and greenhouse; permaculture design project installations (rain garden, meditation labyrinth with herb spiral, perennial fruit production and grape arbor and pollinator habitat. SHUcycle works to increase reusable water bottles use and disposable plastic bottle recycling, all led by students in Wanda Knapik’s classes in Sustainable Food Systems and Permaculture Design (wanda.krapnik@shu.edu)) and the Ecology Club, working with John Signorello, Assoc. VP for Facilities, John.Signorello@shu.edu. A new Sustainability track in the grad Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) program is also under development, (matthew.hale@shu.edu) with a Sustainability and Law course already on offer (jeff.fucci@gmail.com) and a course ‘Managing Sustainable Communities’ planned for Fall 2016.

Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens earns Silver level rating from AASHE STARS

In 2015, Stevens earned a Silver level rating from AASHE STARS (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking and Rating System). As new STARS participants, achieving the Silver rating is a testament to all the good work Stevens has done toward caring for the planet as just a general practice. During their review, AASHE also made note of Stevens’ best practices in Community Stakeholder Engagement through the Center for Innovation and Engineering and Science Education and Stevens’ excellence in Innovation, as evidenced by the recent win at the 2015 Solar Decathlon Competition.

In 2016, Stevens will begin construction of a new Academic Gateway building which has been designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating. Some of the sustainability initiatives planned for Gateway include water use reduction, use of recycled materials, improved energy conservation and reduced light pollution.

For more information about Stevens’ recent success, please contact Jennifer Kearney at jkearney@gotham360.com or Robert Maffia at rmaffia@stevens.edu

Interested in Becoming a Corporate Sponsor?

NJHEPS is a membership-based, professional association founded in 1998 are we are always welcoming new sponsors. So much of our growth and success is due to our corporate sponsor members and college/university members from New Jersey.

Memberships run for a one-year renewable term and include many benefits such as recognition of your sponsorship on the NJHEPS website, opportunities for you to share ways in which you can help our member institutions reach their sustainability goals, newsletters that include notices of events and highlights of activities across higher education, free displays and attendance at our workshops and the NJHEPS annual conference, and several opportunities to be an annual sponsor for events such as the annual conference, student research awards, the education or facilities workshop series, or the student leadership group, and so much more…

Please email Kristie Reilly at njheps@gmail.com or call 201 684 7830 for more information or to get started. Join today and become part of our higher education social network!

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