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  • 11 Mar 2015 11:32 AM | Kristie Reilly (Administrator)
    ESSEX COUNTY NATURE CAMPS

    Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive And the Board of Chosen Freeholders

    Invite Children to Participate in ESSEX COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

    Nature Explorers Spring, Summer & Wilderness Skills Camps

    NATURE EXPLORERS SPRING CAMP

    For Children in 1st through 5th Grades


    Tuesday, March 31 through Thursday, April 2, 2015

    OR

    Tuesday, April 7 through Thursday, April 9, 2015



    12:30pm to 4:30pm

    $120 per child for all 3 days OR $50 per child per day

    (Sign up for select days or for all three days)



    Campers are immersed in nature using stories, hikes,

    crafts, exploration, and hands-on discovery.

    WILDERNESS SKILLS CAMP

    For Children Entering 5th through 9th Grades



    Monday, June 22 to Thursday, June 25

    and Monday, June 29 to Thursday, July 2

    9:30am to 1:15pm

    $175 per child per week



    Join Traditional Earth Skills Instructor Mike Dennis for up to two weeks of outdoor skills building.
    During week one, we’ll take a traditional approach and, during week two, we’ll take a modern approach.
    We will identify plants, learn to track animals, create fire, go canoeing, make moccasins and natural
    rope, build shelters and more!



    NATURE EXPLORERS SUMMER CAMP



    For Children Entering PK to K Grade

    Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 10—“Summertime Safari”

    Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17—“Common Senses”

    1pm to 4pm; $150 per child per week



    For Children Entering 1st & 2nd Grade

    Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24—“Native American Living”

    Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31—“Wild Art”

    1pm to 5pm; $170 per child per week



    For Children Entering 3rd & 4th Grade

    Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 7—“Survivor”

    Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 14—“Feathered Friends”

    1pm to 5pm; $190 per child per week



    Enjoy exploring and discovering woodland and river habitats for insects, birds, amphibians, Lenape
    life and much more. Sign up for one or two weeks per grade level.

    All camps are held at the Essex County Environmental Center complex

    621 Eagle Rock Avenue Roseland, NJ 07068

    SPACE IS LIMITED, ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

    For more information or to register, please call the Center at 973-228-8776.



    COUNTY OF ESSEX

    Department Of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs

    ESSEX COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

    Phone: 973.228.8776 Fax: 973.228.3793

    www.essexcountynj.org

    www.essexcountyparks.org


  • 11 Mar 2015 11:30 AM | Kristie Reilly (Administrator)
    Call for Abstracts: Research on Outdoor Air Quality

    Annual Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission

    June 3 and 4, 2015 – Princeton, NJ The Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) will hold its annual meeting this year in New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection would like to take the opportunity at this meeting to highlight some of the high level air quality research efforts underway at New Jersey universities and colleges at a poster session during the meeting’s reception starting at 6PM on the evening of June 3rd at the Holiday Inn Princeton, 100 Independence Way, Princeton, NJ 08540.

    Posters may be retained for display during the Commission meeting on June 4th if space is available. The OTC is a multi-state organization created under the federal Clean Air Act to advise the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on transport issues and develop and implement regional solutions to the ground-level ozone problem in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

    For more information about the OTC, go to http://www.otcair.org/. The OTC annual meeting will be attended by cabinet-level representatives from the 12 states and the District of Columbia that are members of the OTC.

    Topics: Current issues in air quality -- e.g., monitoring, modeling, transport, atmospheric chemistry, emission inventory methodologies, etc. Research work must be at a senior-level undergraduate or graduate level.

    Format: Poster session during the reception for the meeting on June 3rd. Display limited to poster no larger than 6 ft. by 3 ft. Presenters must be at the reception session to answer questions about their research. If posters are retained for display for the Commission meeting on June 4th, presenters are not required to attend but must collect their posters by 1PM on June 4th.

    Abstract: To be considered for the poster session, please submit an abstract (max. 250 words) of your research project (thesis, results) no later than April 10, 2015. Submit the abstract by electronic mail to Christine Schell in the Office of the Assistant Commissioner, Environmental Management, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection at christine.schell@dep.nj.gov

    Selection: Staff of the NJDEP Division of Air Quality and Office of Science will review abstracts. Selection will be based on relevance to air quality issues in NJ, ability to translate research into policy, regulation or tools for future use by OTC members, and completeness of abstract (e.g., amount of detail regarding research, results/conclusions, etc.). Preference will be given to research related to ground-level ozone (smog). You will be notified of the selections in early May 2015.


  • 08 Mar 2015 4:32 PM | Kristie Reilly (Administrator)
    Dear NJ Sustainability Partners

    As you know, NJHEPS is committed to the goal of transforming the New Jersey higher education community to consistently practice sustainability and contribute to the state, region and world’s emerging understanding of sustainability through teaching, research, outreach, operations and community life. In the spirit of celebrating sustainability innovation we are delighted to offer, for the 2nd year, two exciting awards.  Both awards will be honored at the NJHEPS Annual Meeting on April 24th, 2015 at Duke Farms.

    The first is NJHEPS Student Sustainability Research/Paper Award. The NJHEPS student award will honor the best sustainability-related research papers or projects from students enrolled at member institutions. The top students will receive a plaque and a modest monetary award. Awardees will be recognized at an Award Luncheon on Friday, April 24th.
     
    NJHEPS Award Committee judges will base their decisions on the following criteria:
    1.       Originality of sustainability research topic
    2.       Logical, clear, and pertinent presentation
    3.       Knowledge of subject material
    4.       Creativity 
    5.       Clarity and organization
    6.       Innovation
    7.       Impact/promoting public and environmental good
    8.       Learner-centered pedagogy
    9.       Contribution to the field of sustainability
    10.     Ability to motivate other students to learn


    Student Award Submission Guidelines:

    • Applicants must be an undergraduate student in good standing currently enrolled in a member institution of NJHEPS
    • Advisors or faculty members should submit a very brief nomination statement/letter regarding the applicant and their paper/project
    • The subject line of the submission email should read: “NJHEPS 2015 Student Award proposal”
    • The title page of the paper or project must include: Student name, Institution, Advisor name, Advisor’s Title
    • Papers or projects are to be submitted electronically to njheps@gmail.com
    • Submission deadline: Monday, April 6, 2015
         

    The second award is for Campus Excellence in Sustainability. Member institutions are eligible to submit a proposal highlighting their most impactful sustainability initiative on campus and/or in their local communities. Projects that demonstrate verifiable impact on operations, culture, and education are more likely to be recognized. The primary objective of this award program is to, over time, highlight for the entire NJ higher education community emerging high-impact and repeatable sustainability initiatives.
     
    Campus Award Submission Guidelines:

    • Applicants must represent current NJHEPS Member Institutions
    • Submit entries to: NJHEPS@gmail.com
    • The subject line of the submission email should read: “NJHEPS 2015 Campus Sustainability Award”
    • Submission deadline: Monday, April 6, 2015

    We at NJHEPS look forward to reviewing your great work! Please email njheps@gmail.com with any questions or inquiries.

    Best regards,
    Shana Weber, Ph.D., President, NJHEPS
  • 20 Feb 2015 4:46 PM | Kristie Reilly (Administrator)
    Bard CEP is hosting a student research conference for students working at the intersection of Asia and the environment in April. For undergrads doing senior projects or grad students researching in the area-- its a great opportunity for them to get some presentation experience and meet scholars and students in the field. Also, more on C2C Leadership conference in March, and next year's Power Dialog below. 

     
    Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Bard CEP:

    •C2C Fellows sustainability leadership training, NYC, March 27-29.


    •Asia/Environment student research conference, Bard, April 16-17.


    •The Power Dialog, engage students in in-person dialog with state-level officials in charge of implementing the EPA's Clean Power Plan.  Your State Capitol, April 2016.


    C2C Fellows Leadership Training: C2C workshops are for current students and recent graduates who want high-impact careers that can change the future through NGO's and government, and in sustainable business. Join C2C to learn the leadership skills necessary to succeed: how to develop a vision; know what you’re good at; tell your story; raise money; and build your network. The cost of the weekend trainings, including food is $30. Students must arrange their own housing in the NYC area.
    Students aspiring to sustainability leadership in policy, politics and business should apply now to join student leaders from across the country. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and only 60 participants will be accepted into each workshop.


    Asia/Environment Student Conference: With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, Bard College is sponsoring an annual student research conference, providing a venue for students to present undergraduate, masters and PhD level research at the intersection of these critical issues. The conference seeks to shed critical light on how we all might live sustainably—or not—in a 2050 world with up to three billion more people, limited resources, a thickening blanket of carbon dioxide heating the planet, and a global economic development process increasingly defined by Asian models and leadership.


    The conference will be held on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, which is easily accessible by train from New York City. Registration is $30, and housing and meals will be provided for student participants. Meals are included for non-student registrants.  Learn more here including directions for submitting paper, panel and poster ideas.


    The Power Dialog: Over the next two years, students have a unique and critically important learning and civic engagement opportunity.  Student voices can impact the scope and direction of state implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, mandating global warming pollution cuts in the electric power sector.
    We are circulating this call to help organize a Power Dialog in March of 2016: hundreds of college, graduate, and high school level classes in states across the country taking field trips to meet with their Department of Environmental Conservation heads to discuss state implementation of the EPA’s new rules. There will be an information/organizing call for the Dialog on 2/18 at noon eastern: 712-432-3100, code 253385. Please join us for this important conversation.
    State agency leaders are already seeing their calendars fill up with meetings with utility executives and coal industry lobbyists. Why not our students?


    By 2017, each state is required to come up with a plan to meet the targets set by the EPA. New York, for example, has to cut the emission rate from the power sector by at least 44% by 2030; in Ohio the required target is 28%; in Texas, 38%. These are big numbers. They could be bigger. State level plans can be more ambitious then the EPA requires. Yet the states and EPA are being pressured to relax the targets.


    Typically, it is the state DEC or DEQ that is the lead agency in drafting these plans. With the action now beyond the partisan wrangling of Washington and the state legislatures, students can gain both a powerful learning opportunity and a real voice in the policy process.


    DEC officials will welcome visits from unusual suspects. Hearing the voice of students—young people who will live to see the late 21st century first-hand-- will provide a fresh perspective, focused on the long-term impacts of today’s policy decisions.  
    This is not a lobbying effort. We have no collective policy agenda for which we are advocating. Rather it is a learning opportunity for students, and also a chance for students to share their own individual thoughts and policy insights with state officials.

    If you are interested in learning more about organizing a class field trip, along with colleagues in your state, to visit your state capitol for a meeting with the relevant state officials, please sign up here.  As we move forward with an organizing plan, we will connect you with other interested professors in your state, and will develop and circulate learning materials to prep your students for the conversation.


    The Power Dialog will take place in March 2016, so there is lead-time for planning.  The Steering Committee for the Dialog includes Eban Goodstein, Bard CEP; Dallas Burtraw, RFF; Debra Rowe, US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and  David Blockstein, NCSE. 


    Eban Goodstein 
    Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability & Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
    Bard College                                                                
    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000    845.758.7067 (t) / 845.758.7636 (f)                   
    www.bard.edu/cep  & www.bard.edu/mba
    People's Climate March: Voices from the Street

  • 20 Jan 2015 4:53 PM | Kristie Reilly (Administrator)

    Galloway Township, NJ- The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Coastal Research Center (CRC) found that the highest and widest dunes with the greatest volume of sand were the best lifeguards in preserving New Jersey’s coastal communities from the forces of Hurricane Sandy.

    A peer-reviewed article titled “Hurricane Sandy: Beach-dune performance at New Jersey Beach Profile Network sites,” by the Coastal Research Center’s Daniel Barone, director of research, Kimberly McKenna, coastal geologist, and Dr. Stewart Farrell, director of coastal research, was published this month in the journal “Shore & Beach.” 

    When Sandy accelerated toward Atlantic County, NJ, making landfall on Oct. 29, 2012, the Coastal Research Center was already in the midst of its biannual fall beach profiling surveys.

    Sandy shifted sands along the 210-mile stretch of Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Raritan Bay shorelines, consequently redirecting the center’s priority to collecting post-storm data as quickly as possible.

    The center analyzed 105 locations in the New Jersey Beach Profile Network (NJBPN), with at least one site located in each oceanfront municipality, to determine how beach dunes protected coastal communities against Hurricane Sandy. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Coastal Engineering sponsored the beach-dune performance research.

    The research concluded that dunes and beaches with high elevations and enough volume and width to absorb Sandy’s storm surge and wave energy were able to protect the developed land just beyond the dunes. Homeowners who complied with regulations set by the National Flood Insurance Program by raising structures and limiting the number of items below base flood level lost less and in most cases were able to move back into their homes after the storm.         

    Twenty-six survey sites were located within federal shore protection projects that consisted of engineered dunes constructed after 2006, and only one of those profiles showed dune failure. Twenty out of the 37 profiles with non-engineered beach-dune systems experienced dune failure.

    “We were in the middle of fall surveys when Sandy hit. Right after, Dr. Farrell deployed the entire Coastal Research Center to profile every site. Three to four teams traveled to different counties daily to profile the beaches, and student workers helped to collect data,” said Barone. 

    Within two weeks following Sandy, nearly all of the 105 NJBPN sites were surveyed to document changes in the shoreline and sand volume losses.                                          

    All but 14 of the sites had been surveyed just prior to Sandy, so post-storm comparisons were made against either fall or spring 2012 pre-storm profiles.              

    In general, the research found that the hardest hit beaches were north of the storm’s landfall in Ocean and Monmouth counties, and the greatest loss of beach-dune sands of the 105 sites occurred in Mantoloking, 300 feet from the temporary channel that opened during the storm.  

    A favorable switch in wind direction spared the state’s southernmost beaches in Cape May County by decreasing the impact of the second high tide and reducing wave heights.

    Wildwood, home to the widest municipal beach in the state, suffered from wave and storm surge damages due to the absence of beach dunes.   

    “A review of the 105 sites found that three locations in Cape May City actually gained sand on the beach as a result of Sandy, while north of Long Beach Island, the beach retreat exceeded 100 feet frequently.  Follow-up study has demonstrated 65 to 80 percent natural recovery in beach sand volume, but dunes had to be physically rebuilt because natural growth is too slow to be prepared for another storm.  All U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized shore protection projects have been restored as of 2014,” said Farrell.

    Farrell explained that it takes about 25 years for a dune to naturally build up to a decent size and that natural dunes aren’t consistently the same elevation.

    The results of the research “clearly showed the benefits of beach-dune systems as shore protection features in reducing storm damages to adjacent oceanfront communities and present a valuable data set and analysis that can be utilized by coastal scientists nationally and abroad for many years to come,” said Barone.

    Barone added that shore communities can help to maintain their dune structures by planting dune vegetation and installing dune fencing.                                                                        

    The article noted that New Jersey’s shore towns have accommodated beach-goers since as early as the 1800s and play a significant role in the multi-billion tourism industry.                 

    Shore development surged after property prices plummeted following the March 1962 storm.       

    The Coastal Research Center is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in assisting federal, state and municipal governments with coastal environmental issues related to recurring storm damage and shoreline retreat. The center established the New Jersey Beach Profile Network in 1986 and has been collecting profile data at its 105 sites and monitoring shoreline trends for nearly three decades.                                                                           

    To collect profile data, a laser range finder unit is set up on a dune and then field assistants traverse the beach from the back dune all the way into the water to a depth of 15 feet holding an optical prism mounted to a range pole. Each beach profile is represented by 35 to 55 data points. 


  • 07 Jan 2015 1:00 PM | Kristie Reilly (Administrator)

    In Spring 2012, NJHEPS embarked on an exploration of the sustainability career possibilities for our students and graduates. This White Paper is one of the outcomes. Dr. Donald Wheeler and Pamela Sammarco, CPLP, M.S. HRM, co-chairs, led a feasibility study team of seven members from business, higher education and government to envision the project. Sustainability faculty, career development directors and students from thirteen institutions of higher education in N.J. were interviewed along with government officials, business leaders and researchers dealing with sustainability careers. We are grateful for their insights and cooperation.

    We consider this White Paper to be a “work in progress” and look forward to suggested updates, additions and corrections from readers. Please address them to: drdwheeler@optonline.net

    What follows is the Executive Summary of the White Paper.

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    “Higher education is called to join with others in the monumental challenge to lead the paradigm shift of humankind toward sustainability. One crucial task is to prepare students for sustainability careers. With a mandate from NJHEPS and encouragement from Aaron Fichtner, Deputy Commissioner, NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, we conducted this study on advancing sustainability careers for students involving 13 institutions of higher education, three student focus groups, many documents and meetings.

    Using a systems approach, we examined the roles of four key stakeholders and the working relationships between them in contributing to student career development. These are: the students themselves, employers and their human resources officers, the higher education institutions and their career development offices. We found that higher education institutions can create a closer and deeper match of students with 21st century skills and sustainability knowledge and competencies to job eligibility and qualification requirements. Employers may need assistance to better align talent strategies with the organization’s sustainability priorities and improve communication between college, students and employers.

    Students must prepare to: transcend the skills gap in key areas noted by employers; master the field of sustainability and, in addition, a discipline or profession in which to practice it; and they need to get practical experience through involvement in greening their campus and internships. Employers must also learn sustainability, apply it to their enterprises and reach out to graduates for employees. Campus career development offices are the official liaisons on the higher education side and human resource offices on the employer side and both can become better-equipped to build a strong green career bridge.

    All NJ higher education institutions have at least one faculty or staff “champion” of sustainability and all have incorporated sustainability into their goals, curriculum and campus life to different degrees. The students’ higher education institution plays the key role in preparing them for sustainability careers. The central factors in developing student interest in sustainability careers appear to be: the quality of the institution and its academic and co-curricular programs in sustainability and the students’ involvement in

    initiatives to “green the campus” and sustainability issues outside the campus. However, guidance by faculty, sustainability staff and career development offices and connection with potential employers are also needed for students to get a start in a sustainability career. In addition to providing a path to sustainability careers, it is important for higher education institutions to emphasize that all jobs in all fields can be enhanced by incorporating sustainability goals, strategies and practices. And as Jaime Ewal Gray says, “sustainability skills/competencies will give graduates a competitive edge.”

     Sustainability is a relatively new field for both higher education and employers and it is changing rapidly. Both sectors are gearing up to take advantage of the opportunities and challenges offered by sustainability. NJ higher education has roughly, 120 sustainability-related academic programs depending on how broadly we define “sustainability -related”--- with an estimated 2400 students. Only 15 of these programs at the BA or MA level have the word sustainability, sustainable or renewable energy in their program name. NJ community colleges have 15 such programs with 12 being certificate or A.A.S. programs in the energy field aimed directly at employment and 3 being A.S. degrees designed for transfer to four year institutions. Several new programs are now being developed. Most NJ sustainability academic programs are less than ten years old.

    Out of 3,793,720 jobs in NJ by May, 2012, Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates, 2.2% or 81,018 are “green goods and services jobs”, 76% of which are in New Jersey’s private sector. Including that number and broadening the definition from “green jobs” (that focus on the environment) to “sustainability” jobs (that also include equity and economy) and we have a considerable number of sustainability jobs in New Jersey, perhaps as many as 100,000. The degree to which these jobs are sustainability-related varies greatly. Increasing the number of “sustainability” students employed in New Jersey has the potential to strengthen the sustainability sector in the economy and society.

    In this white paper we make specific recommendations for each stakeholder to advance sustainability careers. Our hope is that this paper may be useful in developing career opportunities for students through coordinated initiatives in NJ institutions of higher education collaborating with state-wide employer networks and aligned with NJ state government to develop the sustainability sector of the economy and create jobs.”


    Click below for copy of the Sustainability Career Paths White Paper:

    http://www.njheps.org/resources/Documents/Sustainability%20Career%20Paths%20for%20Students%20White%20Paper%20v2.0%20%20%20%20final.pdf


    Please direct requests for the  Sustainability Career Paths White Paper to the email below:

    drdwheeler@optonline.net

  • 18 Dec 2014 3:08 PM | Kristie Reilly (Administrator)
    The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently co-hosted a successful first-of-its-kind Resilience Finance Symposium in New Jersey, attended by about 120 participants from a wide spectrum of public and private entities in the state, region, and country.

    Held on November 12 with Governor Christie’s Administration and the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture + Design, the all-day Resilience Finance Symposium: Building Resilient and Sustainable Energy Solutions for New Jersey’s Key Infrastructure featured a series of panels on solutions that help keep the lights and heat on during critical times, like microgrids and energy storage, as well as innovative ways of financing resilient energy systems.

    A main topic of discussion was the impressive progress New Jersey has made toward making the state’s energy infrastructure more resilient in the two years since Superstorm Sandy caused a massive weeks-long power outage. Panelists pointed to Sandy success stories – those instances when power stayed on even when the grid went down – and discussed the need to make these kinds of successes the norm rather than the exception.

    One shining example was Princeton University’s microgrid, which was able to ‘island’ itself from the main grid and provide much-needed power to 12,000 people. Princeton University Energy Plant Manager, Ted Borer, was on hand to explain how the microgrid, fueled by a gas-turbine generator and solar power, was an effective low-carbon solution that can be replicated across the state.

    Full story can be found at the link below:

    http://blogs.edf.org/energyexchange/2014/11/17/two-years-after-sandy-the-conversation-around-energy-resiliency-still-going-strong/


  • 18 Dec 2014 3:06 PM | Kristie Reilly (Administrator)
    Theological seminaries – where religious leaders are trained - should educate leaders to meet the environmental crises we face.

    This belief is at the heart of the Green Seminary Initiative, a network which has worked with more than 50 seminaries, divinity schools and schools of theology to address caring for creation through academic, spiritual, and practical steps.

    Now, GreenFaith and Drew Theological School have announced that the Green Seminary Initiative is becoming a joint program of both institutions. "Environmental interest in theological schools is at an all-time high," said Dr. Laurel Kearns of Drew Theological School, a GSI co-founder and long-time seminary environmental leader. “Through this partnership, GSI aims to help these schools reach our considerable potential as leaders for creation.”

    On its website, the Green Seminary Initiative maintains an extensive array of resources for seminary faculty and leaders, including a collection of sample curricula and guidelines and profiles of these schools’ environmental efforts. “Seminaries around the world are seeking to integrate care for the earth into the core of their identity,” said the Rev. Dr. Javier Vera, Dean at Drew Theological School, based in New Jersey. “GSI represents a critically important initiative.”

    The first project for this new initiative is the development of an environmental certification program for seminaries. Modeled on GreenFaith’s Certification Program for congregations and utilizing GSI’s experience and network of relationships, this program will offer specific standards and guidance to seminaries to launch or further their efforts to protect the earth and to prepare their students for environmental leadership.

    “More than any other group of institutions, these schools influence the future of the faith community,” said GreenFaith’s Fletcher Harper. “The Green Seminary Initiative will shape generations of religiously-inspired environmental leaders who can make an enormous impact.”

    About the Green Seminary Initiative
    The Green Seminary Initiative was launched in 2007 when six leading eco-theologians - John Cobb, Cal Dewitt, Norman Habel, Sallie McFague, Larry Rasmussen and Rosemary Reuther – called on theological schools to prepare religious leaders to meet the ecological crisis. Building on the work of Theological Education to Meet the Ecological Challenge (TEMEC), GSI was originally housed at Lutheran School of Theology Chicago, where co-founder David Rhoades taught, and moved to Drew in 2010 upon his retirement. GSI has held joint programs with GreenFaith and Drew for over five years.
    To learn about the Green Seminary Initiative, see the link below:

    http://www.greenseminaries.org


  • 13 Nov 2014 11:36 AM | Kristie Reilly (Administrator)

    FROM THE DESK OF SHANA WEBER

    Dear members of the NJ higher education sustainability community, 

    As the new President of NJHEPS, I am honored to welcome you to the start of a new academic year and continued momentum for our collective efforts across New Jersey. I welcome each of you to join us in accelerating the impact our campuses have on shifting attitudes and behaviors through education and research, and strengthening our New Jersey networks and partnerships. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events, lectures, and workshops. 

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    NJHEPS & EcoMotion OFFER FREE CAMPUS SOLAR ASSESSMENT

    We are delighted to report that in partnership with NJHEPS, our friends at EcoMotion, Inc. are extending to our member schools an initial campus solar assessment at no cost!

    While EcoMotion offers a range of sustainability services, they have gained a strong reputation with their unique brand of “honest broker” consulting for potential solar projects and have a proven track record of helping schools navigate the solar terrain and maximize the value of installing solar on or off campus.

    As EcoMotion’s President, Ted Flanigan, explains,

    Schools want to get the most solar for their dollar, but the goal of solar developers is to squeeze maximum profit out of an institution. As a school’s representative, we step in to negotiate that disconnect by helping institutions navigate key decisions about solar: IF, WHERE, HOW MUCH, WHEN and with WHOM. It’s never too late to get advice. One organization that had already bid their project saved a quarter million dollars by rebidding it with our assistance.

    The services we offer schools solar buyers include project planning, on-site analysis, financial analysis, project proposal preparation for competitive bidding, contractor selection, project management, public relations, inspections and ongoing system monitoring.”

    What will you receive with free solar consultation?

    • Initial rooftop assessment from experienced experts
    • Up to 12 hours of no-cost consultation with EcoMotion’s Solar Advisors
    • Key recommendations for maximizing project
    • Understanding various incentives and utility programs that govern solar use in New Jersey

    Learn more by visiting www.ecomotion.us/campuses/

    If you have questions about implementing a solar project, we encourage you to reach out to EcoMotion’s Solar Advisors by calling (949) 450-7153. Be sure to inform them that your campus is a member of NJHEPS!

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    Richard Stockton and Burlington County Colleges Form Dual-Credit Sustainability Course Partnerships with NJ High Schools

    In the past year The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (Stockton) and Burlington County College (BCC) have worked cooperatively to form dual-credit agreements with technical high schools across the state in the area of sustainability education. Under these agreements, students who enroll in approved dual-credit courses at their high school will have the opportunity to earn college credits for Stockton’s and BCC’s introductory sustainability courses.

    Stockton’s Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Program Coordinator Patrick Hossay is providing professional training to high school teachers who want to learn how to implement introductory sustainability courses in their schools. The training sessions are held in Trenton at the New Jersey School Boards Association. During the 2013-2014 academic year, teachers from an initial group of 11 schools participated in four training sessions with the intent to establish new sustainability courses in most of these schools this fall:

    · Atlantic County Institute of Technology
    · Bergen County Technical School
    · Bergenfield High School
    · Camden County Technical High School
    · Cape May Technical High School
    · Cedar Creek High School
    · Essex County Vocational Technical Schools
    · Hunterdon County Polytech
    · Middlesex County Vocational & Technical Schools
    · Salem County Vocational Technical Schools
    · Union County Vocational Technical Schools

    Three sessions were also held in August and included teachers and administrators from additional interested schools. Sessions will continue throughout the year for teachers in the process of teaching or who are interested in teaching a sustainability course in the future.

    Students at participating high schools will be able to enroll with a head-start in sustainability-related degree programs at Stockton (Bachelor of Arts or Science in sustainability) or at BCC (Associate degree in sustainability, energy management or alternative energy). Also, students completing an associate degree at BCC with a 3.0 or higher GPA may transfer to Stockton’s sustainability degree program with junior status under a previously established articulation agreement.

    Several of the 11 schools are also participating in the New Jersey Green Program of Study (NJGPOS), a five-year pilot program in the state Department of Education (DOE) to develop three sustainable career pathways in energy, construction and design for Career & Technical Education and Comprehensive High Schools. The NJGPOS is currently being managed by the School Boards Association in collaboration with the DOE. For more information about the NJGPOS contact John Henry, program director, jhenry@njsba.org. For information about the training sessions, contact Marianne Leone, NJ Green Program of Study Coordinator, NJGPOS@NJSBA.org or 609-315-6218.

    For dual-credit information, contact: Stockton – Patrick Hossay, Patrick.Hossay@stockton.edu, 609-652-4303; BCC – Bob Brzozowski, Academic Coordinator of the Center for Sustainability & Alternative Energy, rbrzozowski@bcc.edu, 609-894-9311, ext. 1941.

  • 14 Oct 2014 12:29 PM | Kristie Reilly (Administrator)
    The NJHEPS Sustainability Education Conference held on Monday, Oct 13 at Ramapo College was a great success, as featured speaker Debra Rowe, NJHEPS President Shana Weber and conference attendees go together and discussed the exciting new opportunities and challenges ahead for those committed to sustainability on our college and university campuses and beyond.


    Click here for a Photo Gallery from the Event







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