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RVCC, Students Win NJHEPS Awards

30 Jun 2014 4:19 PM | Anonymous


During Spring 2014, NJHEPS launched its first annual Student Research Paper/Project in Sustainability Contest. This award is to honor the best undergraduate research paper or project from college/university students enrolled at NJEHPS member institutions.

In highlighting the efforts of these students, we promote the critical idea of sustainability and contribute to the education and motivation of our students. The first annual NJEHPS Student Research Paper/Project in Sustainability winners were announced at the NJHEPS Annual Governing Board Meeting during the luncheon which featured a public talk by actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr.

This year’s winners were:  1st place co-winners Lauren Edelman of Princeton University and Bryan Rubio of Kean University ; 2nd place co-winners Yifan Li of Princeton University and Joseph Roddy of Kean University; Chris Koscica and Michelle Hompesch, both of Montclair State University. The student winners receive monetary awards from NJHEPS to recognize their excellent works.

“We were very proud to honor these exceptional students, who will make such a difference in the world with their vision and dedication," said Shana Weber, NHEPS President. During the Award Luncheon, world-renowned environmental activist and award-winning actor Ed Begley, Jr. addressed the honored students.  "I was also very touched by the kind and encouraging words that Ed Begley, Jr. had for these young leaders,” said Weber.


June 23, 2014 -- The New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS) has selected Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) as the first recipient of the NJHEPS Excellence in Campus Sustainability Award.

NJHEPS, a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing sustainability statewide through partnerships with and among higher education institutions, recognized Raritan Valley Community College for sustainability excellence in its new Bateman Student Center and its extensive 2014 Earth Week Initiative.

Unveiled in February 2014, the Ray Bateman Center for Student Life and Leadership Building features a 9’ by 15’  “living wall” of vegetation designed to improve the indoor environment. The living wall is a vertical, hydroponic planting system that contains about 600 individual tropical. The wall absorbs noise, filters air, and provides a natural, relaxing setting for the students.  The wall was designed and installed by Kelly Mac Interiorscapes, a small local business based in Pittstown. The installation cost of approximately $21,000 was funded by a grant from the Merck Foundation.

Additionally, RVCC’s 2014 Earth Week Initiative, organized by the Sustainability Committee and the Student Environmental Club and funded by a College Community Fund Grant, featured innovator Mike Strizki of the Hydrogen House Project as its keynote speaker. The campus-wide Initiative also included a zero landfill waste event with Economics Professor Dan Aronson.

Promotions for the event were produced by design student Atulya Chaganty as part of a class assignment, as well as collaboratively among various campus offices and committees, resulting in widespread on-campus communications as well as local media coverage.

With its Bateman Center for Student Life and its comprehensive 2014 Earth Week Initiative, Raritan Valley Community College has demonstrated meaningful leadership in the field of Sustainability.  The NJHEPS is pleased to honor it for these efforts.

“Achieving sustainability is all about collective impact, but each campus can shine as it brings its particular strengths to the effort. Raritan Valley Community College really impressed us with how thoughtfully they implemented two key programs this past year – from building systems to behavior change and communications," said Shana Weber, NJHEPS President. "They are demonstrating the kind of complex multi-dimensional thinking that the sustainability endeavor requires, and as a result are in a strong position to pass that skill on to their students. That’s really what it’s all about and we are grateful for their leadership.”

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