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NJHEPS Fall 2014 Newsletter

13 Nov 2014 11:36 AM | Anonymous

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.

The New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability
     c/o Ramapo College of New Jersey - SSHS
505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone:(201)684-7830 | Fax:(201)684-7932
Email - njheps@gmail.com

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