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NJHEPS Launches Planning of 12/9 Fall Conference- Seeks Participation from Current Members/Prior Participants in the NJHEPS' Communities of Practice

31 Aug 2011 3:07 PM | Anonymous
NJHEPS Launches Planning of 12/9 Fall Conference-
Seeks Participation from Current Members/Prior Participants in the NJHEPS' Communities of Practice


Awhile back, the NJHEPS Sustainability Education Committee spearheaded a Communities of Practice Initiative. In the interim, NJHEPS has transitioned to new professional and lay leadership, and decided to migrate those communities into a new set of "working groups" to help articulate and drive the sustainability agenda and practices for NJ's Higher Education Community.


If you are not already familiar with our collaboration with the NJ DEP's Office of Economic Growth and Green Energy, it has resulted in several very successful programs; most recently was our August 2nd, 2012 Policy Briefing (which featured key NJ Government leaders discussing the State's Energy Master Plan, Strategic Plan and Strategy for Green Careers) and Fall Planning Session for an NJHEPS fall conference.  Regarding the latter, please save the date of 12/9/11 (location to be determined) for that conference. We were gratified by the strong interest in our 8/2 event and have determined that an appropriate follow-up is to convene a set of working groups to develop white papers on each of 5 key categories-as they relate to sustainability:
  • Curriculum
  • Facilities and Operations  
  • Law/Policy and Regulation
  • Green Careers
  • Technology Research, Application and Development.
A meaningful and diverse group of professionals, faculty members and members of the not for profit and private sector have already expressed interest in participating in this effort. Our working group chairpeople will be reaching out shortly to interested participants to plan an initial meeting to move forward with this whitepaper effort. Please note: participation in this effort is not limited to prior participants in the Communities of Practice initiative; any of our stakeholders are welcome to become involved in this effort.  We envision the timetable (in concept) as:
  •  Mid-September-Initial meeting to plan/coordinate roles and output for the group effort; launch initial drafts of individual/small group collaborations
  •  Mid October-Conference call to discuss group progress and review content developed to date
  •  Mid November-physical meeting to update progress and agree to final plans for completion/submission of whitepaper content
  • December 9th -Presentation of white papers to NJHEPS and other stakeholders with request for comments from 12/9/11/-1/31/12
  • Feb 1st-Final receipt of comments
  •  Feb 2012-revision/final release of whitepapers to DEP, NJHEPS, NJ Higher Education Community and other stakeholders, media, etc.
Although December is several months away, for this process to be effective, you can see that our schedule requires timely response. Please let us know by Thursday 9/8  if you are willing to participate, so that the Chair of your group will have sufficient time to plan an initial meeting and communicate with your group. NJHEPS will be supporting your group with various communication tools as appropriate; we hope you will be both willing and able to support this important project.
Accompanying this email is a link to a survey tool you can use to rank your interests in these various groups. Please realize that logistics may dictate that we assign you to your 2nd or 3rd choice of group, so please be mindful of this possibility when responding. The survey can be found at  https://ramapo.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_1LV7vorUGqcFV5i


Please contact Gary Minkoff (gminkoff@njheps.org732 777 6892 and let him know if you will accept our invitation, or if you need additional information.
The New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability
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505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430
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Email - njheps@gmail.com

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