NJHEPS | New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability
New Jersey Higher Education
Partnership for Sustainability

A Message from the Executive Director

31 Aug 2011 3:32 PM | Anonymous

Dear NJHEPS Community,


While for many, the month of August is a "slow" time, NJHEPS has been extremely busy conducting and planning future events, programs and projects:
  • On August 2nd, in partnership with the NJ Department of Environmental protection, we held our video simulcast of a Policy Briefing on New Jersey's Energy Master Plan, State Strategic Plan, and Green Career Strategy. We also launched our planning discussions for our Fall conference to be held Friday, 12/9. Stay tuned for location and registration details. That event will feature the presentation of 5 white papers on key issues of  the sustainability agenda for New Jersey's Higher Education Community:
  • Curriculum
  • Facilities and Operations
  • Law/Policy and Regulation
  • Green Careers
  • Green Technology Research, Development and Application.
  • We are currently soliciting participants for each of the working groups-which will meet approximately once per month, either physically or virtually, from now until December, to plan and develop the white papers. Our desire is to share NJ Higher Ed's perspective on sustainability with key stakeholders, identify issues, challenges, opportunities and the resources necessary for Higher Ed to play its proper role in driving sustainability in New Jersey. We invite stakeholders in Higher Education, the non-profit, public and business sectors to participate in this effort
  •  In early November, we are planning  a "hands on" workshop in partnership with the NJ Physical Plant Association to help those engaged in energy efficiency projects to complete the necessary administrative processes to enable them to  access the financial incentives associated for energy efficiency and renewable energy program available from New Jersey's Clean Energy Program. This will be an in depth session for people to bring their project details and receive step-by-step instruction on the necessary data analysis, form completion and submission process to move these projects forward
  • Dr. Daniela Shebitz of Kean University, Principal Investigator in the NJHEPS/Kean University P2 Greenhouse Gas Reduction project, has provided us with a project update and calendar of fall workshops you can attend to learn more about the tools and resources available to you measure your greenhouse gas reduction on your campus, along with the associated economic impact. Although many campuses have begun, or are actively engaged in this process, the EPA region 2 has hundreds of schools, are uncertain about how to best proceed with capturing and measuring the impact of these efforts; this initiative is here to help. Our work on this project would not be possible without the generous support of the US EPA, and PSEG.
For more detailed information about the tools we have to support you with this effort, click here. If you would like to register for a workshop, please click here.


On a "bittersweet" note, I would like to alert you to an NJHEPS staff transition. Our long-time intern and staff associate, Frank Nitti, is moving on to pursue other career interests. Frank has been an incredibly dedicated and productive member of the NJHEPS team. His talent and passion for sustainability are palpable and we wish him well in his future endeavors. 

The good news is that we are pleased to welcome Willard Reasoner, of Ramapo College as our new staff intern. Willard will primarily be assisting us with our work on the P2 grant, so don't surprised if he contacts you about this project. Additionally, Willard is assisting us in updating our database of sustainability-related projects, programs, curricular and other initiatives occurring in Higher Education in New Jersey.  His boundless energy and commitment to sustainability will be great assets to NJHEPS, and we are happy to have him working with us.

These are highlights of what's been keeping us busy in August. If you have questions or comments about these, or any of our other fall initiatives, please contact me at gminkoff@njheps.org


All the best,

Gary Minkoff

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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