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Lively Brainstorming Session Between NJHEPS Leaders and Other NJ Sustainability Non-Profit Leaders at Princeton University

08 Nov 2011 11:46 AM | Leslie Raucher (Administrator)



The first-ever discussion between NJHEPS leaders and New Jersey's top sustainability non-profit organizations leaders was held on October 25, at Princeton. The goal was to explore how college and university faculty/student teams and interns might be able to assist NJ sustainability non-profits to advance their organizational mission and advance sustainability in New Jersey.

Matt Smith, 350.org; Gary Minkoff, Executive Director NJHEPS; Patrick Hossay,VP NJHEPS,Prof. Sustainability, Richard Stockton State College


It was very appropriate that Dr. Patrick Hossay, Professor of Sustainability at Richard Stockton State College and a Vice President of NJHEPS, led the discussion. Stockton has carried out exemplary student/faculty projects and internships working with the leaders of many of the groups represented at the Roundtable as well as community groups (energy audits, etc.) and development projects in Latin America.


The sustainability non-profit leaders were not hesitant to voice their needs. One after another they told us how they could use the help and expertise that college students with faculty could offer-and not just for free labor. Dena Mottola-Jaborska, Executive Director of Environment New Jersey said it is not only environmental studies students who could be helpful, but knowledgeable students from Political Science and any field could help with telephoning and door-to-door canvassing in campaigns. Professors and students together could do useful public opinion research that could guide program planning. Tasks would range from clerical, service, tutoring, community canvassing, to activism in issue campaigns and other kinds of civic engagement.  


Fifteen leaders from thirteen organizations participated including Environment New Jersey: Jim Walsh and Charles Kratoril, Food and Waterwatch- Eastern Region; Matt Smith, 350.org - NJ; Kelly Mooji, NJ; Audobon; Teri Jover, NJ Future; Debbie Alaimo Lawlor, NJ Meadowlands Commission; Anna Blank, NJPIRG- Students; Kathryn Addstein, NJPIRG- Students- Energy Service Corps; Matt Polsky, Passaic River Coalition and Fairleigh Dickinson University; Jaclyn Rhoads, Pinelands Alliance; Christine Guhl, Sierra Club; Randall Solomon, Sustainable Jersey; Drew DePalma, USGBC- NJ. From NJHEPS in addition to Patrick Hossay were Gary Minkoff, Executive Director, Shana Weber, NJHEPS VP and Princeton Sustainability Manager, Donald Wheeler, NJHEPS Senior Advisor and Kean Professor Emeritus.


The meeting was lively, very cordial and there was a strong sense we could all benefit from this collaboration. To get started, we proposed a website to match up student/faculty projects and intern opportunities with the expressed needs of sustainability non-profit organizations. NJHEPS will shape the results of the meeting into a proposal, send it around to the participants for comments and suggestions, finalize it and seek support and funding to implement it.  

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