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Archive for May, 2015

Raritan Bay Conference: Two States, One Bay

Seventh annual Sustainable Raritan Bay conference and awards dinner.

Location: Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University, 100 George St, New Brunswick

More information and registration

NJ Transit Fare Increase: An Unfair Approach to Transportation Funding

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Raising NJ Transit fares without increasing the gas tax is unfair to transit riders and exempts drivers from paying their fair share of transportation system costs.

Webinar: Successful School Green Teams

May 19, 2015
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

Participants will learn from other schools and districts tools to enhance green team participation and strengthen partnerships. Additional clarification and guidance will be offered on fulfilling the requirements for the mandatory “Green Team” action.


Webinar: SHOW ME THE MONEY: Learn How to Finance Your Building Upgrades Through Energy Savings

June 24, 2015
1:00 pmto2:00 pm

Do you have large municipal or school buildings that need upgrades such as high efficiency motors, transformers, water heaters or boilers? If you are wondering how to pay for these upgrades, this webinar will explain how to leverage energy savings from installing energy efficiency measures to cover upfront costs!

An Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) is a financing tool that allows New Jersey municipalities and school districts to become more energy efficient, saving money and tax dollars!

Speakers include:

Mike Thulen, NJ Clean Energy Program
Tony O’Donnell, Sustainable Jersey


You’ll hear about Sustainable Jersey’s ESIP How To Guide and find out about:

  • Current state law regarding ESIPs
  • The nine step process to develop and implement an ESIP
  • NJ Clean Energy Programs that can provide additional financial and technical assistance for your project
  • Lessons learned from organizations that have undertaken ESIPs

There will be time for Questions and Answers.

Webinar: Challenge Your School or Community To Be More Sustainable: Show How Small Actions Can Create Real Change

June 17, 2015
1:00 pmto2:00 pm


Is your school or town thinking about doing a green challenge? Sustainable Jersey’s green challenge action asks people to pledge to “take a challenge,” and to make a specific change in their lives or in their behavior towards greater sustainability.

Sounds like a good idea, but are you wondering how you’ll decide what challenge to propose or how to keep track of pledges?

Sustainable Jersey is partnering with the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) to offer municipalities, schools, organizations or individuals the opportunity to prove that small actions create real change.

NWEI’s EcoChallenge offers a great way to fulfill the “Green Challenges & Community Programs” action in both the Sustainable Jersey and Sustainable Jersey for Schools program(s), since it provides a ready-made challenge and system for tracking the collective impact of many people making sustainable changes in their everyday lives.

Webinar: Countdown To Certification: Make Sure You’re Ready!

June 3, 2015
1:00 pmto2:00 pm

The clock is ticking…and the June 7th application deadline is rapidly approaching.

If you have last minute questions about the certification process, Sustainable Jersey is here to help! This webinar will review what you need to know to insure that your application process is as smooth as possible.
Topics covered:

  • 2015 submission and review cycle
  • Steps for submitting an application in June and throughout the remainder of the year
  • Overview of uploading documentation and submitting the application


2015 Regional Planning Summit, Stranded Suburban Real Estate Asset

June 5, 2015
8:30 amto3:30 pm

PlanSmart NJ’s 4th Annual Regional Planning Summit, will bring together experts in planning, redevelopment, and infrastructure to reveal the magnitude of the problem and explore methods to break through common barriers to transform NJ’s suburbs.

For more information or to register, click here.

The Public Wins a Strengthened Role in Rebuild By Design Projects

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Changes to the Rebuild By Design proposals now require stronger public engagement measures, something New Jersey Future recommended.

Incorporating Green Infrastructure: The Time Is Now

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Strategies from a session at the American Planning Association conference on zoning for green infrastructure.

Water Supply and Water Use in the Cohansey Watershed

June 4, 2015
10:00 amto1:00 pm

Location: Rutgers Sheppard House, 31 W Commerce St, Bridgeton

Leading the discussion will be Sal Mangiafico of Rutgers Cooperative Extension.  Topics will include state methods to determine allowable water withdrawals without harm to streams, groundwater levels, and the need for a water supply plan for New Jersey.

More information 


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