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2015 Gardinier Environmental Fund Small Grants Program

September 9, 2015
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

Attend the second webinar below to find out how to identify projects that you could do to improve your energy and water efficiency, and then find funding for them!

The Gardinier Environmental Fund is contributing $100,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program cycle for municipalities and school districts.  This cycle will award one $30,000 grant and seven $10,000 grants.

For this grant cycle, the Gardinier Environmental Fund will fund energy projects focused on energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy. Projects can fall into the following categories: building efficiency upgrades, energy education projects, energy resiliency, renewable energy installations, studies and engineering, and innovative energy projects. The project can be a district-wide initiative or implemented for a specific municipal, school or schools in a district.

This webinar will cover the application process, online submission procedures and tips for a successful Sustainable Jersey Small Grant application.


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RPA/NJIT Urban Mayors’ Academy Keynote: New Orleans 10 Years On: Lessons from Katrina

September 9, 2015
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Join the RPA/NJIT Mayors’ Academy on Resilient Design for a public keynote presented by David Waggonner, president of Waggonner & Ball Architects and producer of the award-winning Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan. Mr. Waggonner will offer lessons of resilience and living with water for our region’s urban cities and towns. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served.

This event is generously funded by The Fund for New Jersey, The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy and the F.M. Kirby Foundation.

Location: The New Jersey State Museum Auditorium 205 W. State St., Trenton Directions and parking information

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NJBIA Meet the Decision Makers: Environmental Policy

September 15, 2015
8:00 amto10:00 am

In the first of NJBIA’s MDM series on New Jersey’s infrastructure join DEP Commissioner Bob Martin and a panel of experts as they discuss the state of the state’s water and wastewater systems, why investment in water and wastewater infrastructure is key to the state’s economic future, the cost to upgrade and what the risks are if we don’t.

Location: Forsgate Country Club, Monroe

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RealShare New Jersey Conference

September 16, 2015
7:30 amto12:35 pm

Expert panelists at this half-day event will discuss the art of the deal, capital sources to execute those deals, trends in development and redevelopment, sales and leasing, and a bold forecast for continued regional success.

New Jersey Future is a promotional sponsor of this event.

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Benchmarking Energy and Water Use to Reduce Costs

September 16, 2015
1:00 pmto2:00 pm

Attend the first 2 Sustainable Jersey webinars below to find out how to identify projects that you could do to improve your energy and water efficiency, and then find funding for them!

Sustainable Jersey will be hosting this webinar and will provide an overview of an online training and certificate program for benchmarking building energy and water performance using EPA’s free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The online training is free and participants have the option of pursuing a Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking® by paying a fee to take the exam.

Learn about:  What benchmarking is; Why it is valuable to building owners and occupants; The Sustainable Jersey Energy Tracking and Management action; How the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking® training can help improve a municipality’s benchmarking efforts and meet the Sustainable Jersey action standards.


This webinar offers 1 CEU for Public Works Managers in Management

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New Jersey Business Summit 2015

September 17, 2015 1:00 pmtoSeptember 18, 2015 1:00 pm

Join business executives from across New Jersey for a first-of-its-kind summit at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City on September 17-18. The goal of the Summit will be to look at key issues that New Jersey leaders need to address in order to increase the state’s positive economic momentum and improve our competitiveness.

This two day Summit will feature an unprecedented collaboration of many of the state’s chambers of commerce, business trade associations, representatives of the Christie administration and state legislature, not-for-profits, labor, higher education, local government officials, and other interested parties.

Day One (September 17)

We will discuss specific recommendations for solving the state’s top economic issues.

The discussion will focus on recommendations to solve the four issues most frequently named by respondents in the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce’s spring survey as hampering New Jersey’s economic momentum:

  • Reform the State’s Tax Structure
  • Reduce State Government Regulation and Mandates
  • Fund Transportation/Infrastructure Projects
  • Maintain a Highly Trained and Ready Workforce in New Jersey

Day Two (September 18)

We will formulate next steps to present to state government leaders.


Registration and Reservation Information

Registering for the event does not guarantee you a room at the Borgata.

To reserve your room, you need to contact the Borgata directly.  The Chamber has negotiated a great room rate of $99 for the night of Set. 17.  Contact the Borgata at 609-317-1000 and use group code GBATC15 to receive the discounted rate

There are a limited number of rooms at the $99 rate, so the earlier your register, the better.



Roundtable: How Can New Jersey Reduce its Energy Consumption by Maximizing Efficiencies?

September 18, 2015
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Is New Jersey doing enough to reduce energy use? Many say the state isn’t doing nearly enough. Advocates of energy efficiency projects that cut consumption by individuals and businesses say they are the most effective and least costly way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollution, while also saving money on gas and electric bills. So what’s preventing us from doing more? Find out at a NJ Spotlight roundtable about the regulatory hurdles, funding requirements and other factors holding back energy efficiency efforts in the Garden State.


  • Mary Barber, New Jersey Director, Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Stefanie A. Brand, Director, Division of of Rate Counsel, State of New Jersey
  • Steven Gabel, President, Gabel Associates
  • Jess Melanson, Director of Energy Services, PSEG
  • Janine Migden-Ostrander, Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project

Location: Wyndham Garden Trenton, 1 W. Lafayette St.

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Webinar on Adaptive Reuse

September 24, 2015
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

Changing demographics and new technologies are shifting demand across the commercial real-estate industry, creating a greater need for certain product types, while others face functional or economic obsolescence. Investors and developers are increasingly looking at adaptive reuse of existing buildings as an enticing option to leverage the opportunities this presents.

But, converting the use of an existing property also brings unique challenges, and understanding the risks, limitations and costs is critical in assessing a project’s viability and carrying it through to successful completion.
In this dynamic discussion, panelists address a range of critical questions and considerations, including:

  • How are market trends changing the highest-and-best use of assets in urban areas?
  • Is your proposed project financially and functionally feasible?
  • Will zoning or code restrictions limit what you can do with the building?
  • What technology and efficiency upgrades should you invest in to obtain the greatest ROI?
  • How can you minimize risk and save costs in the design?

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Rebuild By Design Hoboken Public Meeting

September 24, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Location: Hoboken Multi-Services Center, 124 Grand St.

This meeting will be an opportunity to comment on the Scoping document, which is available for review here. The Scoping document outlines the topics and analyses of potential environmental impacts of the preferred alternative that will be addressed in the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS, or draft EIS).

Comments on the Scoping document may be given during the public meeting, via email  (rbd-hudsonriveratdepdotnjdotgov)  , or mailed to David Rosenblatt, Director, Office of Flood Hazard Risk Reduction Measures, 501 E. State Street, Mail Code 501‐01A, PO Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625‐0420. Comments received by Oct. 9, 2015 (15 days after the scoping meeting) will be considered for review.

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NJ SEED Economic Summit

September 29, 2015 3:00 pmtoSeptember 30, 2015 12:30 pm

NJ SEED will get a real experience of this growing economy by touring critical areas and engaging with its elected and policy leaders in meaningful discussion. Issues including Newark development, regional infrastructure growth, education as an economic engine and recognition with NJ SEED’s leadership awards.

Location: PSE&G Headquarters, 80 Park Plaza, Newark

More information and registration

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